I am so sick and tired of this green mess, I think I am going to throw away every green thing I have. You can't get much greener than natural gas.
Well, I don’t share Bill’s rant, but everything he said is largely
true, also. There are a few things that are truly “green”, I guess.
Electric cars, solar power. When General Mills says their cereal is
green, and the second ingredient is corn syrup, you know you’re
being had, though. Here in San Franciso we get green arguments -
“I’m greener than you are, nya nya nya.” Silly little children…
All of the flammable gases we use are petroleum products, just like
gasoline. In fact, several are by-products of cracking petroleum to
GET gasoline (propane…). Acetyline is man-made - it doesn’t occur
Somebody said hydrogen - I’d have to differ with that because most
hydrogen comes from splitting water, which takes much energy. The
only one that’s renewable is methane, which is not a good gas for
welding. Plus collecting swamp gas and cow, er, gas is not an easy
proposition. And the combustion products of all of them are the same
- water and CO2. Just like what you exhale every 10 seconds or so.
I’d also disagree that citric acid is any greener than bisulfate.
Skittish students who never took chemistry LIKE it more, but that’s
got nothing to do with the environment or using raw materials.
Nitric acid might be the greenest of them all, in a way. Green isn’t
about safety, it’s about resources…
Goldsmithing is one of the safest careers, in terms of life
expectancy. (JCK published a study some years back), and for a
manufacturing field it might use some of the least resources of such
things. I’d just say to them.
“Don’t you have real work to do?”