Tag: carbon dioxide

Seven Years Down The Drain

I will never forget the first time I saw John Belushi in the National Lampoon movie, Animal House. Millions of American men connected with characters in that movie. One of the most memorable quotes is when John Belushi’s character, Bluto disconsolately uttered those famous seven words, “Seven years of college down the drain“.

In the last seven years our economy, our foreign relations, our national security, and our national pride have been going down the drain.

The Obama White House has been performing like some college social club that concentrates on the partying and relative social positioning, rather than serious issues. It is as if Delta House has come alive, and Joe Biden has taken on the role of Bluto, and President Obama has taken the role of Otter, the smooth upper-classman who was screwing everything in site. They only thing the White House is serious about is political power, not economic or national security.

To make matters worse, the White House has bought into the genocidal goals of the climate change crazies. These guys are off the deep end. Such disreputable scientists as Paul Ehrlich and Dr John Holdren, the President’s personal science advisor, are paraded front and center. These are the crazies who jointly advocate population control. That plan includes genocide. Obama seems to like their ideas.

As a consequence of their ignorance, the world is starting to crumble as Islamic terrorists have their sway, bombing passenger airplanes from the air, and beheading Christians with impunity. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is asserting his influence in the middle-east while Obama is retreating. The Iranians have found a way to construct their much desired nuclear weapons because of a desperate agreement our President wanted for his legacy.

Seven years ago, the US Government started a review process to determine whether Canadian Keystone XL pipeline should be built across portions of the United States to help Canada export some of their oil. The US State Department was involved because the situation involved relations with a foreign country.

During the following seven years, the Environmental Protection Agency, and every other concerned government agency could find no fault or problem with the project. It was obvious from the outset that the whole project was political, especially when there was NO science that showed any harm or danger to the public, or to public lands.

So, what stand does our mighty and super-intelligent President take? Our playboy President announced today that the Keystone XL pipeline project would not be approved.

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

The tragedy of the Keystone XL pipeline saga is that politics have triumphed over science, economics. and common sense. There is no rational argument that one can launch justifying the cancellation of this project. Much needed jobs would have resulted, and the available of more oil would have contributed to a long term stabilization of the world oil markets.

In case you are thinking that the carbon emissions from this project would have contributed to some sort of world-wide catastrophe, you are wrong. There is no science that shows that carbon dioxide is anything more than a moderate greenhouse gas. Indeed, CO2 is necessary for life and the production of the very oxygen we breathe. CO2 is plant food, and  as every high-school biology student learns, is called photosynthesis. Carbon dioxide is life!

For seven years this administration has had the Keystone XL pipeline decision before them. For seven years the administration has been trying to find a way to mitigate the political blowback from their mindless opposition. Now that national elections are looming, Obama had to move. He is counting on the idea that the electorate will forget his insanity of cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline in time to keep the Democrat Party from being erased from electoral politics for generations to come.

Seven years of no gain. Seven years of virtual recession. Seven years of kissing up to terrorists.

Seven years down the drain.

Our Goldilocks World

You know how it is sometimes fun to sit around and Google things that just pop into your mind? Well, I was doing that tonight while pondering the world around us. I was thinking about trees and plants, and how they figure into our environment. The process I looked up was photosynthesis.

We would not have oxygen to breathe if it were not for carbon dioxide (CO2) and plant life.

6H2O + 6CO2 ———-> C6H12O6+ 6O
Six molecules of water plus six molecules of CO2 makes one sugar molecule and six oxygen molecules.

This is what happens. Plants get their water from the ground through the root system, and they suck in carbon dioxide gas (CO2) from the atmosphere. That’s when the fun starts.

Sunlight is the energy that drives the whole process. When sunlight strikes a leaf of a plant, energy is absorbed. Some sunlight causes heat, and the rest causes chemical reactions between the CO2 and other stuff in the plants. Oxygen is split from the carbon dioxide and water (H2O), and sugar and enzymes result growing the plant.

If it were not for CO2 we would not have trees, plant life, food, or oxygen. It gets that simple.

Global warming is blamed on CO2. There is only a small bit of truth to this in that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and greenhouse gases cause the earth to keep warm enough to support life, but not too warm. CO2 is not the driving gas in the process. The real driver is water vapor, by far the strongest greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Photosynthesis is yet another process that can be called a Goldilocks process. It takes in carbon dioxide (CO2), and produces food and oxygen, all necessary for life.

Our earth is just far enough from the sun to keep it warm within a livable range. We live on a water planet where the climate is pretty much automatically maintained by clouds, water vapor, water vaporization and condensation, and the associated heat engines.

When things heat up, clouds form, rain happens, and things cool down. That’s one of the mechanism that keeps the world from getting too hot. Greenhouse gases keep the world from getting too cold for life.

Food and water are plentiful almost everywhere because of the natural processes.

What more can one ask? We do live in a Goldilocks world. It is almost like things were planned that way. Our Goldilocks world is just right.

Note: Yes, I noticed in the chemical equation that the Oxygen molecules did not balance. I did a cut and paste from some web page, and am now paying for my own inattention. I think that the six oxygen molecules should be molecules made up of 2 oxygen molecules. Oxygen does that, you know. I just don’t know how to do a subscript in WordPress.