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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Hell Freezes Over

They banned Freon because of the hole in the ozone layer (which can be easily explained by the fact that the Earth`s magnetic field touches down in the Arctic and Antarctic, and by the fact that the Sun is in a more active phase, hence is putting out more charged particles) now they want to ban the successors to Freon. Why? Global Warming, they say! CFC`s are a greenhouse gas! (I guess a hotter Sun has nothing to do with it!) Call me paranoid, but cooling units tend to use a great deal of power, and I suspect the environmentalists have them in their sights because they want to reduce power consumption around the World. If you get to the nuts and bolts of environmentalism, it is about returning us to the early Nineteenth century where we lived simply and were kind to the Earth. (Actually, I suspect they would like to go back to the 12th century.) These people believe life was better when, in fact, it was much worse. Life is poor, hard, brutish and (mercifully) short in a society without technology, and high energy usage. The environmentalists have this crazy dream of Eden, and believe (like all liberals) that Man is the great despoiler who destroyed paradise merely by existing. They have a twisted vision of Genesis; there is no God and Man is the closest thing but Man is the destroyer of paradise, and if we can cut back on the number of people we can bring paradise back. We can reduce the number of people by reducing consumption, forcing everyone to cut back on their wealth which means reducing family size until we usher in the great Gaian Kingdom of natural paradise and a few humans living a simple, homespun life. Then we can all put flowers in our hair and sing folk songs while strolling barefoot in the meadow!

Anyway, Junk Science had this article which I thought may interest all.

Mon Apr 11, 9:01 AM ET Science - AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - International scientists have called for more cuts in the chemicals used in refrigerators, air conditioning units and plastic foams, and better recycling in an attempt to reduce their harmful impact on climate.

The recommendation by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday came in a report which aims to address conflicting efforts to restore the ozone layer agreed 18 years ago and more recent measures to cut pollution by greenhouse gas emissions.

Chemicals used to replace substances harmful to the earth's protective ozone layer in products like refrigerators under the 1987 Montreal Protocol -- as well as the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) they substituted -- are greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

Many of them are regarded as far more powerful than carbon dioxide, whose emissions are the focus of cuts under the Kyoto Protocol climate change treaty, which came into force in February, the report underlined.

"There can be no trade-offs between saving the ozone layer and minimising climate change," said Klaus Toepfer, executive director of the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Montreal Protocol was implemented after holes in the ozone layer, which shields the earth from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, were discovered in the 1980s, raising the threat of more skin cancers and crop damage.

The panel of scientists admitted after a meeting in Ethiopia that its recommendations could only mitigate the impact of CFCs and their ozone-friendly replacements on climate change, and would be costly.

The measures include increasing the use of alternatives with "zero global warming potential", such as ammonia, reducing the amounts of chemicals needed in equipment, more end-of life recovery or recycling, and better containment of the chemicals to prevent leaks and evaporation.

The report also recommended more use of alternative technologies, such as mineral wool instead of plastic insulating foams, or stick deodorants instead of aerosol canisters.

UNEP estimated that the replacement of ozone-friendly chemicals could add 30 dollars to the cost of a household refrigerator, just years after the replacement of the original harmful CFCs raised industry's concern about costs.

Special incinerators for elimination of the substances would cost several thousand of dollars each, it added.

The Kyoto Protocol sets legally binding targets for most developed countries to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide caused by oil and coal, and other gases blamed for global warming.

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