Yes, yes, I know, on this topic, I a grouchy old curmudgeon, but it think its healthy for a "health" board to have one realist.....to combat all the media "green" brainwashing we see. Endless autos running on restaurant drippings.......etc. Someone running their I-Pod on solar......
Some of those reporters need a good swat on the side of their heads.
Why the name-calling, Purdy? The "foolish environmental movement"? Smear tactics are impolite and are not persuasive to reasonable people. And they're misleading.
For example, the Environmental Defense Fund issued a report warning that expansion of biofuels production could accelerate depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer. http://www.edf.org/documents/7011_Poten ... ansion.pdf
Honestly, many environmental activists think that corn-based ethanol and soy-based biodiesel don't make sense, but Archer Daniels Midland, the largest US producer of ethanol, is presumably for it. Most of the enthusiasm for the currently available biofuels was stoked by PR flacks, like those hired by the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association. http://www.prwatch.org/node/6667
I do see a bright future for biofuels, mainly from agricultural wastes and microalgae. There's even a method called pyrolysis that yields not only a liquid fuel but a charcoal residue that can be used as a soil amendment that improves soil productivity and sequesters carbon indefinitely.http://dels.nas.edu/banr/gates1/docs/mt ... oalgae.pdfhttp://www.energybulletin.net/29250.html
Most of the leadership of the environmental groups are religious types leading religious movement. They are like the Catholic Church where despite the science, they are wed to their religious beliefs...
Examples........ Here in California they dragged their heels for decades, insisting on pure 100% electric cars be part of the laws........They refused to support or allow hybred vehicles to become part of the equation to meet California clean air guidelines.......
Finally after 20 years they relented when they saw that their 100% electric vehicles were not practical and that the public wanted hybreds.
You may not live in California but the environmental religious types were ALL for the requirement that MTBE be put into the gas, despite the warnings from many who knew better. Turned out to be the most massive infusion of pollution into the ground water in the history of the state. It will be decades before it is cured at huge expense.
And the truth was that the leaking gasoline tanks in OLD gas stations were NOT a problem since the leakage was biodegraded in the soil. But the environmental dupes were fooled an mislead by their own religious zeal to not allow a drop of gasoline to hit the pure soils....
Not they take a similar stance against intelligent tree thinning, instead favoring God's plan of fire.
In our forests, their religious zeal fights battle after battle, through the courts for decades against any real thinning of our overgrown forests. They instead allow, do nothing, little projects on limited acres to be thinned in expensive manners......
So what happens every summer, hundreds of thousands of acres burn because they havent' been allowed for the excess trees to be thinned.
The religious environmental crowd has commandment that says "thinning bad"....."fire good"....... Rather than allow substantial thinning, supported by regulated profitable companies, they instead allow for "clear cutting" via massive hot fires, which take all the tiny trees as well as all the old growth trees.
Then, even worse, and one can visit the proof in our forests, the religious environmentalist, like the once proud Sierra Club, don't even allow for the removal of the dead, still standing, lumber. Instead they allow it to rot, greatly increasing the destructive beetle infestations in the adjacent forests.
Its there religious insistence that their dogma be followed regardless of what it does to the forests or to the publics access to the forests.
Another example here in California. They fought long and hard to close off hundreds of thousands of acres of forests under the "wilderness act".
In that law, the Sierra Club purists, insisted on NO mechanical vehicles be allowed... Healthy young people on foot with backpacks...OK....wealthy people on horses....OK.........But if a guy like me wants to take a bicycle 10 miles into the very secluded forest, they declare I am ruining nature with my "mechanical" vehicle. They say it will crow the trails and endanger others. Despite that you can often ride for 8 hours only meeting other hikers once or twice in that 8 hour time.
But NO, these religious nuts would rather no humans other than their very fit types be allowed in their forests...
That I have a foot problem that doesn't allow for long hikes, makes no difference to these elitists.
The want purity in everything..... Pure electric........pure forests........pure logging, via fire, with no roads.....
And they want pure solutions to our energy problems.
So they come up with their absurd ideas that wind and solar are gonna ever ever do the job......24/7 x 365......even when the sun don't shine and the wind don't blow....... Pure absurdity......all the while the entire planet is building coal powered electric plants at the rate of 100+ per year.
Foolish religious nuts. Even their biofuel ideas are all tied up in purity.
You speak about theoretical ideas that have never been tried on a commercial scale outside a pointy headed lab.
"I do see a bright future for biofuels, mainly from agricultural wastes and microalgae and switchgrass
"...........sheesh........ Show me one field of switchgrass that has ever been converted to power.
Show me even on town of 1,000 people that has proven these ideas will do anything.
NO......what most of the environmental movement have done is to "force" the world to burn more and more and more coal because their religious zeal won't accept any half way measures any more than they would accept hybrid vehicles in California.
The first rule of their organizations is the survival of their organizations and the way they do that is to appeal to their dues paying members who are every bit as deluded as the leaders.
So yes........... thats why I knock a organization like the Sierra Club which used to be great, but which has been taken over by extreme religious nuts ignoring key factors that are ruining the environment.
Reality is reality. The production of greenhouse gases is not just growing, it is accelerating rapidly. That religious environmental nuts keep deluding the public with chatter of real "reductions" is the height of absurdity, given that they won't even consider so many of the true viable alternatives because they don't comply with their purist religious outlook on the environment.
So thats why I've become sick and tired of the so-called environmental organizations, especially those in Ground Zero of the movement here in Northern California. So many misguided policies that are backfiring on their purported goals.
They are blinded by their own dogma.
If we were allowed to gain oil from our own lands, such as the citizens of Alaska support, we might not be paying $4.00 per gallon for gas today.
But despite the feelings of Alaska natives, the environmental types insist on NO drilling in places where 99.99 percent of American will never walk.
And just east of the San Francisco Bay Area,,, no more windmills because birds are getting killed by the blades.......and no offshore windmills from the Kennedy compound because environmental nuts like Joseph Kennedy can see the structures from their 20 million dollar family compound.
"So don't drill here, don't build there, get your biodiesel from the pooh of Smokey the Bear"
The real problem with most environmental types is "SCALE"
They simply do NOT understand "SCALE".
Any crazy idea will work in a lab or in a subsidized program that supplies 100 homes, but when you "scale" it up to 5 million or 25 million homes it falls on its face.
OK........thats all for now...
I'd love to see any of your great ideas being done on even a scale that can power a town of 10,000 folks... Why don't they do one example and then come back and show us the living example of how it works rather than how its might work.
Meanwhile gasoline will climb to $6 or $8 per gallon while the Kennedy compound enjoys a great unobstructed view.