Thursday, July 16, 2009

Free Fertilization from Power Stations?

There seems to be a lot of wastage going on in this world.

We have umpteen billions of dollars being spent on useless or unproductive 'climate change" research in order to keep the global warming hysteria bandwagon going, which pleases our Great Green Profit, Al Gore and the mad political leaders of the Western World.

Millions of dollars are misdirected on funding "clean energy" and "clean coal technology" which is the bizarre idea of trying to bury underground the CO2 emissions coming from a coal-fired power station. To do this it is estimated to consume some 80% more of the coal resource in energy required. What a great saving! For the Greens and global warmers, black is white, red is green, up is down, and vice versa, if need be, if it will help to support their eco-religious belief system!

It is a pity that some of these research funds could not be directed towards some of the positive, or beneficial aspects of CO2 emissions!

We seem to rely solely on the gas monitoring station on top of Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii for CO2 content of the atmosphere, which produces a continuously increasing level of CO2, now ca 385 ppm, as time goes by. It is their graph that causes the concern of the global warmers. This increase of CO2 must be stopped hence we need the drastic restrictions on emissions proposed by Kyoto.

It makes me suspicious when only one source of scientific data is used to support a theory. Look at the IPCC thinking they have a monopoly of wisdom to advise Governments on climate and energy policies!

The global warmers keep very quiet about variability of atmospheric CO2. In all their offices it is sure to be up around 1000 ppm without harmful effects.

Is there any research done on the variablity of atmospheric CO2 in the region around a coal-fired power station? Is it possible to make use of the CO2 emissions from such a power station (or like industrial activity) to fertilize adjacent agricultural activity? If there were appreciable areas where CO2 content was say 500 - 600 ppm then this would benefit the growing of crops or forests. Instead of burying CO2 why not devise the technical means of using and channeling it directly for agriculture use?

Surely this idea is worthy of industry and Government support?

Friday, July 3, 2009

What is Carbon Pollution?

Carbon Pollution is the term used in the Labor Party's climate change bill., viz "Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme 2009 bill". It is a meaningless term deliberately designed to demonize carbon and its compounds.

No where is provided a definition of these words so that we know what they are talking about.

The element carbon comes in a variety of states, well known as crystalline diamond, which opens the possibility that diamond engagement rings are polluting the world.

Then we have soot, or an amorphous form of particulate carbon formed on incomplete combustion of carbon bearing material; this can rightly be classified as a pollutant.
Then we have the idea that the word carbon is used very loosely to embrace certain carbon compounds, notably CO2 gas (harmless), and CO gas (poisoness).

Geochemists do use the word "carbon" to embrace all carbon compounds, hence the term "Carbon Cycle" which is the study of how the element and its compounds move around with time through the earth's atmosphere, oceans and rocks.

However, the very minor undesirable production of the pollutants, soot and CO gas , during combustion is smeared over to include CO2 which is NOT a pollutant, but a vital component of the biosphere and all living matter.

The prevention of formation, and/or removal of these known pollutants is easily overcome.
A properly tuned engine running on hydrocarbon fuels should not produce black smoke or much CO gas. Catalytic converters are now standard equipment on cars and largely overcome the problem.

CO2 is a colorless, harmless gas, which means that you can't see it , even though TV news reporters may think otherwise. White "smoke" is simply condensed water vapor like the fluffly white cumulous clouds that you see on a fine summer's day. Oh what deception there is on TV news bulletins these days. More on this later.

These topics are pondered over in the Helium article:
"Climate change and global warming: What should we do about it"