We have been hearing about the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions and all the efforts the various countries are making to reduce the carbon emissions.

The operation of a Prius Hybrid cuts down on the carbon emissions and saves energy. Buying fabric grocery bags is part of the “green revolution.” The idea is to throw out your non-green cleaning supplies, reduce your use of toilet paper to only two squares, sell your SUV and perhaps speed boat, and get everyone in your family a bicycle replacing the casual use of cars.

The need to avoid CO-2 emissions runs deep. You should do away with your 50-cent light bulbs and get $10 light bulbs, and put bricks in your toilet tank so you cut down on the amount of water that you reserve in the tank. All of this to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions and our dependence on oil.

If Professor Ian Plimer of Australia is to be believed, all of these efforts on carbon dioxide emissions have amounted to removing a bucket of sand from Old Orchard Beach. Plimer is an academic geologist with a PhD at the University of Adelard in Australia. He serves on the board of many mining companies and he believes that all these efforts of saving energy and concern for carbon dioxide emissions is nuts.

There are those who will call Plimer a nut, but he makes some very interesting points. His first point is the volcanic eruption in Iceland, which lasted for four days, has in term of CO-2 emissions, far exceeded all efforts made in the last five years to reduce CO-2 emissions.

Plimer further explains that there are 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out crude every day, creating CO-2 emissions. The Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption in 1991 sent out more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted during all its years on earth. The professor also stated every time there is a brush fire in the western United States or Australia, that, too, emits carbon into the atmosphere.

It is Plimer’s opinion, as well as others who have done similar analyses, that we do not have an CO-2 emission problem in this country. We must bear in mind that carbon dioxide in itself is not evil. It is the very chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and then synthesize into oxygen for human and animal life.

Quite often, this country is duped into thinking we have a disaster requiring the huge expenditure of funds, grants and loans. The world-shattering event takes on a life of its own with preparations to deal with the event far exceeding the potential risk of the event itself.

What we are really seeing is just part of many cycles the Earth has gone through over the centuries. An example of what we are talking about is all the effort that went into avoiding global warming. Global warming is now termed “climate change,” with facts now bearing up the planet has actually cooled by 0.7 degrees in the past century.

The professor from Australia has raised some very interesting issues and makes some real points on whether we are really having an emissions problem. Before we implement — at great costs — all these efforts to cut down on emissions, we might want to question whether it’s necessary, how imminent is it and if there really is a problem in the first place.