Well maybe I don’t have the whole story, but as of now, there are some really dumb people out there (media, USA government, environmentalist extremists…)! Did you know that by banning CFCs approximately 40 million deaths will occur or already have!!! CFCs were used by firefighters to extinguish fires. They were used as a refrigerant, and a surgical sterilizer. Not only that but they were the best extinguishers, refrigerants, and surgical sterilizers.
You know our buddy ozone, right? Yeah well he’s getting eaten by ultraviolet light, and there are some thin patches now and people are getting worried. Well unless you live on the South Pole you don’t need to be worried.
1. The only places where CFCs are eating away at the ozone layer are at the North and South Poles, principally the South Pole. The weather conditions at these sites are ideal for CFC-induced destruction of the ozone layer. These weather conditions do not exist elsewhere on the planet, so there is little chance of the problem spreading.
2. The total destruction of the ozone layer by CFCs is, by all best estimates, about 5% at the South Pole. To put this number in perspective, the amount of ozone in the ozone layer fluctuates naturally by about 50%! Thus, the natural ups and downs in the ozone layer are 10 times the amount of destruction that has been caused by CFCs.
3. Not a single illness (or death) can be traced to ozone destruction. The effect is simply too small to affect living organisms.
(Exploring Creation With Chemistry pg. 276 2nd edition)
So, I don’t know what all the fuss is about, in fact, why aren’t people putting up a fuss about the banning of CFCs?
Here are some resources to explore the controversy further:
Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism
Ecoscam: The False Prophets of Ecological Apocalypse
Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmentalism Rhetoric Threatens Our Future
Earth in the Balance