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Dr. K. H. Coats

 

 

Sustainability and CO2

The problem with sustainability practices in our industry is that many or most think that sustainability is related to emissions from hydrocarbon combustion .  The existence of the SPE CCUS technical section (Carbon Capture, Utilization , and Storage) is evidence of this.  Utilization as a miscible or near miscible solvent is the only part of that making any sense, since capture and storage is not possibly economic or beneficial - see our CCUS page.  CO2 emissions are not related to global warming and have not been proven to be.  Sustainability has absolutely nothing to do with the misperceptions that increased CO2 is causing climate change or any real "social issues" whatsoever, except that we have to convince the public that they have been fooled by fraudulent "climate scientists" employed by governments.  The "Climategate" emails certainly prove that.  A government panel made up of more fraudulent government employees found otherwise of course.

The main real environmental issues related to our industry are the production of plastic and its disposal and dumping in our waters.  (Other) toxic waste dumped into our waters has been killing the oceans about since the Industrial Revolution began in America.  All experienced fishermen are witnesses to the decline in marine life of almost all species over their lifetime.  The only land animals thriving are those benefitting from agriculture and agricultural development.  Incompetent "climate scientists" note that temperature increases at dead spots/reefs in the ocean having no oxygen indicate that increased temperature is the cause, rather than pollution which has killed the plant life and thus also all animal life, stopping photosynthesis which is an endothermic reaction! We estimate that pollution and deforestation have decreased total oxygen production (plant life) on earth by about 50% since 1950.  Published estimates are that up to 80% of the oxygen produced on earth comes from our waters, and that up to 60%  of that has been lost to water pollution over the last 70 years.  That obviously would cause increased CO2 and decreased O2 in the atmosphere along with global warming and droughts, partly because the energy that was formerly used by plant life to produce oxygen is now absorbed and re-radiated as heat, but mostly due to decreased transpiration and surface evaporative cooling and rainfall in huge amounts.  Urban development certainly generates heat (search for urban heat island).  A simple comparison of the temperature at the middle of an asphalt parking lot in the summer with that at the floor of an adjacent forest certainly supports that argument, and is mostly due to lost transpiration and surface cooling (lost cooling due to reduced photosynthesis contributes only a few percent of the total loss).

The solution to our real environmental and sustainability problems is that we must ban all ocean dumping and require the recycling of all plastic (and everything else).  If cleanup and trash recycling were made a priority there would be no excuse for any unemployment.  Loss of plant life due to development and deforestation must be restricted and countered with replanting.  And we should put a bounty on trash collected at sea to make it profitable rather than tax or regulate CO2 emissions!  The latter can only cause severe economic decline and cannot possibly have any positive effect, except for those attempting or accomplishing confiscation of private property through those taxes, or for those profiting from regulation.  Increased atmospheric CO2 concentration is highly beneficial to all plant and animal life and to regulation of the temperature of our planet, since it greatly increases the rates of plant (food) growth and oxygen production and CO2 consumption and the natural cooling resulting from endothermic conversion of solar energy and CO2 to carbohydrates (food) and oxygen by photosynthesis.  The destruction of plant life by development and deforestation and the resulting lost transpiration (water evaporation by plants) are the real causes of the global warming and severe droughts that we are experiencing, primarily in the northern hemisphere. Plants are natural evaporative coolers producing huge amounts of surface cooling and rainfall while providing for all animal life on earth.

See

Disproofs of the CO2 Emissions Global Warming Theory

Climate Change, The Real Explanation

Sustainability and CO2  the longest discussion in AICHE history, proving the co2 scam


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