100 years of data and a number of decades of extremely promising research might be misguided but its so extremely unlikely that folk who are paid to measure, review and model data could interpret it so poorly so as to say..there is a debate in anthropogenic global warming.
But even if global warming was a scam, to who’s benefit is it?
So I muse:
1) If technology associated with carbon emissions was made more efficient by 20% (cars between 1950 and 2010 is a good example) then the continual dissemination of these technologies will not stabilise CO2 concentrations (atmospheric) not even reduce CO2 concentrations, the demand for technology will drive the establishment of more and more fossil fuel burners after a lag period. This lag period will be far shorter than global CO2 (nat) sequestration.
So beware all you clean coal, low wattage device and electrical efficiency proselytisers all you are saving is your power bill in the short term.
2) Technological carbon sequestration is an idea that’s in its infancy whereas other technologies are ready to roll.
3) Technologies such as wind, solar and waste recycling for biofuels sort of help to keep costs down (not that its an overwhelming thing even for confined systems). These must be considered as part of the plan and entrenched in the current solution to our woes. They are not enough!
Furthermore, growing biofuel acreage is madness. Acreage is for food. The waste products that can be introduced back into the environment should be recycled. Sewage is a great start, growing biota rapidly that makes lipid in sewage is a better start. Recycling the water is an even better start and so on (who is going to magic water for you as your world population hits 10 gig?). Its about time we recycled our waste to save power and resources.
The contribution of biotechnology will also help to minimise power and resources. Its done so for the past 2 centuries and we have a chance of utilising our waste and technology for a truly “organic” crop rather than the patently false mission statement “organic” we have today.
4) Nuclear technology should be encouraged and disseminated as coal plants go off the grid and more power is required. 50 years of research and industrial nuclear technologies show us that they just don’t suffer from nuclear explosions. Two incidents show us that simple containment is a great method for controlling total meltdown.
Nuclear waste should be reused (and its most likely being trialled in modular reactors for median communities as I type). U-Pu and Th reactors conceivably will give us power for a hell of a long time. Who knows, maybe we will only get one generation in before LIFTR technologies are up and running. Nuclear waste is gold if its utilised.
5) my favourite lie is “Coal is better than nuclear for the environment”. Every day your local coal burner spews forth a hell of a lot of radioactive and toxic metals. Its either flies into the atmosphere (depending where you live) or its dumped, squirreled in to materials or stored. It is in no way encapsulated for intractable waste. It is in no way stored in the manner the nuclear industry stores its waste.
For our Australian viewers, you would have seen power price comparisons for nuclear, coal, solar from lectures on the web over the past few years. Nuclear power was a little bit more to use than coal fired origin power. This year you would have noticed the price of power leap for various provisioning reasons. Its a fact that those who are 50 -80 years old prevented clean nuclear options by playing ostrich. If this generation (and I am in that lot) had have undertaken real power research (as mooted by our conservative government in 1968) we may have been the country supplying the best technologies world wide.
I bemoan that we are importers of ideas in Australia. I also bemoan the sense that Global warming is a debatable issue in Australia. If you listen to commercial talk back radio, climate change is ludicrous by all accounts.
The bible Geek may have his views but its never something I notice. He isn’t a scientist and he is great at the mythologies. Frankly, I haven’t even noticed him saying it and I am an ardent fan of his podcast.