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Saving the Planet Act 1: Reversing Climate Change: Ideas Brainstorm #1

The fundamental problem of anthropocentric climate change is the release of previously sequestered carbon from fossil fuels into the atmosphere, which is restoring the original balance of the atmosphere which prior to fossil fuels, was wholly unsuitable to support mammals as the earth's surface air temperatures were far too warm, and the humidity far too high to allow mammals to exist as they require evaporation for cooling which was impossible in the atmospheric conditions which predate fossil fuel deposits. Thus, the primary mechanism for reversing climate change is to resequester that carbon.

Our idea is to sequester as much carbon as we can, primarily directly from the atmosphere. This is best accomplished in many ways, but for now, we believe that photosynthetic microorganisms, ideally algae, grown en-masse in vertical formats, is the ideal means by which to scrub excess CO2 out of the atmosphere as the algae can quickly absorb CO2 and when they have reached maturity, we can process the algae to isolate carbon, and send the remains down into an oil well.

But we also must consider the fact that our oceans are polluted with plastics. While it is important that we remove plastics from the ocean, it must be understood that plastics are a sequestered form of carbon, until they are burned or otherwise oxidized to release their carbon molecules. In that regard, we are ponding various methods to convert plastic for resequestration, but we are also considering recycling, but strictly for use off-planet.

This is an important aspect of our plans, actually. Ideally, we would like to see as much plastic or other forms of carbon removed from earth as necessary to ensure the atmosphere can always support mammal existence. This can be carefully calculated, and enough plastic sent into space, ideally in useful forms, to make recycling and repurposing of plastics a viable option. But, we must stress that IF we do anything with plastic, we will not allow carbon sequestered in plastic to ever again be available to mankind.

One thing we would like to point out is that it appears that modern science is going in the exact opposite direction it should go related to climate change issues. It seems many scientists are working to convert plastic into fuel. This is the most dangerous thing anyone on this planet can do at this time. Just creating the technology to turn plastic into fuel unlocks far more carbon than has already been released into the atmosphere, and it does so with carbon that has been safely sequestered in plastic.

We discovered this while researching means known by science today to depolymerize, or break-down plastic into its constituent elements (plastic is, by definition, a polymer, which means duplicate molecules which bond to each other in chains, giving plastic its characteristics.) We are concerned about depolymerization because of our interest in space. If we wish to send plastic into space, we must be sure it will perform as expected. And there is a lot in space that can destroy plastic, such as cosmic radiation. It remains an area we will research.

One idea we have floated for carbon sequestration is a form that is difficult to convert to fuel or is otherwise so valuable as to not need to be used as fuel. Despite my utter and complete hatred for all things plastic, I do find that there is one very useful purpose for plastic, and that is as a replacement for paper. Think about it - loss of trees is also putting sequestered carbon into the atmosphere. So if we replace paper with plastic, we are sequestering twice as much carbon - the carbon in the paper itself, as well as the carbon in the trees that would have been used to make the paper. Now, this plastic paper has to come with some mechanism to ensure it is not wasted or burnt or otherwise releasing the carbon sequestered in the sheets. We can figure that out. And we can also come up with paper that can already have 'ink' embedded in it that can be activated chemically, thermally, or even with lasers.

To succeed in creating a paper made from plastic waste will require a great deal of research. For this, we hope to employ the assistance of volunteer organic and petro-chemists to assist us where we lack experience. What might take us weeks would probably be common knowledge for the right expert, and we are confident we can find retired experts willing to lend a hand to undo some of the damage they helped do.

There are many reasons we believe that researching and developing even plastic paper is ideal on an off shore oil rig. For one, there are no government regulations to worry about preventing us from doing the research we need to do. Obviously, we have no plans to damage the environment, quite the opposite is true. But nations are run by greedy, selfish people who obviously have a history of caring more for profit than the environment, and we want to be free of any encumbrances or other impediments any government may see fit to put in our way, so avoiding governments is paramount.

Being able to accept shipments free of any geopolitical nonsense such as sanctions is another benefit. We don't care who gives us their plastic, why, what they did with it, and how they treat their citizens. To us, all nations are the same, we only care about the planet.

The most important reason to do this kind of research on an oil rig, at least for me, is being free of distraction. We are outside of society. You cannot possibly see the world as it really is from inside society. We are destroying it, and it shows so obviously out here. But there, in your comfortable homes, with your smart TVs, and mainstream media filtering the truth, you are literally out of touch with the planet. And that constant buzz is inescapable, even in the most remote places where I came from, the United States of America. I know because I tried, from the wilderness of northern Idaho, to the quietest, most remote place in California, Hyampom Valley (sorry to spoil your secret folks).

On an oil rig, we won't be bothered by any distractions, any regulations, any governments, any taxes, any audits, any inspectors, any thieves, and especially any salesmen. We can work, and we can think - the reason I need the distraction free environment. I suffered brain damage and as a result, am highly sensitive to distraction and require a controlled, highly organized environment preferably of my own design. On an oil rig, in the middle of the ocean, the only distractions will be helpful - the sea, the air, and especially the weather.

So for now, we will concentrate on two distinct tasks for saving the planet: removing the excess carbon from the atmosphere permanently, and creating a means by which to permanently sequester the carbon of plastic, ideally by developing a plastic replacement for paper from recovered plastic waste.

Of course, we do need that oil rig first, and for that, all we need is help spreading the word.