22 November, 2017

Blog

A Global Fraud

By Ranil Senanayake

Dr Ranil Senanayake

We are being made victims of a global fraud, one that ignores the scientific and economic reality of the Carbon cycle. The fossil fuel industry, be it, coal, oil or gas would have us believe that all Carbon is equal. The recent arguments of the CEBEU (Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union) suggesting that carbon dioxide emanated by burning coal can be countered by growing trees is totally wrong ! It demonstrates a very narrow understanding of the substances that they promote. Carbon Dioxide that is emanated by Coal or any other fossil fuel cannot be countered by growing trees !

Carbon comes in many forms, consider a Diamond, a lump of coal, and a chunk of wood. One is a mineral form of carbon, the other a fossil and the last a biological or biotic form. They are very different in quality yet they are all made of Carbon. To understand the story of Carbon, we need to understand the story of life.

Life on Earth learnt how to maintain gas and material flows, optimum for the evolution of biodiversity. Carbon Dioxide, although essential to the process of life, was always being introduced into the atmosphere by volcanic processes at disruptive levels, throughout geologic history. But the gas has not concentrated in the atmosphere, because it was sequestered by living things and put away out of circulation from the biosphere of living carbon. This store of carbon is what is fossilized and accumulating over the last few hundred million years. This store is what the fossil fuel industry is digging up to release that ancient, locked up Carbon into the modern cycling atmosphere.

The difference is apparent when consider the example of a slice of bread and a cup of petroleum. One is fossil and is poisonous to ingest the other is biotic and nutritious to ingest. Both are carbon-based, both came from living organisms, but one is a hydrocarbon that has been fossilized for a long time kept away from the living biosphere and the other is a carbohydrate that is an essential part of the active biosphere. There is a real, discernable, difference between fossil carbon and biotic carbon. For instance, biotic (living) carbon is maintained in a solid (sequestrated) rate counted in thousands of years while fossil carbon has sequestration rates counted in millions of years. But we are told that both are equal…… an obvious lie.

What are these two pools of carbon biotic and fossil ?

Biotic carbon is created by the photosynthetic activity of plants which takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and fixes (sequesters) it in a solid state as organic matter. While all plants sequester and store carbon, trees and woody plants are the most efficient as they produce resistant compounds such as lignin. Consider the fate of two photosynthetically derived objects of similar biomass – a large pile of seaweed and a log lying on a beach. Both are plant products, but one (the tree) is strengthened with lignin. The same biological, chemical and physical forces will impact both. The seaweed will have disappeared within a few weeks the log may remain more or less the same for years.

Fossil carbon too arose as a product of photosynthesis plants. But, in the geological process of the planet, these products were removed from the biosphere and changed by the action of heat and pressure to become fossilized with sequestration times that are measured in millions of years. It is not interactive with the living or biotic cycle. There is a reasonable conjecture that this was a planetary mechanism for maintaining a homeostatic atmosphere. Until the advent of industrial society this fossil pool had very little input to atmospheric carbon. Allowing this fossil carbon to enter the biotic cycle is the fundamental reason as to why there is the accelerating greenhouse effect.

A tree plated to ‘absorb’ carbon emitted by burning fossil fuels may last for a hundred or so years Thus paying for the growing of trees to compensate for the carbon dioxide generated by the loss of a forest is fine, but paying the same price for growing trees to compensate for carbon dioxide generated by fossil carbon is tantamount to ‘carbon laundering’. There is no way to compare the carbon from oil and coal with the carbon from a forest. One has a space in the biotic cycle the other does not. Fossil carbon.

Coal, Oil and LP gas are all sources of fossil Carbon. While the arguments over the relative price of each type is conducted loudly, there is little interest in developing the non-fossil, sustainable sources of energy for this nation. The most basic consideration is that sources like sunlight are free and therefore provide no way by which the operators of the national grid can make money. No kickbacks from whatever lobby is supplying, coal, oil or gas.

Fossil fuels are considered an ‘environmental toxin’ as they tend to destroy the delicate carbon balance on the planet. They also produce negative health issues in the areas where they are used. So now we are ready to trade our land for ‘oil storage’?

Will we never learn ? It is with sorrow that an article written 1979 In the Sunday Observer is reproduced below:

“Oil is a commodity traded on the world market place. The sellers are few and the customers are many. Anyone even remotely familiar with any aspect of marketing will know that as an item of high demand becomes scarce the price increases correspondently. Such is the nature of market commodities. The old story of supply and demand. So, as oil becomes scarce the price increase will become correspondingly larger. Its development measured by increasing dependency in such a commodity?

In a port city in France, goes a story; there lived some of the most unscrupulous criminals. There are the drug traffickers who deal in the cruel drug heroin. Heroin is addictive, it creates a sense of well being; but one requires increasingly large doses to maintain this sense of well being. The victim who begins to take it becomes even more dependent on the drug and freedom from it becomes increasingly difficult. The traffickers, it is alleged, gave free doses to children in the 11, 12 age group knowing well that the gullible, naïve, children will soon become addicted. When they became addicted they have to pay and the price they will have to pay increases with the addiction. They are trapped in a vicious dependency cycle and there is no way out. They end up being the chattal of the criminals.

Is development to be spell out as dependency on oil? If this is the criterion that governs development and our hopes and sense of well-being is tied to the oil purveyors, how safe are we as an independent nation? There is a correspondence cycle to the dependency cycle, that is, to buy oil we have to earn foreign exchange, to earn foreign exchange we have to export. So increasing oil bills will mean an increasing volume of exports to maintain the trade balance. What do we have to export readily? Our national wealth, mineral and agricultural. Will this dependency mean poorer fare, poorer public health and increasing food bills for the citizen? “

Today, we see that is the same leaders of that time and the same bureaucrats and the same ‘scientists’ who have brought us to this backward looking energy policy today, still demanding fossil energy. Their ‘Oil and Coal is development’ mantra, has almost bankrupted us, has created the polluted air we are forced to breathe and put us in a dependency trap where we will always have to buy fossil energy to keep our lights on. They work hand in glove with the fossil energy mafia to keep out sustainable energy sources like light from the sun and threaten to keep us in the dark. As Plato said : the real tragedy is not when the child is afraid of the dark, it is when men are afraid of the light !!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 6
    0

    Nicely put Dr Senanayake. But it was the pandithaya’s in our State Corporations who reinvented the universe. They have the answer and the counter to every issue, so don’t expect them to listen.

    • 3
      0

      Dr Ranil Senanayake

      RE: A Global Fraud
      (299 Words)

      “We are being made victims of a global fraud, ,,,one that ignores the scientific and economic reality of ..The recent arguments of the CEBEU (Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union) ..cannot be countered by growing trees !”

      Thank you for succinctly putting the ignorance of our local “electrical engineers represented by the CEBEU”. The average IQ of the land they all hail from is 79, why are they all showing their stupidity, as if it is a virtue? Were they all are influenced by the Politicians, the GMOA “doctors”, and the voters.

      Do the so-called CEBEU (Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union), know what an electron is? Is it a particle or a wave? What “i” is?

      Have they heard about the Keeling curve? The Keeling Curve is a graph that plots the ongoing change in concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere since the 1950s. It is based on continuous measurements taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii that began under the supervision of Charles David Keeling.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeling_Curve#/media/File:Keeling_Curve_full_record.png

      National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

      The intelligence scores came from work of Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

      Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

      Rank
      ——– Country
      ———————– %
      ————-
      1 Singapore 108
      2 South Korea 106
      3 Japan 105

      28 Sri Lanka 79

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      • 2
        0

        Thanks Ranil for another great piece – keep it coming! Certainly we live in a world fake Experts from USA who give fake advice to Ranil Wickramasinghe and his economic Hit Men. Today Sri Lanka’s development policy, model and priorities are being set to benefit the global 1 percent by the IMF and the right wing US aid agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) that is policy “advising” The PM’s office on Sri Lanka with Fake Experts and overpriced consultants who lack basic knowledge on local context.

        Bond scam Ranil and his economic Hit men (Ravi K. Malik, Eran, Harsha the footnote man), on the policy advice of their Washington DC bosses plan is to turn Sri Lanka into a money laundering Hub, while destroying the environment and society. Hence there will be no investigations into Sri Lankans named into Panama Paper’s and the Bond Scam will be buried. Texas Pacific group TPG which was to buy Sri Lankan AIrlines is now in the water in Australia with a massive financial scandal and asset stripping. Meanwhile poor people have to lay more VAT taxes on the IMF Bill to subsidize the global and local corrupt rich politicians and business cronies. Sri Lanka will soon be another Greece-like IMF debacle!

    • 3
      0

      Dr Ranil Senanayake

      “The fossil fuel industry, be it, coal, oil or gas would have us believe that all Carbon is equal. The recent arguments of the CEBEU (Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union) suggesting that carbon dioxide emanated by burning coal can be countered by growing trees is totally wrong ! It demonstrates a very narrow understanding of the substances that they promote. Carbon Dioxide that is emanated by Coal or any other fossil fuel cannot be countered by growing trees !”

      Get the People to put Solar panels on the roofs, and small wind mills on their property, and store the energy on batteries, and be self-sufficient and not subservient to CEBEU..

      Then there is no need for the CEBEU (Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers
      Union).

      He who stops anything useful or constructive, is not a leader! Full stop !!

    • 2
      0

      Spring Koha

      “They have the answer and the counter to every issue, so don’t expect them to listen.”

      Never mind our pandithayas now listen to Stephen Hawking, respected theoretical physicist what he has to say:

      “we have 100 years to colonize a new planet—or die. Could we do it?”

      HERE’S WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO SURVIVE THIS PARTICULAR DOOMSDAY PROPHECY
      May 4, 2017

      http://www.popsci.com/stephen-hawking

  • 7
    1

    With greatest respect Mr (Dr?) Senanayake, you need to get over your obsession with this carbon issue.

    This hoax (of human generated CO2 based global warming) started as a movement for creating a new global currency in the face of failure of the capital system based on the US dollar. Unfortunately, with the help progresively minded (but naive) people like you, the move gathered steam until countries like Australia decided to go against it. The whole idea of limiting global warming through CO2 control is a theory started by computer programmers, models that have been proven wrong repeatedly. How can selling pollution license of one company to another in the same or another country save ‘global’ CO2 levels? It just does not ADD UP!

    But you seem to be still beating the drum!

    The whole global warming theory has become unstuck in the view of what looks like a ‘global freezing’ now appearing (of course, you might disagree) and computer models-based fear campaign on which many so-callled ‘scientists’ built their mansions is fast evaporating.

    Of course, people need to take sensible care of the environment for common sense reasons and we don’t need to beat our chests on Western hoaxes to achieve that.

    We just need to learn from our ancient history! Hope you will too.

    • 1
      1

      Skeptic

      Why has china axed 100 coal power plants in favor of solar ?

      Where are the proofs of your claims ? Can you point to the studies you mention ?

      • 2
        1

        maalumiris

        “Why has china axed 100 coal power plants in favor of solar ? Where are the proofs of your claims ? Can you point to the studies you mention ?”

        China Cancels 103 Coal Plants, Mindful of Smog and Wasted Capacity

        By MICHAEL FORSYTHEJAN. 18, 2017

        China is canceling plans to build more than 100 coal-fired power plants, seeking to rein in runaway, wasteful investment in the sector while moving the country away from one of the dirtiest forms of electricity generation, the government announced in a directive made public this week.

        The announcement, made by China’s National Energy Administration, cancels 103 projects that were planned or under construction, eliminating 120 gigawatts of future coal-fired capacity. That includes dozens of projects in 13 provinces, mostly in China’s coal-rich north and west, on which construction had already begun. Those projects alone would have had a combined output of 54 gigawatts, more than the entire coal-fired capacity of Germany, according to figures compiled by Greenpeace.

        https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18

        maalumiris

        Why don’t you move your bum and do some google research.

        I know at this age it is difficult for you.

        • 0
          2

          Why don’t you move your bum and do some google research.

          Dear Native

          Unlike you, I don’t type with my bum.. in any event, the question was addressed to Skeptic, not you

          • 2
            0

            maalumiris

            “in any event, the question was addressed to Skeptic, not you”

            Wherever there is ignorance intervention by Native Vedda is inevitable, not because native is all knowing but because native knows where to find them, even though you think keyboard can be accessed by bum.

            Relax.

            Be happy on Vesak.

      • 2
        0

        Kochchi Miris, for the benefit of your pea brain, here is the information.

        The UN IPCC selected the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to prove their climate alarmist theory of “catastrophic global temperature increases”.

        The UNWMO adapted General Circulation Models (GCMs) used for ‘weather’ forecasting (by aggregating data from a large number of grid cells covering the planet), for the new task of ‘climate’ forecasting.

        The problem with the GCM models is that they are only good for short term weather forecasting and not reliable for weather forecasting even beyond two weeks. They are hopeless for climate forecasting. The IPCC admitted in 2007 that: “We are dealing with a coupled nonlinear chaotic (GCM) system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate is not possible.”

        The IPCC GCM effort quickly reached the limits of computer power and knowledge on important climate variables at work. They used this to advantage to alarm the world on their CO2-centric theory by wrongly picking out their favourite list of econometric-based (not meteorology based) independent variables. They left out major climate variables including oceanic oscillations (El Nino and La Nino), volcanic eruptions, and changes in the sun out of the GCMs,
        totally ignoring physical interactions between variables.

        IPCC’s conclusions will continue to be wrong as long as GCM models are used as the principal tool. Global warming can be explained by natural factors currently excluded as explanatory variables!

        But tens of trillions of dollars have been wasted, the only beneficiaries being former meteorological modellers (now called climatologists) who have earned unexpected riches for no benefits to the taxpayer.

        And our ignorant souls keep beating their chests, in fear of this greatest scam in world history!

    • 1
      0

      Skeptic

      Need to go with the data and evidence.

      Do the so-called CEBEU (Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union), know what an electron is? Is it a particle or a wave? What “i” is?

      Have they heard about the Keeling curve? The Keeling Curve is a graph that plots the ongoing change in concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere since the 1950s. It is based on continuous measurements taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii that began under the supervision of Charles David Keeling.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeling_Curve

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeling_Curve#/media/File:Keeling_Curve_full_record.png

  • 4
    2

    Thermal Coal is not going to kill our inhabitants.

    Don’t you worry about that..

    What is going to kill Srilankan inhabitants are the frauds of this Yahapalana Government run by Dr Batalanda Ranil.

    And the Pathlaya mates who migrated back after the Yahapalana Victory day celebrations.

    The latest is the Hindians of UTL who are about to shaft the Bambalapitiya Flat residents and grab the premium 10 acre block of land there.

    Wonder who are the Yahapalana Ministers on the take from this fraud.

    if I am a Flat owner there, I will stay put,But I won’t be able to do it by my self with the Yahapalana Pathalaya going gang busters.

    The latest Narcotics haul in Puttalam is estimated to be LKR 2 Billion.

    Coming on the heels of the Pathalaya attack on the PNB OIC in Piliyanldala. it is a disgrace to the the Minister of Police and the current IGP who was hand picked by Dr Batalanda Ranil.

    • 2
      1

      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “The latest is the Hindians of UTL who are about to shaft the Bambalapitiya Flat residents and grab the premium 10 acre block of land there.”

      Does it matter who shafts the people of this island as long as they get their indexed linked annual share of shafting? The people have been shafted by whoever gets the opportunity to shaft, they don’t miss the target.

      Why do you sound like Bandula Jayasekara?

    • 3
      0

      “””””Thermal Coal is not going to kill our inhabitants.””””.

      My elders Told me,

      ” it is better to listen to one Learned Person than thousands Idiots and thieves Together with misdeeds..
      [like Idiots and thieves Together with Jarapassa Arse lickers]

      • 0
        0

        Mate,

        Your idol Dr Ranil promised to turn Mattala into a Paddy Warehouse..And Magampura into a Maritime Museum.

        Your buddies in the TNA promised to order the Chinese to down the tools and piss off from the North.

        My Elders tell me Dr Ranil is now flying to Beijin with his begging Bowl for the Second time, after offering Mattala and Magampura both to Chinese with an extra 15,000 acres of our land as compensation for insulting them.

        And beg them to pump money to save Yahapalanaya.

        Keep listening to your learned one and be a Batalanda ass licker for ever.

        • 1
          0

          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          Did you meet your Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

          Did you discuss with him about the shortage or the non existence of Toilets in India,Indo Sri Lanka tunnel, free trade treaty, Vellala problem in Sri Lanka, your addiction to malt, misplaced loyalty, …… what to do with crooks, …. may be Modi granting asylum in very north in India,

          • 0
            1

            Dear Native,

            Thank you the question.

            My Elders tell me Modi went all the way to address the Dalits who were Hindians before.

            In contrast, Wonder why your buddy Sampathar had tp go to see Modi with his Vellala coterie .And to talk to Modi in the Departure lounge.

            Does it say something?.

            Did Modi promise the Dalits that he will only send Kanganis to Udupussellawa under ETCA.

            But send the whole hog to fuck up our Doctors , Engineers, Technicians IT pros , Ambulance Drivers and even our Toilet cleaners.

            Sampathar will be happy because he has none of the above categories to protect in the Vellala clan.

            • 1
              0

              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              “But send the whole hog to fuck up our Doctors , Engineers, Technicians IT pros , Ambulance Drivers and even our Toilet cleaners.”

              Your politicians and rich do not seem to trust your own doctors and go abroad to get basic treatment even for common cold. The alleged killer political brat too want to go abroad to get treatment. Your Engineers and Technicians cannot build or fix power stations. They bring in Iranians to build old hydraulic civilisation Chinese to build roads, do not know how to remove a rock in the middle of the harbour, ….

              Champika tells us 200,000 imported labour, legal or otherwise work in the economy, ….

              Where are the unemployed/unemployable Dalits? Why aren’t they filling these jobs?

        • 0
          0

          HELLO
          cHECK MATE.

          Ranil also your other side of the cap,
          If that bugger is not there GRATE COUNTRY ROBBERS LIKE M R Jarapassa Kabaraya and family OF thieves are hung at the Gall Face before one year with Arse lickers.

          You must be Better be hooked with foolish batlandaya and Hyena brain M R kabaraya. Do not forget the history as both are ancestry of Christians or Catholics and kabaraya is from Malaccan Muslimeen.

  • 2
    0

    Per capita CO2 emissions (Tons per year ) Australia 16.75, Denmark 8.34, China 6.18, Germany 9.06, Kuwait 34.24, India 1.64, Japan 9.25, Thailand 4.27, United States 17.5 and Sri Lanka 0.61. And you think to propose a Coal power by CEB is wrong.

  • 3
    1

    Safe ? Coal ? As many as 115,000 people die in India each year from coal-fired power plant pollution, costing the country about $4.6 billion. Fine particles from coal power plants kill an estimated 13,200, in 1975, central China.

    But the point of the article was to try to educate us that there is a difference between fossil and biotic carbon and claiming ‘carbon neutrality’ for fossil carbon is a fraud. The better we know, the better will be the choices we make and thus we should question when statements from ‘those who are supposed to know’ display an ignorance of basic science.

  • 1
    0

    Ranil, “fraud” is not a strange phenomena for us, surely!? You know that!! 7×24 we Sri Lankans are being defrauded, cheated, plundered and harassed by our dirty politicians and now, along come the Indians and the Chinese into the band-wagon. Look at the anger displayed by the railway commuters today. On the other hand, the politicians have helped themselves to another lot of duty free luxury cars !! Can we BELIEVE these? The medical staff strike when they want to and if they dont like to fall in line with certain decisions as well as the bus operators,CEB and other Unions, students etc. Think about it. Who can deliver us, if not in our life-time in our grand-childrens”?

  • 0
    0

    Dr. Ranil Senanayake: The biggest Global Fraud is not this “Carbon” based global warming. The BIGGEST FRAUD to the entire inhabitants of this planet Earth is non other than the activities carried out by the “PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATION” disguised and hiding behind the theme of “PROTECTING” the human beings. A limited number of Scientists are working hard to expose that danger; but so far failed to break through the barriers erected by the Giant Corporations using Trillions of funds available at their disposal. Isn’t that the BIGGEST GLOBAL FRAUD?

  • 0
    0

    Is there many types of oxygen. Biotic oxygen, super oxygen and ozone. What happpens to oxygen when it comes into contact with sunlight including infra red and ultra violet. In the top of the atmosphere there is sun rays with X rays and othwr rays. What is prana and chi. In air, water and food. This must be preserved. is causing kundalini deposits as karma. Does this change the balance in this world. Sin or akusal has to be stopped. The balance of the universe depends on it.

  • 0
    0

    “The most basic consideration is that sources like sunlight are free and therefore provide no way by which the operators of the national grid can make money. No kickbacks from whatever lobby is supplying, coal, oil or gas.”

    Dr.RS, Well written. How much warnings have been made in the recent years. How will a grama sevaka understand the dangers. Statistically may be it is cheaper and SL produces less Carbon, however why not nip it at the bud. CEB is corrupt. Only educated people can chase fraudsters from parliament as well as CEB. The uneducated would remain uneducated and pay the price for ignorance.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 300 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically shut off on articles after 10 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.