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Fertilizer Plants Underreported Emissions More CO2 than All US Industrial Production

Fertilizer Plants Underreported Emissions More CO2 than All US Industrial Production

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 07 June 2019



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Under Counting on the Ground--BUT--Everything Counts Up in the Sky

Fertilizer Plants emit 100 times more Methane than Reported,
Cornell University, June 6, 2019.


Fertilizer Plants
Methane Emissions

> "...100 times higher than the fertilizer industry's self-reported estimate."

> "...higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate for all industrial processes in the United States."

Self-Regulation & Reporting
"It shows us that there's a huge gap between a priori estimates and real-world measurements."

Natural Gas
"...use of natural gas has grown in recent years, bolstered by improved efficiency in shale gas extraction and the perception that natural gas is a less dirty fossil fuel."

"But natural gas is largely methane, which molecule-per-molecule has a stronger global warming potential than carbon dioxide."

Natural Gas Fueled Industry
"...focused on the fertilizer industry, which uses natural gas both as the fuel and one of the main ingredients for ammonia and urea products. Ammonia fertilizer is produced at only a couple dozen plants in the U.S."

Leakage .34%
"...discovered that, on average, 0.34 percent of the gas used in the plants is emitted to the atmosphere."

Fertilizer Industry-Wide
"Scaling this emission rate from the six plants to the entire industry suggests total annual methane emissions of 28 gigagrams - 100 times higher than the fertilizer industry's self-reported estimate of 0.2 gigagrams per year."

All US Industry
"...all industrial processes in the United States produce only 8 gigagrams of methane emissions per year."





A Trillion Grams

A unit of mass equal to 1,000,000,000 grams. Symbol: Gg


2,204,622.62 Pounds
1,102.31 US Tons



Bottom Line

"Self Regulation"
Boeing self-re-certified their 737 Max. You know, the jetliner that, "automatically," flies itself into the ground...

Our drugs are now manufactured in China... Trust? Really?

"Saddam has WMD"

PGE's propaganda before burning Ca Down...

I can go on an on. These corporate, press, and political people never stop engaging in self-reinforcing lying.

The real surprise would be anyone believing anything or anyone who is subject to the open corporate bribery commonly dominating both political parties.

Reality in the Sky
The bottom line is that nothing hides in the sky. All the lies, self-interested assessments, miscalculations, and manipulations designed to distract and misdirect the public's attention away from identifying and stopping the core issues driving our climate's destruction, essentially composed of unrestricted corruption and greed, the same greed that drove the industrialization of China, and moving our manufacturing there, while Simultaneously growing mega-city peasant wage populations here in the West.

Criminally Irresponsible Growth
This irresponsible growth is exactly what's destroyed our climate, and these are the exact causes our disgraced press and politicians have been so vociferously cheerleading over the last fifty years, are exactly the policies and actions that have unbalanced our planet's climate and weather, while making them as rich as NAZIs.

But don't worry. Our corporate masters tell us their program of endless global growth is, "green," even as everyone watches it destroying our planet.

Everything they hid on paper, and in their mouths, shows up in the sky, in the end.

Third World Industrialization
Global Natural Destruction
Thus the rapid massive expansion of filthy, unregulated industrial production in China & India, supercharged by adding 100 million new consumers to the US population to drive Chinese growth further forward, produced and is still producing levels of pollution that easily overwhelmed the cursory and insufficient token, "environmental," gestures our corporate elite has made to, "carbon control," (to distract us from the truth), while they pursue their continuing policies of unlimited population, production, and consumption growth that's already gone far beyond what our climate can withstand.

"Mission Accomplished"
They know this. This is no, "error," or accident. They are sacrificing our natural world for their power and wealth.

How Many More Leaks and Loops?
How many other such sources, of, "leakages," and unaccounted-for feedback loops, where just a little heating releases just a bit more carbon, heating up a bit more, which releases the next tranche of carbon, and so on, until its over?

Enough to end our traditional climate and weather patterns.



Signs of the Times

Second Fastest, Largest C02 Growth in 2019, Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May


Feedback Looping

How Big is the Carbon Gun We're Triggering? Very Large Indeed

Undersea Gases Could Superheat the Planet

2018: Permafrost Melt Lakes Surges Arctic Methane Release

Massive Unexpected Emissions from Melting Permafrost




The Farce Continues: India, China, & Brazil Exempt from, Environmental “Pacts,”

Paris Pact: Goals Not Obtainable under Current Endless Global Growth Model



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Methane Surge

Oil-Gas Well Methane Leakage

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Karma Zits: Methane Domes




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