Montana Outdoors

March 30, 2007

The equation

Filed under: Conservation, Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — montucky @ 11:41 am

6H2O + 6CO2 ——-> C6H12O6 + 6O2 (Photosynthesis), translated: six molecules of water plus six molecules of carbon dioxide produce one molecule of sugar plus six molecules of oxygen.

Oxygen is nice to have around, particularly for anyone interested in staying alive, but we don‘t produce it; plants do, especially trees.

We do produce carbon dioxide, the gas blamed for global warming. In fact it is estimated that a proposed coal-fired power plant to be built by Basin Electric Power Cooperative in northeastern Wyoming will produce nearly five million tons of it annually, and since carbon dioxide is not regulated the planned plant will meet all of the Wyoming and US emissions standards. Conservation groups contend that “clean coal” technologies show more promise in reducing these emissions than the pulverized coal technology that the company has chosen. See this story in the Billings Gazette.

As conservation writer Ralph Maughan wrote today, “We hear about the wonders of “clean coal” technology all the time, but we hear about the actual deployment of dirty coal technology in the everyday world…We live in the everyday world.”

At the same time that we are generating huge quantities of pollutants while producing more electrical power, we are destroying the green things in the natural world which produce our life-giving oxygen by covering them up with brick and mortar, concrete and asphalt as I mentioned in a previous post.

Should this be called “self-destruction“, or am I missing something here?

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