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Q. Is the movie cowspiracy really accurate in its outcome that agriculture of animals is the leading culprit by far of any other form of Global warming?
I suspect that the “Climate denial” community sponsored the movie.
Climate denial has been taking many shapes and morphing lately.
Yes, sir! Blame it on the cows, and keep on buying those monster SUVs, and F Series pickups, and if those aren’t big enough we’ve got these for you.
This “herd” is where our real emissions problems are coming from.
“Transportation” emissions now surpass the electricity production industry by a wide margin to now top of the emissions mix.
Fortunately, that is just the U.S. And “Cowthane” in the US is a relatively small amount of methane compared to the methane, and flare gas that’s created a new class of uncategorized emissions
Has anyone else noticed that, in the U.S. our attention has been deftly focused on electricity generation and renewable energy (Electricity), with no reference to the other petroleum generated emissions, which are coming from the transportation and industrial sectors.
So, today, our biggest single source of emissions does not show up on any charts. More than enough gas to generate electricity for most of Sub Saharan Africa is being vented or flared into the atmosphere every day.
This is now the single largest emissions source on the planet. And it is not productive in any way. This is our bad. We know where the natural gas is coming from.
Unlike animals, we can capture and utilize it in LNG, or straight electricity generation. That electricity would displace the need for distillate fuels.
And we’re worried about “Cowthane?”
And, in the U.S. the percentage of methane, and CO2 emissions coming from livestock pale in comparison to the other completely non productive emissions we don’t hear a peep about.
On the global side, “Cowthane” is a more significant contributor, but still small relative to all the other negative trends away from climate progress. And smaller yet if we were to start recognizing all of the “non-productive” emissions not list anywhere on our charts and graphs.
And an increasingly more damaging factor is the burning and clearing of the rainforests “Carbon sinks” that kept CO2 in “balance” till we started doing everything possible to destroy that balance. (I recommend Project Drawdown, for the most thoughtful, accurate, and disturbing overviews.)
So globally, the balance looks like this.
They’ve done everything possible to keep us from “noticing” that the distilled petroleum in internal combustion vehicles is much worse.
Not only is it more toxic than options like natural gas, but passenger vehicles are very inefficient, which means that 75% of the fuel burned comes out of the tailpipes.
In addition to CO2, you’ve got carbon monoxide and all of the “particulates” that are making cities nearly uninhabitable.
© William Ross Williams 2020 all rights reserved.
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There are many ways we can stem global warming, but it’s counter to the real intent behind “renewable” energy. I’m committed to sharing what will work.
This article, in Common Dreams illuminates why so much of what I’m writing and posting seems to contradict the “Status Quo” media created “Reality”
Legendary broadcast journalist Bill Moyers has said:
“We’ve got to get alternative content out there to people, or this country’s going to die of too many lies.”
Moyers was asked what the corporate media means for our democracy:
“It means that virtually everything the average person sees or hears, outside of their own personal communications, is determined by the interests of private, unaccountable executives and investors whose primary goal is increasing profits and raising the share prices. More insidiously, this small group of elites determines what ordinary people do not see or hear. In-depth coverage of anything, let alone the problems real people face day-to-day, is as scarce as sex, violence, and voyeurism are pervasive.”
“So if we need to know what is happening, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know why it matters, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know what to do about it, and Big Media won’t tell us, it’s clear what we have to do. We have to tell the story ourselves.”
That’s what we are trying to do here—tell the story ourselves. Every day we work to tell you what is happening; why it matters, and what to do about it.
“I came upon Common Dreams a long time ago, found that Common Dreams was editing the world in a way that did not deny me what I needed to know, but guided me toward what I wanted to know. Common Dreams has done a brilliant job of creating an editorial product that takes so much good material, and brings it together in one place,” said Moyers.
If you believe the survival of independent media is vital to do the kind of watchdog journalism that a healthy democracy requires, please step forward with a donation today.
We won’t make it without your support.
We can’t do it without you.
It’s a huge undertaking to slow climate change, but we’ve done big things before.
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This is a very timely article in light of our Isiolo venture.
Happily, our Isiolo County agricultural productivity model has been designed from conception forward with all of these very important observations embedded.
As I write and share various implementation experiences, we’ll be working through these issues, and sharing how they can be experienced when the principal of the project is a well-educated man, Ph.D. who grew up in and lived the realities discussed here. That’s who introduced me to the landscape and translated discussions with the various leaders of tribes, failed enterprises and colonialist ruins.
Wikipedia defines aid as “a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another, given at least partly with the objective of benefiting the recipient country.“ There are thousands of …
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Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families
The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking. And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where “every party wins”. From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added processing plant
The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.
There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.
Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.
This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing. Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model. A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.
Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.
The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production. Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.
Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.
For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.
©William Ross Williams 12.02.2019.
This is how microgrids are supposed to work. It’s beautiful that the tribe used it’s power to improve the well being of 10,000 people.
It’s not just technology, it’s the “greater good” attitude that turns good into profound. Thank you Blue Lake Rancheria for showing us how things CAN work.
The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid saved four lives when its owner welcomed in the broader community during California’s wild-fire related power shutoffs.
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We need all of the emissions-reducing or eliminating technologies, but methane is now a waste product. It’s coming out of the ground faster than it’s being used, and if it’s not burned in flares, it’s being vented directly into the atmosphere doing 25 times more harm than the CO2 from combustion.
However, if we use it to make electricity, that can, in turn, replace even more fossil fuels, it’s a double win, and the net effect is a net reduction in GHG emissions.
Since natural gas is both schedulable and can add reliability to renewable electricity sources, it supports even more emissions-free electricity.
It is not a panacea, but when we are able to use it, it can replace coal with less than half the CO2 emission, and further eliminates all of the other toxic gases, and ash that burning coal produces.
The hold up with natural gas has always been getting from the wellhead it to the proposed point of use. That has been being solved by building pipelines, but now the powerful and twisted anti-everything advocacies have stopped that, leaving us with only the new solutions made possible by LNG.
And, now we have new effectively “anti-climate progress” groups evaluating and making scary pronouncements against LNG, and using the art of “Isolation,”to ignore the massive benefits that taking the gas emissions back out of the air at the source point.
Leakage, energy cost to liquefy it, product loss during shipping, and so on. What is not even alluded to is that without the LNG processes (Gas-to electricity-powered), there is 100% leakage directly into the atmosphere.
Every part of the LNG process is effectively taking otherwise burned or vented methane out of the air!
I am a nearly radical climate progress advocate, and, as a result, I’ve taken the time to research the whole end to end process, and that shows that Natural Gas and LNG use to make electricity is by far the most environmentally beneficial move we can be making.
In order to make the climate progress that is essential, we must use every tool we have available to reduce total emissions from making electricity. That includes Wind, Solar, Nuclear, and Natural gas, so why can’t we get our heads around doing what will work?
So, let’s start using our whole brains and heading toward the documentable paths that will work.
©William Ross Williams copyright 2019.
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