Donn Dears Carbon Folly

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Carbon Folly

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Carbon Folly describes the various proposals for cutting CO2 emissions. It provides Americans with the information they need to make a judgment about cap & trade legislation. Carbon Folly does not address global warming per se, but asks the question: Is it possible to cut CO2 emissions by 80%? The United Nations has declared that the United States and other developed countries must reduce their CO2 emissions 80% by 2050. Carbon Folly looks at each of the technologies being discussed for achieving this requirement, including nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration and conservation. The second edition is expanded and updated. It includes a discussion of the proposed Waxman-Markey cap & trade legislation, a review of the slippery slope that started with the 1990 Rio conference, and a description of the pipeline network needed to transport liquid CO2 from coal fired power plants. There are tables showing the source of CO2 emissions, the levels that must be attained to cut them by 80% and a map of the pipelines needed to transport over 30 million barrels of liquid CO2 each day to geologic formations that may be able to sequester CO2. Carbon Folly asks the question: What happens in a few years if cap & trade legislation is enacted and it is determined we are not able to drastically cut CO2 emissions? Carbon Folly establishes that a combination of nuclear generated electricity and electric vehicles could achieve such an objective, but explores whether building over 300 nuclear power plants is feasible by 2050. Without nuclear power, electric vehicles do not significantly reduce CO2 emissions. But, what about wind, solar and other alternatives? Each is examined so Americans can make judgments about them in the context of cutting CO2 emissions.

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Donn Dears began his career at General Electric testing large steam turbines and generators used by utilities to generate electricity; followed next, by manufacturing and marketing assignments at the Transformer Division. He next led an organization of a few thousand people servicing these and other GE products in the United States. He then established facilities around the world to service power generation, transmission and other electrical/ mechanical equipment. At nearly every step, Donn was involved with the work done at customer locations; at steel mills, electric utilities, refineries, oil drilling and production facilities and open pit and underground mining operations. At every opportunity, he learned of the needs of these industries. Donn has toured Saudi Arabia including a close-up inspection of the eastern province with its oil producing and shipping facilities. He has investigated many of the other oil producing countries in the Mid East and Northern Europe, as well as examining iron-ore mining locations and major shipping centers in Europe and Asia. All told, Donn has visited over 50 countries and has knowledge of their need for the technologies that can improve their well being and their use of equipment manufactured in the United States. Following his retirement as a senior GE Company executive, he continued to study and write about energy issues. He currently is president of TSAugust, a 501 (C) 3 think tank comprised entirely of volunteers. He writes for tsaugust.org and has written two books as well as various papers and articles. His latest book is Carbon Folly. He also speaks about energy issues. Donn is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy

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Whether the reader believes that green house gasses are causing global warming or whether he/she believes global warming is the result of natural causes, Carbon Folly provides the facts people need to evaluate whether the United States should take action to dramatically cut CO2 emissions. Carbon Folly describes the sources of CO2 emissions in the United States and the options available for controlling them. Europe s Cap & Trade system is reviewed as well as the differences between European and American societies. Why, for example, does Europe have fewer per capita CO2 emissions than the United States? Should America restructure its society to conform to Europe s? Carbon Folly delves into whether people should be concerned about the move in Congress to establish Cap & Trade regulations for reducing CO2 emissions 80% by 2050. Carbon Folly also explores wind, geothermal and solar power as well as hydrogen. The latest nuclear technologies are examined in the appendix. Carbon Folly is relatively short on words but long on factual information. --TSAugust

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