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Just how did we allow ourselves to be taken in by this?
Here is a link to the genesis of all this current scare campaign about Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. Read this very interesting article for some insight.
What started just after the Second World War with someone applying for public funding to do research, and then continuing to apply for more public funding has snowballed into what we have today. To be eligible for that public funding the person had to actually make some findings, so a small paper led onto appointment to do more research, and the snowball started rolling down the hill. From that point, more and more people came on board. They looked for anything that might agree with what they were looking into, and the snowball just got bigger and bigger. Their findings then became the Science.
Now, the threat of those CO2 emissions has become dangerous.
Because of this threat, very soon we will start running out of electricity, and this is no idle statement.
Why did that original guy pick CO2? He could have picked Oxygen, which makes up 20.54% of the Atmosphere, but that wouldn’t fly, because, after all, that’s what we need for survival, so we can all breathe.
Why didn’t he pick Nitrogen? That makes up 76.55% of the Atmosphere. This wasn’t selected because of that. Any increase, even huge increases would see that percentage vary very little indeed..
Why didn’t he pick Water Vapor. This makes up 1.96% of the Atmosphere, but how can you convince people that fluffy clouds can be bad for you.
So, he selected CO2. That makes up 0.03% of the Atmosphere, not even a trace gas really, 380 parts per million. In a very clever move, he selected this gas, because any increase he thought would probably increase that overall percentage, and the Carbon content of that CO2 was only going to increase as we burned all that coal for Industry, and to produce the electricity we all rely on now as a staple of life.
However, even with the burning of Billions of tons of coal producing Billions of tons of CO2 every year for the last 60 and more years, that CO2 content has hardly moved at all. The CO2 content of the Atmosphere still remains at historically low levels since the formation of our Planet.
What was needed was a way to make that minute percentage larger, a way to make any increase ‘seem’ larger, so the Greenhouse effect came into being. CO2 makes up one of the gases in that blanket surrounding the Earth, that blanket incidentally keeping out the bitter cold of freezing outer space, and without this Greenhouse ‘blanket, the average temperature of the Planet would be around 35 degrees colder.
Water vapor is by far the largest of those Greenhouse gases making up 98% of those Greenhouse gases. CO2 makes up 1.5% of the total, and other trace gases make up the remaining half a percent. So now, if there was enough talk about greenhouse gases, then it could conceivably be ‘spun up’ that the CO2 content was increasing adding to that Greenhouse effect, supposedly warming the Planet, catastrophically as we are now being told.
And spun up it was. If something is talked about often enough, then it gains widespread currency, and from that, it also becomes a fact.
The environmentalists latched onto it like leeches at a bloodbath. They latched onto it to pursue their own agenda.
Politicians then latched onto it because that ‘Green’ vote would add to their numbers if they appeared to sympathise with it.
Economists latched onto it because there was a way to make money out of it. Money for private enterprise. Money for Governments of all persuasions. Money for entrepreneurs. Money for new taxes that they attach a warm and fluffy label to, so you just could not refuse for fear of being labelled an environmental vandal.
So, the snowball gathered steam, until right now, where we find ourselves close to the bottom of the hill with a monstrously huge landslide approaching at phenomenal speed, an almost irresistible landslide that has now become all but impossible to stop, because everybody is now on board.
Why, even the general public is now on board. Because of their political followings, they now believe as gospel what their favoured one is telling them.
Each branch of those interest groups that helped to spin up this out of control behemoth know absolutely nothing about what the consequences would be, the chaos that will eventuate, the rioting in the streets that is coming. The pain, agony and death that will inevitably follow from this blind adherence to what is bogus science.
More and more scientists are now imploring us to hold on a minute, but too many people have now accepted the argument, and their replies to those hordes of people who are urging caution is to tell them to shut up. The debate is over.
So then, why is there going to be a coming of chaos?
The largest emitters of CO2 are those coal fired power plants. In the main, they are all aging units, and in fact, the average age of all coal fired units in the U.S. is 45 years. Most units have been in operation for more than 50 years now, which theoretically, is around their life span. They can be refurbished somewhat to extend that life, but this refurbishment is only a patch job in effect. Some have even reached the end of their projected life span, but have not been removed from service because supply of electrical power for that area would become critically low, so they are being kept in service longer than their proposed life span.
I explained in an earlier post that modern coal fired plants run infinitely more efficiently than these older ones. You can get up to four and five times the power from the same sized generators as those older ones, and the new ones will burn less coal and thus emit less CO2, in producing that larger amount of power. Effectively what that means is that for the same amount of produced usable power, then those newer plants will be smaller by their very nature.
Now what I mean by smaller is the turbine and generator part of the plant which is where the power is produced. Traditionally, the turbine and the generator can weigh up to 350/400 tons, some even more, and all that rotates at around 3600 RPM, to produce that large amount of power. So, the scale of the technical side of this power production is what dictates the size of the plant. Modern technological advances make for much higher efficiency rates.
The trouble is that so many branches of administration and the general public themselves look upon coal fired power plants now as the most feared of all enemies, and that they should be stopped at all costs. So, right from the thought bubble that suggests the need for a new coal fired plant, there are obstacles placed in its path, and those obstacles are gradually becoming almost insurmountable, almost to the stage that doubts are arising as to the efficacy of even continuing with the process. Everything placed in the way is designed to make it almost impossible for the plant to even start construction, let alone reach the commissioning stage and supplying power to the grid.
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll discuss how coal fired power plants cannot just be simply shut down or replaced with power from renewable sources.