Ozone is an unstable molecule composed of three oxygen atoms (O3). An ordinary oxygen molecule has two oxygen atoms (O2). This compound is stable. It is the third oxygen atom that is chemically active. It seeks to bind with any substance amenable to oxidation. The approximate result is two new molecules: The stable oxygen (O2) plus an oxide of the other compound. If it were chlorine, for example, the reaction might look something like this: O3+O3+Cl=O2+O2+ClO2 Ozone's reactivity makes it harmful. It is one of the principal components of urban smog. Oxygenated fuels are used exclusively in most urban areas in the winter to keep it from forming. Incomplete burning of fossil fuels is the primary source man made ozone. Ozone exists at all levels of the atmosphere. It is slightly concentrated at upper levels. It is thinly dispersed (maximum concentration about 12 parts per million) among other stratospheric gases in a wide band between 10 and 50 kilometers above the surface. Ozone is created in this zone by a natural process, a reaction between sunlight and stratospheric oxygen. Levels fluctuate naturally, depending on the output of the sun and its angle of intensity. When the sun's energy diminishes over the Antarctic each winter, ozone production ceases and the concentration diminishes by about 60%. When the sun returns the following spring, the level rebuilds. The low point in this natural fluctuation is what "scientists" refer to as "The Ozone Hole." Ozone does absorb some ultraviolet radiation, and excessive ultraviolet radiation can be harmful. The facts don't support any conclusions regarding whether ozone is increasing or diminishing over the long run, however, or whether man is even more than just a small part of the cause. In meantime, Henny Penny, Goosey Loosey, and other noted scientists (remember the nursery rhyme about the animals who heard that the sky was falling?), are telling us we must go back to live in caves or the world will end tomorrow. Well, these guys have the facts and they can prove it! Here are some examples of their convoluted logic: 1) There is no "Ozone Hole", just a drop in the wintertime of the concentrations of ozone in the stratosphere. Each winter (with long periods of darkness) ozone levels drop over the Antarctic by 60%. They return again each spring with the sunlight. 2) Ozone levels fluctuate most dramatically over the Antarctic but CFC's are primarily produced in the Northern Hemisphere. 3) Ground-borne CFC's are heavier than air but they are supposed to preferentially travel to the stratosphere. This is not supposed to be true of ground-borne ozone, however, which is one of the primary pollutants produced by man. 4) We do not have any data on ozone levels over long periods of time. Any compound this unstable and diluted is bound to fluctuate wildly in its percentage concentration. A mere 1 part per million fluctuation would result in almost a 10% change in its level, a calamity according to the Chicken Little crowd. 3) A single volcano such as Mount Pinatubo puts more ozone depleting chemicals directly into the stratosphere than man has ever produced. Immediately after the explosion, ozone levels dropped worldwide. (OH MY GOODNESS! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!) Levels rebounded almost immediately through natural rejuvenation. 4) "Scientists" state that ultraviolet rays striking Antarctica in the winter increase dramatically due the decrease in the level of ozone. (Sunbathing in Antartica, anyone? - Winter Specials, going fast!) They report this could result in an increase of the cases of melanoma worldwide by 25%. This would mean 2,500 new cases each year of a serious but treatable disease. Contrast this the tens of millions that would die each year from food poisoning and starvation if we did not have refrigeration. 5) We are now pledged to spend trillions of dollars worldwide re-tooling our industry with a new, less efficient refrigerant to deal with a "crisis" that is probably just a result of observing natural phenomena. This money could be used for developments and in third world where there is real and immediate suffering. Instead it will find its way into the pockets of the people who control the alternative compounds, who lobby heavily on Capitol Hill. 6) Perhaps the best example of clear and careful thought came from our dear Vice-President Algore when he appeared on ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel about three years ago. Mr. Algore explained "when you spray from an aerosol can, the pressure sends those CFC's clear out the stratosphere. When a volcano blows up it just runs out on the ground." So I have a question for you if hair spray is that powerful then how many people are decapitated each year while spraying their hair with hair spray?! HEY ALGORE! Did you ever hear of Krakatoa? How about Mount Saint Helens? Mount Pinatubo? .. .. .. Hello? .. .. .. Al? .. .. .. Is anybody home? 7) It appears from the mechanics of the ozone cycle that levels have been fluctuating naturally for billions of years. "Scientists" now have tools to measure it, however, so now it is a "Crisis", and we are all going to die. Hey, we ARE all going to die! With these guys advising us, who needs Einstein? There is no "Ozone Layer" so there can be no "Hole" in it. What "scientists" call the "Ozone Hole" is really just fluctuations in the minute concentrations of ozone within a forty kilometer wide upper atmospheric zone. So-called "scientists" (who are supposed to be objective) have already decided that "The Sky is Falling!" and man is the culprit. In the meantime, their analysis defies all logic. Their solution is to spend trillions worldwide to re-tool our refrigeration equipment with a less efficient alternative that we have no reason to believe is any less reactive. AND GUESS WHAT! AL GORE & CLINTON HAVE ALREADY AGREED THAT WE WILL DO IT! Is this a great country, or what? Jesus! What else in this miserable world!