Hydrogen is very flammable. It’s why we use helium in our blimps. Because using hydrogen is just too dangerous. As the Hindenburg disaster has shown us.
So hydrogen is a pretty dangerous thing to be messing with. Unlike gasoline. Which is pretty safe and stable in the liquid form. You could even put out a cigarette in a puddle of gasoline. It’s dangerous doing so. And you shouldn’t try it. But the most dangerous thing about gasoline is its vapor. Ignite that and there will be an explosion. Which is what happens inside our internal combustion engines. Where our cars first aerosolizes the gasoline, mixes it with air, compresses it and then ignites it. Of course that explosion is deep within our engines. Where it can’t harm us. Still, it isn’t advised to smoke while refueling. Because there are gas vapors typically where there is gas. And you don’t want you car exploding like the Hindenburg.
Fuel cells use hydrogen to make electric power. All you have to do is stop at your hydrogen fueling station and fill up your hydrogen tanks. Just don’t smoke while doing this. Because hydrogen in its natural state is an explosive gas. This danger aside the hydrogen fuel cell is about to give the all-electric car a run for its money. And last’s night meal may be providing the hydrogen (see POO-power comes to California: Orange County residents to trial SUVs fuelled by human waste by Mark Prigg posted 2/25/2014 on the Daily Mail).
The fuel-cell powered Tucson can drive for 50 miles per kilogram of hydrogen, and its two tanks hold about 5.64 kilograms (12.4 pounds).
Costs of compressed gas in California range from about $5 to $10 per kilogram, depending on the facility, and it takes around three minutes to fill the tank.
Hyundai says it hopes the technology will become popular – and will take on the electric car as the eco-vehicle of choice.
‘Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles represent the next generation of zero-emission vehicle technology, so we’re thrilled to be a leader in offering the mass-produced, federally certified Tucson Fuel Cell to retail customers,’ said John Krafcik of Hyundai Motor America.
‘The superior range and fast-fill refueling speed of our Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle contrast with the lower range and slow-charge characteristics of competing battery electric vehicles.
‘We think fuel cell technology will increase the adoption rate of zero-emission vehicles, and we’ll all share the environmental benefits.’
If you crunch the numbers and compare it to a gasoline-powered Ford Taurus the numbers aren’t so good. A Ford Taurus gets 29 miles per gallon on the highway. And has an 18 gallon gas tank. Which means one tank of gas will take you 522 miles on the highway. At $3 per gallon for gas that one tank of gas will cost you $54. By comparison the fuel cell gives you only 282 miles on a full tank. And costs between $28.20 and $56.40 for a full tank. Dividing cost per mile that comes to somewhere between $0.10 and $0.20 per mile. While the gasoline-powered Ford Taurus costs about $0.10 per mile.
So at best the fuel cell will have a fuel cost equal to the gasoline-powered engine. But it only has about 54% the range on a full tank. Meaning you’ll have to stop about twice as often to fuel up with the fuel cell. And good luck not blowing yourself up playing with hydrogen at the fuel pump. That is if you can even find hydrogen fueling stations along your drive. The only real good thing you can say about a fuel cell when comparing it to a gasoline-powered car is at least it’s not as bad as an all-electric car. And those zero-emissions? Sorry, that’s not exactly true. The hydrogen may be zero-emissions but making the hydrogen isn’t.
First, sewage is separated into water and biosolids.
The waste water is cleaned, filtered and treated for reuse, while solid waste is piped into airless tanks filled with microbes.
A byproduct of their digestion is a gas that’s 60 percent methane and about 40 percent carbon dioxide, which is burned at the plant for power generation.
However, some is filtered and piped into a unique, stationary ‘tri-generation’ fuel-cell device, designed by the Irvine team, that produces electricity, heat and hydrogen.
The hydrogen gas is then piped several hundred feet to the public pump where fuel-cell autos are refueled daily.
Almost half of the source gas is carbon dioxide. And carbon dioxide has carbon in it. This is the same gas they want to shut down coal-fired power plants for producing. Oh, and methane? That’s a greenhouse gas. This is the gas coming out of the butts of cows and pigs that some are saying are warming the planet. And when you burn methane guess what you get? Water and carbon dioxide. More manmade carbon emissions. That’s a lot of global warming they’re creating in the effort to prevent global warming.
This is one thing fuel cells share with all-electric cars. They may be emission free. But the chemistry to make them emission-free isn’t. We’re still putting carbon into the atmosphere. We’re just doing it in different places. And if we are wouldn’t it be cheaper and easier just to keep using gasoline?
Democrats lie because they have a Track Record of doing things Poorly
Democrats lie. They have to. Because they want power. And they have no good reason for accumulating it. They lied about Obamacare to pass it into law. With the top Democrat telling the biggest lie of 2013. President Obama. “If you like your insurance plan you can keep it. Period.” They lied because they want the power to control one-sixth of the U.S. economy. Even if they reduce the quality of health care. Which they will. So they can spend the ensuing years demanding more money (i.e., higher taxes) to fix Obamacare.
They blamed the killing of 4 Americans including our ambassador in Benghazi on a YouTube video. Even the left-leaning (it leans so far left it has actually fallen over) New York Times is rehashing this story. Saying it was a spontaneous uprising over that YouTube video that had nothing to do with al Qaeda. Despite using military armaments like rocket propelled grenades and pre-sighted motors. Things crowds don’t typically have on them to commit spontaneous mischief. But President Obama’s 2012 campaign claimed that President Obama had al Qaeda reeling. And just couldn’t let the American people know that they were negligent in protecting Americans in Benghazi. Which was so dangerous that the British had pulled out before the anniversary of 9/11. But they still denied Ambassador Stevens’ request for more security. Despite the anniversary of 9/11 being around the corner. Because it wouldn’t look good during a campaign that claimed to have al Qaeda reeling.
So Democrats lie. Because they have a track record of doing things poorly. Preventing them from saying “let us do this and that and the other thing because we have a great track record of doing this and that and the other thing.” When in fact their track record is so poor that no one would ask them to do more so we can enjoy more failure. So they lie. To expand the size of government. So they can reach out and strangle the private sector. Such as with their lies about global warming that raised the cost of heating our homes. As well as to light our homes. Making the incandescent light bulb now illegal. Forcing us to use more costly lower wattage lamps. Compact fluorescents. And LEDs. So we use less energy. And put less carbon into the atmosphere. Because manmade global warming is killing us.
You can irrigate a Desert and grow Grass but you can’t grow Grass where Ice and Snow cover the Soil
One of the iconic images of the American Revolutionary War is our troops freezing at Valley Forge. The winter was brutal. And for good reason. It was part of the Little Ice Age. A period of cooling from approximately 1350 to about 1850. Where temperatures fell. Making the winters colder. Longer. And snowier. Rivers and harbors froze that don’t freeze today. Glaciers destroyed mountain top villages. And the shorter and wetter growing seasons caused famines in many countries. Famines in France, Norway and Sweden killed about 10% of their populations. Famines in Estonia and Finland killed more.
A cooling climate is dangerous. It shortens the growing season. Leaving people hungry, malnourished and sickly. For you need sun, warmth and moist soil (not mud) through many months to grow food. If you don’t you have poor harvests. Providing less food for the people to eat. And less forage to sustain livestock over the winter. Which reduces the food supply during the winter further. Giving you famines. Like those in the Little Ice Age.
Dubai is a city in a desert. From May through September they get less than one inch of rain each month. The average high in July is 105.4 degrees. The average high in January is 75.2 degrees. The average annual humidity is 59.8%. So Dubai is hot and dry. A city of buildings and sand. But you know what else Dubai has? Lush, green, championship golf courses. Something Greenland doesn’t have. Because you can irrigate a desert and grow grass. But you can’t grow grass where ice and snow cover the soil. And the same holds true for food. Making a cooling climate far more dangerous than a warming climate. As those valiant soldiers at Valley Forge could have attested to.
Because of Global Warming Dr. David Viner said in 2000, “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
The global warming alarmists have been warning that the polar ice caps are melting. And the poor polar bears have no ice to rest on. Soon the ice will all melt and flood our coastal regions. They say this even today. Interestingly, a ship is retracing the steps of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson in the Antarctic. Whose expedition suffered horribly during the winter months there about a century earlier. The current expedition is aboard the MV Akademik Shokalski. Which has been stuck in the ice since Christmas Eve. And this during the summer months in the Antarctic.
Noted climate ‘scientist’ at the University of East Anglia, Dr. David Viner, said in 2000 that because of global warming “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” Currently, the eighth winter storm this year, Winter Storm Hercules, is dumping over a foot of snow from Buffalo to Boston. With blizzard warnings for Cape Cod and Long Island. And bitter cold Arctic air will follow the snow. About as bad as it was at Valley Forge. With another winter storm following Winter Storm Hercules. Funny. Here we are almost 14 years later and there is still snow. Proving how wrong the global warming alarmists have been.
Still, the global warming alarmists say we must fight global warming. To allow the climate to cool. Even though history has shown that a cooling climate leads to hunger, malnourishment and sickness. And famine. But the left fights for those things. Why? Because there ain’t a damn thing you can do with regulations to warm the planet. But if you paint manmade global warming as the villain you can blame carbon. And regulate the hell out of the economy. And that’s something they will never let go of. Hence their lying. Because they just don’t want to give up the power that allowed them to make the incandescent light bulb illegal.
Britain is green. They have made the prevention of manmade global warming a national goal. They’re gradually doing away with carbon-based energies. Like coal-fired power plants. And replacing them with green things like wind farms. Although one large wind project just got derailed. The £4bn ($6.6 billion US) Atlantic Array project in the Bristol Channel. But just the fact that they were going to spend $6.6 billion to build an offshore wind farm shows you how committed they are in going green. Of course one might ask where does one get $6.6 billion to build a wind farm? Simple. You just add a green levy to everyone’s utility bill (see Energy policies just rob Peter to pay Paul by Telegraph View posted 12/1/2013 on The Telegraph).
Yesterday morning, George Osborne and Ed Balls both graced the sofa of the Andrew Marr Show as part of a pre-Autumn Statement offensive to woo the voters. Perhaps the biggest issue of the day was the fate of the green levies on consumers’ bills – a policy that Ed Miliband began as energy secretary and which the Tories embraced in office as a way of proving their environmentalist credentials. Now the consensus that the consumer should be forced to pick up the tab for saving the planet is gone, thanks to sky-rocketing energy costs. But the solutions proposed by Mr Osborne and Mr Balls may not be enough to induce a warm glow in the heart of the hard-pressed voter.
Mr Balls had nothing compelling to say. He made some noises about “value for money” and said that anything the Government could do to reduce costs was welcome. But it was Labour, after all, that introduced the green levies and remains committed to unreasonable decarbonisation targets. The party’s core pledge now is to freeze prices after the 2015 election. It is, as Mr Osborne called it, “back of a fag packet” stuff. Labour can do nothing to control global energy prices; a price freeze could put smaller providers out of business; and the likely outcome is that companies will simply hike bills before the freeze comes into effect. This variety of socialist populism typically ends up hurting the economy in the long run.
However, there are serious flaws in Mr Osborne’s alternative. Although the average bill could fall by £50 under the Government’s plan, some bills are predicted to rise by £120.
First of all, “back of a fag packet” isn’t a gay slur. A fag is slang for cigarette in the UK. And a fag packet is a pack of cigarettes. So “back of a fag packet” stuff is a plan with so little meaningful details that they can write it out on one side of a pack of cigarettes. It’s sort of like us yanks writing out something on the back of a cocktail napkin. It’s not detailed stuff. And probably not stuff thought out well. Hence the disparaging tone of George Osborne’s criticism of the Labour Party’s idea of a price freeze.
As interesting as this explanation was it’s what is in the following paragraph that is of note. The rise in the average bill of £120. This is the green levy on the people’s average utility bill. Which comes to $197.16 in US dollars. This is the cost of all those wind turbines they’re building. A number so painful that Britons everywhere are saying that this manmade global warming? It isn’t as bad as I once thought it was. So we can stop building these silly windmills. Especially those that cost $6.6 billion. Let’s just leave those beautiful coal-fired power plants on line. So I can afford to feed my family. For I know my history. And my Dickens. England during the Industrial Revolution was a filthy place. Where workers—and everything else—were covered in soot and ashes. And despite all of this manmade carbon it was not warm and balmy during those times. No. People struggled to both eat. And stay warm. England is cleaner today and yet we are suffering from manmade global warming? Right, pull the other.
Britain’s green ambitions have been dealt a blow as a big six energy company has pulled the plug on one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, with the political storm enveloping the industry threatening the multibillion-pound investments needed to meet emissions targets and head off a looming capacity crunch.
Weeks after warning that the government was treating environmental subsidies as a “political football”, the German-owned RWE npower is pulling out of the £4bn Atlantic Array project in the Bristol Channel because the economics do not stack up.
The move comes as figures show that energy firms reaped a 77% increase in profits per customer last year, due to bill increases that the big six say are partly due to government green levies…
The Renewable Energy Association (REA), which lobbies for more low-carbon power, said government infighting over subsidies was causing deep uncertainty in the industry…
“We need assurances from George Osborne in the autumn statement about where we stand,” said a spokesman for the REA. “Nick Clegg says one thing about the green levies, Michael Fallon [the energy minister] another…”
RWE indicated that the government might have to raise green subsidies – and thus increase bills or the burden on the taxpayer – after admitting that technical difficulties had pushed the price up so far that it could not be justified under the current subsidy regime.
But RWE has already pulled out of a £350m nuclear-power project, is selling its DEA North Sea oil business and last week disposed of part of its UK gas and electricity supply arm. Developers have been warning for some time that they would need more subsidies from the government if ministers were to realise low-carbon energy targets.
RWE was in partnership to build that nuclear project. Which cost in total £696m. Or 17% of the cost of the £4bn Atlantic Array project in the Bristol Channel. Which they say will power one million homes. Of course, that would be only when the wind is blowing. But not blowing too fast. For there is a small window for safe wind speeds these turbines can generate power at. Giving them a low capacity factor (the amount of power they could produce over a period of time at full nameplate capacity and the actual power they produced over that period). About 30% in Britain. Whereas nuclear power is about 90%. Which is why we use it for baseload power. Because it’s always there. Even when the wind is blowing too slow. Or too fast. So that Atlantic Array wasn’t going to provide reliable power for a million homes. In fact, on a calm day it will provide no power to any home. Which begs the question why spend £4bn for unreliable power when you can spend £696m for reliable power?
Worse, wind power requires government subsidies. So much that companies won’t build wind farms unless they get government subsidies. Something you don’t need to build a nuclear power plant. And to rub salt in an open wound those subsidies are paid for with levies on the family utility bill. Or higher taxes. Forcing these families to get by on less. While these green energy firms are seeing rising profits. Because of the money the government takes from the households and gives to the green energy firms in the form of subsidies. Which begs another question. Why charge the British people so much more for clean energy when they can get it for far less from nuclear power? At 17% of the cost for the Atlantic Array project?
When it comes down to it renewable energy is crony capitalism at its worst. Huge transfers of money from the private sector to the public sector. Where they turn around and give to their friends in green energy companies in the form of lucrative contracts and fat subsidies. After taking some off the top for their expenses, of course. If it wasn’t they’d be building less costly and more reliable nuclear power plants to be green. Instead of building these green elephants all over the place.
Do you know why it was so cold at Valley Forge during the American Revolution? We were in a mini ice age at the time. The Little Ice Age (from about 1350 to 1850). Introduced by the Black Death. The greatest plague in human history. As the earth continued to cool we got shorter growing seasons. And wetter growing seasons. Leading to a little famine. And war. As nations struggled to feed themselves with shorter, colder and wetter growing seasons. Plunging the world into centuries of world war. Including the previously noted American Revolution. Which followed the Seven Years’ War. And was a prelude to the Napoleonic Wars. And there were plenty more wars before, after and in between.
Disease, famine and war. No, cold isn’t good. Warm is good. Just ask Napoleon. Who was beaten by the brutal Russian winter. Or those who died from cold, famine and disease at Valley Forge. Yet there are those who believe that cold is better than warm (see Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer, posted 11/8/2013 on Yahoo! News).
Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They’re likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.
Actually, history has shown all of these things are worse during times of global cooling. When disease, famine and war were the norm. Hitler invaded the Soviet Union for Lebensraum. Living space. Which meant taking the breadbasket of Europe for the German people. The Ukraine. A lot of wars have been fought over food. And the less food there is the more frequent and brutal the wars. For those who have no food suffer famine and die.
We’ve been putting carbon in the atmosphere since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution (1760ish). We’ve been burning coal in our steam engines, locomotives, ships, steel plants, and our home furnaces for centuries. The smoke, soot and ash was so thick and heavy that we made our city trains electric. Because they don’t block out the sun when they run like our steam locomotives did. Then coal gave way to petroleum products. And the glorious internal combustion engine. The greatest game changer in the history of man.
We’ve just been putting more and more carbon in the air since 1760. And in those 250 or so years has any of the global warming doom and gloom come to pass? No. The world population has grown. Because our food supply has grown. And life expectancies have grown longer throughout this period because there have been fewer plagues, famines and wars. The Pax Britannica (the British Peace) lasted about a century (1815–1914). And the Pax Americana (the American Peace) has been going on since the end of World War II (1945). We suffered some horrendous wars during these periods of peace but they were the exception not the rule. In large part because the Little Ice Age had ended. And the world was warming once again.
Once upon a time the glaciers nearly reached down from the poles to the equator. Then they retreated back towards the poles. And they moved these great distances before man was adding any carbon to the atmosphere. Which means glaciers were melting more before man started adding carbon to the atmosphere. Pretty much debunking the theory of manmade global warming. Yet when a glacier moves a fraction of what they once did people believe it’s global warming Armageddon (see Ancient forest revealed 1,000 years after being ‘entombed’ in gravel as Alaskan glacier melts by Steve Nolan posted 10/10/2013 on Mail Online).
An ancient forest which is thought to have been hidden for at least 1,000 years has been discovered beneath a melting glacier…
The forest is said to have been shielded from the ice by a tomb of gravel which most likely encased the forest as Initial carbon dating tests suggest that the gravel tomb, which is around 5ft high, may have been formed at least 1,000 years ago.
As glaciers develop they often emit summer meltwater streams which produce aprons of gravel…
But while the find has excited scientists, locals are concerned about the prospect of glacial melting.
They are worried about the threat of rising sea levels and the loss of freshwater sources relied upon for drinking water.
If you go back 1,000 years you are in the era of the Eastern Roman Empire. Or the Byzantine Empire. With its capital Constantinople on the Bosporus. Modern day Istanbul. The Western Roman Empire may have fallen by then but the Eastern half was still around. So there were Romans walking the earth the last time these trees saw the light of day.
Now, interesting thing about the Roman Empire was that they did not have the internal combustion engine. They did not have jet planes flying across the globe. They did not have coal-fired power plants. They did not even have the steam engine. So the Romans were putting little carbon into the atmosphere. In fact, manmade carbon during the Roman Empire was little different than it was for all of time before the Roman Empire. Yet the glaciers moved down from the poles towards the equator and retreated numerous times. All without the help of manmade global warming.
Another way to look at this is this life-killing glacier entombed a forest. Killing all forest life. And forcing what life remained fleeing in front of this life-killing glacier as it advanced down from the poles. Now this killer is retreating. Allowing life to return where it once had killed it. Funny we don’t celebrate that. We celebrate the end of winter. When life returns after a few months of winter. But when a glacier gives up its dead people feel sorry for the glacier. Not its victims.
Global Warming Activists are Anti-Capitalists who want the US to be a European Social Democracy
Democrats lie. It’s the only way they can advance a liberal agenda the people don’t want. In the Nineties they warned us about impending doom from manmade global warming. They said their science told them that within a decade global temperatures would rise so much that the polar icecaps would melt. And the rising oceans would flood our coastlines. While the hotter temperatures would turn our fertile farmland into desert. The left wasn’t saying this could happen. They were saying it was going to happen.
Well, it didn’t. Every dire prediction they made didn’t happen. The polar icecaps are still there. Our coastlines are still there. Our farmlands are still fertile. In fact, they’re so fertile that America has an obesity problem. Because we’re eating too much food. And we’re eating too much food because we are growing so much food thanks to those fertile farmlands. Why, we’re growing so much food that we’re using a large portion of our corn crop to make ethanol to burn in our cars.
So either the global warming crowd was so very wrong. Or they were lying the whole time. Why would they lie? Well, who exactly are the global warming activists? They’re not Republicans. They’re not conservatives. They’re liberals. And it just so happens that they want the same thing liberal democrats want. An ever growing regulatory environment strangling our businesses. For these people are, generally, anti-capitalists. Who want the United States to become a European social democracy. Where there is fairness. Egalitarianism. And no rich people. Other than those in government.
The Climate Scientists were wrong about Manmade Global Warming and their Hurricane Predictions
Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and costliest hurricane to hit the United States. And the left said, “See? Global warming.” Not only that they said this was only the beginning. And because of manmade global warming we could expect a lot more Hurricane Katrinas. In fact, it was a sure thing. Manmade global warming was going to fill the hurricane season with a lot more hurricanes. And a lot of them would be Hurricane Katrina bad. Or worse. And you could take that to the bank. Because their mathematical models proved this.
Well, it turned out these mathematical models were wrong. Since Katrina we’ve had nothing but mild hurricane seasons. Exactly the opposite of what the climate scientists said we would have. In fact, it took 7 years before we experienced another storm nearly as destructive as Katrina. Hurricane Sandy. Or Superstorm Sandy. As it wasn’t quite a hurricane. Though it was destructive. It wasn’t Hurricane Katrina destructive. Like the climate scientists said most hurricanes would be like following Katrina.
So either the climate scientists were just very bad at science. Or they’ve been lying. Or both. During the Seventies these same brilliant scientists were upset that the world’s governments wouldn’t heed their warnings and start storing food for the coming ice age. For they said it was a sure thing. And there was nothing we could do about it. Then another decade or so later these same climate scientists were warning us about global warming. Which was then a sure thing. As global cooling and ice ages was so yesterday’s climate.
The Left is Good at Lying because they keep the People Ignorant and Gullible
Today business is strangled by environmental regulations. The government is waging war against inexpensive and reliable coal-fired power plants. While spending our tax dollars on costly and unreliable renewable energy. Australia has a carbon tax. And Europe has an emissions trading scheme. To charge power plants, businesses, airlines, etc., for the carbon they exhaust into the atmosphere. Adding layers and layers of costs to everything we buy. All because the climate scientists said we were causing global warming. Warming the same planet they said was cooling a few decades earlier.
They were wrong. As they are on most things. In fact, they are some of the most ignorant smart people in the world. The political left. Who want to run our lives because they are so much smarter than we are. Yet their track record shows that they are not smarter than us. Or that they’re just very good liars. Who can tell the same lie over and over again and people will believe it. Like global warming. Or their Keynesian economic policies. Policies that have given us the Great Depression. The stagflation of the Seventies. Japan’s Lost Decade. The dot-com bubble and recession. The subprime mortgage crisis. And, of course, the European sovereign debt crisis.
Yet the left is very good at winning elections. And that’s because they are such good liars. For all of their policies are politically driven. They don’t care about manmade global warming. They just want to control the economy. So they can pick winners and losers. And enrich themselves. Which is why they will tell the same lie over and over again. Because they are so good at lying. And the people are so gullible. Because they are so ignorant. Thanks to our public schools. Which are controlled by the left (the teacher unions aren’t filling Republican campaign coffers). The problem with lying to advance your agenda, though, is that you can’t keep everyone ignorant forever. Eventually people grow up. They raise families and feel the direct result of the left’s costly policies. They live through 2 decades where there was no warming. They see few hurricanes despite predictions of record hurricane seasons. That’s why the left works so hard for the youth vote. Because they are just too young to have experienced these things. Young and dumb. The ideal Democrat voter. Who vote for the party that says sex is okay. And drugs aren’t that bad. Unlike their parents. Who are old enough to have experienced the left being so wrong for so long.
Trees love carbon dioxide. They breathe it in. And exhale oxygen. Allowing us to breathe. The more carbon dioxide they breathe the more oxygen we get. The happier the trees are. And the happier we are. So this is no surprise (see Redwoods and sequoias thrive despite climate change posted 8/26/2013 on CBS News).
A four-year study by the Save the Redwoods League called “the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative” found that due to changing environmental conditions, California’s coastal redwoods and giant sequoias are experiencing an unprecedented growth surge and have produced more wood over the past century than any other time in their lives.
Imagine that. Man made the trees grow faster. And here the global warming alarmists were wringing their hands over the deforestation of the rain forest. When there is nothing to worry about. For we are planting trees. And now we know we can make those trees grow faster. All we have to do is burn more fossil fuels.
The global warming alarmists can rest easy tonight. For man’s carbon footprint isn’t killing the planet. It’s making it grow like a son of a bitch.
The political left says we need to stop global warming RIGHT NOW before it’s too late to save the planet. And the children. Of course they’ve been saying that we need to do something RIGHT NOW since the Nineties. When global warming became all the rage. Leaving poor old global cooling and the coming ice age it foretold behind in the ash heap of fear mongering.
Why the change? Simple. What can you do to prevent global cooling? Force businesses to emit more carbon into the atmosphere? To remove carbon scrubbing equipment from power plants? To produce more of our electric power from coal-fired power plants and less from solar, wind and hydro? Reduce business taxes to lower the cost of electric power? Thus lowering electric utility costs to encourage people to use more?
As you can see these are all options that benefit taxpayers. Not the government. That’s why the 180-degree change from global cooling to global warming. Because government can combat global warming. By forcing businesses to emit less carbon into the atmosphere. To add carbon-scrubbing equipment to power plants. Produce more of our electric power from solar, wind and hydro (that the government can subsidize) and less from coal-fired power plants. Raise the cost of electric power generation to encourage people to use less. These things benefit the government. Not the taxpayer. For the whole purpose of fighting global warming is to transfer more wealth to the government. So they have more money to spend (see Australia to scrap carbon tax for trading scheme by AFP posted 7/14/2013 on Yahoo! 7 News).
Key greenhouse gas emitter Australia on Sunday announced it will scrap its carbon tax in favour of an emissions trading scheme that puts a limit on pollution from 2014, a year earlier than planned.
The move is set to cost the government billions of dollars but Treasurer Chris Bowen said cuts would be made elsewhere to compensate with the Labor Party sticking to its plan to return the budget to surplus in 2015-2016.
Bowen confirmed media reports that the fixed Aus$24.15 ($21.90) per tonne carbon tax would be dumped in favour of a floating price of between Aus$6 and Aus$10 per tonne from July 1, 2014, to ease cost of living pressures for families and help support the non-mining sectors of the economy.
The political left in Australia implemented a carbon tax to save Australia from global warming. Yet when they’re making changes in that program what is the BIG problem they have to address? Billions of dollars of lost tax revenue. As if they’re spending that money elsewhere. On government pork. Not just on subsidizing green energy. Which makes the carbon tax not about saving the planet. But about giving the government more money to spend. As governments everywhere have an insatiable appetite to spend money. So the carbon tax was a lie. Surprise, surprise.
And how do you get billions of dollars in additional tax revenue in the first place? By increasing the cost of living and business with more taxes. People don’t like paying more taxes. Politicians on the left understand that. Which is why they lie during political campaigns.
Former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard’s popularity sunk after she announced plans for the carbon tax in early 2011 — after pledging before her 2010 election that it would not be introduced by a government she led.
The policy backflip prompted protests around the country and conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, who opinion polls suggest will narrowly win the 2013 election, has vowed to abolish it.
Abbott on Sunday said the shift to 2014 was “just another Kevin con job”.
“Mr Rudd can change the name but whether it is fixed or floating it is still a carbon tax,” he said, adding that “it’s a bad tax, you’ve just got to get rid of it”.
Wherever you are in the world liberals make up a minority of the population. So the only way they win elections is by lying. President Clinton promised he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class. But after he won the election he raised taxes on the middle class. President Obama promised that he wouldn’t nationalize health care. And within his first 2 years in office he signed the most sweeping health care bill into law. Obamacare. Which has put the U.S. onto the path to national health care. And in Australia Julia Gillard promised she wouldn’t allow a carbon tax happen under her watch. When she apparently planned to implement a carbon tax all along. And just lied to the people. Knowing that they never would have voted for her if she had told the truth. That she intended to raise the cost of living for everyone.
Politicians lie. Especially those on the left. And yet they fool the people time and again. Getting exactly what they want. By going out of their way promising that they will never do what they always end up doing. Clinton. Obama. Gillard. They’re all the same. They get what they want by saying one thing. And then doing something completely different.
The conservation of matter states that we cannot create or destroy matter. We can only rearrange it. Meaning everything on this earth has been on this earth since this earth became the earth. Except, of course, stuff falling out of space. And the few moon rocks brought back by our astronauts. But other than that if something is here today it means it was here yesterday. Last week. Last year. Last decade. Last century. And last millennium. Get the picture? For this process goes all the way back to the big bang theory. To the day this spinning planet became a planet.
The elements on the periodic table are the building blocks of everything around you. Even you. All we have ever done throughout time is find these elements. Combine these elements. And separate these elements. To make the things in our world. But we use the same old elements that have been here since the big bang and are still here. We dig atoms out from the earth and pull them out of the atmosphere and rearrange them in new forms. Then chemical reactions rearrange them yet again. And they return to the earth and to the atmosphere from whence they came. This remarkable closed system. Where we can neither create nor destroy matter. But only rearrange it. Yet today this matter that has been here since the beginning is now too dangerous to be in the earth or the atmosphere (see Cowper mutiny on carbon capture by Daniel Mercer posted 7/9/2013 on The West Australian).
Premier Colin Barnett is facing another backbench revolt from former minister Murray Cowper, this time over proposed carbon capture and storage legislation.
The State Government wants to amend laws to allow carbon dioxide to be injected into underground reservoirs as part of efforts to reduce pollution and tackle climate change…
Mr Cowper said they “trampled” on landowners’ rights by giving drillers unfettered access to property and betrayed Liberal policy.
He also attacked the proposal as environmentally reckless, saying it amounted to “pumping and dumping” waste and would put groundwater at risk.
The State and Federal governments and industry plan to sequester carbon from Kwinana, Collie, Pinjarra and Wagerup under- neath Mr Cowper’s South West electorate.
Yes, you can mix together some elements from the periodic table and make a substance that can contaminate the groundwater. Yes, you can mix some elements from the periodic table together that can be dangerous to breathe. But carbon? The very building block of organic chemistry. Of life itself? That stuff we exhale when we breathe? This element is now so toxic that it’s too dangerous for the atmosphere? And too dangerous for the earth?
It’s time we dial back the crazy. Before the global warming people proclaim all carbon toxic. Limiting the amount of breath we may exhale. And the carbon we may carry within our bodies that make up our life-forms. Which isn’t a far stretch with Obamacare charging obese people more for their health insurance because of their greater at-risk status of weight-related disease. What’s to stop these people from identifying them as dangerous life forms due the abundance of carbon they carry within them? Don’t be surprised if you see a carbon content blank to fill in on the Obamacare paperwork.
Crazy? That’s exactly what someone would have said a century ago about the idea of sequestering carbon by injecting it into underground reservoirs to tackle climate change. If these men of yesteryear were here today and heard people talking like this they’d probably spit at them with derision. Seeing the only danger to mankind being the feminization of men that allowed people to quake with fear over the carbon dioxide we exhale.