Environmental Activist PUSHES BACK Against ‘Climate Alarmism,’ Makes Case For Nuclear Power 1

The only viable alternative to fossil fuels is either nuclear power or simply regressing to a pre-industrial level of technological development.

Environmental Activist, Michael Shellenberger, discusses his book, ‘Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All,’ and explains why he believes the people who are the most alarmist about the problems also oppose obvious solutions.

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  1. Within the last 2 weeks, a proposal was made to grind up basalt (a commonly-available igneous rock) and spread it on farm fields. It might absorb between 2-10 billion tons of CO2 yearly.
    “Spreading rock dust on farmland could pull enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to remove about half of the amount of that greenhouse gas currently produced by Europe, according to a major study published Thursday in the journal Nature.

    “And if China, the United States and India — the three countries that emit the most CO2 — adopted the practice on a large scale, they could collectively clear about 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air, according to the new research published by scientists at the University of Sheffield’s Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation and the university’s Energy Institute.

    “Known as enhanced rock weathering, the process involves layering crushed rock onto soil. When silicate or carbonate minerals in the dust dissolve in rain water, carbon dioxide is drawn from the atmosphere into the solution to form bicarbonate ions. The bicarbonate ions are eventually washed by runoff into the ocean, where they form carbonate minerals, storing their carbon indefinitely.
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    One major problem is that the people who are pushing the “climate change as a problem” scenario is that they don’t want to actually SOLVE it, they want to USE IT to obtain political power.

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