Tuesday, June 10, 2008

For All The Peat In Lough Boora

Ireland's running low on fuel. According to Gabriel D'Arcy of Bord na Mona, there'll be no more peat come 2025 and that's the end of the peat-burning electric plant. Have to switch over to wind and hope that it's never calm.

Mr. D'Arcy wants to do right by the climate, and he'd like Ireland to set an example to the world. After all, the peat bogs trap CO2, while burning it to generate electricity spews carbon into the atmosphere. Waste not, want not.....if only people would stop wanting electric power it would be so much easier.

You're full of it, said botanist David Bellamy. All the talk of man-made climate change is a cod. It's based on junk science, utilizing selected statistical data, which skews the results towards whatever the scientist wants to prove. A proper experiment cannot do so, but must take the good with the bad and discover if the hypothesis is supported.

Take, for example, the fact that the average temperature has scarcely risen in the past ten years, while 250 billion tons of carbon were put out. Doesn't that strike anyone as odd?

And while we're on the subject of the bogs, the botanist pointed out a simple observation. By looking at the pollen preserved in the bog's layers, anyone can determine that the earth's climate has changed back and forth over time. It's been warmer. It's been colder. And it has nothing to do with how much CO2 man emits. As for the Sahara Desert, it's getting smaller, in direct contrast to predictions that it would get bigger.

So why is Bord na Mona going forward with their gradual elimination of peat as fuel? The climate change bandwagon is great fun to ride upon, but no one is much interested in preserving ecologically significant sites these days. There's a real, justifiable benefit there, but it isn't anywhere near as trendy.

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