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The Data are Clear - - We MUST act NOW

By maxwell edison ·
Over the past ~140 years (the same period of time the global warming zealots, I mean activists, have mentioned), over which fossil fuels have been burned, thereby causing the proven 1 degree rise in the earth's temperature (not including the 1 degree margin of error, of course), resulting in the planet destroying phenomenon we know as global warming, cities have sprung up, not only in the United States, but all over the globe, that have used almost exclusively concrete and steel, two materials that absorb heat at very impressive rates. A new scientific and engineering study will debunk that myth, and suggest instead that global warming is not caused by the burning of fossil fuels, but rather the overuse of common construction materials, particularly concrete. And "big concrete", one of the biggest industries in the United States, has actually taken steps to keep this astonishing study from being made public. In fact, I am being silenced as we speak!

This scientific and engineering study, undertaken by scientists and engineers working under a 4 billion dollar grant from the federal government (but needing more, much more), has provided conclusive and commonly accepted data that has clearly shown the thermal conductive properties of concrete generate 12 BTUs of heat, per hour, per square foot/inch thick slab of concrete; the thermal conductive properties of steel are 325 BTUs per hour; and the thermal conductive properties of aluminum are an astounding 1500 BTUs per hour. When used in construction, these materials act as global heat-sinks, dispersing an unprecedented amount of heat energy into the atmosphere. And its impact on the fragile atmosphere, which was designed (by nothing or nobody, by the way) to absorb ONLY the heat entering the atmosphere as generated by the sun, not the reverse flow caused by these man made heat-sinks, and generated by greedy, selfish, and disgusting human beings.

During the daylight hours, WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, these materials, world wide, absorb hundreds of trillions of BTUs of heat, which is energy that would have otherwise gone unused and unradiated. At night, when the temperature of the earth drops significantly, the properties of those materials start releasing all that absorbed heat. Engineering studies that used infrared sensors have actually documented this heat release, and have proven conclusively that heat from these materials radiates upwards into the atmosphere, thereby causing an increase in the overall atmospheric temperature. Culminated over decades upon decades of abuse and overuse, the damage is obvious. In fact, in 10 more years, the heat generated will have caused irreversible damage. We must act now. The future of the planet is at stake!

Consider this. In the United States alone, the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, otherwise known as the Interstate Highway System, has over 46,000 miles of paved surface; and considering the construction dimensions of the average slab of Interstate Highway, one can estimate that over 685 BILLION square feet/inch thick of concrete is absorbing heat every day. (And that doesn't even consider the millions of tons of STEEL wire mesh embedded into the concrete.) At 12 BTUs per hour, per square foot/inch thick slab of concrete, one can conservatively document that the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, otherwise known as the Interstate Highway System, alone releases 8.2 TRILLION BTUs (685 billion Sq. Ft. times 12 BTU) of heat each and every night, after the sun goes down. This is heat energy that, before the construction of the Interstate Highway System, would never have been captured, and would never have subsequently been released into our fragile atmosphere.

And that's just the Interstate Highway system in the United States. Let's calculate all the other highways in the world, AND all that steel and aluminum used in those massive buildings in hundreds of cities all over the world, but particularly the United States, of course. (Oh no, let's not; my scientific calculator is misplaced at the moment.) Suffice it to say, however, that hundreds, if not thousands of trillions of BTUs of heat, released by concrete and steel every day, are clearly the cause for the 1 degree rise in average global temperature over the past 140 years (not including the 1 degree margin of error, of course). This is heat energy that was not absorbed and subsequently released ~140 years ago, but it is today. The data is clear. Please try to prove these data calculations -- BASED ON FACTS -- wrong, or admit to the obvious conclusion.

I propose the following: I, Maxwell Edison, call to order a meeting of government and heating engineers around the world, to meet in Desoto, Kansas to discuss what the world must to do prevent this heat-loss from our highways and cities from heating the atmosphere, thereby causing global warming. The temperature has, after all, increased 1 degree (not including the 1 degree margin of error, of course), and this heat-loss from the construction materials is the cause, as commonly agreed upon by reputable scientists and engineers. I suggest that we write a treaty that all industrialized nations of the world will sign, to not only stop, but to reverse this heating trend. We will call it the Desoto Treaty, or perhaps even the Toto Treaty in case people don't understand that Desoto really is a town in Kansas.

The treaty will outline the obvious solution. We must implement an immediate moratorium on all new construction, whether that be roads or buildings, which uses concrete, steel, or aluminum. Moreover, we must force all these industrialized nations of the world to replace all those building materials currently in use with more environmentally friendly materials. We should further call upon the leaders of these nations, especially the President of the United States, to provide funding for research and development of new technology for these environmentally friendly building materials, and phase out the use of ALL current materials. The United States is, after all, the biggest abuser -- all those highways and skyscrapers; it's consumption, construction, and overbuilding run amok, if you ask me. Of course, to avoid becoming a burden on less affluent nations, we can devise a scheme, I mean a plan, to trade construction material credits. But those details, of course, can be worked out by our good-intentioned friends at the United Nations.

Okay, why am I posting this message? Well, I have one question. What sounds better, the Desoto Treaty or the Toto Treaty?

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This message was edited ONLY to make Neil happy. Neil, you're welcome.

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A short answer

by neilb@uk In reply to Well then do it, Mr. Know ...

The thermal properties of most rocks are roughly the same as concrete - certainly in the same order - so if we dig up rock and turn it into concrete, the effect would be relatively small.

The interesting issue comes when we examine the thermal properties of those bits of the Earth's surface that are not rocks. We'll leave the oceans out of the equation because - even in Florida - there aren't that many boats.

The volume heat capacity of dry sand is a mere 0.15 to 0.25 megajoules/cubic metre/Degree Kelvin whereas that of wet sand, clay soil, soil rich in organics - in fact any soil - is between 1 and 2 mJ/m3/K. Granite - like most other rocks - is between 2 and 4 and concrete is around 2.

So, paving over farmland has very little effect. Paving over deserts would absorb more heat but we don't do that.

Isn't it a bugger when you ask a question, sure that the answer is in your favour, and it comes right back up your nostril at 50mph?

Neil

p.s. I'm not posting any sources. Find your own and prove me wrong.

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Sand

by TonytheTiger In reply to Well then do it, Mr. Know ...

I had an idea of digging a channel from the Pacific to Death Valley. It would kill off a few dozen species though.

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Channel

by neilb@uk In reply to Well then do it, Mr. Know ...

A seriously good use for some of the many spare nukes you guys have got. Nice, low radiation 20KT weapons would gouge a pretty good inlet from the Pacific and - hey - it's only across California.

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Can you say

by TonytheTiger In reply to Well then do it, Mr. Know ...

Port Las Vegas? :)

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Can't remember all the sources but here are some

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Sorry I'm late.

Re the amount of gases and crap from a volcanic eruption you need only read any current text book that mentions the amounts involved. Recent TV documentaries on the Discovery Channel on volcanoes actual mention the amount of gases etc. Remember those things are release sulphur and carbon dioxide into the air in huge streams for months and years and THEN the **** sending mega tonnes of such crap.

Regarding the temperature being high 250 years ago you should see the TV documentary 'The year without summer' of the book and research it was based on. The average global temperatures before the volcanic explosion, and in the year that followed, were taken from hundreds of ships logs.

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neilb cited some *numbers*

by Absolutely In reply to Can't remember all the so ...

And asserted that volcanic eruptions emit negligible quantities of greenhouse gases compared to volcanoes. Being on the west coast of the United States, while neilb is in the UK, I'll have to find reputable sources that I can verify myself, but I'll tell you, I'm inclined to go with the guy who didn't list the TV as his source.

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Interesting that when a scientist writes

by Deadly Ernest In reply to neilb cited some *numbers ...

something in a book it is more believable than when that same scientist stands before a camera and says the same thing as part of a documentary by reputable documentary makers. At the time I noted the scientists names and other source material mentioned in the Discovery Channel documentaries, since then I have moved house and lost just about everything smaller than a computer and TV - should finish unpacking and find everything again in about 10 years - based on past average time frames.

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Interesting how?

by Absolutely In reply to Interesting that when a s ...

Deadly Ernest: "Interesting that when a scientist writes something in a book it is more believable than when that same scientist stands before a camera and says the same thing as part of a documentary by reputable documentary makers."

What is interesting about that? Every assertion made on television is made to a more credulous audience than the readers of scientific journals. Every documentary I've every watched on television or film has been summary in nature, with few statistics cited, and those only the totals, not the data collected. I suppose those wouldn't be very "entertaining".

Interesting that when Ernest cites a source, it disappears for "about 10 years - based on past average time frames."

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Hey Absolutely try reading the content properly

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Interesting that when a s ...

My previous statement of "At the time I noted the scientists names and other source material mentioned in the Discovery Channel documentaries, since then I have moved house and lost just about everything smaller than a computer and TV - should finish unpacking and find everything again in about 10 years - based on past average time frames."

Makes it quite clear that the sources have not been lost, but my notes have not yet been unpacked and that, like many people, it will take me some time before I finish unpacking everything and know exactly where everything is. The notes may turn up tomorrow or next week - finding them right now is NOT critical to my life.

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"should finish unpacking and find everything again in about 10 years"

by Absolutely In reply to Interesting that when a s ...

That is an accurate, direct quote of your words. If I didn't read that "properly", you will explain how.

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