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'Our Fight Is Not Over,' Say Green Groups After Supreme Court Clears Hurdle for Fracked Gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/16/our-fight-not-over-say-green-groups-after-supreme-court-clears-hurdle-fracked-gas

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We are at the goldilocks position from the sun, a precarious place to be. Knowing that, unbalancing anything else seems foolhardy.
Suck the oil and fresh water from the earth, strip or mine the ores, foul the atmosphere, poison the dirt, and cut or burn the trees. This is a suicide mission.
It used to be Russian roulette, but nowadays there are bullets in most of the chambers.

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Speaking of Russia . . . . more specifically Siberia ----talk about a “bullet in the chamber”----more like an atomic bomb.

We need to talk about Siberia, the arctic and methane.

h-ttps://phys.org/news/2020-06-huge-forest-health.html

“These fires are perhaps even more concerning than the ones in Australia. They have the potential to accelerate warming in the Arctic, which is already heating up much more quickly than the rest of the planet. The vast Arctic peatlands, which are sustained by permafrost, are now thawing. This can release huge amounts of carbon back into the atmosphere”

In a perfect world it would be easy and affordable to retrofit your house with a carefully desiccated rockbed for storing heat and a second rockbed for storing coolness, plus solar panels (and/or heat collectors) on the roof, and then you’d store up all the heat and coolness when the sun shines. After dark, if your house needed coolness or even if your freezer needed coolness, it could draw on the second rock bed and the heat pump could move the stored coolness to one heating zone or another in your house. If your hot water tank or even your dryer needed heat, it could draw stored heat from the first rock bed. Your house would be 90% powered by the sun on your roof and 10% by the (100% renewable but that’s another set of inventions) grid.

Then your neighbors would get jealous when the gas company cut them off because of horrid line maintenance, and they’d switch over too. Then the gas company would go bankrupt. Then a federal agency called FERC (I’m not making that name up!) would tell the company where to put the gas pipe.

First we have to put the zombie fires out. They survived underground for the entire Arctic winter, and then they broke out again.

I recommend the use of many small wind-powered artificial snow making machines to thickly coat the tundra all winter at the edges of the fire and above the fire area too. The wetter tundra won’t burn as well or at all, and the snowy albedo will reflect solar heat back into space as it used to do, cooling the Arctic. We could standardize the machine design and spend maybe $10 billion per year on this. That’s one cure.

Murcan Roulette is played with bullets in all the chambers.

Most likely a variety of technologies would be the best approach to solving the problems of using fossil fuels. Obviously more and better insulation of buildings to reduce the need for heating and cooling. Then building HUGE capacity in solar, wind, parasitic hydroelectric, and such, and then using resistance heating for difficult to retrofit structures, replacing all internal combustion engine vehicles with electric, and gradually replacing methane based natural gas with electrolisys derived hydrogen. This would be used for those applications where gas is preferred to electricity, for instance for gas cooktops, and gas grills. When hydrogen is burned the only product of combustion is water vapor, so there is absolutely NO pollution created and never the hazzard of carbon monoxide. LED based lighting has already greatly reduced the amount of energy used for lighting, LEDs use about 1/10th the electricity of incandescant lamps. By the way, by a strange coincidence, water has the ability to absord and hold more thermal energy per mass than any other known substance, so water tanks can hold more heat than rockbeds of similar size.