The article from LiveScience titled Oceans Running Low On Oxygen brings up a very important point about the use of fertilizer usage both here in the United States and else where.
Using fertilizer on crops allows us to grow more crops per acre and supply a large percentage of the food consumed both here and abroad. In reading this article it really got me to thinking about the debate “or lack of” about an energy policy.
We have one party saying drill and the other saying we cannot drill our way out of it. While we would all like to go to alternative fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol, It suddenly dawned on me that we could be setting ourselves up for a far worse situation, then the current one we face now.
So I started doing a little digging, “Source of Half Earth’s Oxygen Gets Little Credit.” Now this is a little shocking, it is one thing to think about our planets temperature rising from green house gasses. Yet in our rush to create alternative fuel sources from renewable resources it would almost appear that we could drive most animal species to extinction!
In order to produce the required amount of plant life to generate enough biofuel it would require the massive use of fertilizer products. Just when you think you have a solution another problems arises.
The more I look into alternative energy, the more convinced I become that solar energy is the right way to go. The more homes we have generating the power they need from the sun, then we can free up the large solar energy power plants to generate the massive amounts of electricity that will be needed to produce the hydrogen as a fuel source.
Solar Energy Power Plants
Should be pressed into use thus eliminating the need to burn fossil fuels to produce hydrogen which reports say would end up placing 6 times more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere then would have been placed there if you’d just used gasoline in the vehicle.
One thing is sure, we do need oxygen to survive. I’m sure that we could if we put our minds to it come up with a solution to prevent the leakage of fertilizer run off into the steams, rivers and oceans of the world.