The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere continues to rise, say scientists. On June 4, 2020, scientists from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced that atmospheric CO2 measured at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million for 2020 in May, the highest monthly reading ever recorded.
400 parts per million was once considered to be a “red line”. We are now well above that, and the consequences are dire unless humanity changes course:
Progress in emissions reductions is not visible in the CO2 record. We continue to commit our planet – for centuries or longer – to more global heating, sea level rise, and extreme weather events every year. If humans were to suddenly stop emitting CO2, it would take thousands of years for our CO2 emissions so far to be absorbed into the deep ocean and atmospheric CO2 to return to pre-industrial levels.
This is why humanity needs a war-level of effort to eliminate fossil fuels and then start pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. This needs to happen immediately, and is within our power.
“The Doomsday Book” by Marshall Brain lays out this scenario in amazing detail and offers solutions to prevent this doomsday scenario from unfolding. You can order the book today on Amazon and other retailers.
The Scherer plant in Juliet, GA — 25.3 million tons
The Miller plant in Quinton, AL — 20.6 million tons
The Bowen plant in Cartersville, GA — 20.5 million tons
The Gibson plant in Owensville, IN — 20.4 million tons
The W.A. Parish plant in Thompsons, TX — 20 million tons
The Navajo plant in Page, AZ — 19.9 million tons
The Martin Lake plant in Tatum, TX — 19.8 million tons
The Cumberland plant in Cumberland City, TN — 19.6 million tons
The Gavin plant in Cheshire, OH — 18.7 million tons
The Sherburne County plant in Becker, MN — 17.9 million tons
The Bruce Mansfield plant in Shippingport, PA — 17.4 million tons
The Rockport plant in Rockport, IN — 16.6 million tons
That is 236 megatons of carbon dioxide emissions in these 12 power plants. The article states:
Globally, power generation emits nearly 10 billion tons of CO2 per year. The U.S., with over 8,000 power plants out of the more than 50,000 worldwide, accounts for about 25 percent of that total or 2.8 billion tons. CARMA shows that the U.S.’s biggest CO2 emitter is Southern Co. with annual emissions of 172 million tons, followed by American Electric Power Company Inc., Duke Energy Corp., and AES Corp.
Since the article was written in 2007, you might think that all of these would have been decommissioned in the last 13 years and replaced with something cleaner. You would be wrong. The good news is that two of them have closed, but the other 10 are still open, generating megatons of carbon dioxide every year. Each one has its own Wikipedia page:
As discussed in the book, humanity must stop using all fossil fuels. One easy place for this to happen is through the elimination of coal-fired power plants. This article shows how easy (and economically rewarding) the elimination of coal-fired power plants could be:
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has found that up to 1,200 gigawatts of the world’s existing coal capacity could cost more to run than the cost of new utility-scale solar plants. If energy companies replaced only their most expensive coal plants with new solar power projects or onshore wind farms, totalling 500 GW globally, they could save up to $23bn (£18bn) every year and wipe out 5% of last year’s total global carbon emissions, according to Irena.
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