CO2, along with many other man made chemicals, is said to be a contributing factor for Global warming. These chemicals come from burning of fossil fuels like Oil, Natural gas, and coal. Oil, Coal, and natural gas are used to create electrical power. Oil is used in manufacturing of plastics, oil for lubrication, gasoline and diesel fuel for cars and trucks.
If Americans are to take the risk of global warming seriously then we need to find serious solutions.
According to http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/ here is what you can do to help stop global warming:
Join Microsoft’s i’m Initiative
Buy Stop Global Warming Bracelets
Buy “A World of Cool”
Buy Jonny Lives! “Get Steady” CD
Use Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Inflate Your Tires
Change Your Air Filter
Fill the Dishwasher
Use Recycled Paper
Adjust Your Thermostat
Check Your Water heater
Change the AC Filter
Take Shorter Showers
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Buy Products Locally
Buy Energy Certificates
Buy Minimally Packaged Goods
Buy a Hybrid Car
Buy a Fuel Efficient Car
Carpool When You Can
Plant a Tree
Insulate Your Water Heater
Replace Old Appliances
Weatherize Your Home
Use a Push Mower
Unplug Un-Used Electronics
Put on a Sweater
Insulate Your Home
Air Dry Your Clothes.
Switch to a Tank less Water Heater
Switch to Double Pane Windows
Buy Organic Food
Bring Cloth Bags to the Market
Most of these ideas are simple ways of being frugal with your money, a few are normal maintenance items, and others are clubs to join or things to buy, but they all have one thing in common. They are all designed to make you feel good about doing something to help prevent global warming. This is serious?
The one thing that can be done that would make a definitive impact isn’t being explored as a viable option.
This reminds me of the other constant crisis I here all the time, water conservation. The problem is not a lack of water, our planet is 4/5 covered with water. The problem is mismanagement of the resource. Energy conservation is not about a lack of energy it’s about mismanaged energy.
“This administration is opposed to increased reliance on nuclear power.”
– Al Gore April 1997 letter discussing nuclear energy.
What the US needs is Nuclear power, and a lot of it. If there was enough electric power available you could make enough hydrogen to power cars, distil alcohol, recharge batteries, heat homes, and make stuff in factories. After a while you wouldn’t notice that we don’t need to import any oil.
One issue is that nuclear power plants cost a lot in initial investment. How can you put a dollar value on human life if Global Warming is as big of a threat as it is claimed? People will pay more for electricity if there is no other option. Right now it is cheaper to burn things than it is to build and operate nuclear power plants. Things change; we can either wait or start building now. How serious are you?
The problem is that it takes power to make power. You can’t build a nuclear power plant with solar powered trucks, or cranes that run on windmills. We need to start now, build the power plants, run the wire, install the substations, and bring power to the people.
Once most electricity is made through Nuclear power, we can use Gasoline and diesel where it does the most good, as a high power portable energy source. You can’t run ships and jet airplanes on batteries, wind or solar power. A nuclear powered luxury liner would be cool, but it’s hard to fly a reactor in a 747. Also heavy equipment like tractors, graders, dump trucks, and front end loaders are not adaptable to electric use. There is also the serious issue that cows tend to trip on the huge extension cords going to combines and tractors.
Then the primary CO2 emissions can go back to natural sources, like humans breathing, cows farting, forest fires, volcanoes, ocean life, and rotting everything. People can start worrying about other things like nuclear proliferation.
This may work for America, but how about the rest of the world?
Nuclear energy is fine for countries that already have nuclear power.
What about countries that we don’t want to be nuclear powers?
Do they get to burn all the gasoline they wish? Who is to tell them that they can’t?
The threat of Global warming may be serious enough for spending billions of dollars robbing Peter to pay Paul. It may also justify spending Billions of dollars on Nuclear power plants, at least you can recover that money by charging for electricity.
But is the threat of Global Warming serious enough to go to war?
The third world wants power.
Will the first world say:
“Sure have all the power you want, just don’t burn things, oh and Nuclear power is off limits- good luck”