This seems like a hideous race to see how fast we can melt Greenland.
Northern Canada, Alaska , Greenland, and Siberia are all on fire, The Himalayan glaciers are melting, The European glaciers are melting and politicians are still haggling over the insanely absurd “Green New Deal.
So here we have the smokey Arctic.
There is “news” being put on the wire about how we need to change our ways within a decade, but that “news” is not new. The ten years passed ten years ago.
Anthropogenic? You must be in some virtual reality world. Hell, in the Amazon, the biofuel motivated farmers are setting the blazes as an easy way to clear the land for planting cash crops.
We’ve been burning the Amazon for decades, and calling it “green.” So it’s unofficially official
“Green” fuels are doing five times more damage to the global ecosystem than straight refined petroleum is doing, ten times more than natural gas, and twenty times more than hybrid wind, gas, solar generation can be. .
Yet, I’m still finding ways to be hopeful. I’ll continue with that after you inspect the horror show realities.
And we’re still “discussing” the climate crisis?
This NBC story is the typical “horror headline,” and things are never as bad as they are made to sound, but one undeniable consistency is that the time for waiting ended over a decade ago.
A reason I’m still upbeat is that human species has proven to be very adaptable through radical climate changes.
Adapting to climate change is credited for causing our brains to grow to their current size.
I also know that a lot of potential and truly green and clean energy sources for heading off GHG emissions are locked in the closet we are presumed not to know about, but we do.
Hang on and stay attentive because we’ve only seen, and been sold, one perspective so far, and creative destruction is underway.
Read this article thoughtfully, and completely. It talks about how lobbying influence is controlling Congress and President Trump, and It cleverly fails to mention all of the money spent sponsoring publications by alleged “Climate Champions.”
That’s one reason why climate bills fail even though most Americans think global warming is happening.
That is a question that comes up a lot. It’s also something I’ve spent a lot of time investigating.
I even went down the Bay of Fundy, in New Brunswick, Canada to watch as it appeared that the “river” between the Bay and the ocean changed direction with the tides. That was at the turn of the millennium before wind power started becoming economically viable. Very compelling.
As soon as I got back to Colorado, I called my friends at NREL and asked what they thought of the idea. My friend, Terry Penney, who’d been there since it was still SERI, was kind and shared the long list of the different wave and tidal options they had looked at. Sadly, my “moon power” excitement got shredded.
I was sure we would be able to add “Moon” power to the renewable energy options.
If it’s immersed in seawater it won’t be long till it looks like this.
Here’s why. “The combination of moisture, oxygen, and salt, especially sodium chloride, damages metal worse than rust does. This combination corrodes, or eats away at, the metal, weakening it and causing it to fall apart. Saltwater corrodes metal five times faster than fresh water does and the salty, humid ocean air causes the metal to corrode 10 times faster than air with normal humidity. Bacteria in ocean water also consumes iron and their excretions turn to rust.”
Although the wind is powerful, it’s not corrosive.
Sadly, it is becoming corrosive in the urban areas, but far out in the countrysides, it’s not. And, let me distinguish between corrosive and abrasive
In places where the wind is laden with dust and sand, wind turbines have not fared well, but there’s no shortage of dust free locations.