Accidental greatness is a thing, but it occurs much less often than the negative impacts of unintentional consequences.
Just another hunch
Based upon jumping conclusions
Caught up in endless solutions
Backed up against a wall of confusion
A Life of Illusion – Joe Walsh
What a great tune. Has anyone seen him play with The Eagles in his PJs and slippers? He’s like the Fred Couples of rock n’ roll.
Anyway, all too often we jump to conclusions causing chaos and digging holes that many of us didn’t know we caused. It’s true. Many issues we are solving are because someone jumped to conclusions and sold us on a bunch of half-baked B.S.
Plastics. I could end there, but now we’re screwed because we can’t just stop using plastic. Imagine how much worse things would be if we did that. We can’t keep using them either. Abusing is more the word I’m thinking of here.
Let’s dig into the bullshit, literally.
As reported in Fleet Owner, there will be a minimum of 19 renewable natural gas (RNG) stations in Ohio if Clean Energy and Amazon have anything to say about it. They have already opened the first station in Groveport, Ohio.
Some of the eye-catching stats they are touting are a reduction in carbon emissions by 6,848 metric tons – which they claim is the same as planting 114,133 trees for 10 years.
I’m not clear on which type of tree, so be careful, botanical sexism is a thing and is why pollen is so bad!
Here is the thing, RNG costs between 4 and 17 times more to produce than fossil fuels. And as found in this study by the American Gas Foundation, it might just possibly come somewhere close to replacing 6% of fossil fuel demand.
It is not a viable option and if given enough legs and momentum will be another garbage patch of plastic floating in the sky, so to speak.
It is not clean to produce and the sources of environmentally clean RNG are too small to make a significant difference. This is particularly important as the industry grows. Will there be a push to create more unclean production facilities? Will there be a push to stop diverting garbage to landfills as these are a huge source of clean RNG?
Think back on all the crazy stuff we have done and tell me I’m wrong. Plastic waste is an issue. So, why are chemical companies spending millions to increase plastic production as oil refining becomes a focus of alternative fuels?
It is almost as bad as switching to hydrogen at this point. Almost.
It is a stop-gap fuel on the way to an actual long-term solution at best. And some boneheads in Michigan are screwing that up by using human waste instead of animal manure to fertilize their crops.
Ignore the fact that it is entirely illegal and just focus on the disgusting scene of several thousand acres of turnips drenched in human feces.
Why is there a difference? This report from PR Newswire will help explain the many health risks associated with growing your food in your own waste. But, hey, if you can dodge a wrench…
Of course, there are many who will tell you that I am the first to poo-poo an idea before thinking it through.
Disco lights to attract crabs into traps for instance. Absolutely a ludicrous example, right?
Well, NPR.org reports that the attempt to attract crabs into traps has had an unintended effect.
It appears scallops are HUGE Saturday Night Fever fans! I knew Maurice, he was a hell of a human being. Seriously.
The report will tell you that in addition to bringing in the scallops, the new method is a huge win for the environment! Toss a disco floor in the ocean and drop a cage on it every now and then and you don’t have to dredge up all the marine ecosystems our planet thrives on.
Seagrass, by the way, is more important than trees. Fact… look it up.
So, maybe, just maybe, we should be taking a dump on our turnips, build underwater discos, and shove cow patties into our fuel tanks.
Peace and love.