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Re: [school-discuss] FOSS -- environmental friendly -- methane - still off topic

On Tuesday 24 August 2004 21:55, u0107552@utah.edu wrote:
> What puzzles me is... Don't we want *more* atmospheric carbon to become
> "fixed" rather than less.  Phil seems confused.  Unless his grass is
> floating around in the atmosphere. :)
Fixing carbon (e.g. as coal and oil) has obviously worked pretty well over 
geological timescales. My only problem with it is that it is nearly always 
hauled out as an alternative to reducing our consumption of fossil fuel. The 
carbon fixed in oil an coal reserves is much less likely to be quickly 
released into the atmosphere in a catastrophic event than carbon fixed in 
grass and trees, so it seems sensible to me to leave the fossil fuels in the 
ground, adopt the most energy efficient technologies and policies we can 
muster, and power them with renewable stuff.

Those on this list from the UK who have an Acorn background may remember 
Gordon Taylor, who was marketing manager for Computer Concepts from 1990. 
Gordon has a background in thermal engineering, and is very active in the 
area of meeting carbon emissions targets. You may be interested in a couple 
of articles on his website:

Energy Solutions for 60% Carbon Reduction
The Future of the Hydrogen Economy: Bright or Bleak ?

Phil Driscoll