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Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Clean coal

Clean coal is real. It's not a joke, and it's not a fantasy.

By something like 2014, any coal fired power plant in the U.S. is going to be required to have a Flue Gas Desulfurization Unit (commonly called a "scrubber") attached.

There's one major problem with this piece of legislation. Scrubbers put out a cloud of water vapor that is much more visible than running the old dry stacks, even though it's much cleaner, it puts out a big "cloud".

So you end up with ignorant butt-monkeys filming the cloud from their car when they're suposed to be paying attention to the damn road.
Then they post the video on YouTube and every common sense-challenged whack job appends their own "ZOMG! pollution! !!1!1elevenses!!""Republicans suck!!" comments to it.

To everyone in the mid-atlantic who's been suffering through this heat with no power over the last week, think of this as a "practice run".

When all those coal plants start going offline because the companies that run them can't afford to put a FGD scrubber on them, rolling blackouts will become the norm.

No one is approving new nuclear plants (and if they did now, it's too late) and windmills and solar panels just aren't going to cut it. You could NOT build them fast enough at this point (or at any point) to make any difference.

Start stocking up on D-cell batteries now. You're going to need a heck of a lot of them.

**Rant Off **


On a Wing and a Whim said...

OMG, it's a cloud out of a stack! What does it mean?

Well, for me, it's a handy "the wind is from thataway and about that strong." I like the clouds - keeps me aware of the stacks, and helps prevent feeling like a dumbass after flying into the thermal off the stack.

I do not like having them imposed by federal fiat, though. Since they were supposed to be a solution to Acid Rain, I want a rider on the regs that says the regs will be removed as soon as the mentions of OMG Acid Rain have fallen below hysterical levels - and any current regs have to be removed as soon as "Global Warming" has fully given way to "Climate Change."

Larry said...

The funniest thing I ever saw was a video (can't remember where I saw it) about "pollution" coming out of a cooling tower. At a nuke plant. Radioactive pollution, at that.

It's a wonder that some people have enough neurons firing to sustain involuntary body functions.

Anonymous said...

I delivered some goods to a coal plant that had recently upgraded to the tune of 2 BILLION dollars (doubled in size while upgrading the "old" side of the plant). The guy I talked to said there was less pollution PER DAY from the dual stacks than from the average family car - and it would not pass muster under the new EPA rules. It's insane.

Old NFO said...

Good point... sigh...

MSgt B said...

Whimsical Wing - I never thought of that whole wind-sock thing, cool.

Larry - I just couldn't believe what some of the knuckleheads were saying about that video on YouTube. The guy that posted it was actually on his game, and understood that the scrubber was a good thing. Aside from the whole filming while you're driving thing, anyway.

Anon - He was right. Those scrubbers are great stuff.

Old NFO - I hate being right sometimes.

Nancy R. said...

My liberal brother-in-law was fussing about having to buy a new chain saw to take care of the tree branch that came down in his yard. He was so proud that he'd chosen an electric one. I did not win points when I said "Oh! A coal-powered chain saw!!"

MSgt B said...

Hey Nancy!

Back from the awesome beach vacation?