Seeing Without Vision

Boulder progressives imagine the world is falling apart. I saw something completely different riding my bicycle today.

Spectacularly clean, reliable fossil fuels.

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13 Responses to Seeing Without Vision

  1. GeologyJim says:

    Thanks, Tony, for documenting the spectacularly beautiful landscape that we are priveleged to share and enjoy.

    However, Boulder city and county governments are completely overrun with progressive, die-hard leftist, and (yes) Communist operatives who are determined to control individual and corporate lives to achieve “sustainability”, “net-zero carbon lifestyles”, and all the other crap-ola goals of “diversity”, “multi-modality”, and “affordable workforce housing”.

    They ignore the fact that all tax revenues arise first and always from the productive activity of private-sector corporations and entities, for example, companies that develop hydrocarbon resources that were installed in our landscape more than 60 million years ago (by nature/God).

    Progressives who object to hydrocarbon energy development have only one ethical response to the modern world – – Unplug yourselves from the hydrocarbon-based electrical grid.

    Now. Forever. Period.

    • Steve Case says:

      Left-wing Liberal Democrats and the “Main Stream” media have no sense of numbers, science and reality. That’s why they think we can run the world’s economy on wind mills, solar power, and squirrel cages.

  2. Robertv says:

    No Buffalo ? Without a herd of at least 500,000 the environment cannot be healthy.

  3. Griff says:

    Like your second photo particularly…

    your mountain photos continue to remind me of Georgia O’Keefe

    http://s672.photobucket.com/user/artimageslibrary/media/Okeeffe_Sun_Water_Maine.jpg.html

  4. Louis Hooffstetter says:

    When a liberal starts lecturing me about Climate Change I ask them to go to the nearest window and point to the negative effects of Global Warming – “Show me”.

    So far, no one has been able to.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Yeah, but that’s because you trick them and ask them to a fake window. They could show you plenty of disasters on Microsoft’s MSN.

  5. Harrison Bergeron says:

    Tony, I keep getting shat on about how coal “isn’t clean” and that there’s all sorts of sulphur, arsenic, etc. that gets pumped into the atmosphere because of it. There are obviously scrubbers, right?

    • dave1billion says:

      Yes.

      For example, one type of air treatment consists of a caustic “bath” or spray that neutralizes the sulfur in the exhaust. This also will knock out particulates and also will remove most of the metals (mercury being the primary target).

      Most air treatment systems are multiple stage systems.

      I was a permit writer for industrial gas treatment systems. The flue gas is constantly monitored for particulates, SOx (Sulfates) and NOx (nitrates, which contribute to smog.) These emission rates are set by the EPA. There can also not be a “visible” plume. This doesn’t include water vapor plumes. Any persistent plume that you see would be a result of particulates in the air.

      So anything that comes out of the stack is regulated.

      There are process upsets that do cause actual “releases”. These are subject to fines under the Clean Air Act. Whenever you see a darker plume or a white plume that doesn’t go away it’s a release that must be reported.

      If your friends ask about what happens to the pollutants that get scrubbed, these are also regulated. Any waste water released is also subject to strict regulation. Regulations set up by the Clean Water Act. Most of the water released from these facilities must be “non-contact” cooling water. Any water must be tested before it is released. If the levels do not meet the CWA requirements (which, incidentally, are stricter than the standards for you drinking water) then the water must be collected and sent for treatment and disposal.

      Slurries of the remainders of caustic and sulfate solution are usually disposed of as “solid” waste, which is also subject to EPA regulations. If the mercury (or other) pollutant levels are high enough, the waste must be sent to a permitted. hazardous waste landfill. These landfills are doubly lined and have a leachate (liquids) collection system in the liner and are subject to groundwater monitoring.

      That’s a snapshot of the “cradle to grave” system. At each step of the process, the process is controlled by the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the associated EPA solid and hazardous waste regulations (RCRA, Landban, etc.)

    • dave1billion says:

      BTW, are you still dancing?

  6. oeman50 says:

    Tony,
    Is that Valmont power plant? It’s the only one I found near Boulder with 3 stacks.

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