Glycerin and Carbon Management
The most obvious constraint on carbon emissions arises from climate change. Burning fossil fuels accounts for about three-fourths of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emitted in the US. While all fossil fuels contain carbon, coal is the most carbon-intensive, putting coal at a disadvantage in a carbon-controlled world.
Because electricity generation is the single largest contributor to CO2 emissions and over half of the electricity generated in the US is from coal, there is a pressing need to develop viable carbon-control technologies, which can be implemented in a practical and affordable manner. There are three ways to reduce CO2 emissions from electricity generation.
The first and best method is to use energy more efficiently to reduce our needs from fossil fuel combustion. Another way is to increase our supply from renewable, low-carbon, and carbon-free energy. The third is to separate, capture and securely store carbon dioxide (i.e., carbon sequestration).
Glycerin for Dust and Weed Control
Glycerin is an alternative to petroleum oil for weed control. It has been a common practice to use waste motor oil to keep the weeds down along rural roadways. The oil was sprayed out along the side of roads and ditches to control problem weeds. This of course was polluting the soil, ground water, lakes and streams.
Now, many states have made it illegal to use petroleum oil for this purpose, nor for dust control on rural dirt roads. This is all in an effort by government pollution control agencies to protect the environment and keep pollutants out of our soil, water, and air. Ultimately, this is about reducing the harmful health effects on the human populous.
Glycerin oil is a very viable option to replace petroleum oil, because it is 100% biodegradable and better for the environment. In fact glycerin may be safely disposed of in any landfill.
Therefore, spraying glycerin oil to control roadside weeds can have huge market. It effectively keeps down the undesirables without any negative impact on the soil, water, or air. It may also be used for dust control without worry about rain runoff into ditches, streams, and lakes.
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