Remember the commitment UK politicians gave at the Kyoto summit, to save millions of tons of CO2? This subsequently shackled British industry and commerce to prohibitively expensive ‘alternative energy’ sources, with pay-back periods far in excess of their life expectancy.
The illogical schemes where individuals are encouraged to set up wind turbines to generate minute and intermittent quantities of power, which our power-generating companies are forced to buy at 3 x the cost they can reliably produce themselves. The objective being for those individuals to make enormous profits save a few kg of CO2 per week.
Well here’s a suggestion that SR’s readers may wish our government to consider:
Withdraw from Afghanistan. Immediately.
The CO2 savings will be enormous.
Thousands of troops, contractors and equipment constantly flown forwards and backwards nearly halfway across the world.
Millions of miles driven unnecessarily across inhospitable country where a vehicle’s mpg plummets to single figures. This is not just a single vehicle – to get one person from A to B usually involves a whole convoy.
Then, there’s all the CO2 generated, manufacturing the equipment that’s air freighted to the country. Most then has to be written off, because many of the locals simply blow it up.
Probably though, the greatest production of CO2 is caused by all the bombs & bullets used. CO2 produced from the manufacture of millions of rounds of ammunition, and thousands of tons of ordnance.
Added to which, is all that CO2 released from the propellants & explosives themselves, at detonation. Consider for example, the simple nitroglycerin reaction C3H5(NO3)3 → 3CO2 + 2.5H2O + 1.5N2 + 0.25O2; or, for PETN the reaction equation is C(CH2ONO2)4 → 2CO + 4H2O + 3CO2 + 2N2.
Contributed by co-author Joe Public
Huge amounts of CO2 are also produced from the detonation of a single thermobaric "fuel-air bomb".