Climate change part 3

Climate Cover-up, The Crusade to Deny Global Warming by James Hogan with Richard Littlemore. This book supports man-made global warming and I recommend it to anyone interested in the subject. I am also reading a climate change denier book, The Greatest Hoax by Senator James M. Inhofe which I will review when finished at a near future date.

In the meantime this is a quote from Climate Cover-up;

“There can be a good future if we make it so. But if we stand about, if we allow energy-industry flunkies to control the conversation–or even if we just let it ride, cynically accepting that politics is inherently corrupt and that nothing we do can make a difference–we will all have time to regret the passing of a beautiful and sustainable world.

“So please, be bold. Be courageous. Be positive. Act and demand action. This, for our sake and for the sake of all those who follow, is a fight that we can and must win. For this bears repeating: the world is worth saving.”

The EPA estimates that we Americans have already contaminated approximately 15 million acres or 23,438 square miles of our land. That represents about 40% of the entire state of Illinois.

Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink; that is the danger we face in our pursuit of cheap energy from fracking. As background, consider this quotation from Geology and the Environment, fourth edition by Bernard W. Pipkin, D. D. Trent and Richard Hazlett.

“The absence or abundance of water results in such marvelous and diverse features as deserts, rain forest, picturesque canyons, and glaciers. In this chapter we investigate the reasons for this uneven distribution and its consequences. Water is involved in every process of human life; it is truly our most valuable resource.

“Water is the only common substance that occurs as a solid, a liquid, and a gas over the temperature range found at the earth’s surface. Little more than 97 percent of the earth’s water is in the oceans, and 2 percent is in ice caps and glaciers; about 0.6 percent is readily available to humans as underground or surface fresh water.”

When those glaciers and ice caps melt, the fresh water they produce will mostly flow into the oceans and become salt water. Some of the melt will evaporate and a portion of it will be stored on the surface or underground as fresh water. It is a precious resource that we must not waste.

Please see To frac or not to frack

Clean coal, part 4

There is no such thing as clean coal. There may be cleaner coal twenty or more years in the future when technology improves and waste disposal problems are solved, but clean coal does not exist now. As industry uses the term now, think of clean as an acronym, Combustion (re)Leases Energy And (e)Nvironmental (destruction).