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16. Can we do without fossil fuels?

16th blog, March 5, 2019

In the Netherlands, we have the idea that we can do without fossil fuels and that we can actually reduce our CO₂ emissions by 95% by 2050. The question is whether that is realistic. If, in order to neutralize the emissions of our trucks, we need more than 40,000 windmills with a cost of 600,000 euros per truck, how much do we need for the other energy using equipment? How much for Tata, an iron ore melting company? For KLM, our airline company? For our 7 million passenger cars? I read that a ship that visits the port of Rotterdam emits the same amount of CO₂ emissions per day as all the Rotterdam cars together in one day. Aircraft is even less efficient than ships.

15. CO₂-levy, the Egg of Columbus?

15th blog, March 4, 2019

We regularly hear from interest groups a call for a CO₂ levy in the Netherlands. This is thought to work. I would not know what the difference is with the effect of a price increase of the fuels. Whether you make the fuels more expensive or apply a CO₂ levy does not matter for the user of the fossil fuels. There is a big difference in complexity, however: the levies on fuels are a perfectly functioning automated system. An annual increase in excise duties does not cost the government anything extra. A new system of CO₂ levies will cost the government a lot (think of measuring methods, registration, checks, lifting, return, etc.). The companies involved will also have to pay a huge amount of money: consultants, calculation methods, measuring, checking. The introduction of a CO₂ tax will lead to extra complexity, efficiency and high costs.

14. Internet economy

14th blog, March 1, 2019

Why do we let happen things that, when you start thinking, are clearly harmful to us? Why are we going to live in deltas? Why do we cut millions of hectares of forest every year? Why do we dump plastic into rivers - which then pollute the oceans? Why are we spraying insecticides that kill bees?

13. Overpopulation

13th blog, February 28, 2019

One of the biggest taboos is starting a discussion about overpopulation. Recently we have seen that with a discussion that was started by one of our Dutch parliamentarians - who had the courage to propose to limit the number of children that women are allowed to have. The discussion about the number of children caused so many emotions that it was aborted before he could cause electoral damage to his party. Of course, faith was added to the discussion, as well as the woman's right to self-determination and all kinds of other reasons why everyone has the right to get an unlimited - like flowers or weeds? – number of children.

12. Fossil fuels fit into a circular economy

12th blog, February 27, 2019

The miracle of nature is that by changing the position of atoms it makes new substances with different properties. Look at how beautiful: CO₂ is carbon dioxide, H₂O is water and O₂ is oxygen. In all three molecules is the O atom and by simply linking it to something else, or multiplying it, you get another valuable substance. What a wonder. People came up with the idea of ​​copying that principle of nature and we now call that a 'circular economy'.

11. The deforestation

11th blog, February 26, 2019

Worldwide, 7.9 million hectares of forest are cut every year, about twice the area of the Netherlands. That is 19 soccer fields per minute. During the last 2,000 years, mankind has made about 2 billion hectares of fertile land - largely covered with trees - infertile. From the Bible we know that the Jews left Egypt for the land of milk and honey. If you go to that region now, you’ll feel like you’ve ended up on the moon. There is no room for cows and bees in Jordan. The upper strip of North Africa was once green and fertile; the lions that were used in the Coliseum came from there. There is now virtually nothing left of it.

10. The climate indulgence discussion

Tenth blog, February 25, 2019

Everyone knows that trees, in order to grow, extract CO₂ molecules from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. In that process the CO₂ is dissolved: the O₂ (oxygen) is returned to the atmosphere and the C (carbon) is stored in the plant and in the soil. Trees do this free of charge and it is a solution to climate change that works, is scalable, and generates money. What more do we want?

9. The territorial CO₂ limitation

Ninth blog, February 22, 2019

A concept some experts hide behind is the term 'national emission target'. According to them, each country must solve its own CO₂ emissions within the national borders. This is - in addition to the 'indulgence' argument we write about in the next blog - the main reason why the Treesolution is not included in the Dutch Climate Agreement. And so we experience that when we propose the Treesolution to prevent climate change, we are silenced in advance with the argument that 'the Treesolution is not allowed because we have a 'national emission target'. This is not accuarate, however. The climate convention Paris COP21 states in article 5.1 that 'sinks' are permitted, with 'forests' being mentioned as a solution. National boundaries are not set here, so we are allowed to think ‘out of the country’.

8. Wasted money?

Eighth blog, February 21, 2019

Imagine that all scientists are wrong, and that climate change is not caused by the high CO₂ concentration of 410ppm. Suppose climate change is just as real as Santa Claus, but it does not give presents. Imagine that we could have invested all those hundreds of billions in education, health care, innovation of new fossil fuel-free energy, poverty reduction and all sorts of other things, instead of in wind turbines, CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage, see my previous blog) and other expensive, useless, technologies. How we would improve our world!

7. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Seventh blog, February 20, 2019

Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS, is the toy of a few companies that want to filter CO₂ from the combustion gases - including power plants - with an extremely expensive technology, and then store it in underground empty-vacuumed fields that used to contain fossil fuels.

6. Message from The Netherland’s most beautiful tree to mankind

Sixth blog, February 13, 2019

Dear Green Musketeer,

Every year the election of the most beautiful tree of our country takes place in The Netherlands. The "Pet oak" at Breda is now no. 1, but you can still vote. Yesterday we received a letter from the "Pet oak" - which is threatened to be cut in 2020 - that we place integrally in our blog.  

5. The wind turbine

Fifth blog, February 8, 2019

The windmill is an invention of the Middle Ages. Are we going to solve our 21st-century energy problem with that invention? Let's do some research.

4. The miracle of the tree

The tree is a wonderful creation that enables us to solve the climate change challenge. Where man invented CCS - Carbon Capture and Storage, more on this later -  to capture and dump CO₂ (as mankind is accustomed to do with waste) our nature breaks down the CO₂ molecule and creates 2 useful materials: carbon and oxygen - through a process called photosynthesis.

3. What is CO₂?

Third blog, February 6, 2019

CO₂ is a gas that is just as important for nature as oxygen is for humans. The C atom functions as a building material in every living being, and in the soil it is required for the soil to be fertile (it takes the form of humus).

2. Does climate change really exist?

Second blog, February 5, 2019

The existence of climate change is considered to be real for most people, including scientists and politicians. The COP21 agreements in Paris show that this is the accepted status quo. You probably want to know if I also believe in climate change? In my book The Treesolution I show that climate change has occurred many times in the history of the earth, even when people did not yet exist. Even when fossil fuels were not yet used by mankind.