Tuesday, March 3, 2015

new fossil fuel happy talk

Oil field sequestration is Science Fiction standing squarely on a myth, all are leaking.

You might have heard of this, it's the newest "happy talk" pretending to be "clean energy".  As the quote above said, it's a myth and the few in experimental use are all leaking.  This system is to capture CO2 from a power plant or other facility and pump into old oil wells.  First the power plant has to be near oil wells, second it is so energy intensive it takes 30% of the power plants energy to do it.  Underground CO2 is free to move around, it's not like coal where it's an integral part of the rock, it moves around, follows the pipe, moves in water, moves through earth, percolates back to the environment.  The only benefit this has is as an advertising tool for the fossil fuel industry and to take government grant money from more deserving technologies.
The best technology would be to not make CO2 when you make power, wind and solar fit that niche.

Monday, February 2, 2015

35° hotter in the Arctic before 2090 - scorpions OK with that.

By 2090, your grandkids are going to wonder why you didn't do something.  16°C, thats about 35° Fahrenheit higher temperatures in the arctic than today.  Look at central US 12°f higher, northeast 18°f hotter.

Before 2050 temps in the US are estimated to be 8°f to 10°f higher than today.

As a farmer I guarantee you, corn, wheat, tomatoes, peaches, they do not produce at 130°f.  Cucumbers and cattle don't, scorpions do.

So, adapt the deniers say, no big deal.  Adapt, like move crops to cooler climates.  Yea, but proper soil types may not exist there, food crops only grow in certain soil conditions, what about sunlight, you can't move crops to mild weather where the sun only shines a few weeks a year.  With temps changing so fast, you can't start almond trees in a cold climate so they will be mature in a good climate, they would freeze out currently.  Likewise if we wait to start it there when temps are right, by the time it matures it will be so hot it will kill it in it's new location.

It's time for a carbon tax and dividend.  Tax carbon at the point it enters the economy.  I'll explain it later, maybe tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Marco, thank you for the cancer, asthma, birth defects, mercury, dirty snow, smog, thanks.

Here is how we know humans are responsible for the rise in CO2 warming our atmosphere and acidifying the oceans.  Not all CO2 is created equal.  Naturally occurring carbon dioxide differs from that which was sequestered underground for millions of years.  CO2 picks up a radioactive isotope when it's created, but these decay, the half life of this isotope is 5,730 years.  The organic plants and animals buried for millions of years and transformed to oil gas and coal have long been depleated of this isotope.  When the air is sampled scientist can see how many carbon dioxide atoms belong to the natural cycle, and how many were thrown into the sky by human activity.  In this way we know the CO2 that has been increasing since the last years of the 1700's are all from burning fossil fuel.
Marco doesn't get it.  He also doesn't get the Cuba thing, or the immigrant thing, not ready 2 lead.