traderfjp wrote:Should we all start burning bit?
Why not??? I am!
Some of the other things that the fascist liberals won't tell you is that CO2 has a global warming potential that is minuscule in comparison to methane. Every day, vast quantities of methane are released from swamps and other anaerobic digestion of plant matter occurring in nature - including billions of people and animals. As world population increases, so does methane output. I love beer, brats, and sauerkraut so I'm doing my part.
As for "acid rain" sulfur and other pollutants, Mother Nature takes care of that in greater proportions than we could ever generate through volcanic action. Volcanoes produce enormous quantities of sulfur compounds and other toxic gasses, along with ash (particulates) that circulate around the globe.
I certainly don't propose we go back to the days when Pittsburgh was obscured in a cloud of coal smoke and Gary, Indiana smelled worse than it does now. Nor do I propose we drive the equivalent of '65 Dodge Darts and put 2-stroke Detroits back in every Kenworth. Modern engines are far more powerful, efficient, long-lasting, and produce only a few percent of the emissions level of that '65 Dart. Modern coal power plants likewise produce only a fraction of the pollution that the old uncontrolled coal plants did.
We need to be responsible and utilize the best technology we can WITHIN REASON to use the energy sources we currently have. Illinois has huge coal reserves. Why would I send my money over to a bunch of Arabs who basically want me to die? Screw them. I'm going to send my money to a hard workin' Joe downstate who's trying to put food on his table. I drive a diesel VW. Sure, it pollutes a tiny bit more than a gas car, but at 50 mpg, my pollution PER MILE is a fraction of that 12 mpg crack smoke filled Escalade cruisin' da hood.
Richard isn't saying that we should all screw over the environment as egregiously as possible. I think we've already done that (Love Canal, etc). But right now, the political Left Wing wackos are running amok and sucking everyone else along with them in creating unreasonable, impractical, self-promoting and unsubstantiated laws and regulations. Ethanol? Most people have figured it out as a joke, yet the subsidies continue. Burn the corn for heat, feed it to cows and make me a steak, or turn it into BOURBON so I can drink it!
The incandescent lamp thread on here is just another wacko enviro-Nazi sham forced upon us by the pinko commie Liberals because they must save everyone from themselves - we are all just too stupid to make our own decisions.
I wish our government would worry more about the things that are REALLY going to wreck our society like the BANKRUPTCY OF AMERICA and the fact that you cannot have a Gross Domestic Product if you don't actually PRODUCE anything!! Sorry, service sector jobs aren't production jobs. They don't make anything. Neither does any of the "finance" sector. Low paying service jobs do not produce any tax revenue and likely COST money because that mother of 3 working at Wal-Mart is on food stamps, medicare, and whatever other government handouts are available so she can scrape by on $10/hr.
We only have one Earth, and we need to treat her responsibly since we can't go anywhere else if we screw it up. But it needs to be a balanced, shared effort that uses facts and realistic expectations as it's basis rather than sensationalized drama, junk science and self-serving political agendas.