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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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They are not our biggest concern but should

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I still think that fossil ...

still be a concern. With the advances in engine design and performance over the last 100 years or so we should really be looking at using vegetable based diesel fuels as they are more easily renewable. If we did that and stopped buying oil for vehicles and heating some countries, like Iran, would have some very big economic problems maintaining their current regimes.

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My concern was that fossil fuels were running out.

by mjwx In reply to They are not our biggest ...

and sooner than expected. Research into alternative sources of energy is just the beginning. Oil is used in just about everything, Plastics, Lubricants, Synthetic Fibres just to name a few.

My second point is that the big oil corporations should be made to foot the bill (if they were smart they woulnt need to be forced to do so and in so doing have a stake in new tech/products) as converting to a renewable energy in vehicles alone is going to cost a fortune.

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What better way to stop the use of fossil fuels

by jdclyde In reply to My concern was that fossi ...

than to use them all up?

What are you saving them for? An exibit somewhere?

Just think how happy that would make all the exo-nuts if there wasn't any more coal or oil to burn?

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Oil stops, civilisation stops

by neilb@uk In reply to What better way to stop t ...

So long as we burn the stuff instead of saving it for important things.

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Like what?

by TonytheTiger In reply to Oil stops, civilisation s ...

Making plastic grocery bags? Lubricating your bicycle chain? What?

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For possibly the very last time

by neilb@uk In reply to Like what?

Do your own research. Then, if you wish, feel free to come back and tell me how wrong I am.

But, seriously, I really don't care whether you do or don't.

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Who is to decide what is important?

by jdclyde In reply to Like what?

my plastic bag might be as important to me because it doesn't kill trees!

or the people like Tammy Fae Baker that NEED their makeup, and both purchase and wear it in bulk!

lub a chain is good because using oil saves gas!

This is like the FAKE vegetarians that eat fish or eggs, or the "love animals, don't eat them" people that wear a leather belt or shoe.

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I don't understand

by TonytheTiger In reply to Like what?

how you took that message that way.

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Fossil fuels are running out sooner than expected? Really?

by maxwell edison In reply to My concern was that fossi ...

Oh my gosh. Fossil fuels are running out. We're all doomed!

Oil forecasts made in 1970 suggested that global oil would run out (i.e., reach exhaustion) in 30 years or so, based on the then-proved oil reserves of about 30 years? worth of current production.

Let's see, 1970 plus 30 years equals 2000, plus even more production, puts us out of oil 6 years ago. Okay.

If they (whoever they are), in 1970, expected the world to run out of oil in 30 years, but it obviously hasn't; and they (whoever they are), in 2006, suggest that the world is running out of oil sooner than expected, just what exactly does that mean, and how should we take it?

But gee, isn't that great news for those people who worship at the alter of extreme environmentalism? That's just want they want.

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Really!?!

by AR-15 In reply to Fossil fuels are running ...

I think you are misrepresenting the facts.

I believe you are referring to Peak Oil, which is not running out of all oil (that would be close to impossible-not all oil is economically or ecologically recoverable), but reaching the half-way point of all recoverable oil. After this peak oil prices begin to rise irreversibly until reserves are rapidly exhausted. Hubbert predicted the U.S. would reach peak oil in ~1975, and he was right.

Others have taken his methodology and applied it to global peak oil which will only be known in hindsight, but many believe it occured last year (2005).

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