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LETTER: Ambient temperatures

SIR, – One salient fact ignored by participants in the debate about how to supply baseload power is that when you burn something, whatever you burn whether diesel or petrol in trucks and cars, coal in the traditional powerhouse rubbish or biomass promoted by Daryl Scherger – The Weekly Advertiser, August 14, you produce heat.

Some of this heat is utilised as designed but a large slice of it either leaks or is dispersed into the atmosphere.

This heat must put upward pressure on ambient temperatures. 

Those wasp waisted towers we see in much of the propaganda against coal are actually cooling towers, the white emission is in reality steam which might or might not contain some carbon dioxide.



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If you replace the coal with rubbish or biomass you will still need the cooling towers so you don’t end up with a mass of molten metal.

Whatever you burn, if it is carbon based such as the straw from wheat growers, it will produce carbon dioxide. If it is gas or petrol it will produce carbon monoxide, a deadly poison, not a fertiliser like CO2.

Ron Fischer

Horsham

The entire September 4, 2019 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!