While the Climate Protagonists target vehicles, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, et al, PetroChemicals remain untouched. Petrochemicals are used for the production of plastics and resins that are found in just about everything including carpet, food, medicine, pesticides, detergents, makeup, beauty products, etc… We eat oil, lather in oil, let our children chew on oil based toys, walk on oil, cook our food on appliance oils, and wear oil. All to save the trees.
The petrochemical production plants are a major source of greenhouse gases, air pollution, water pollution, acid rain and ozone depletion. In the US most plants are located in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and the Appalachians. The health effects include tumors, cancer, asthma, nerve disorders and blood disorders.
Yet for some reason they are NOT mentioned in the Green Weenie Summits. New plants continue to be constructed across the globe unabated. 42 new petrochemical plants are under construction in the US today. By 2050, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from plastic plants is estimated to reach 56 gigatons.
Germany has the largest petrochemical company in the world, BASF, followed by the US, Netherlands and UK. Working in collaboration with Monsanto, BASF operates in 80 countries including; US, South America, Mexico, Japan, Africa, Australia, India, and across Europe. They have been rated as the 1st largest water polluter and 4th largest air polluter in the world. Air pollution accounts for 9% of global deaths per year or 5,000,000 people.
Founded by Carl Bosch as IG Farben, BASF collaborated with the Nazi’s in World War II. Today, revenues top $60 billion annually.
When measuring a country’s output of greenhouse gases, the numbers do NOT account for production plants owned by other countries. BASF is a German Company polluting the air and water of 80 countries across the globe. When charts rate and rank countries by their emissions Germany comes in at 2% compared to the US at 15%. An obvious ‘meaningless’ statistic.
In 2018 BASF self-reported their CO2 emissions at 21.9 million metric tons (not including China plants). Of course like every other political conquest, they ‘plan on reaching -0- emissions by 2050’. 2050 is the NEW 2015…that became 2020, that became 2025, that became 2030, that is now 2050. They plan to achieve this quest by using renewable electric energy instead of fossil fuels… Not sure, but it seems to me that electricity does not convert to plastic no matter how much you hoodoo voodoo it. Plastic is oil. They also make no statement with regard to water pollution.
What they are stating is that plastics will remain a core industry requiring oil and gas, but plant production will attempt to use alternate means ‘if’ BASF can maintain competitiveness in the market. As for water? Tough tiddly-winks.
But water pollution isn’t the only trivial pursuit, it takes 1.4 gallons of water (fresh and gray) to produce one plastic water bottle. 90% of those bottles are NOT recycled and end up in the marine ecosystem. With droughts and water shortages surging, the waste is simply phenomenal!
Given the EPA restrictions in the US and Europe, Africa has been the new source of plant production. China is another huge source given their lack of pollution awareness. Still, petrochemicals are NOT going away any time soon unless consumerism simply vanishes. Bill Gates? Bill Gates?
Shale was a primary source for the petrochemical industry. When Biden shut down the US industry, it not only impacted our oil and gas independence, it shuttered the US petrochemical industry. Since Biden’s announcement, gas prices have risen 270%. Not ONLY affecting prices at the pump, but everything in between which contains ‘plastic’.
The idea that fossil fuels will vanish is absurd. Until, unless the petrochemical additive can be replaced, no amount of solar or wind will create the physical product. Thus -0- emissions target is simply a cartoon bubble bobble.
And Greenie Weenie folks out there trying to ban all petrochemical plants have nary a clue what that entails.