Whaaaaat? I thought Co2 was a “green house” gas? Causing “runaway global warming”?
And if we didn’t reduce it the planet was going to burn. Burn, baby, burn. Like a disco inferno. Ending all life on the planet. Or some such nonsense?
Co2. Carbon is the basis of life, on this, our carbon based planet. The insane switch over to ‘green’ energy cannot provide for our needs. Not even close. Co2 is in short supply because energy prices have soared to intolerable levels. It’s going to be a tough winter for us all in the northern hemisphere.
““The UK benefits from having access to highly diverse sources of gas supply to ensure households, businesses and heavy industry get the energy they need at a fair price.”
CF Industries Holdings closed two of its plants in Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees and Ince in Cheshire on Thursday, both of which are estimated to account for up to 60 per cent of the UK’s CO2 supplies.
It said it was halting production due to the rising prices of natural gas, and had no indication as to when it would resume.”
Britain said on Saturday it would work with the energy industry to try to stem the fallout from soaring gas prices after fears grew that more energy providers and food producers would struggle to operate with such high costs.
“Protecting customers during a time of heightened global gas prices is an absolute priority,” he said on Twitter.
The government has been moved to act after low gas storage levels, decreased supplies from Russia, demand from Asia, low renewables output and nuclear maintenance outages combined to more than triple European gas prices this year, hitting record highs.
There were many people who stated quite clearly and in plain wording the renewables were never going to provide the required for human life, energy. And the green cult said well you must be supported by “big oil”! No, that’s actually been the green cult that’s washed big oils dirty laundry for them.
But prices have sky-rocketed due to low gas storage stocks, high European Union carbon prices, low liquefied natural gas tanker deliveries due to higher demand from Asia, less gas supplies from Russia than usual, low renewable output and gas and nuclear maintenance outages.
So many people actually believed the so called ‘green’ energy which isn’t that green was going to provide for the energy needs of the population. Gullible. Naive. Uninformed.
In what might come as a surprise to some, CO2 is pretty much essential when it comes to the UK’s food and drinks industry.
From putting the fizz in drinks such as beer to extending the shelf life of many packed fresh foods such as meat and poultry, CO2 is a vital ingredient for getting products on the shelf.
The gas is pumped into the packaging of perishable goods to make them last longer, making lettuce an unlikely casualty of the crisis – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
It is also required for some medical procedures and used in the nuclear and semi-conductor industries.
“Availability [of fertiliser] is low and that will sell really quickly. There is talk about ‘let’s bring it in from elsewhere’ – but you need special licences and haulage ports.
“If the plants aren’t given the right nutrients, they are not going to grow very well so you wouldn’t have the great quality we are all used to on our shelves.
“Less harvest, less crops – that’s when we will potentially see the food on our tables next year costing a lot more money than now. This going to have implications globally.”
The benefits of carbon dioxide supplementation on plant growth and production within the greenhouse environment have been well understood for many years.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential component of photosynthesis (also called carbon assimilation). Photosynthesis is a chemical process that uses light energy to convert CO2 and water into sugars in green plants. These sugars are then used for growth within the plant, through respiration. The difference between the rate of photosynthesis and the rate of respiration is the basis for dry-matter accumulation (growth) in the plant. In greenhouse production the aim of all growers is to increase dry-matter content and economically optimize crop yield. CO2 increases productivity through improved plant growth and vigour. Some ways in which productivity is increased by CO2 include earlier flowering, higher fruit yields, reduced bud abortion in roses, improved stem strength and flower size. Growers should regard CO2 as a nutrient.
For the majority of greenhouse crops, net photosynthesis increases as CO2 levels increase from 340–1,000 ppm (parts per million). Most crops show that for any given level of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), increasing the CO2 level to 1,000 ppm will increase the photosynthesis by about 50% over ambient CO2 levels.