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Re: Dam Hydropower
« on: October 06, 2015, 03:07:07 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: I strongly disagree with the data and the assumptions made by Gary Wockner in this article.

The Hydropower Methane Bomb No One Wants to Talk About

Gary Wockner | October 6, 2015 12:38 pm


A fossil fueler (copper) weighed and I had to agree with him.  :o   


You ecotards are never happy are you. Not until everyone is living in caves. So let me ask you this Gary. Where do you think that organic matter goes if not into some reservoir behind a damn? Maybe the next large body of stagnate water? You don't seem very bright so don't beat yourself up if you can't answer.

agelbert reply to Copper 

For once, I must agree with you. In the early 1940's, over 40% of the U.S. electric power came form hydroelectric power. That percentage of NON-coal polluting crap has yet to be achieved. Yes, the grid grew a LOT since then, and the nuclear power pigs were added to the SUBSIDIZED polluting fun and games, but it certainly DID NOT have to be that way.

Congress, in the 1960's, wanted a 50/50 mix of nuclear power and solar R & D for new electric power in the growing grid. But solar was deliberately defunded except for solar panels on satellites, a far more hazardous environment than the surface of our planet. This technology WAS NOT handed off to the business to produce highly efficient (and cheap with mass production) solar panels because it was a "national security" issue. But It wasn't just the nukers that wanted solar power to stay on the fringe.

1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

At any rate, I agree with your point about methane. The FACT is that termites, which represent one of the largest biomasses on the planet (far larger than humans AND the farm animals we raise for food and milk), produce MORE methane than those cows and dams put together! And THAT is NATURAL methane.

I have never heard anybody screaming about all that methane the termites are making.  ;)  I'm sure you haven't either.

So the methane produced as a "byproduct" of hydropower is BULLS HIT. That is the type of ecotard hyperbole that tarnishes renewable energy efforts.

Ecocide is real. WE are doing it. But it is NOT because of hydropower!

Some biomass weights:

Human population = 335,000,000,000 kg.

"Human population = 335,000,000,000 kg. This figure is based on an average human weight of more than 100lbs, though (50kg, to be exact).  I don't know how accurate this estimate is, especially considering that about 1/3 of us are children.  There are supposedly around 1.3 billion cattle in the world, and, put together, they may weigh almost twice as much as our species."

Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba =  379,000,000,000 kg.
There are more ants than krill. Also, metabolism plays a role along with biomass. A "million ruby-throated hummingbirds will consume much more food than one African Elephant, even though both have about the same biomass (3,000kg, or 3.3 US tons). 

Thus, ants, as a group, may actually consume more resources per year than antarctic krill, even though both may have roughly the same biomass, because ants tend to be smaller, and live in warmer environments. Although there may be about 10-15 times the biomass of termites than cows in the world, studies have suggested that termites might produce almost 30,000 times as much methane per year because of their faster metabolism."

So how come Gsry Wockner isn't hollering about reducing the termite population? 
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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