I just wondered about something that I was thinking of based on the 'clean coal" debate, and I was hoping that someone here could point me in the right direction.
Basically, one of the bugaboos about "clean coal" (Is it for real, BTW?) is that it's going to boost CO2 emissions. CO2 is bad because it contributes to global warming, supposedly.
Well, has anyone ever looked into this issue: How much CO2 do carbonated drinks release into the atmosphere annually? I mean, it's pretty safe to say that there are a hell of a lot of carbonated drinks made and consumed on earth every year. I mean, the number has got to be in the hundreds of millions, just in america, and it's not just canned soda, but how about fountain drinks? How much CO2 is in a typical can of cola, and how much in a big gulp?
So I was wondering if anyone's every looked into how much Co2 carbonated drinks release into the air every year and if that amount is significant.
I did a quick websearch for "Carbonated drinks and global warming" and got nothing but some snarky neocon blogs attacking al gore. Anyone here have something a bit more useful on the issue?
BTW, I'm not for banning CO2 as we need it for some things. I mean, we could switch from carbonated to non carbonated drinks, sure, most carbonated drinks are bad for you anyway, if they're bad for the planet that's even more reason to switch. But we can't get rid of all CO2, I mean, we need CO2 fire extinguishers. really, we need them, I mean, if the arctic thaws due to global warming it might release the Blob, and then we'd need Co2 fire extinguishers to defend ourselves against it. Likewise we need Co2 guns for kids because having your own air gun is part of being a kid, but maybe we don't need so much carbonated drinks.