September 25, 2005
explain it to me
I understand a little bit about how coal gasification works. I'm not EXPERT, but I did work in the engergy production field of chemistry for many years. I wonder how many people who voted on this can say the same.
What the hell is so frightening about a company wanting to bring jobs and money into a community to produce energy? It's that goddam environmentalist bullshit, which has polluted more streams of thought than any polluter ever did a stream of water. People are fucking CRAZY today.
Watch them oppose this, too. It's dangerous. It's "risky." Wimmen will hyperventilate and develop the vapors. People will worry about "the children."
Bejus on a bike.
I'd really like to know how many of those people opposed to such projects have a fucking clue about how the technology works. My guess is NONE OF THEM, because they wouldn't be acting like Chicken Littles if they did.
My license hasn't expired yet, so I remain a Certified Resource Recovery Operator for about another year. That license means that I am authorized by the ASME to burn trash to make steam and create electricity. That idea popped up in a Jimmy Carter brain-fart in the late 1970s. See? We would burn GARBAGE as fuel, make steam and power turbines with the steam.
Waste in, energy out.
That idea didn't last long. Oil prices went down and environmentalists jumped all over the trash-burners. Waste that once went to a landfill or a garbage dump was reduced to ash, but the ash was "toxic". It had lead (mainly from flashlight batteries and other household stuff YOU throw in the trash every day) and cadmium, which the EPA also called "toxic."
If we didn't burn it, that stuff would have gone into a landfill just the same. But once we burned it, the ashes became our "toxic waste," which made operation of the plant almost economically impossible. All of a sudden, it was more expensive to dispose of the ash than it was to burn the trash.
I never understood the logic. Trash is not "toxic" (Declaring THAT idea would make everybody with a trash can a potential criminal), but ashes from the same trash IS "toxic" (The EPA fucks with industry instead of citizens that way. They can be heroic crusaders instead of blithering pissants, as long as they leave the general public alone).
That's how the EPA works. And we have enough stupid, ignorant, brainwashed sheeple in this country today to oppose good ideas just because they don't understand them. That's why environmentalists always play FEAR as their trump card. It works.
Those assholes and the people who listen to them scare me a lot worse than the booger-man. The booger-man ain't real. Environmental nut-balls are.
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