Monday, December 7, 2015

                             A TWO PEACE PIPE PROBLEM

Presidential hopefuls who complain of Vast Right Wing Conspiracies can breathe easy. New science shows that  nefarious oil magnates and tobacco -banning social engineers both benefit from subsidizing climate denial and resistance to carbon prohibition.
The cabal of oral sadists tort lawyers already basking in the cash flow from the Tobacco Master settlement can rejoice in the knowledge that as surely as anthropogenic CO2 raises global temperatures, it decreases the level of nicotine in tobacco :

Volume 11, Issue 10     October 2005   Pages 1798–1807
Alterations in the production and concentration of selected alkaloids as a function of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and air temperature: implications for ethno-pharmacology

Abstract The influence of recent and projected changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration [CO2] with and without concurrent increases in air temperature was determined with respect to growth characteristics and production of secondary compounds (alkaloids) in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) and jimson weed (Datura stramonium L.) over a ca. 50-day period...The secondary compounds evaluated included the alkaloids, nicotine, atropine and scopolamine. These compounds are generally recognized as having impacts with respect to herbivory as well as human physiology. 

Rising [CO2] reduced the concentration of nicotine in tobacco;... these data suggest that the increase in [CO2] and temperature associated with global climate change may have significant effects not only with respect to herbivory, but on the production of secondary compounds of pharmacological impact.