7 Billion Little(?) Fires (8 Billion by 2030)
The U.N. says that the global population will hit 7 billion by the end of this year, and reach 8 billion around the year 2030. I have waited for quite a while now for some study to come out that would quantify the amount of heat created and released into the environment by an ever increasing Human population but no such study has ever appeared.
Lets take the case of an “average” American citizen…
You wake up to the tone of your alarm clock, turn on the lights, shuffle to the kitchen to make coffee, turn up the setting on your air conditioner, cook some breakfast, take a warm shower, get dressed in your work clothes, and then get in your car and go to work.
At work you sit under electrical lighting, enjoy the buildings climate control, and have your computer and telephone right at hand. At lunch you go out and get some quick “fast food” most likely by driving there and back. After work you drive home in your car, turn down the air conditioning, and enjoy a night of watching television or dabbling on your computer. You cook another meal in your kitchen and then go to bed.
Do you have any guess as to how many B.T.U.s of heat you were personally responsible for pumping into the atmosphere that day? Of course not, no one does, because no studies have been done on this that I am able to find.
The U.S. consumes approx. 11.4 kWh per person for a total of 4,533 TWh per year (2009) or approximately 1.546723802e+16 B.T.U.s per year. I find it very surprising that no one seems to think that this is worthy of any type of scientific study as to it’s link to global climate change.
Every single thing we do contributes to the heat load of this planet, every watt of electricity we use, every cubic foot of natural gas we consume, every pound of coal, or gallon of oil or gasoline we burn. In less developed areas of the globe they still use wood or peat or dung or charcoal to cook over, adding even more heat to the environment.
Basically every single human alive in the course of his/her daily life adds at minimum thousands or often as much as hundreds of thousands or even millions of B.T.U.s of heat to this planet. 7 Billion people, 7 billion little (or not so little) fires upon the Earth, not to mention black asphalt roads and roofs where forests or meadows used to be….
Every single thing that mankind does that uses energy produces heat that is dumped into the atmosphere or the rivers/oceans. Even with the lack of scientific study on this topic can you honestly say that you believe it holds no role at all in climate change? I hope that you will say no.
The fixation on Carbon output completely ignores the heat waste produced by humanity that is growing larger by the day…