Wednesday, June 18, 2008


by the Sandwichman

There is no such thing.


jimbino said...

So is there such a thing as environmentally friendly baby-making, farming, ranching or fishing?

Useless comment!

Jonathan said...

Fantastic post.

Myrtle Blackwood said...

On the bright side, as the US moves to wooden nickels, there's going to be less pollution from mining in Australia.

"for example, in the chapter on mining [from the book entitled 'Ten Commitments: Reshaping the Lucky Country's Environment'] written by Gavin Mudd from Monash University, he indicated that the change in the concentration of ore bodies that are being mined in Australia has meant that we're producing an enormous amount of additional waste rock every year. In fact it's about a billion tonnes of waste rock that comes from the mining industry annually now, and certainly most environmental scientists would have very little idea that such an enormous emerging problem is occurring..."

Professor David Lindenmayer. 'Business leaders discuss climate'
ABC Radio National Science Show
7 June 2008

Myrtle Blackwood said...

Since March 2003, according to this report 'A Climate of War' the war in Iraq has pumped over 141 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and its equivalents into the atmosphere. Emissions generated by the war to date are equivalent to putting 25 million more cars on the road. While Barack Obama has pledged to spend $150 billion over 10 years to advance green energy tech, the US blows that much on Iraq every 10 months. In 2006, the US spent more on the this war than the whole world spent on investing in renewable energy. You get the picture. The military is supremely indifferent to its impact on the eco-system, and yet scientists remain silent on the army's contribution to climate shock. Sorry, no judgment. I suppose these cautious professionals toil in their own little cubicles, lips sealed, waiting for Bushism to disappear, hopefully before the ice caps do.
A Gothic Age of Malice

Excerpt from pdf file:
"When snow fell in Baghdad this January for the first time in living memory, the fighting reportedly stopped for a moment and the media briefly noted global
warming in its ongoing coverage of the Iraq War. Yet, the link between conflict and climate change is more significant than a day of abnormal weather might suggest. As with the melting of the Arctic ice cap, there is a dangerous feedback
loop between war and warming. Not only is climate change likely to increase conflict, particularly over access to natural resources, but war, in turn, is already
accelerating global warming while simultaneously draining our economy of money needed for clean energy.

you can download ‘A Climate of War’ from:

J.Goodwin said...

I'm more glad than ever that we just passed an Ocean Act in Massachusetts.

Something will occur, but hopefully it will be wind farms and not oil drilling.

Ken Houghton said...

If you're going far enough offshore to get oil, why not just use the available OTEC technologies and not bother with the heavy machinery.

Anonymous said...

OTEC Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion ?