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Looming threat

June 1, 2010

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To the editor:

The world’s emissions of carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas are expected to rise by 43 percent by 2035, barring agreements to reduce output of gases blamed for warming the planet, the top U.S. energy forecaster said on May 25.

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel sources should rise from 29.7 billion tons in 2007 to about 42.4 billion tons in 2035, the Energy Information Administration said in its annual long-term energy outlook.

This, would be a global tragedy that far exceeds the Gulf oil spill because humanity needs to reduce greenhouse emissions by a similar amount rather than allow them to rise any amount. Achieving this kind of reduction will require innovative new approaches that require new technologies that allow humanity to repower with alternative renewable energy and greatly reduce the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.

I’ve made a proposal to the city of Lawrence by appearing before the Lawrence Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB) that, if accepted, would provide a pathway for Lawrence to follow in the creation of several hundred good-paying jobs at the former Farmland fertilizer plant site, or other area location, manufacturing new concept repowering equipment. Eileen Horn, the new city-county sustainability coordinator, was present, as well as several members of the board.

I believe the people of Lawrence should be made aware of this proposal.

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Chris Golledge 3 years, 10 months ago

So...

You can't identify anything wrong with the wiki link I provided, despite your mockery. You can't identify the source of 'the' hockey-stick graph; there was an original that did appear in a peer-reviewed journal. There have been multiple, also peer-reviewed, reproductions since then. *And, aside from other factually incorrect statements, you'd rather believe there exists a multi-national conspiracy, with thousands of members, that has operated over decades without being detected, than believe that CO2, and other GHG, molecules behave in the atmosphere in the same way they behave in every physics lab.

I stand by my first response.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 10 months ago

we are gonna die eventually So!....obtw...your worried about that when BP just jacked up the gulf coast....trying to change the subject are we now....?

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ozzynbn 3 years, 10 months ago

Unless you live naked in a cave you are a hypocrite if you claim you are against global warming. The clothing you wear, the food you eat, the computer you are reading this from, the car you drive, the house/apartment you live in, etc.... took fuel to make these things. And none of these things used 100% non-polluting energy.

Time for you environmentalist to step and lead the way. Now, be on your way to your cave and show the rest of us you aren't just talk.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 10 months ago

One thing I applaud obama on is that he is willing to consider nuclear power. I've said this over and over again, but here it is once more...

Nuclear power puts no c02 in the air, and actually puts LESS radioactive material in our atmosphere than burning coal! Of course the usual uneducated response I hear is "nuclear waste! nuclear waste!" No longer the concern it once was; technology exists today to reduce "nuclear waste" by 95%, I'll repeat that...ninety-five-percent! Spent fuel rods can be reconditioned and materials re-used. Hydrogen is a very promising fuel source for tomorrow, but producing hydrogen takes a lot of electricity, and coal & natural gas buring plants just can't generate that volume, not to mention the incredible cost of trying. Nuclear produces plenty of power, and cheaply. If in the short-term we wanted to simply get off foreign oil, nuclear could help free up the natural gas we now use to create electricity; but natural gas doesn't help with the writers (alleged) c02 problem.

Solar? Wind? Sure; by all means. They just aren't as reliable or efficient as nuclear. I'm very suprised; I've actually read that more and more environmentalists are starting to come around. barry, you're right--nuclear power, let's do it!!

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

financial collapse, only to be propped up by more fake money

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ilikestuff 3 years, 10 months ago

OMG, this is a joke right?

CO2 classification as a pollutant is a scam.

Even field testing, were it on the level is nearly impossible. The fact that thermometers in cold climates were pulled, that many others were placed near heat sources doesn’t seem to concern anyone.

The fact those scientists tasked w/compiling the data were shown to be unscrupulously, ethically compromised ought to further concern us.

Further, the fact our US Senate seems hell-bent on moving forward despite these issues shows it’s not being honest w/the American people.

Even Senate Republicans seem to determined to move forward w/Cap & Tax. They will give it full support when India & China are onboard, factual relevance be damned.

The only entity who has conducted experiments relative to dangerous CO2 levels is the US Navy for its submarines, a closed system where CO2 is a valid concern & it’s shown that levels can be substantially higher than currently suggested for earth’s climate which is, of course, hardly a closed system.

The simple fact is there is no, nor has there be shown to be any correlation between earth’s climate & industrialization relevant CO2.

We need to & should conserve energy & do all within our power to care for the earth but this is a scam not a relevant & sound method for reducing man-made damage to the planet.

Further, could we/should we actually reduce atmospheric CO2 w/scrubbers, etc there really will be hell to pay.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 10 months ago

"Ishmael is a 1992 philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn. It examines mythology, its effect on ethics, and how that relates to sustainability. The novel uses a style of Socratic dialogue to deconstruct the notion that humans are the end product, the pinnacle of biological evolution. It posits that human supremacy is a cultural myth, and asserts that modern civilization is "enacting" that myth." ==== This is a good read for a longer perspective on how has played out the past 10,000 or so years. The transition will be painful, but we must, long-term, change our ways.

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Mixolydian 3 years, 10 months ago

I think everyone should travel in those vacuum tubes that banks use in their drive through windows. Just make them bigger.

Chop Chop. Let's get our top scientists working on that tube technology before it's too late.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 10 months ago

Al Gore will have more time to devote to being The Supreme Custodian of the Earth since him and Tipper are splitting the sheets. Maybe you can merge with him, Mr. Blevins. You two together could save the world and reverse all the damage that Bush/Cheney did in those eight years. Give Al a call, Les.

Godspeed and may god bless.

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

Current Electricity production by 'Windy' and 'Solar' is .1 of 1% of national coal fire/...Nuclear production.

How many more 'Windy' spinners and how much 'Acreage' of earth shielding solar panels would be required, if it's not windy or sunny out, for say.... 5% of the nations electrical needs? The state of Kansan maybe?

Stimulus, Weeeeeee, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

LOL

You are a card merril. Your 'Humorous' posts are too much! You say the funniest things!!

Could you imagine if people with your 'Cavalcade' of ideas were in the White House?! Whoa Nelly! That would be a 'Hoot' yet 'Scary"

Keep up the 'Hilarious' anecdotes!!

Stimulus, Shut Down Westar Now, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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SnakeFist 3 years, 10 months ago

The problem is population. It makes no net difference to increase efficiency by 10% if you simultaneously increase population by 10% - the same amount of energy is consumed and the same amount of pollution is created.

Furthermore, many "clean" technologies only hide their impact. An electric car, for example, doesn't burn gasoline so everyone thinks its clean, but the electricity used to charge the car's battery comes from a coal-fired powerplant. As Aristotle said, "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch".

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Well if we are going to start shutting down coal-fired plants we are going to need some new sources of power and they might as well be able to produce advanced biofuels as well. This is the essence of my proposal to the people of this area. for more info write me at LBlevins@sunflower.com.

Cheers

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Ratepayers should get behind more local water power,wind power and solar power. This approach would bring with it hundreds if not thousands of new job opportunities which in turn would drive new economic growth instead of tax increases.

Think fiscally responsible!

Les Blevins would be more successful if he were a high paid lobbyist.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

The local Westar plant needs to be shut down.

Fact Sheet FS-163-97 October, 1997

Radioactive Elements in Coal and Fly Ash: Abundance, Forms, and Environmental Significance

Coal is largely composed of organic matter, but it is the inorganic matter in coal—minerals and trace elements— that have been cited as possible causes of health, environmental, and technological problems associated with the use of coal. Some trace elements in coal are naturally radioactive.

These radioactive elements include uranium (U), thorium (Th), and their numerous decay products, including radium (Ra) and radon (Rn). Although these elements are less chemically toxic than other coal constituents such as arsenic, selenium, or mercury, questions have been raised concerning possible risk from radiation.

In order to accurately address these questions and to predict the mobility of radioactive elements during the coal fuel-cycle, it is important to determine the concentration, distribution, and form of radioactive elements in coal and fly ash.

Abundance of Radioactive Elements in Coal and Fly Ash

Assessment of the radiation exposure from coal burning is critically dependent on the concentration of radioactive elements in coal and in the fly ash that remains after combustion. Data for uranium and thorium content in coal is available from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which maintains the largest database of infor-mation on the chemical composition of U.S. coal.

This database is searchable on the World Wide Web at: http://energy.er.usgs.gov/products/databases/ CoalQual/intro.htm. Figure 1 displays the frequency distribution of uranium concentration for approximately 2,000 coal samples from the Western United States and approximately 300 coals from the Illinois Basin.

In the majority of samples, concentrations of uranium fall in the range from slightly below 1 to 4 parts per million (ppm). Similar uranium concentrations are found in a variety of common rocks and soils, as indicated in figure 2. Coals with more than 20 ppm uranium are rare in the United States.

Thorium concentrations in coal fall within a similar 1–4 ppm range, compared to an average crustal abundance of approximately 10 ppm. Coals with more than 20 ppm thorium are extremely rare.

During coal combustion most of the uranium, thorium, and their decay products are released from the original coal matrix and are distributed between the gas phase and solid combustion products.

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs163-97/FS-163-97.htmlhttp://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs163-97/FS-163-97.html

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

hipper,,Please tell us how Westar's new pollution control system works and how well it will work and how much it will add to our power bills..

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hipper_than_hip 3 years, 10 months ago

Westar Lawrence is adding pollution control equipment, so that's a move in the right direction.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Please tell us how Westar's new pollution control system works and how well it will work and how much it will add to our power bills..

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Please tell us how Westar's new pollution control system works and how well it will work and how much it will add to our power bills..

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Please tell us how Westar's new pollution control system works and how well it will work and how much it will add to our power bills..

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Ireland now supports biomass with new incentives. This is a trend that can work here just as well as in Ireland or anywhere else. This article lists three supported scenarios and I'm happy to report the line of products I propose to be made here and exported around this region and other regions is well suited to each of those scenarios.

The following was written by Anna Austin and posted May 25, 2010

Biomass power has gained new government support in Ireland, with recently announced renewable energy feed-in tariffs that range from 15 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 8.5 cents per kWh depending on the technology deployed, as well as a miscanthus pilot demonstration program.

Ireland has provided feed-in tariffs for wind and hydro power since 2006. Energy Minister Eamon Ryan introduced the new biomass tariffs May 24, supporting technologies including anaerobic digestion (AD), combined heat and power (CHP) and biomass combustion. The new tariffs are to be indexed and offered on a 15-year basis and include:

AD CHP equal to or less than 500 kW: 15 cents/kWh; AD CHP greater than 500 kW: 13 cents/kWh

AD (non CHP) equal to or less than 500 kW: 11 cents/kWh; AD (non CHP) greater than 500 kW: 10 cents/kWh

Biomass CHP equal to or less than 1,500 kW: 14cents/kWh; Biomass CHP greater than 1,500 kW: 12 cents/kWh

Biomass combustion (including existing plants) using energy crops: 9.5 cents/kWh; for all other biomass 8.5 cents/kWh.

The legislation limits combustion to 30 percent of the maximum rated capacity cofiring in any plant until 2017, 40 percent between 2017 and 2019, and 50 percent thereafter. The legislation also limits each technology in terms of eligible megawatts—AD is capped at 50 MW; biomass CHP at 100 MW; biomass combustion (including cofiring) at 160 MW until December 2015 and no limit from January 2016 on.

Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources predicts the new prices will allow connection of more than 200 MW of renewable electricity to the national grid.

In late April, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland launched a miscanthus pilot demonstration program to provide assistance for the deployment of renewable heating systems fueled by miscanthus in commercial/ industrial services, public sectors, community organizations and power utilities in the country.

To date, the use of miscanthus as a fuel in Ireland has been minimal, according to the DCENR, due to a number of issues including limited experience internationally with its use as a boiler fuel particularly with peat, a common boiler fuel in the Ireland.

The new program is intended to support the establishment of a number of exemplar boiler sites, likely between five and 15 depending on the mix of size ranges and costs submitted, to provide important information on the supply chain logistics and suitability of miscanthus as a boiler fuel in Ireland, as well as providing a solid basis for market confidence.

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh No!! Algore is 'Separating' from his love 'Tipper'.

The earth is warming and Algore is leaving 'Tipper'!?!!

What's next? The 'Arabic' named 'Blessed One' siding with the 'Arabs' against Israel?

Stimulus, PAD World Crumbling, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Amen to that merrill but to say that advances in energy efficiency are not needed because we have all the technology that is possible doesn't fit with reality.

"It is in our vital interest to diversify America's energy supply — and the way forward is through technology.” - President George W. Bush, 2007 State of the Union Address

“Biofuels will play an important role in America’s clean energy portfolio,” “These projects will allow us to decrease our dependence on foreign oil, support the growth of the biofuels industry and create jobs here at home.” ~Secretary Steven Chu

“It is critical that we do everything we can to reduce our dependence on petroleum based fuels. Turning waste products into energy is good for the economy, local job creation and our environment." ~ Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Basically, the technology for disposing of waste hasn't caught up with the technology of producing it." ~ Senator Al Gore 1992 ‘Earth In The Balance’ pg. 148

“The country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century.” ~ President Barack Obama

“A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done”
~ Andy Grove, Co-founder of Intel

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Our 97% HVAC system has certainly reduced energy consumption considerably thus cost of operation noticeably. For this we are forever grateful. It will pay for itself.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

To reduce pollution is to reduce energy use at every opportunity which is something that does not require new technology yet saves all of us money,money,money and more money.

Global warming is one of the most serious challenges facing us today. To protect the health and economic well-being of current and future generations, we must reduce our emissions of heat-trapping gases by using the technology, know-how, and practical solutions already at our disposal.

*The Union of Concerned Scientists at the Copenhagen Climate Negotiations As talks intended to prevent the worst consequences of climate change get underway in Copenhagen , UCS's team of international policy experts and scientists are on-site, working hard to deliver the urgently needed agreement. Keep tabs on their activities and hear other news and analysis from the conference via our video updates. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/

*Key Provisions in the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Though the bill in many ways mirrors the strong comprehensive framework of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) that passed in the House in June, there are several key areas in which the legislation differs. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/

*Costs of Climate Inaction Failing to act on climate change is prohibitively expensive—from flooding and storm damage in coastal communities to health care costs and agricultural losses in our heartland. Unchecked climate change could saddle taxpayers with hundreds of billions of dollars in damages. Learn about costs in your region, and the Senate bill aimed at limiting our climate impact. http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/

======== Living in a small town makes it quite convenient for reducing vehicle energy use. It allows a lot of us to walk,bike or ride the T and not use our motorized vehicles FOR EVERY social event, every shopping excursion,doctors appointment,trip to the library,every meeting etc etc.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

I believe I can empower and enable this area to benefit economically by offering products that are cleaner, safer and more reliable than nuclear. But if Lawrence believes it can get into any area of providing new non centralized renewable energy I would encourage it to do so.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 10 months ago

Clean. Safe. Reliable. Nuclear.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

So far I haven't been able to get any feedback from the SAB people...

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Or you can email me at LBlevins@sunflower.com and I'll forward some information by return email.

Or you can contact the Sustainability Advisory Board at sab@ci.lawrence.ks.us and see if you can get some feedback on the presentation I made a couple of months ago.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Conservation of energy is the key to achieving desired results in today’s competitive business environment. Conservation of energy leads to -

  Lower input costs through substantial savings in electricity bills.

  Increased profitability due to lesser operating and maintenance costs.

  Positive impact on the environment.

  Reduced burden on limited resources of the nation as a whole.

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Pilgrim2 3 years, 10 months ago

Chicken Little is alive and well and living in Lawrence, KS under the alias "Les."

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Guess_again

Search the web for les blevins + alternative energy and you will find some info

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guess_again 3 years, 10 months ago

"I believe the people of Lawrence should be made aware of this proposal."

Put it up on the web.

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jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

" In addition, he called on the Senate to get to work passing real clean energy legislation that would put the US on the path to clean, safe energy"

Then what was the point of bailing out the auto industry? Printing all that money seems even more fruitless now. And what that "gets to work" on is another HUGE financial blow to virtually all Americans.....again. Never let a good catastrophe go to waste, eh? Is everyone aware of the legislation that's already been passed to support this Green movement? Any home built before 1978 must be fully inspected for lead paint or you face a $13 to $25 thousand dollar fine for ANY improvement. Wanna sell your home? If you don't have an Energystar appliance = the existing MUST be replaced. Light bulbs = must be replaced. HVAC not up to new code? Must be replaced. So much for any equity you might have been lucky enough to still hold, that is if your home isn't already valued at 50% its buying price.
So, gee, we're not gonna drill here....but .it's ok to keep sending billions to hostile countries so they can do the dirty work and then jack up 2 to 3 times today's price in the next couple years? I want to buy a new car. Forget it. How much longer before catalytic converters are obsolete and/or outlawed? As if our stopping the drilling of our own resources is gonna make a damn bit of difference to the rest of the world or even our own environment. Anyone know how many countries are out there in the Gulf drilling? As if we stop and that will eliminate the possibility of another disaster. Every day things get a little more disturbing. There's a bathroom on the right.......

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 10 months ago

"... for nature has no mercy on the foolish."

Oh! So that's why we have:

  1. Tornados
  2. Hurricanes
  3. Earthquakes
  4. Tsunamis
  5. Floods
  6. Naturally occuring wildfires
  7. Hail
  8. Lightning
  9. Straight-line winds
  10. Droughts
  11. Prolonged sub-zero temps
  12. Heat waves

....because we're foolish. Alrighty then.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Nothing disrupts prosperity, liberty and life on the local level so much as an enormous oil spill can, unless maybe it's a war over oil or war over the politics of invading other regions for their local resources such as land, water, oil or political power. And nothing will disrupt prosperity, liberty and life on a global level so much as mother nature could if we foolishly disrupt the natural balance of nature, for nature has no mercy on the foolish.

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Iam Tired 3 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Blevins - How much of your money are you willing to invest in your proposal? Gather up enough cash and the city will listen.

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br549 3 years, 10 months ago

"manufacturing new concept repowering equipment" ......... Name one.......... EPA and labor laws have pushed manufacturing offshore. Freestaters will have to secede to get manufacturing back. Google bill gates and toshiba. Here's one thats been around since bennie and the jets, www.l5development.com/.

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Have clubs will travel

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Dear Leader's all about grand gestures.

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Yesterday, President Obama announced that he would be canceling drilling plans for Alaska and Virginia, and putting a temporary hold on dozens of other permits. In addition, he called on the Senate to get to work passing real clean energy legislation that would put the US on the path to clean, safe energy.

So the time is right for people like us to come up with innovative new ways to produce oil from wastes we now have to pay to dispose of. Gasification of diverse wastes to produce synthesis gas (syngas) for conversion to transportation fuels makes more sense now than ever before.

Synthesis n., pl., -ses (-sēz').

  1. a. The combining of separate elements or substances to form a coherent whole. b. The complex whole so formed.
  2. Chemistry. Formation of a compound from simpler compounds or elements.
  3. Philosophy. a. Reasoning from the general to the particular; logical deduction. b. The combination of thesis and antithesis in the Hegelian dialectical process whereby a new and higher level of truth is produced.
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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 10 months ago

Far-Left Environmental Alarmist Zealots (FLEAZ) are really about redistribution of wealth. I don't believe for a minute they actually care about the earth. They want my the money to be spread around. They may even prefer we live like a third world nation lives. Anything that disrupts prosperity, liberty and freedom makes these loons happier than happy can be. Some, like Mr. Albert Gore, Jr., are into it for the money. Most environmentalist loons are on sucking on the government teat, and now the teat is more nourishing than ever with our current administration and congress who have bowed to far-left extremist forces. Hopefully, between this November and November of 2012, we can be rid of these jokers. Blevins, a rabid Bush hater, seem to peddle his website on many of his posts too, which I thought was a violation of user policy.

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Brent Garner 3 years, 10 months ago

The leftist environmentalists all urge us to adopt their "clean" energy sources. But, are they truly "clean"? What about the toxic materials needed to make solar cells? Even environmentalists are protesting windmills now because of their threat to birds and the land. Is there an energy source that would truly satisfy all the environmentalists' demands? I begin to doubt there is. It seems that the true party of "NO" is the party of the environmentalists.

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

But at least one doesn't to 'Fret' over losing a 'Finger'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=E3mzhvMgrLE&NR=1

Stimulus, Steady, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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Les Blevins 3 years, 10 months ago

Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy has plans to convert its 312-megawatt coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River to biomass, but two organizations have concerns about sustainability and the source of that biomass saying; “The whole state could be deforested to produce energy for this one project” and I also would have problems with a biomass to power plan that entailed cutting trees over large areas to use as fuel in a huge power plant that had to send its power out over long run transmission lines to areas where the trees came from. I am therefore confident that the concept of distributed energy makes more sense when the fuels are more diverse and plentiful and the distances are considerably less..

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devobrun 3 years, 10 months ago

"Achieving this kind of reduction will require innovative new approaches that require new technologies that allow humanity to repower with alternative renewable energy and greatly reduce the burning of coal, oil and natural gas"

Like what Les, windmills, solar cells? Innovative new technology? Windmills are about 200 years old. Solar cells are about 55 years old.

Are they better now? Yes, but they still aren't good enough. Not even close.


I'm all for doing something with the old nitrogen plant. What specifically are you going to manufacture?

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 10 months ago

Until the American people decide it's time to pull away from oil the big mideast invasion by BUSHCO will go on forever.

We don't need mideast OIL,nukes or coal!!!

Is Oil truly worth killing innocent men,women and children? NO!

Is OIl truly worth the lives of our military people AND devastating the military families? NO!

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Mercy 3 years, 10 months ago

"blamed for warming the planet", but not proven. This is a theory, but not scientifically proven. Let's stay focused on the real problems in this world. (Hunger, Lack of clean water, decreasing population, the moral degradation of our society and ever growing divorce rates and the impact this has on our society and families,,,)

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 10 months ago

Sure, I take all the data of global warming alarmists (whose work is mostly taxpayer funded) as gospel. These guys are paid to tell us this---they are liberals on the gov't. payroll.

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