Aluminium

Government refusing to put more corporate welfare into Tiwai

?I hope they decide to stay?, said Key this morning.

Looks like National?s favourite pollster has told them the public have lost their appetite for corporate handouts. ?Too many stuff-ups by Steve has come home to roost.

A decision to keep the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter open appears increasingly likely.

Meridian Energy and MightyRiverPower shares gained 3 percent on Friday ahead of a scheduled announcement today on the future of the Bluff industrial plant that uses about 13 percent of all the electricity generated in New Zealand.

Meridian is presumed to be a winner from whatever is announced because it could expect to sell 572 Megawatts of electricity it currently provides to Tiwai Point at a price better than the discounted level it renegotiated in 2013. ? ? Read more »

Goldman Sachs runs a $3.5B aluminium scam

Abundance, something Greens don’t understand

? Freakonomics

I believe in abundance. Socialists believe in scarcity. People who believe in abundance tend to be freeer in their thinking whereas those who believe in scarcity want to control things so everyone has a crack.

Accordingly when it come to natural resources that world view then affects the way they address issues. Take the history of aluminium, once considered the most valuable metal in the world:

In short, during the early 1800s aluminum was considered the most valuable metal in the world. This is why the capstone to the Washington Monument is made from aluminum, and also why?Napol?on III?himself threw a banquet for the king of Siam where the honored guests were given aluminum utensils, while the others had to make do with gold.

Technically, behind oxygen and silicon, aluminum is the third most abundant element in the Earth?s crust, making up 8.3 percent of the weight of the world.? However, aluminum is tightly bound in a clay-like material called bauxite. While bauxite is 52 percent aluminum, separating out the pure metal ore was a complex and difficult task. It was the creation of a new breakthrough technology known as electrolysis, discovered independently and almost simultaneously in 1886 by American chemistCharles Martin Hall?and Frenchman?Paul H?roult?that changed everything. The Hall-H?roult process, as it is now known, uses electricity to liberate aluminum from bauxite.? Suddenly everyone on the planet had access to ridiculous amounts of cheap, light, pliable metal. Today aluminum is cheap, ubiquitous, and used with a throwaway mind-set.

So, compare that with the current fad to talk about solutions for peak oil…The Greens think that oil is a scarce resource, others like me think it is abundant. We are both probably a little bit right. There is plenty of oil out there, just that some of it is just like aluminium once was…difficult using current technology to get at. Time and research solves that problem.

This is why I can’t stand the little creeps currently trying to stop innovation and invention by the banning of technologies that allow us to extract the earth’s resources…they believe in scarcity and through their scaremongering actually make?scarcity?a reality, when in fact we could all enjoy abundance.

A post for 9/11 truthers

via Boing Boing

For those truthers who for whatever reason still think that something other than a mere plane crash brought down the World Trade Center towers, you could be right, just not about the involvement of Dick Cheney.

“If my theory is correct, tonnes of aluminium ran down through the towers, where the smelt came into contact with a few hundred litres of water,” Christian Simensen, a scientist at SINTEF, an independent technology research institute based in Norway, said in a statement released Wednesday.

“From other disasters and experiments carried out by the aluminium industry, we know that reactions of this sort lead to violent explosions.”

Given the quantities of the molten metal involved, the blasts would have been powerful enough to blow out an entire section of each building, he said. This, in turn, would lead to the top section of each tower to fall down on the sections below.

The sheer weight of the top floors would be enough to crush the lower part of the building like a house of card, he said.

For the technically minded and sanctimonious know it all limp dicks like Lynn Prentice here is a little video about Thermite reactions.

Green Goddess? Bullshit artist more like

Wendyl Nissen has created a niche for herself and given herself the self?aggrandizing?title of “The Green Goddess”.

Every day on NewstalkZB and presumably on other radion station you get to listen to her utterly trite advert touting for Toyota Prius vehicles and Giltrap City Toyota.

Wendyl Nissen radio advert

It makes me want to spew that people like her tout such utter rubbish. It has finally motivated me enough to get angry about the lies she spouts.

Wendyl Nissen is basically for Toyota, presumably they gave her the car in?the?first?place?and she is doing it under her self created title the Green Goddess.?She is either wilfully ignoring the technical details of the Toyota Prius or is a just a usual typical green liar.

Here are some facts that should make her hair stand on end.

Each electric Prius motor requires 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) of neodymium, and each battery uses 10 to 15 kg (22-33 lb) of lanthanum. That number will nearly double under Toyota’s plans to boost the car’s fuel economy

So lets look at just those two components, and lets ignore that you have to mine the raw material first up to even get to process it. We will also ignore the syntheic tyres, the composite plastics and every other chemical in these cars and focus on just two small components. I will highlight the non green parts of her “very green Toyota Prius”.

Neodymium is never found in nature as the free element; rather, it occurs in ores such as monazite and bastn?site that contain small amounts of all the rare earth metals. The main mining areas are China, United States, Brazil, India, Sri Lanka and Australia; and reserves of neodymium are estimated at about 8 million tonnes

Neodymium metal dust is a combustion and explosion hazard. Neodymium compounds, as with all rare earth metals, are of low to moderate toxicity; however its toxicity has not been thoroughly investigated. Neodymium dust and salts are very irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes, and moderately irritating to skin. Breathing the dust can cause lung embolisms, and accumulated exposure damages the liver. Neodymium also acts as an anticoagulant…

Gee, nice stuff….certainly not a benign chemical…could even qualify as a “nasty chemical”. The second item is Lanthanum.

Lanthanum is most commonly obtained from monazite and bastn?site. The mineral mixtures are crushed and ground. Monazite, because of its magnetic properties, can be separated by repeated electromagnetic separation. After separation, it is treated with hot concentrated sulfuric acid to produce water-soluble sulfates of rare earths. The acidic filtrates are partially neutralized with sodium hydroxide to pH 3-4. Thorium precipitates out of solution as hydroxide and is removed. After that, the solution is treated with ammonium oxalate to convert rare earths to their insoluble oxalates. The oxalates are converted to oxides by annealing. The oxides are dissolved in nitric acid that excludes one of the main components, cerium, whose oxide is insoluble in HNO3. Lanthanum is separated as a double salt with ammonium nitrate by crystallization. This salt is relatively less soluble than other rare earth double salts and therefore stays in the residue.

Gee…more “nasty chemicals”, used to manufacture a key component of the Toyota Prius. Her “very green” car is looking decidedly sick.

One by-product of the manufacturing process is Thorium, ?a naturally occurring, slightly radioactivemetal. horium, as well as uranium and plutonium, can be used as fuel in a nuclear reactor. Cool, her “very green car” now produces a by-product for the nuclear industry.

A secondary by-product is also?Cerium which:

like all rare-earth metals, is of low to moderate toxicity. Cerium is a strong reducing agent and ignites spontaneously in air at 65 to 80??C. Fumes from cerium fires are toxic. Water should not be used to stop cerium fires, as cerium reacts with water to produce hydrogen gas. Workers exposed to cerium have experienced itching, sensitivity to heat, and skin lesions. Animals injected with large doses of cerium have died due to cardiovascular collapse. Cerium(IV) oxide is a powerful oxidizing agent at high temperatures and will react with combustible organic materials. While cerium is not radioactive, the impure commercial grade may contain traces of thorium, which is radioactive.

All of this makes Wendyl Nissen a class A hypocrite, or an idiot.

For me, I don’t care what goes into a care or what is dug out of the ground and subjected to extremely toxic chemical processes to make one thing or another. But then again, I am not preaching about how green I am or how I hate “toxic chemicals” all the time touting for a car made from extremely toxic substances.

The best part though is this;

The chemical compound ammonium nitrate, the nitrate of ammonia with the chemical formula NH4NO3, is a white crystalline solid at room temperature and standard pressure. It is commonly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer, and it has also been used as an oxidizing agent in explosives, including improvised explosive devices. It is the main component of ANFO, a very popular explosive.

The Green Goddess, who likes “everything, and I mean everything” natural and organic is using a car that uses substantial quantities of a fertilser that she herself , being an organic gardener, would never put on her garden and is also a key component in a very popular commercial explosive, not to mention the explosive used to bring down the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma, killing 168 peopl including 19 children. Green Goddess?…more like supporter of terrorist weapons of mass desrtuction.

I guess hypocrisy for Greens doesn’t matter, still its better than catching your husband gobbling cock I suppose.