Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The Limits of Self Defense
So now that the EPA, in its wisdom, has declared that the naturally occurring, necessary for life on this planet, present in every breath we exhale, CO2, "threaten[s] the public health and welfare of the American people," can I slug any person who breathes in my direction? Certainly he or she is introducing into the air I am about to breath a gas which threatens my health, and any impairment of my physical condition is bodily injury, namely, a bodily injury against which I am justified to use reasonable physical force to prevent.
CO2, at .038% of the atmosphere, is of course not a pollutant, just the opposite, so I would not object to anyone producing CO2 at any level near me, but the true Warmie believers, can they slug me for breathing?
When we consume food, the carbon atoms in the molecules that make up our food (carbohydrates, fatty acids, protein, etc...) get oxidized. This process is what keeps us alive.
The ultimate fate of these carbons is as carbon dioxide. This is what we exhale.
So, when you breath CO2 into your body, realize that those atoms you are inhaling were at one time someone else's food.