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Who's working on the "other" reaction?

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by mike, May 1, 2012.

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  1. mike

    mike Guest

    What if it works and we have infinite cheap energy??
    Well...we'll use it.
    And much of what we need involves exothermic reactions.

    So, who's working on that endothermic process that
    will save us from the exothermic process that we
    invented to save us from fossil fuels?

    Or do we just let Mother Nature take care of it by
    killing us off.
     
  2. mike

    mike Guest

    There's always the quick fix backup plan...nuclear winter. Also makes
    a big dent in the overpopulation problem. Two birds... ;-(
    I've been reconsidering my position on the severity, but don't know the
    numbers.

    If I burn a BTU worth of coal, I put a BTU worth of heat
    into the environment.
    The greenhouse gasses change the dynamic of the interaction between
    the sun and the earth to cause additional energy
    to enter the biosphere.
    So, I expect a short term increase in the RATE of absorption from the
    sun. And there should be a decrease in this additional component over
    time with some half-life.
    If I integrate all that, how many extra sun BTU's did that BTU of coal
    cost us?

    And there's a related issue about the heat capacity of the system.
    If I could magically bring the earth back into thermal equilibrium,
    then change all energy consumption to clean exothermic energy with
    no greenhouse gasses...
    At the current rate of energy consumption, how long would it take to
    raise the temperature of the atmosphere by one degree??
     
  3. mike

    mike Guest

    Can't disagree, but the ratios do matter.
    If fossil fuel is 1% direct heat and 99% global warming, one might conclude
    that nuclear energy is a viable alternative for generations.
    Yeah but...you have to have viable technologies to choose from.
    The human race is selfish and greedy.
    I've cut my carbon footprint in half over the last few years.
    I could do more, but I'm greedy.

    I like long, hot showers.
    I can afford long, hot showers.
    I'm not gonna stop just so there'll be more energy so YOU can
    take a long, hot shower in my place.

    The human race is also very resourceful in fixing problems.
    But they don't care until it affects them directly in ways they
    can't tolerate. In this case, by the time that happens, it'll be too late.
    I take great comfort in the fact that I have no descendants and
    will be dead by the time it happens. There's that greed again...
     
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