Bad Government Ideas

November 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm • Posted in ALL POSTS6 Comments

In 1974, it was decided that everyone in Washington should lower their speed to conserve fuel because of high prices and shortages. This actually resulted in a reduction in fuel economy and more severe shortages because American engineers had designed vehicles to operate at higher speeds. Fords, for example, were designed with high stall torque converters that would not operate efficiently at a lower rpm. Cam timing and fuel systems were also compromised at lower speeds. When this speed limit was challenged in court, government officials testified that the reduced speed limit reduced the highway death rate, even though their own data showed a definite increase in the death rate. They were guilty of perjury.
The following year, the EPA required automobile manufacturers to retard cam timing, to modify rear axle ratios to reduce engine rpm levels, to limit heat ranges of spark plugs, and to add catalytic converters to the family car. EPA also required refineries to change compositions of gasoline and oil products to their specifications. The result of all of these changes was to take a car that should have averaged 25 mpg and reduce it to 14 mpg. Trillions of barrels of gasoline have been unnecessarily consumed because of these government regulations and laws. Who knows what the ultimate effect of the dusting of our nation with platinum, palladium, and rhodium from catalytic converters will be. These extremely potent catalysts cause chemical reactions to occur under conditions that would not normally occur naturally. If EPA scientists had considered the ramifications of the bell-shaped energy distribution curves in their physical chemistry textbooks, they might have realized that the catalysts would eventually leach out of the converter in a hot exhaust gas stream causing unknown environmental problems and mutations.
Years ago, scientists raised the alarm that the ozone layer of gas in the atmosphere was diminishing and the cause was freon 12. This transformation was supposedly happening at an elevation of about 25 kilometers in our atmosphere (A little over 15 miles for those who don’t do metric.) The theory was that the degradation of ozone was supposed to be caused by a carbon-chlorine radicals colliding with ozone molecules at this elevation.
There were several flaws in this theory. The first presumes that the carbon-chlorine radical that is supposedly causing the ozone depletion originally came from freon 12. The first problem is that is no fluorine atoms attached to this radical which means that this radical could come from ANY chlorinated hydrocarbon. In fact, the most likely source for chlorinated hydrocarbons in the environment is from sewage treatment plants. Each treatment plant in America consumes anywhere from several hundred pounds to several tons of chlorine gas per day disinfecting the sewage that is dumped in our oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes each day. (Yes, our government with their infinite wisdom decided that all Americans should be made to give up their septic systems and outhouses and be connected to a municipal sewer system so that all people would be able to dump their human waste into our bodies of water to help clean up the environment, but, excuse me, I’ve digressed.)
The second problem occurs when I attempted to calculate the feasibility of such a collision even happening using mean-free path calculations for the concentrations I was given by my former professor at WWU (He got the data from either NOAA or NASA [I can’t remember which..]), I found that the probability of this radical striking an ozone molecule at this elevation was 1 ten-billionth of 1 ten billionth of a chance of a collision per second per cubic meter. That number does not take into account whether the collision was a productive one or not.
The third problem with the theory was location. The ozone levels were most diminished at the north and south poles. There are not a lot of air conditioners and refrigerators at the poles. On the other hand, the area with more refrigeration units than anywhere else on this planet would be Los Angeles. It, however, is known to have some of the highest ozone levels on the planet. If freon 12 was really destroying the ozone, Los Angeles should have been totally free of ozone.
The logical explanation for diminished ozone at the poles is the flux of cosmic particles and high energy radiation emanating from the sun and other solar sources. The magnetic forces of the poles attract charged particles from space. This is most likely the reason for the reduced ozone levels at the poles.
Americans once again have had to waste millions of dollars correcting a problem that did not even exist because of bad science. What is worse, there is no assurance that the new freon 134 isn’t a serious danger to man or the environment.