Report: Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — not carbon emissions — are the real culprit behind global warming

by Robert Maynard

True North Reports has previously reported on scientific evidence, which points to solar activity, cosmic rays and cloud formation as bigger factors driving global climate change than human emissions of CO2.  Now a new study is out arguing that among human emissions, it is chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — not carbon emissions — that are the real culprit behind global warming.  For those who remember the reason for installing catalytic converters in our cars, this should come as no surprise.  Catalytic converters “combined carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons (HC) to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).”  The reason for this was that carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons were considered pollutants, but carbon dioxide was not.  The story of how a recent scientific study has concluded once again that carbon dioxide is not part of the problem is in this Daily Caller article:

Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — not carbon emissions — are the real culprit behind global warming, claims a new study out of the University of Waterloo.

“Conventional thinking says that the emission of human-made non-CFC gases such as carbon dioxide has mainly contributed to global warming. But we have observed data going back to the Industrial Revolution that convincingly shows that conventional understanding is wrong,” said Qing-Bin Lu, a science professor at the University of Waterloo and author of the study.

“In fact, the data shows that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays caused both the polar ozone hole and global warming,” Lu said.