Exxon did not Kill the Coral Reefs

It actually took 15 years, as reported by scientists who observed both before and after. It was widely reported in April of the year that 93% of the Greet Barrier Reef was dead or dying. It has now been confirmed by the tour operators who spend a lot more time on the reef than the “scientists” who went along with this fabrication that only about 5% of the reef suffered from bleaching. Many scientists now believe that coral bleaching, which is caused when the coral polyps (animals) reject their photosynthetic symbiont algae (plants) is an adaptive response used by corals to tolerate brief periods of unusually warm seawater. The coral polyps are somewhat like jellyfish, nearly transparent, so when the algae are rejected the white calcium carbonate of the coral structure appears to have been bleached. Most corals recover from bleaching when the ocean cools and then ingest new symbiont algae. It has also been conclusively demonstrated that coral grow faster when CO2 is higher because CO2 is the food for the photosynthetic symbionts that provide energy (sugars) to the coral polyps. In fact both land and ocean plants are growing faster now than they were before human emissions of CO2 rose due to fossil fuel use. There is a strong case to be made that human emissions of CO2 from burning fossil fuels has restored a balance to the global carbon cycle by returning CO2 to the atmosphere that had been gradually lost due to burial in sediments as fossil fuels. Not only did Exxon not kill the coral reefs, and not only were the coral reefs not drastically damaged and will recover relatively quickly, but the CO2 emitted from the fuel Exxon sells us to run our civilization is having a huge positive impact on the growth of food crops, trees, and much of wild nature. It’s time to stop demonizing CO2 and recognize it as the giver of life it really is.]]>

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