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hole in ozone theory
Saturday August 16, 2003 13:47 by schlomo
The Ozone Lie
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 12:55:27 +0100 From: "Rowena Thursby"
Article for consideration.... RT
THE OZONE LIE
The hole in the ozone layer has more to do with politics than
deodorants, a respected French scientist told reporters recently.
Outspoken Haroun Tazieff claims that the disintegration of the ozone
layer by the infamous CFC gases "Is a complete lie," he told me
vehemently, when we met in Paris recently. "The ozone hole is a natural
hole which appears above the Antarctic at the beginning of October and
has disappeared by the end of December. In Europe, I think I'm the only
person to refute it, and I have never been officially contradicted,
neither by ecologists nor by scientists."
Yves Cochet, spokesman for the French ecology party, Les Verts, admits:
"Although the majority of scientists say that DFC gases probably have a
lethal effect on the ozone layer, nothing has been proved." He adds:
are obliged to talk of an ozone hole in the media, because then people
get a very visual impression, but of course, it is much more diffuse
than that." At 80, Tazieff remains as clear-thinking as ever. He argues
that many of France's leading ecologists have no scientific background.
A former boxer, he trained first as an agronomist and then as a
geologist, which led to a lifetime study of volcanoes.
One of the founding fathers of the French ecological movement and a
former minister for the prevention of major natural and technological
risks, Tazieff is well qualified to talk about environmental issues. He
has been adviser to most of France's environment ministers over the
decade. Despite this he asserts that Green parties are running a
"campaign of deliberate, untruthful scaremongering," and the imaginary
problems they espouse have led to millions of pounds being directed
towards "environmental windmills" rather than the real threats of
pollution. It seemed strange to Tazieff that an ozone hole situated
above the Antarctic was blamed on CFC gases, when most deodorants were
sprayed in the northern hemisphere.
He was surprised to discover an article in the 1950 Annals of
reporting the existence of ozone holes above Norway in 1926 - years
before CFC's were even dreamt of - and was astounded to find that the
hole above the Antarctic was not the recent phenomenon ecologists
claimed it to be. It was actually discovered as far back as 1957, he
says, by the English scientist, Gordon Dobson, but it was only in the
mid-eighties that satellite photos began to highlight it in a rather
Tazieff believes that these dramatic images have been used to hoodwink
the public. He believes that the hole is due to the low levels of
ultraviolet rays (which are necessary to produce ozone) over the
Antarctic at the end of the year, and that the large and swift
of air masses around the continent also play their part. On September
1987, there was a relatively large reduction of 0.1 per cent in the
levels of ozone over a surface of three million square kilometres near
the Palmer peninsula in the Antarctic. Tazieff is convinced there is no
way that the CFCs could have broken down so much ozone in such a short
space of time.
Even if CFCs do have an effect, he asserts that it must be an
insignificant one. After all, it is alleged that it is the chlorine in
the CFCs which breaks down the ozone molecules. However, only 7,500
of chlorine are released from the breakdown of CFCs every year, against
600 million tons from the evaporation of seawater and 36 million from
volcanoes. What is more, the effect of chlorine is to break down the
ozone into oxygen plus by-products, and it simply requires the presence
of ultraviolet rays to transform the oxygen back into ozone.
Large chemical companies wanted to keep their monopoly on the market.
After half a century of being protected by patents, CFCs were on the
point of falling into the public domain. To keep the whole of the pie
themselves, what better way than to have them banned, requiring the use
of a replacement gas, which is difficult to produce and thus remains
exclusive to large companies which possess the technical know-how.
Additionally, this initiative has required the abandonment of
tried-and-true refrigerants in automobile air conditioners, in favor of
expensive experimentation with "refrigerants" which are ineffective,
damaging to equipment, and excessively costly. This has not only had
effect of causing unesessary expenses and hardship on car owners in the
U.S., but also has inflicted poverty and starvation on poorer nations
which have to maintain food stocks in climates demanding refrigeration.
With the "illegality" of their old-fashioned regrigeration units, the
UNEP is effectively mandating tyranny and increased poverty in
third-world countries. Wherever people are screaming inexplicably over
an unprovable issue, you will eventually find "money" at the back of
and in the most vile of manifestations.