President Obama’s Abysmal Record on Climate & Energy: Part 1
(If we count the "Freon Complex" as one, then …) Just 7 Greenhouse Gases create our Global Warming Emergency. Here’s what the President says about each of them. — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")
When he was an Illinois State Legislator, Barack Obama voted to condemn the Kyoto accords for their strictness. Conversely, most critics say those accords were too timid and lax.
The 7 GHGs are: Freon, Steam, Fart, Smog, Laughing Gas, Dry Ice, Air Jordan.
The relative strength of each Greenhouse Gas is stated as its Global Warming Potential (GWP). Below are the GHGs, listed from the weakest to the strongest, and the President’s take on each. Two of the 7 can’t be rated on the GWP scale, but Pres. Obama has set no policy on those two, as far as I know; they are Ozone (Smog) and Water Vapor. The latter is actually the most active gas in warming the Earth, but the only way to take it out is to stop emitting the others and resequester the CO2. (To reduce the Smog, we need to stop burning Fossil Fuels and stop emitting so much Methane.)
- – - Carbon Dioxide (CO2) "Dry Ice" GWP=1
Its proliferation is from burning the Fossil Fuels: Coal and Petroleum products.
–Coal: Just after taking office, President Obama appeared on a Coal company commercial singing the praises of "Clean Coal," a product that doesn’t exist. Despite posing as if he were trying to stop Mountaintop Removal, he’s not. He’s allowing the companies doing it to keep doing it. 31 Coal Miners were killed in two Mines in the past few weeks, thanks to the Obama Administration’s cavalier attitude and lax safety standards.
–Oil: Barack Obama: "Oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills. They are technologically very advanced." Eleven Oil workers on that platform were killed thanks to the Obama Administration’s cavalier attitude and lax safety standards.
–Oil Byproducts (including Propane and Natural Gas): "We need a diverse energy policy" has been Pres. Obama’s mantra. It’s a slogan from a gasoline commercial. It’s also a lie. We’re in a Global Warming Emergency. We need to use Energy sources that don’t cause Global Warming. "Diverse" means buying Oil or Coal (mostly owned by Oil giants) or Propane (from Oil companies) or Natural Gas (from Oil Companies). "Diverse" also means "Nuclear," and we obviously can’t trust the Obama Administration’s cavalier attitude and lax safety standards there. Don’t let that sleazy slacker Salazar get a hold of the nuke plants, or he’ll turn our whole atmosphere into the Gulf of Mexico!
–BP keeps denying responsibility. Obama waited more than a week before declaring it an emergency, trusting BP to take care of it.
They are injecting a very destructive chemical dispersant, the toxic components which the Obama Administration is keeping secret from the people whom it may kill or maim, and from their doctors. Louisiana claims the 13 dead sea turtles on the shore had nothing to do with the oil. (I guess the dispersant killed them.) Obama has pledged to keep on drilling, but not to start any new drilling for several days.
- – - Methane (CH4) "Fart" GWP=62
Its proliferation is from unsanitary treatment of feces & garbage, and from Coal Mining and Oil Drilling, and from Dams.
One cattle farm in Vermont harnesses its Methane emissions, and the Clean Energy from burning that Methane causes no Global Warming, because the only Carbon it contains was recently absorbed from the air, making it Carbon Neutral. That one farm powers all its vehicles and supplies all its own electricity with that Methane. It also supplies all the electricity and powers all the vehicles at the nearby college. It also supplies all of the electricity for the entire county. There are only 3,000 counties in the United States. There are 7,000 farms. The Obama Administration takes no interest in Methane, except to Drill Baby Drill!
- – - Nitrous Oxide (N2O) "Laughing Gas" GWP=310
Its proliferation is from Nuclear Energy, manufacture of Nylon & other synthetic fibers, and from chemical fertilizers.
President Obama has been repeating the Big Lie over and over on this one lately, again from an energy company commercial. He’s been falsely claiming that Nuclear Energy doesn’t cause Global Warming, and promoting his new plan to open a chain of hundreds of Sleazy Salazar’s Discount Nuke Plants, cavalier attitude included!
(To produce Nuclear Energy, Uranium and Plutonium are dissolved in Nitric Acid, and producing Nitric Acid is one of the principle emitters of Nitrous Oxide.) (Nitrous Oxide dragsters, dentists’ offices, whipped cream cans, and recreational users of N2O, all added together, account for less than 1% of Nitrous Oxide emissions.)
- – - Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3) "Solar Freon" GWP=17,900
The fastest-increasing GHG in our atmosphere, its emissions come from manufacturing Solar Panels, and similar electronics. It stays in the air over 700 years.
Though the Mainstream Press and the Activist Press and even the Environmental Press ignore it, the Chemical Industry Press is quite open about this menace, reporting on chemists around the world working desperately to find a clean replacement. Finally someone did, according to the trade journals: A Finnish national company announced last summer that it had discovered a way to etch the Solar Panels without using NF3. Within weeks of that announcement, the Obama Administration countered: The US will open its first NF3 plant, in North Carolina, a gift to President’s contributors at Duke Energy, Bank of America, and DuPont (who invented NF3 and Freon). The President’s message was hidden behind a smile, but his attitude was clear: ‘You’re NOT bringing any Clean Energy in here, to threaten my relationship with Duke, DuPont and the BOA constrictor!’ So, now, nobody makes the clean replacement, but DuPont and others produce over 20,000 tons of NF3 annually, equivalent to 4 hundred million tons of CO2! And that number is increasing exponentially.
- – - Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) "Air Jordan" GWP=34,500
The worst GHG known. Its proliferation is from Wind Farms and the "Smart Grid." It stays in the air over 3,000 years. Vestas, the world’s biggest supplier of Wind Farms, is also the world’s biggest supplier of SF6. This gas’s byproducts include deadly chemical weapons and some of the worst GHGs known, one of them is the GHG increasing second-fastest in our atmosphere. Now, they’re opening Cape Wind. New mantra: Wind & Solar, Wind & Solar, Wind & Solar. Chemical companies may not be on our side. Solar Panels can be etched with SF6 or NF3 or Freon, all of which cause terrible Global Warming. Wind Farms and the "Stupid Grid" could theoretically use a different insulating dielectric medium, but they don’t. So, unless and until these procedures change, remember: THE SMART GRID IS STUPID!
By now you may be saying: If burning Fossil Fuels is very, very bad, and Hydroelectric and Nuclear and Solar and Wind are a lot worse, then, shouldn’t we just give up? No. Geothermal Energy causes no Global Warming. Neither do biofuels. But now only Monsanto’s corn and soy, and other destructive mono-crops and diverted food crops are used to make biofuels, giving them a bad name. And in fact, all of the plants now used for fuel are so inefficient that using them makes no sense. Only the plants with the highest biomass can reasonably be used: Hemp and Hops, each of which can grow 4 million stalks per acre – more than half a billion per square mile! Hemp and Hops are planted 100 stalks to the square foot when grown commercially. Corn doesn’t usually even have one per square foot. And don’t forget about biogas from the animal farms. Clean Energy is abundant and easy. But we would need a much more honest President to get it.
President Obama recently said he wanted American students to to get better at Science, but that can’t be true: If people knew even a little more about science, they wouldn’t believe his Climate and Energy lies.
(A word about determining Global Warming Potentials: Companies marketing Greenhouse Gases and products which emit the above Gases have devised measuring regimens which divide numbers in different ways to obtain several different GWPs for each gas, such that, if you look at it on a 20-year time line it appears to have a different strength than if you check it on a 100- or a 500-year time line. My policy is to use the highest figure, the one that actually shows the gas’s strength as compared to CO2, not the one that was created for promotional purposes.)