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Let's fight climate change by burning more coal.

Discussion in 'Business & Economics' started by PLC1, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Plan to fight climate change will mean more coal burning

    I suppose this one belongs in the irony section, or perhaps the unintended consequences forum.

    Maybe it can now be included in the list of wars:

    war on poverty = more poverty.
    war on drugs = more drugs.
    war on terror = more terrorists.
    war on greenhouse gasses = more greenhouse gasses.

    Maybe we can get the government to wage a war on common sense, or is it already?
     
  2. Jason76

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    Yeah, that's a big problem with environmentalism. For instance, if we used electrical cars, assuming they wouldn't be solar or nuclear, then the electricity used to run then would still have to come from burning fossil fuels. However, I did mention solar energy as a good way, so I still think environmentalism has hope.
     
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    Can't lay hands on it right now but a team of MIT scientists have a new take on a couple existing technologies that doubles the effiency of coal energy output. And it USES co2.
    Because it's mature tech we could see commercial level energy production in 2 v years.
     
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    I will agree with your analysis (and I am tree-hugging environmentalist!) At this point in time, we still need a massive source of energy to keep the world running. This will require finding a stable energy source that is cheap to obtain, has buy-in from the public, and has a long future. Once that source of energy is found, then the hard part begins...transitioning the world to actually use it.
     
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    Find a cheap way to isolate hydrogen and burn it in our cheaply converted internal combustion engines.

    Till then make liquid coal and burn that
    Or natural gas.

    No shortage of any of that stuff.
     
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