The report as reported to me, I haven't read it yet, seems to support a conclusion I have come to. That is that while what we're attempting to do through conservation and switching to green energy, et cetera will not be enough.
Our world population grows as fast as we can conserve and over time that population growth will absorb all of the good measure we're doing to lower the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere. We're running in place.
We've got to keep doing what we're doing now, and keep that expansion going. That's working at it from one side of the problem. Now we need to work at it from the other end as well.
We need to take the bull by the horns and stuff him into a bottle.
We didn't have the bottle until just recently. Now we have proven technology which shows we can create the bottle and slurry that CO2 into a liquid state so that it can be pumped in, will fit, and stay there. We can stuff that CO2 where the oil had been which contributed to this mess.
Now we need to capture that CO2 and stuff it in there. I need to do some math to figure out how big a machine it will require to terraform the earths atmosphere. To absorb and remove that excess CO2.
I need to calculate how much air there is, 14.7 times the surface area of the earth in square inches. Yes, square inches, I'll have to calculate that from how many square kilometers there are. That will estimate how many pounds of atmosphere there is to be pushed drawn through a fan, pushed across an absorbent bed, then exhausted back into the atmosphere.
With the bottle which was the last element to overcome we now have every element of technology we need to put this together. It's a big project but I'm afraid we're going to have to tackle it.
At minimum three times through the ought to do it. So I need that weight of the atmosphere number to begin. The chemicals needed to make the absorbent bed are readily available in Nevada, so we ought to do it there. I need to look up the elevation of Nevada and calculate the air density at that elevation. With that number and the weight of the atmosphere I can size the fan we need. To begin with I'll size it for the atmosphere to go though the machine three a over thirty year period. That ought to do it.
That will give me some idea how big that machine needs to be. It's going to be a big sucker, maybe as big as Pikes Peak.
Once I have the fan sized then I can move onto sizing the ductwork. I wonder if the trunk duct stubbing off of the fan will need to be a mile square in cross section or larger.
I ought to envision a lot of smaller units instead of just one big one for the project . But it will be a good idea to calculate how big it needs to be if it were just one machine to give me perspective to the project we're going to have to tackle.
I like Howden fans, my experience with them is that they're long lasting very efficient reliable workhorses. I've never had to fix one. Grease them once a month and they go.