Gut Rumbles

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.


I have a brother-in-law who made an excellent career studying and translating Russian technical documents on coal gassification. The Russ were always WAY ahead of us on this technology, just as they pioneered the early work in radial keratotomy.

I'll make a wager today that most of these same idiots who "packed" the twon hall and scared that county commission into giving the nex to the plant will be cursing and grousing about their energy bills this winter.

I know I will, and I'd have voted FOR the plant. We have lots of coal, not enough gas, and producer gas is just as good as natural gas.

Posted by: Rivrdog on September 25, 2005 09:46 AM

According to Walter Williams, the 1950 price of $.30 a gallon, adjusted for inflation, would be $2.30 today. When refinery capacity is restored, I'm guessing gas will be back to 1950 prices.

When oil prices get too high, alternate methods of production may become economically feasible.

It was Henny Penny, not Chicken Little, who said, "The sky is falling."

Posted by: Larry on September 25, 2005 11:48 AM

Does anyone have the authority to dismantle the EPA? Or is it a permanent fixture, like ohh... say, the IRS?

Posted by: Horrabin on September 25, 2005 03:14 PM

Thanks for your opinion, Acidman. I agree. Its a shame. Opportunity knocked, and they came to the door with a sawed-off...

Posted by: Jane on September 26, 2005 10:22 AM

I always thought he rode a pogo stick in cases like this...

Posted by: Desert Cat on September 26, 2005 11:31 AM
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