Send Us Your Stories of What You Are Doing on Climate Change

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2013 is proving to be a year when climate change is made visible almost daily. As the heat bites across the US and we think back to the floods in Canada, monsoon floods in India and so much more during last month the weather is the news. We know that climate change means more extreme weather events and more frequently. I dont think any of us thought that the speed and frequency and extremity of this would seem so real so suddenly 

frackingThe weather has become the news and the frequency of extreme weather is frightening –in places we know well and in places we have yet to go.

While hurricanes, bushfires, droughts, and the rapid melting of polar ice make visible the impact of the climate change we are causing, the question remains what are we going to do about it .


Sadly it does not look like governments can or will solve this .

divest  So if they won’t then it leaves it up to the rest of us . Businesses, community groups, concerted college action, or churches or local governments, court cases or whatever.Whether its thousands of you taking action or you and your friend we want to tell about what you are doing, not only so that others know but also so it inspires others to take action too.

 

We want to help you tell about what you are doing –so feel free to tell us and we’ll pass it on to all our readers . We can tell it as an article. Feel free to send us what you want told in article form .or put it up in the projects section or tell about your organisation or action. It’s free of course and its freely available to you .

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So whatever it is you’re taking action on –whether its your school refusing to use fossil fuels, your college, faith community  or city divesting, or you are fighting to save a threatened species, protesting against the drilling in the Arctic, or converting your neighborhood to wind or providing solar to your community .

Whether you are taking court cases to stop wastage or devastation , organising a demonstration against something that presents massive environmental hazards,standing for your Council on a renewable energy platform, or out taking the message of sustainability to your local school or your local representaive.

Whether you are building off-grid , or on the edge of a low carbon technology.

Or anyone of another million things. We want to help you tell the world .

 

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Sid A. 60°

How much natural gas is being wasted today in America? Blown into the atmosphere as HOT Exhaust. Why?
Someone said we are supposed to be reducing the effects of Climate Change. Why not include natural gas energy?

What I would like to share with you is what our company has been trying to educate and promote for years. To reduce Greenhouse Gas and CO2 Emissions America has to Increase it's Energy Efficiency.

Natural gas is today America's most important energy source.
In 2012 the EIA reports that commercial buildings, industry and the power plants consumed approx. 17.5 Trillion cu.ft. of natural gas.
How much of that energy was wasted, blown up chimneys across the country as HOT exhaust into the atmosphere? 40% ~ 60% ? At what temperatures?

Natural gas to be combusted completely and safely needs "excess air". Commercial boilers add 10% to 30% and natural gas turbines 90 to 99%. Now how many cu.ft. of hot exhaust is being put into the atmosphere?

The DOE states for every 1 million Btu's of energy recovered from the waste exhaust gases of these natural gas appliances, and this recovered heat energy is utilized in the building or facility where it was combusted, 117 lbs of CO2 will NOT be put into the atmosphere.

Increased natural gas energy efficiency = Reduced utility bills = Profit
Increased natural gas energy efficiency = Reduced global warming
Increased natural gas energy efficiency = Reduced CO2 emissions
Increased natural gas energy efficiency = Water conservation

The residential market has it's high efficiency condensing boilers and furnaces and condensing water heaters. These appliances will operate at mid 90% energy efficiency and vent through PVC pipe - COOL exhaust out of the wall.
America has only one grade of natural gas. Why is industry not using it's natural gas more efficiently?

The technology of Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery is designed to recover most of the heat energy from the appliances combusted waste exhaust gases. When the heat energy is recovered what is left is COOL exhaust ~ and WATER, and this distilled water is very usable.

Have you ever seen combusted natural gas irrigate the lawns and flower beds?

America is very blessed to have this abundance of natural gas.

What is needed are regulations and encouragement for this natural gas energy to be consumed more efficiently in the commercial and industrial markets, than is being currently done.

The EPA is forcing the oldest and dirties power plants in America to be shut down for environmental and health reasons. This is a perfect time to rebuild these power plants to natural gas in these same locations, as electricity is still required in America and the infrastructure is already in place.
The NEW GOAL has to be ~ How efficiently can these power plants be constructed today.

What have we learned over these past years? Natural gas can be consumed to near 100% energy efficiency.
Recycle these big - tall concrete and brick chimneys. This is not coal or heavy oil exhaust that has to be put into an upper airstream, to send to another county or state, this is natural gas exhaust, clean exhaust.

The land around these power plants have had coal dust and ash on it for 50 years or more. It would be ideal land to put up algae ponds. Algae likes to grow in warm water, and there is lots of recoverable exhaust heat available from these power plants to heat 100's or 1,000's of acres of these algae ponds to the growers desired temperature.

The cooled exhaust gases can then be blown into these algae ponds providing this algae with CO2 enrichment, encouraging faster fuller growth. Through the process of photosynthesis this CO2 will be converted to oxygen.

Heated algae ponds will have evaporation, and the Water created during this Condensing heat recovery process can be used to make up for most of that water loss.

America needs to create jobs. How many jobs could be created assessing every commercial building and industry that is venting HOT exhaust into the atmosphere?
How many engineers will be required designing the most efficient methods of applying all this recovered heat energy?
How many mechanical companies across America will be hired to install all these Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery systems?

How many excavating companies will be needed creating all these thousands of acres of algae ponds?
How many full time jobs will it take growing and harvesting all this algae, and how many more jobs processing this algae into Bio Fuels and other products?

How many of these power plants will be converted over the next few years?

What could all this Increased Natural Gas Energy Efficiency do for our environment?
What would creating all these new Green Energy jobs do for our economy?

Natural gas is a wonderful fuel, if it is produced right, and used efficiently.

What natural gas is not wasted today, will be there to be used another day.

Sid Abma
Sid@SidelSystems.com
www.SidelSystems.com
(805) 462-1250
1 800 668-5003
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Written in July 2013

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