America’s carbon footprint and the world’s oil reserves

I’ve got two quick environmental links for you today.  The first has to do with pollution.  You know that I’ve said at this blog all along that cap-and-trade is stupid, not only because it will destroy America’s economy, but because the really big up-and-coming polluters are China and India.  Turns out I was wrong:  they’re not up-and-coming; they’re here and now, as are Africa and the Gulf countries.  America is a pollution piker.

Also, as you may have seen before, there is increasing evidence that oil is not a finite resource, dependent on the transformation of prehistoric plant and animal matter.  Instead, it might be a recurring product produced in the very bowels of the earth.  Cool.  (H/t Pierre  of Pierre Legrand’s Pink Flamingo Bar)

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  1. says

    I think it’s important to distinguish between emissions which *might* be a problem at some future date, based on assumptions and mathematical modeling, and those that we *know* are a problem based on solid science and epidemiological data. For example, we *know* that a coal plant with inadequate filtration in the stacks causes asthma. We *know* that poorly-ventilated stoves in poor countries are actually killing people.

    The hysterial over global warming has taken attention away from pollutants that really do represent a known public health problem. How many safe stoves could be purchased for the amount of subsidies being thrown at wind & solar?

  2. socratease says

    Well, finally somebody did some serious research into inorganic origins of hydrocarbons. We’ve known for a long time that Jupiter and Saturn had atmospheres rich with methane, and I’m pretty sure there weren’t any dinosaurs in their history, but nobody ever seemed to seriously question the prevailing theory of organic decay as the sole source of petroleum and natural gas. I guess it just wasn’t a fashionable theory, like Global Warming is.

  3. SADIE says

    The link below is a good companion piece to the subject.

    snip/
    Republicans want to control what people do in their bedrooms, insists the old canard. Democrats, it appears, want to dictate what we do everywhere outside of our bedrooms. And Sancho Gore wants to become the world’s first global warming billionaire, by selling climate indulgences, aka carbon offsets.

    The reaction has been predictable – by anyone except House and White House czars and czarinas.

    http://www.theabsurdreport.com/2009/obama%e2%80%99s-global-warming-policies-have-few-us-followers-%e2%80%93-and-fewer-on-the-global-stage-by-paul-driessen/

  4. says

    It is only with efficiency, individual liberty, and economic prosperity that people devote efforts to pollution control. It’s kind of hard to justify clean living when you can’t fed the family. It’s hard to justify two cars when there ain’t no damn roads. It’s hard to justify feeding some fat cat corruptocrat hundreds of US dollars when your family is starving.

    Decadence is only a byproduct of prosperity and success. But success is also a byproduct of human dignity and rights being exercised.

  5. Zhombre says

    Then oil and natural gas are renewable sources of energy? In the words of Montgomery C. Burns, “Excellent!” The enviro-neo-luddites’ heads will explode in ineffable rage and confusion.

  6. Charles Martel says

    Then oil and natural gas are renewable sources of energy? In the words of Montgomery C. Burns, ‘Excellent!’ The enviro-neo-luddites’ heads will explode in ineffable rage and confusion.”

    Confusion until an Andrea Dworkin of the enviros steps forward, raging that nature herself conspires against us by producing an evil, foul-smelling, unaesthetic, déclassé, damn-it-to-hell CHEAP source of energy.

    What’s at stake for the enviros? Nothing less than a mortal setback to the green dream of delivering us all (except for our leaders) to Camille Paglia’s vision of a mankind permanently stuck in picturesque little mud villages by the bends of pristine rivers, ruled by matriachies of loving grace—safe, clean, meek, meatless, joyless, gutless and bored out of our minds.

  7. SADIE says

    mankind permanently stuck in picturesque little mud villages by the bends of pristine rivers, ruled by matriachies of loving grace—safe, clean, meek, meatless, joyless, gutless and bored out of our minds.

    OMG…it read like a promo for Masterpiece Theater, where dreary and lifeless English ladies pack up their umbrellas and shattered pride for a summer holiday (preferably Provence, but they may have to settle for suitable lodging in Italy). Stay tuned for Part II. Camille and Andrea go shopping for large straw hats to ward off exploding heads.

    Alisterically Martel! LOL

  8. says

    “picturesque little mud villages by the bends of pristine rivers, ruled by matriachies of loving grace—safe, clean, meek, meatless, joyless, gutless and bored out of our minds”…there’s a Poul Anderson SF story about a guy who has an incurable disease, so he’s put in suspended animation in the hope that a cure for his disease will be found in the future. When he wakes up, they cure him with no problem–but the society is run along Early Hippie lines, with everyone practicing simple crafts and folk-dancing, etc.

    Guy is so bored he loses his mind. Not a problem they know how to fix, so they put him back in suspended animation…

  9. Zhombre says

    “… large straw hats to ward off exploding heads …” what a Monty Pythonesque image. I can see Eric Idle & Terry Jones in drag wandering arm in arm through mock-Perugian streets. “Ooooo, watch where you step, dearie. That one exploded and left a terrible puddle.” “Poor things! Wish there was something we could do.” “Well, there isn’t, so let’s just go see the Duomo.”

  10. SADIE says

    Perfect…Masterpiece Theater meets Monty Python in S.F. – an off-Broadway hit is born.
    Storyline: The matriarchs having spent their holiday together discover that they mistook hot flashes for global warming.

    I’ll leave the sub-plot and snappy dialogue to the creative in this room.

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