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I offered a suggestion on how to mitigate excess carbon in the atmosphere, as proposed by others.
Go watch the video of Abe Collins here and while we are worried about CO2 emissions, that CO2 can be used to grow more food, if our soil structures can be improved upon. Improving the soil structure (rebuilding the topsoil that was eroded via tillage over the last 200 years) will also make the land more drought tolerant as the water infiltrates the soil and releases slowly.
End the federal agricultural subsidies and you put more people to work, you improve the nutritional quality of our food and thus the health of the people ,the environmental conditions as the fertilizers and pesticides so heavily used in row cropping will wane.
The grain subsidies and the distortions to the free market have caused some of the largest problems we face and can be fixed by phasing them out. Unfortunately, more government and taxes are the solution to all our ills.
Cowboy Logic: “The human mind treats a new idea the
same way the body treats a strange protein. It rejects it!”
That was the isle of the brits not the sole.
If you want the quickest most effective way of extracting carbon from the atmosphere, then you eliminate government subsidies for agriculture and tax all goods sold at the same rate. Today technology faces a favorable tax consequences to that of us lowly people. That benefits those with capital to the individuals detriment.
iUsing simple technological fixes (hot wire fencing), moving livestock every other hour and subsoil tillage, you can extract most of the excess carbon out of the atmosphere that has been added by us small part of the climate change equation. I say small in that they used to grow wheat on the sole of the brits and now they can't as the climate has cooled since they used to be able to.
It is unfortunate that the collectivists sitting in their offices believe that we are so powerful as to be causing all the climate change issues. Those pencil pushers have no idea as to what the real situation is and are not able to comprehend the individual attributes to every situation and dictate what needs to happen from afar and yet the individual who is more closely related to a given situation and more of an expert on their individual situation is than the pencil pusher in their office from afar.
That is the true battle in government the individualist versus the collectivist not deems versus repugs. Moving government to the world stage as Mr. Gates suggests will not solve our problems which have been created by government in many cases.
Harvey one of those harmful man made things are.
Fertilizer resulting in many dead zones. Completely disrupting the natural cycle. End the subsidies for those and the world is a better place.
I think most understand the positive economic impacts of coal. Though what Dan stated is correct it is a temporary positive as it is a limited resource and it is an extractive economic activity. While there is some addition of value to it, in the long term something else needs to be done to replace it... hopefully whatever replaces it is a creative economic force. That being taking raw materials and leaving the whole better off when all is said and done.
I guess it is hard for some to change their beliefs, or to convince them they have been fooled than it is to initially fool them as Mark Twain used to say.
Unfortunately, most times in life we want to treat the symptoms of a problem as opposed to address the root cause of the problem. Treating the symptoms is far more profitable rather than addressing the underlying cause.
I think that is the goal of naturopathy and maybe a reason people are looking to it for answers as opposed to the quick fix that was the magic elixir of pharmaceuticals.
Yep, selective usage of the facts to sensationalize a news story, Scott. It might simply be the chicken pox vaccine that skews the data. As chicken pox are mainly an inconvenience, versus a real safety concern and there may be an increased risk of shingles later in life from getting a weakened dis-ease versus the full strength one naturally.
The one size fits all approach to government is not beneficial as we are all unique as is every situation.
Oil cold be the ultimate renewable energy source. It utilizes the current distribution system, current infrastructure etc.. It has been manufactured before and could be again today, utilizing renewable energy sources.
Use wind power to separate the Hydrogen from the Oxygen with wind power, then use solar concentrators to heat and pressurize the hydrogen with carbon (from coal initially, but then switch to harvested from the cars that burn it). There was an excellent paper written on the subject about 5-10 years ago. However, cheap energy leads to freedom and TPTB may not want that as they want control over every aspect of our lives.
You will cut back on the energy & fertilizers used plus end up reversing dead zones killed via ag runoff. To the naysayers that say we can't feed the world this way and need GMO's, I suggest you go look at India's latest output numbers on their organic farms, which employ more people and leave the world a better place than the current system.
You want to clean up the environment George, then get rid of ag subsidies first as that will have the quickest and greatest effect on doing so. Me, I will do my small little part and try not to infringe upon others rights to do as they wish as long as they are not peeing on me or my air and water.
Warren Buffet's rail holdings will take a hit if the oil is no longer delivered via rail. Follow the money, in reality.
How many jobs, not a whole heck of a lot, some might be lost due to needing fewer trains to deliver the oil. Though, it really has little to do with jobs, it has to do with corporate interests trying to ensure they protect their interests.
If you enjoy what you do, then the best day of working beats out a bad day of skiing.
Nice to be here and sometimes get both, and good dishes of both, in the same day though.
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