Earth Day or Earth Doom?

Earth Day is an old United States invention. But talking the talk is all too often a vaccination against walking the walk. A few countries are leading the charge towards doom and gloom. And foremost that great leader of all, the USA.

As I have explained, disaster have been most profitable to Anglo-Saxon America’s expansion, traditions, and institutions… But for the Civil War. Thus there is an US tradition of benign neglect towards the worst, until it becomes juicy enough to bear fruit.

PPP A Few Countries Are The Main CO2 Culprits, And It Does Not Have To Do With Development.

Hillary Clinton feels the USA cannot afford health care. And it’s just one more step to inform us that the USA cannot inform us to cut down on CO2 emissions. Actually super young, super cool, super hip, super elected Justin Trudeau just informed us of that about Canada. It reminds me of people who say: ‘I am not a racist, BUT…’

So Trudeau agrees the Earth is scorched by carbon, but does not want to tax carbon, lest carbon would lead an unhappy life…

Pic Vignemale, With One Of the last Dying Glaciers of Pyrénées At the Foot of the Granite Pillar.

Pic Vignemale, With One Of the last Dying Glaciers of Pyrénées At the Foot of the Granite Pillar.

In the Middle Ages, it was claimed that the lioness gave birth, with her mouth. 14 centuries earlier, there were European lions in Greece. Facts get easily replace by ridiculous myths. The very large European lion had no mane. It is now extinct. Officially due to its obvious similarity with the Devil (Pluto, Hades): tall, hairy, with claws and large teeth, the European Brown Bear (ancestor to the American Grizzly) was ordered more or less exterminated by Charlemagne’s government. It nearly disappeared too.

I was talking with an American friend. She and her two children are going to the Alps this summer. Curiously she plans then to train to another mountain range, and visit it. I observed that said range, lower than the Alps, and less sharp, yet full of lakes, and granite reminded me of the Sierra Nevada, so I would never need to go there, as I frequent the Sierra all too much. She suspiciously wondered how I could know the Pyrénées, as I had never been there and gloated I never will.

Well, I use advanced morality, and various methods of tele-vision. It’s not just as good, it’s better. Knowing that the Pyrenees is a formidable, mostly impassable (very few passes) rampart between Spain and France, explains a lot. But that’s better explored through books, as, doing it by foot would take much of a lifetime.

Travelling is good. But having a human reason for it, better. If it’s just for marking territory, one stoops to the level of dogs, considering what is going on with our planet-wide mismanagement.

171 countries signed the Paris COP 21 accord in New York at the United Nations. It’s going to take one or two more years to ratify this Paris COP 21. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to be implemented in 2020… when every month now counts! There were eleven (11) straight months of worldwide temperature records.

Things need to change faster. French justice seized the belongings of the Bongo family. Bongo is one of the many African presidential families which has milked Africa. A relative of dictator Assad of Syria owns hundreds of millions of dollars of property in France alone. If one stripped all the world plutocrats of the properties they own in the leading cities and places of the West, real estate would not doubt significantly go down in value.

Meanwhile a drugged out “Jehovah Witness” musician died at 57. A few days ago, a plane had to make an emergency landing because said drugged out anti-role model had overdosed. Well I am witness that Jehovah had a very Dark Side we arguably would have done better without. And I don’t like Purple Rain very much.

Those who drug themselves out are basically saying that reality is better left alone, thus, if not most satisfying, at least, satisfying enough.

In 20 years, if one persisted at the present rate of CO2 emissions, Earth’s overall temperature would not stay below a two degree Centigrade increase. That would mean the poles would melt. Empirically the rise of temperatures of the poles has been at least five times that of the rest of the planet. That rate will itself augment considerably. Ice will run out of planet (so will many species).

The public does not seem to appreciate that a 40 a 70% reduction in CO2 before 2050 enormous effort. An example is my friend above, who has travelled over much of the world. Air travel contributes significantly to CO2 emissions. Yes, Airbus works on large electric planes. Slap a carbon tax, to accelerate its work.

COP21 says: no more net emissions CO2 in second half century. This will be very difficult to achieve without thermonuclear plants (which are still the energy of the future).

The world Public does not understand magnitude of change. One has to change not just development mode, to get rid of Carbon burning, but the very nature of everyday morality. The CO2 gets in the atmosphere, and the ocean, and the warming and acidity occur decades later. Skepticism is natural in scientists. One can only be skeptical when one sees the entire Coral Reef Barrier blanching under our eyes.

Because, ladies and gentlemen, within existing technology, the only fix is to stop burning carbon. Thermonuclear Terraforming plants will have to extract CO2 from the atmosphere, to prevent a runaway Jurassic, but those admirable devices are not yet here.Giant solar plants in the most favorable places may be able to extract CO2 too, with existing technology, including imitating plants to make useful materials from CO2.

But the fact remains: the “Energetic Transition”, away from carbon burning, is also a moral transition.

Patrice Ayme’

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5 Responses to “Earth Day or Earth Doom?”

  1. ianmillerblog Says:

    The problem is, we need to cancel out most of the effects of 150 years of profligate fossil fuel burning. We burn over 9 Gt of carbon a year, or produce about 40 odd Gt of CO2 per year, and that is a huge amount. Somehow, we really need to do something that self-expands its action, and that is not easy. However, while it is difficult, it is depressing that politicians simply do not understand, and the reason in my mind is they are mathematically challenged. They simply cannot appreciate what large numbers mean, and they hope (with good reason) that hardly anyone else will either before the next election.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      CO2 from burning seems to be 35 GT. Yet the CO2 equivalent total production (taking into account land use and other man-made gases) is around 50 Gigatonnes. (I was myself unaware of this for all too long…)
      After googling myself, here is something of more than two years ago:
      https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/stealth-climate-deniers/

      An example of the problem is Justin Trudeau: he has got to be perfectly aware of the situation (considering he is so smart, has studied engineering, ecology, etc.). Yet, he would probably say that he has to embrace carbon if he wants to stay in power. And adding: if I stay in power, I can inflict policy for the better, and that is, overall, much better for the environment. Yes, OK, Justin, so I have to right about: COGNITIVE INEQUALITY.

      The public is culprit: it is what the public is obsessed by which is what they care the most about. For leaders of the public such as Barry Obama, the obsession is desiring guys who push a ball through a hoop, as they are two meter tall. The great leader can’t talk about anything else when interacting with low lives…

      We have to elect new ideas, and new moods…

  2. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Dear Ian:

    There is only one mitigation solution for the GHG (Greenhouse Gas) asphyxiation problem: a massive carbon tax. Mitigations such as synthetic fuels, growing algae, or forests… would help. A bit.

    A caveat: today’s species are not made to function with 500 ppm GHG we have now. We are within ten years of a doubling of the old concentrations. Watch the Great Barrier Reef die.

    So what happens? Species die, indeed, or do not live too well. This is what recent studies on the Amazon forest show: trees are aging faster than they used to. So much for growing plants.

    A generalization of synthetic fuels, is to mimic trees, and directly synthetize from CO2 the material we need: artificial cellulose/wood…

    Long term solution? Terraforming thermonuclear fusion plants to mechanically refrigerate CO2 out of the atmosphere, and then inject it tectonically in sinking oceanic plates…

    • Ian Miller Says:

      Reply ↓

      ianmillerblog
      on April 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm said:

      Dear Patrice, Yes, a carbon tax would help, BUT you still need energy, and I believe you will still need liquid fuels. Reasons I shall leave for another post. And yes, species die. Even now, here, paua (a variant on abalone) are in severe trouble because the young shellfish need aragonite for their shells, and the pH of the oceans is now reaching a point where this version of calcium carbonate is having difficulty precipitating. And while evolution tends to protect species, evolution cannot cope with the current rate of change we are imposing.

      Aging trees is not necessarily a problem, as long as they are replaced. If they rot and convert carbon into soil components, than can be good. And yes, thermonuclear offers a potential solution, except we cannot do much with that now because we haven’t got it.

      And thanks for the intelligent comments.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Patrice Ayme
        on April 30, 2016 at 4:48 am said:
        Another problem is Sea Level Rise
        https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/asia-after-full-glacial-melt/
        A solution would be to pump (using electricity from windmills feeding 100 large pumps each one similar to the largest used in New Orleans) the ocean into the middle of Antarctica, where it would freeze. Windmills could be used for the electricity. Studies show that would neutralize the present 3mm rise. However, that’s augmenting…

        Carbon tax would accelerate enormously the switch to solar and wind, and ocean waves, by bringing the pain now, instead of tomorrow.

        Something else: a power thermonuclear reactor is probably feasible, NOW.
        https://www.iter.org/newsline/255/1481

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