____I have been concerned by the depletion of soil by the crops used to make Bio-fuels. I do continue to think that we could loose our civilization due to soil depletion. Bio-fuels will do that if we are not careful.
____I did come across a way to preserve the land and sequester carbon today that seemed to make since. ( Reducing the Bio-mass by burning it without oxygen until it is reduced to 50%. Then you use the gases for fuel and the carbon residue for fertilizer.)
____Like most solutions this one needs large subsidies. I don’t think it will be used enough to solve the fertility or carbon problem.
____This sounds like the process for making charcoal and coke. If so then saving the gases caused by those processes should be a source of energy.
____This still leaves the soil problem. If we don’t do enough there it won’t matter that we run out of energy. Our civilization will fall anyway.
____I know that I haven’t been directly addressing the “Global Warming Issue” this is because I am in doubt as to whither Global Warming is Bad. The great extinctions of Man in the past have been due to Global Cooling and the good times have been during periods of Global Warming.
____I see the energy crises the greatest threat we face right now. BILL O’REILLY wants to put the oil companies out of business because the price of fuel is what it is. Talk like that will only make the coming shortages that much worse.
____When we do run low on carbon based fuels and we are we won’t have reduce using them. We won’t have them to use. Also the economy will be in a free fall collapse. So any fuels that we could use will probably be hoarded and not sold by the owners.
____Only the free market can find the solutions we need. We will have to diversify to the max. I hope we will. Zoning laws will be the biggest problem that will be caused by government. Other things the government can do is insure that the wrong technology’s will be encouraged. One example of this is ethanol. An other is windmills to produce electric power in Europe. They are cutting back. If they hadn’t been subsidized the people that built them would have the capital from profits to convert them to Hydrogen production,. Hydrogen is not a source of energy but it is the best way to store it. President Bush is right about the hydrogen economy.
____The greatest source of natural energy available to us comes in random bursts. Wind energy, energy due to excess water at dame during storms, wave energy and many other sources. Hydrogen is the way to harvest this energy. Hawaii could have a hydrogen economy using the energy from its’ volcano.
For Green Solutions, Earth Needs a Right Turn
Atlanta Journal Constitution May 6 2007
For the last 36 years, I have watched the pro-regulation, pro-litigation, pro-taxation liberals label themselves as the only Americans who care about the environment.
Their left-wing machine would have you believe that to care about clean air and water, biodiversity and the future of the Earth, you have to both buy in to their catastrophic scenarios and sign on to their command-and-control bureaucratic liberal agenda as the only approach to solving environmental challenges. Their future involves dramatic increases in government power and draconian policies that will devastate our economy.
The time has come to define a fundamentally different approach to a healthy environment and a healthy economy. The time has come for the development of “Green Conservatism” as an alternative to big bureaucracy and big litigation liberal environmentalism. more
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Hello everybody. We in Maryland had global warming all winter until the last couple of weeks. Today it is bitter cold. Feb 5th 2007.
To be serious though and get a discussion going I will say this. It is very important that we convince a lot of people that Capitalism is good. We are not going to trash all of our wealth by not using energy or by catching the wind or the sun. Such things help but they can’t solve the problem. It takes 200 years for carbon dioxide to leave the atmosphere. It is already there. Global warming will happen no matter what we do.
The only answer is more wealth in order to to get that we need more Capitalism. To get more Capitalism we need more freedom. In order to have more freedom we must use reason in the way we live and relate to others.
In nature all of the animals must be free or they die. This applies to species as well as individuals. Global warming will be much worse if we don’t have the wealth to cope with it.
Yours Walter Haxton