Chapter 10 Sidebar
to Home Page
to Home Page
Carbon-Neutral and Fire-Free
Fire-Free is easy. But, what, exactly, does "Carbon-Neutral" mean? Here is Wikipedia's article on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_neutrality
Here is what the author understands and means when he says "Carbon Neutral:"
"Carbon neutral is a term used to describe fuels that neither contribute to nor reduce the amount of carbon into the atmosphere."
In practical terms carbon-neutral means burning things that contain only carbon recently removed from the air. Plants do it to become plants. Fossil fuel's carbon is from plants that lived 150 million years ago, died, but due to lack of oxygen, did not decay and rejoin the environment and thus they became burnable today, 150 million years later. Fossil fuel fire can be considered zombie fire, from a time so long ago that the fossil fuel may as well have come from another planet.
Mother Nature's atmosphere life span is about 80 years. This means the average age of all living things is about 80 years. The carbon dioxide that fossil fuel fire adds to the environment didn't come from our environment. It came from the underworld. Mother Nature's ancient ancestor packed it away in the ground 150 million years ago and now man has brought it back to haunt modern Planet Earth.