"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Green Crimes - Sea Pollution in the Name of the Environment.

Dumping metallic waste into the sea is the kind of pollution which should cause a huge storm of green protest ,but  is now accepted as part of the latest wacky scheme dreamed up by some uber-green pseudoscientists who have purloined $120 million of taxpayer dollars to dump huge amounts of iron in the sea .

THOUSANDS of tonnes of iron will be dumped at sea in the biggest trial of a technique that could cut global warming.

The iron will seed vast blooms of phytoplankton, which absorb CO2 as they grow. When they die, these microscopic plants sink to the bottom of the ocean, locking away the carbon in their bodies for more than a century.
Ships and aircraft would spray iron sulphate liquid over 10,000sq km of the Southern Ocean in a five-year international trial costing about $120 million that is being planned by the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Southampton.
On a global scale, ocean fertilisation could remove up to a billion tonnes of carbon a year from the atmosphere, or 12 per cent of the total produced by human activities. The process could prove much cheaper than cutting emissions and could eventually be funded by businesses to offset their consumption of fossil fuel.
Of course because this  green crime is committed in the name of the environment we don't have to worry about the side effects or do an exhaustive impact study because these nincompoops have already admitted that  they don't know what will happen  so it is all right.
But scientists admit the trial, which would be 100 times larger than previous tests of ocean fertilisation and involve up to 600 tonnes of iron each year, could have side-effects on marine life. The decaying phytoplankton would reduce oxygen in the deep water, potentially resulting in more dead zones where few sea creatures can survive. The carbon could also make the deep ocean more acidic, weakening the shells of clams and other shellfish.

And there is a risk the iron could result in an increase in nitrous oxide emissions, a far more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2.
Add this to the long list of other green criminal behavior,such as causing millions of malaria deaths in denying the Third World DDT, causing high food prices and starvation by turning food crops into fuel, blighting the landscape with ugly useless monster wind turbines to name a few. Then there is also the human opportunity cost of this project where the millions wasted in this ridiculous endeavour could be used for needy people in the UK , a country with finances only slightly better than the Spanish and Greek basket cases.


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