Wouldn't pure nitrogen be better by this same criterion, and wouldn't need to be pumped out to restore a normal atmosphere.
Early laser development: a solution in search of applications
Early graphene development: A plethora of applications for a substance we still can't manufacture.
Not from high-mindedness, though. What I suspect will happen is that everybody will try to glean support for their personal worldview by studying the aliens, which will at first will mainly consist of jumping to self-serving conclusions ("See - I found something that proves creation!")
The zone of lawlessness is created when you attorneys general will not indict cops for even the most radical forms of misbehavior. This behavior of course includes offenses that the little people regularly get nailed for, such as choking people to death on the street not in self-defense, plowing into a cyclist because you were texting, or (just this morning!) stealing nude images off women's cellphones and spreading them around for the lulz on social media.
To generalize this a little: ifI find myself stuck in line with no reading material, I can read another chapter of a novel on my phone (the Kindle app automatically syncs to my place in the book), but I defy anyone to read a textbook or fill out a tax form on the phone.
So finally, the government does something for the consumer rather than the biggest corporate monopoly, and there's all this butthurt? You people are slaughtering that gift horse and serving up chevalineburgers to the hungry multitudes.
But it took place in a winter that has seen less than normal snowfall up to now, meaning that no storm at all would also have been evidence of global warming. Heating of the ocean would cause additional evaporation which has to come down as rain somewhere, per your hypothesis, but to dedicated Church of Warminetics operating thetans, the primary effect of ocean warming is drought, drought everywhere.
That's what's so cool about this proposal. If it works, it will be hailed as a breakthrough in astronomy. If the solar wind blows it away, it will be hailed as a breakthrough in solar sail technology.
If the blizzard had been the monster they were hyping, that also would have been proof of global warming.
It's going to be a funny-looking quadcopter with a thousand-foot rotor span. Good luck getting that into a spacecraft shell and then assembled after landing.
I also suspect that the part of the antinuclear movement which is not composed of idiots is composed of oil companies.
In the days when the Doomsday Clock was published by actual atomic scientists, it measured their perception of how imminent the Cold War danger was. The end of Communism cut the Doomsday Clockers adrift, much as Salk vaccine did to the March of Dimes.
So are the SJWs who found this thing in the attic and dusted it off advancing the clock because of carbon, or because of Islam? Let me guess...
Upon idly flipping through the inflight magazine, she asks, "So when do we get to the SkyMall?"
You're that one eighty-year-old chain smoker that each of us knows. You are proof in your own mind that smoking has no effect on health.
Oh, and drone the terrorists wherever we may find them.
With your own body, yes, in the same way that we have a basic right in this country to own guns. But if you showed up at work brandishing your weapon and randomly firing it into the air over the heads of crowds, then your employer would say that this right of yours ends where other bodies begin. It's the same way with your right to walk around unvaccinated.