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Comment Re:Desert (Score 1) 457

A) They destroyed forests and animal habitat when they were built. (I guess you realized your mining point was stupid and unsubstantive) B) If vegetation didn't hold carbon, we wouldn't have coal today. C) Methane is a big concern of climate scientists, so go argue with them. You can ignore it here if you like, but don't go off spouting about cow farts and such when that topic comes up, nor methane releases from fracking.

Comment Re:Desert (Score 2) 457

I wasn't vilifying Hydro, just point out some facts that many probably don't think about. Your points are on the list of things that offset the trade-offs I presented. And if you are fine with the plants and animals living in approx 30,000 square miles being affected, that's fine. I've seem many hear complain about much smaller areas, so that was meant for them.

Oh, and you are dead wrong on the your methane also, but nice attempt with the 'might'. its almost as if you dont know that normal land with mammals living on it also produce methane, and that lake bottoms are notoriously anaerobic..

You didn't even try to check, did you? Here is one source of many.

http://www.climatecentral.org/...

Comment Re:Desert (Score 1) 457

A) Don't just make stuff up. Hydro surface area globally is approx 30,000 sq miles. Nothing you mention even comes close to that.
B) Forests hold a set amount of CO2 at any given time, but that is released and no longer held. Forests are important for CO2 control. What worse is that what would be CO2 release is now release as methane from decay.
C) Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gasses. Much more than CO2

Comment Re:Desert (Score 1) 457

Also, decay of plant material under hyrdo reseviors and active aquatic microbial digestion is a source of added methane emmissions. Studies show these emissions may be quite high.

No headlines make these emissions sound "quite high" relative to every other energy source they're in-line with solar and wind. They aren't perfect, but they aren't worse than fossil fuels by a factor of 10.

Actually we don't have the data yet to make those claims. Also, if you just look at electrical generation sources you get a different balance as much fossil fuel burning is for transportation and other.

https://www.washingtonpost.com...

Comment Re:Desert (Score 4, Informative) 457

Question: Which energy technology has displaced the most people from their homes and villages, has rendered the most land uninhabitable by humans as well as all native plants and animals, and has killed thousands of square miles of animal and plant life?

Answer: Hydro of course. Everyone's favorite renewable. The source so many countries credit for high renewable percentages.

Other interestig tidbits: Deforestation due to hydro results is reduced carbon sequestration. Also, decay of plant material under hyrdo reseviors and active aquatic microbial digestion is a source of added methane emmissions. Studies show these emissions may be quite high.

I think Hyrdo is a great power source. But nothing comes without trade-offs. I think most here are willing to trade off the things I listed above for the benefits of hydro.

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