gaw wrote:Coal boilers never go out in the coal region! I will continue to keep the coal burning until I have warmed the atmosphere enough that we have no more winters in the northeast and I can plant my orange grove. Then and only then is it really the end.
I've long thought that power generation should be concentrated in clean (scrubbed) coal and nukes, saving the liquid fossils for mobile uses. It's all well and good for Al to point out the "inconvenient truth" but where are the answers??
Some of the answers are in this book:
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
An enlightening book with a new perspective on energy. We are a long way from using up all petroleum energy in the world. The politicians control any reduction in global warming. The frightening science of it is predicting when we will reach the tipping point. That point in which nothing we do on earth will matter. The solar heat input will be so great, due to changes in the protective atmosphere, that global warming is a run away event. Widespread use of nuclear energy would help. The most likely long term solution will be one that somehow uses photosynthesis directly. That's a long long way off. Interesting research is being done a Oak Ridge National Labs. They have sequenced the Populus genome. It's the equivalent of the human genome sequencing only for woody plants. This is a really big deal. It will potentially permit altering trees like the poplar or willow to sequester carbon it the roots and make bio-fuel from what grows above ground. Download info about the research here:
http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/v40 ... review.pdf
Give a copy to your kids or grand children. The subject would make a great school science project.