In light of the EPA's decision (at the behest of the U.S. Supreme Court) to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, a big push to oppose that listing is bubbling up from the plastic "roots" of AstroTurf Nation.
A group calling themselves CO2 Is Green is going public with a campaign to propagate one of the biggest misconceptions about the whole CO2 debate: Because it is biologically necessary for plant life, CO2 is, by extension, good for plants and animals, in any and all quantities. The problem with this logic, however, is that it focuses on the wrong scale entirely.
Put it this way, just like water is necessary for plant life to flourish, too much water can kill a plant, flood a field or a farm, and if there is enough of it, wipe out entire towns and cities. Just like CO2, water is a critical component of photosynthesis. But just because they are both necessary, we cannot make the logical leap that more is necessarily better.
"Congress is considering a law that would classify carbon dioxide as pollution. This will cost us jobs. There is no scientific evidence that CO2 is a pollutant. In fact, higher CO2 levels than we have today would help the earth's ecosystems and would support more plant and animal life. Please take action. Contact your senator and congressman today and remind them CO2 is not pollution and more CO2 results in a greener earth. Go to CO2isgreen.com, because we all need CO2."