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Response to hunter (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 15, 2017, 09:54 AM

8. I often compare this line of thinking, essentially coal to gas, as an alcoholic announcing he's...

..."cured" because he's switched from scotch to wine and beer.

Switching to natural gas is not a cure for climate change. California's dependency on natural gas is nearly at an all time record.

I have a fun "solar thermal" paper from the primary scientific literature on making, um, natural gas and other hydrocarbons from carbon dioxide using "solar thermal." I'll post the reference and some comments here in the near future.

I'm actually a big fan of thermochemical cycles and have read a great deal about them, but given the record at Ivanpah, it reads like a perpetual motion machine if it's really a "solar thermal" paper, and if the reason for publishing as such has more to do with research funding than the underlying chemistry itself.

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