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calendar   Thursday - September 19, 2013

Dead Or Crippled, As Promised

Obama’a Uncontrolled EPA Moves To Kill Coal Industry

Because America has a coal supply good for more than 500 years ... so let’s not use it ever again. That’s the way to attain energy independence. Along with no new nukes, no fracking, no Keystone XL, and who really knows how many dead or inactive wind turbines. Is it El Residente’s goal to dig us so deep into the Pit we’ll never get out? Sure seems that way sometimes. Often. Every damn day as a a matter of fact.

New clean-energy rules pushed through by the Obama administration are raising concerns that they could cripple the coal industry—and may require power plants to use technology so risky that even the president’s former top energy official once warned it could “kill.”

The EPA, by Friday, is expected to release a new proposal to set the first-ever carbon dioxide limits for new power plants.

To meet those emissions caps, power plants would likely have to use what is known as “carbon-capture technology,” which involves burying the carbon underground.

The technology, which is still under development, remains expensive and not commercially available. But there are lingering safety risks.

Their idea is to capture all the CO2 and store it in underground tanks. Because, OMG, don’t give it to any plants or anything, that could benefit from it and absorb it. Nope, just store it up and create a deadly hazard, just waiting for a bit of mismanagement, rot, or lax attention.

Not the sharpest pencils in the bin, even at $35 a pop.

But we need to act now!!. To fight the naturally occurring Climate Change, which has been going on, probably cyclically, for billions of years!

One somewhat safer idea is to lock up the carbon chemically, but no real details are given in this article. Hey, why not make calcium carbonate? Is that hard to do? Take some of the excess government purchased milk, power the process with government purchased solar energy, or heat things up with government purchased ethanol, and bind up thousands, millions, of tons of carbon dioxide. And then ... since this is the stuff that clam shells are made of ... start ramping up clam, oyster, and mussel beds like nobody’s business. And restock the bays and estuaries everywhere. Not only would we get free Raw Bar for everyone, all those bivalves would actually clean up the water. Win win for everybody! Woo hoo!!*

[ * This probably won’t actually work. You need an extraordinarily large source of pure calcium to make up calcium carbonate, CaCO3. Which is otherwise known as limestone, chalk, or clam shells. And it’s pointless to derive the calcium from other sources where it’s already bound up with carbon dioxide.

3 Ca + 6 CO2 + energy ---> 3 Ca + 6 C + 12 O ---> 3 CaCO3 + 3 C + 3 O ---> 3CaCO3 + 3CO. Oops. CO is carbon monoxide, a poison gas.
6 Ca + 6CO2 + 3 O2 + energy ---> 6 CaCO3. This is better, but you can see that it needs extra oxygen. In other words, making calcium carbonate from calcium and carbon dioxide is a rolling process that depletes oxygen from the air. I think. I haven’t balanced a chemical equation since high school. 

And, once you make all the stuff, how you feed it to the clams is beyond me. ]


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/19/2013 at 10:43 AM   
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