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Friday, January 23, 2009

Save the World with Landfills and Nukes

According to James Lovelock (the inventor of a large fraction of “green” cliches):

Most of the "green" stuff is verging on a gigantic scam. Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry wanted. It's not going to do a damn thing about climate change, but it'll make a lot of money for a lot of people and postpone the moment of reckoning. I am not against renewable energy, but to spoil all the decent countryside in the UK with wind farms is driving me mad. It's absolutely unnecessary, and it takes 2500 square kilometres to produce a gigawatt - that's an awful lot of countryside.
On the other hand, he says there is something we can do to reverse the CO2 accumulation now:

There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive burial of charcoal. It would mean farmers turning all their agricultural waste - which contains carbon that the plants have spent the summer sequestering - into non-biodegradable charcoal, and burying it in the soil. Then you can start shifting really hefty quantities of carbon out of the system and pull the CO2 down quite fast.

In other words, we need landfills … full of non-biodegradable stuff. We need nukes to stop putting CO2 into the air and landfills to reverse it (should that turn out to be necessary).

Wait a minute … Weren't we well on the way to a nuke-and-landfill based economy before the d@mn hippies interfered?

Meanwhile, I intend to do my part to save the world. I'll overcook something and throw it in the garbage.

Addendum: Australians are doing their part.

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