Re: Tar balls, was Re: global warming and sea level rise

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 23:39:45 MDT

> Spike Jones wrote:
> > I dont think tar balls belongs on this list, however. Tar is a natural
> > substance.
> "Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> Some are, some aren't. Tar balls can come from natural petroleum leaks, *or* from human manipulation of petroleum
> (tanker spills, drilling rig spills, etc.). M

Ja but I made the mistake of assuming anything that is natural
is not pollution. But when you think it over, *most* pollution
is natural. Plankton blooms have been with us since always,
(granted they are made worse when fertilizer is dumped into the
sea), dust storms far preceded the use of the plow, volcanoes
spewed ash, and if one is allergic to pollen, flowering plants are
the worst polluters ever to evolve.

The environmentalists gave Reagan no end to headaches for
saying that Redwood trees pollute the air, but he may not
have been too far off the mark, especially if one considers
all the hydrocarbons they emit. Redwoods have natural
pesticides, so these trees dump uncontrolled quantities of
pesticides into the environment. You can smell them, can
you not?

With sufficiently advanced technology, I can envision a world
truly free of pollution. Natural pollution would be controlled
or eliminated. spike

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