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Jonathan Cobb

Good article.

I think the article says one ton of coal to three tons of carbon dioxide, on the assumption the coal is primarily carbon. Carbon's atomic weight is twelve, oxygen is 16, so CO2 has a molecular weight of 44. That's a bit more than three times, but coal isn't pure carbon, so the amount of CO2 produced probably works out to about three times that of the original coal once you allow for the impurities.


Thanks for your remarks, Jonathan, and I'm inclined to take anybody's word for it whose address ends in nuclear.org. But...
Atomic weights not withstanding, how can one get three bushels of stuff by burning one bushel? If you could collect every molecule of smoke, ash & whatnot and weigh it, wouldn't it be one pound minus a very miniscule amount of matter that had been converted into energy?
Forgive my ignorance. It's been a while since college and my kids are just now coming up on middle school, so I'm out of practice.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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