PETROCHEMICALS – Massive Source of CO2 Emissions

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.

Climate Change: The Magnetic North is Shifting

The media is busily denigrating the US for our heinous lack of adherence to lower emissions and meet the ‘goals’ of the Paris Climate Accord.   Forbes refers to us as “The Ugly Face of America”.   While citing percentages with self grandizing authority and blaming Trump for pulling out of “Obama’s Clean Power Plan”, Forbes does not articulate the fact that Obama’s plan did – nothing.   The US remained second highest producer of CO2 emissions behind China throughout Obama’s administration rule.   Obama did make a ‘call’ for more renewable, and he did make a ‘commitment’, but those are words – just as the entire Paris Accord is a body of goals and words without any rule.

Germany’s largest power station is fueled by coal, as is Denmark’s, Australia, Chile, India, Serbia, Poland, etc…  The largest power station in the US is Hydroelectric.   The 20 largest power producing facilities in the world are Hydro and nuclear with the exception of two, one in China and one in Japan.   And despite Forbes using Germany as an example to model, they failed each and every standardized goal set by Merkel who has now pushed that agenda to a possible – 2030.

Politicians routinely spew a plethora of rhetorical word-plays which the media regurgitates as fact when they are simply legalistic word-plays.   Throw in a few get out of jail free cards like ‘our aim’, ‘our path’, ‘our goal’, and when those ideals are not met – ‘we never promised’ is the free card.

But Germany isn’t the only country to backslide on their commitments, China, the world’s largest polluter, has pushed the punchcard to 2030 as well.    But even if those 2′ goals are attained, according to the UN the ‘goals’ are not even remotely effective and collectively all countries would have to increase their goals five fold to effect the necessary 1.5’ commitment.

In other words, even if every country collectively meets the Paris Accord goal of 2’ by 2030, they will still fall short of the necessary goal by 25%. And it is a fair guess that by then the entire Accord will have fizzled into nothing given no one has the funds to ante up – especially if the EU ends up footing the bill for the UN and their own military defense and their burgeoning immigration welfare.

In the Trump Blame Game, what exactly did Trump change with respect to Obama’s Climate Control policy?

1)   He hired an EPA Minister that the left doesn’t like, who subsequently resigned after threats.

2)   He lifted ‘some restrictions’ on greenhouse emissions from coal plants.

3)   Eased restrictions on millions of acres of land that had been protected for the “Grouse”.

4)   Approved five oil and gas companies permission to use seismic airgun blasts to search for oil and gas in the ocean.

5)   Lifted the block for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

6)   Sent to the appeals court a request to quash the Youth Climate Lawsuit – that no one knows diddly about.

7)   Cleared production of oil and gas wells in the Arctic.

8)   Signed a bill to clean up the plastic pollution in our oceans.

9)   Disbanded an ‘Air Pollution Review Panel’.

10) Extended the ban on mining near Yellowstone.

11) Rolled back Obama rules that oil and gas companies must monitor and mitigate the release of methane gas.

The ‘science’ of climate change is actually theory based.    However, in the midst of this climate theory, there is something radically occurring within the earth’s core.   The Magnetic North Field is moving at a speed 4-5 times normal.   “Magnetic fields are essential for life on Earth. That is because the magnetic field protects the planet from cosmic rays and charged particles from solar flares.  If we didn’t have the magnetic field protecting the Earth, then the atmosphere would become stripped of its atoms and the radiation from the solar wind would irradiate all life on Earth.”

The earths magnetic field protects life on earth by shielding it from radiation and moderating our climate.   Over the last 200 years, the magnetic field has weakened by about 15%.   Pole reversals occur naturally with the magnetic field ‘shifting’.   This core shift can be gradual or rapid and defines our shifting climate and radiation.   Some scientists believe these ‘historical shifts’ have been the causal factor in the eradication of Neanderthals and possibly the dinosaurs, etc…

Scientists explain that these shifts create ozone holes and cause charged particles to bombard Earth’s atmosphere during solar storms which would punch holes in Earth’s atmosphere.   It is believed in scientific circles that this weakening would directly effect those species that rely on geomagnetism for navigation, including bees, salmon, turtles, whales, bacteria and pigeons.

This shift has been tracked for about 160 years, the same timeline used to define ‘climate change’.

Currently the shift is occurring at the rate of 40 to 55 km per year.   In 1900 the pole was located in Canada, today it is closing in on Siberia.  So what comes first, the chicken or the egg?   Given that science states that this magnetic shift occurs every 200,000 years, and humans were hardly creating CO2 emissions back in the day, I think it is safe to say in this instance the chicken, the core, is the initiator, and humanities outcome will be the egg.

That said, no amount of Paris Accord ‘goals’ will have one rat’s arse on the outcome.

COP21, Paris Summit -a Biosphere failure

Biosphere. Remember the 1980’s and 1990’s attempt to create a mini earth environment? Their motives and aspirations were truly grounded and worthy! But the results were not exactly what they hoped and anticipated. The $200 million experiment was a success in that it was a failure.

The purpose was to create a mini-me earth. To replicate the environment in a way that could teach us how to be more sustaining – with less. But the earth is much more complex in its design and balance structure. Imagine in the human body there are 25,000 genes. Damaging a part of one can result in down syndrome, alzheimers, cancer, MS, etc… Now imagine earth and the billions of ‘genes’ that make up the body… damaging a part of one might cause our axis – to move.

Housing a rainforest, an ocean, a swamp, a tropic, and a savannah grassland, the idea of the Biosphere was to see if life could be sustained in space or on another planet. This controlled environment captured dew and condensation recycling it back. A wave machine created ocean currents and giant turbines serve to blow wind. They trucked in tons of soil, water from the Sea of Cortez, created contained hydroponic gardens and aquaponic rice paddies. They had a team of scientists confine themselves within the biosphere for two years – and the result? Abject failure.

They couldn’t create enough calories fast enough, malnutrition and weight loss contributed to illness, tension and disputes and even accusations of cheating arose. But the greatest problem they encountered was “wildly fluctuating CO2 emissions”.   The same CO2 that we combat in our present day climate change agenda that the White House and some governments attribute to man.   But the biosphere didn’t have pollution, or industrial activity, or oil wells, or cars – it had only plants, a few animals and some insects.  So what made the CO2 go crazy?

Most of the vertebrae and pollinating insects died. Fish died. But ants and cockroaches thrived and took over.

Panicking, to try and regulate the volatility of the CO2, oxygen was injected at higher levels and deactivation of the savannah and desert were routinely done to attempt to increase photosynthesis.  Didn’t work.  They decided that microbes in the soil were actively increasing the carbon CO2.  Naw.   Ultimately, they found that the carbon dioxide was reacting with the ‘exposed concrete’ forming high volumes of calcium carbonate.

Calcium carbonate is found in rocks, stone and concrete products and when it decomposes it becomes carbon dioxide. How does it decompose?  By contact with heat and water.  Simplistically, this would mean that a planet that is paved in concrete and stone, will decompose its calcium carbonate (concrete) into Carbon dioxide emissions …and Houston, we have a problem.  

Concrete jungles. Turning and churning all that CO2 mixed with exhaust into the atmosphere and choking oxygen from our environment. Hence we have oxygen facials, oxygen saunas, oxygen cafes, oxygen spas… because oxygen levels in major cities are close to levels at 13,000 feet. And while flowerbeds on highrise rooftops might lower excessiv heat, no amount of flower beds on rooftops will be enough to photosynthesize all that – concrete/calcium carbonate dissolving to carbon dioxide.

The Biosphere failed to understand that all things contribute to an ecological balance, including; animals, birds, beetles, bees, wasps, butterflies, etc…all plants, all species, including man. Years ago, this balance phenomena was exemplified in a study of the Amazon rainforest. Each animal, insect, creature big and small had an impact on the environment, down to the ‘dung beetle’ whose job it was to cleanup – the dung.  Omit one, and you change everything.

In our attempt to ‘control’ the weather, as in Weather Modification, we may have disrupted its natural course forever. Shooting holes into our atmosphere, shifting wind currents, seeding clouds, fog dispersion, hail suppression, all coincidentally began the same year that Obama’s scientists claim CO2 emissions increased and global warming began – 1965.

Our world is an amazing place to be sure. To the best of our knowledge no other planet exists like it. Beauty is abundant!   I see nothing wrong with adopting as much solar power as we possibly can. But the Paris Summit, or COP21, is a farce by anyone’s standards. All 195 nations in the world reached an agreement… but only 125 were present… but each nation must get approval of their home governments before that agreement is legally binding…, at any time a country can simply ‘opt out’, and every country must put forth a plan that may vary widely from others, that has no mandate CO2 reduction, and that can be instituted over the next 10-20 years when most of those leaders will be long gone, but it doesn’t really matter because its all voluntary with no penalties for failure…   And even if all nations comply, it is accepted that it will amount to half the necessary reductions to achieve the desired result!   That’s a success???  Help me here!

So what is Obama’s plan?  According to the White House, Obama is personally responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17%. Coincidentally, the US Solar Industry issued a report that found that US solar power had increased by 17% – in 2007. Hmmm, fishing for sand?

It is estimated that solar at its peak can sustain about 8% of our needs in the US. As of 2014, there were 515 MW of solar powered plants under construction and another 3,684 MW under development. Germany has 10x that MW capacity and solar accounts for roughly 6.9% of electricity. A long way to go…

Oh, and by the way, the Biosphere shows that global temperatures have risen 1’ since the year 900.  Not to panic.