Time: Exploit the Ocean to Build Our Green Future

Essay by Eric Worrall

Time Magazine painting a glorious green vision of massive exploitation of unspoilt marine wilderness to build our renewable energy powered future.

The Ocean Is Climate Change’s First Victim and Last Resort

BY ELIJAH WOLFSON | MAP BY KYLA MANDEL AND LON TWEETEN

JUNE 23, 2022 7:00 AM EDT

Rain forests may be known as the planet’s lungs, but it’s when standing before the seas, with their crashing waves and ceaselessly cycling tides, that we feel the earth breathe. The ocean, say scientists, is the source of all life on earth. It is also, say philosophers, the embodiment of life’s greatest terror: the unknown and uncontrollable.

This duality has become increasingly manifest in the climate discourse of recent years, as ice melts, seas rise, and shores everywhere face storms of a ferocity unseen in living memory. But even as the ocean has become the subject of hand-wringing over what we’ve wrought, it has also become a keystone of hope that we may limit the damage if we act now.

We can start at the bottom. The floor of the Pacific is littered with the rare metals we need to build the batteries necessary to power carbon-free travel. Moving upward, by harnessing the force of the tides, we could plug another source of renewable energy into our struggling grids; offshore wind farms are also poised to expand exponentially as an essential power source. And while we may think of road vehicles as the focus of electric-mobility efforts, decarbonizing maritime shipping may be what really brings the global economy into a green future.

Meanwhile, oceans are the central banks of earth’s carbon stocks. Researchers are hard at work figuring out how to affordably capture CO2 from fossil-fuel-­burning plants and inject the gas into the rock below the ocean floor. And efforts are already under way to protect and rebuild oceanic ecosystems like mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses, that not only sequester more CO2 than their land-bound counterparts, but also act as natural breakwaters to protect coastal populations.

Read more: https://time.com/6190044/ocean-climate-change/

I used to tease my green friends about how we need more factories, but I actually like nature.

One of my happiest memories is walking through my grandpa’s forest, spending hours alone amongst the trees. My Grandpa bought the land for a song in the 1930s, low value land deemed unsuitable to agriculture because it was full of rocks, trees, scenery and tall hills.

From the very top you of my Grandpa’s hill you could see a city, many miles to the South. Sometimes while walking I encountered absolute wonders, like the ruins of an ancient gold rush era pub no historian remembers, or the multi acre field of Drosera plants I discovered growing peacefully in their native habitat, well off the forest trails, hidden under the trees. Those fragile, beautiful plants would have been worth thousands of dollars to collectors, but the forest where they grew was a hidden place of beauty, which brought joy whenever I visited. I left them undisturbed.

For all I know those beautiful plants are still there, still untouched. Maybe one day someone else will discover hidden beauty while walking through the woods. I hope whoever finds them in the future also chooses to leave them as they found them.

I’m not anti-industry. I’m a realist, I like the conveniences of modern civilisation. But during this fake climate emergency, we’ve already seen reasonable protections for the environment swept aside, like the gentle treatment wind farm operators appear to receive when they kill lots of protected eagles. Would climate motivated exploitation of the ocean be any different?

The rush to exploit the ocean, to support something as worthless as the climate crusade, the green vision presented by Time, in my opinion represents wanton destruction, needless and reckless destruction, just like all those poor dead eagles which are being slaughtered by wind turbines.

What transformed greens who once chained themselves to trees, to block new roads or dams, into rabid exploiters who seem to want all the valleys concreted up, converted into pumped hydro, raptor killing wind turbines everywhere, solar panels covering all the valleys, and now apparently want to turn vast tracts of ocean and mangrove swamp into an industrial wasteland?

How can these people convince themselves that they are still in any way behaving like people who care about the environment? How can covering the world with giant machines and poisoning the ocean with mine tailings and industrial filth, sweeping care aside in the name of the fake climate emergency, possibly be the path to a better tomorrow?

For shame, Time.

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fretslider
June 25, 2022 10:11 am

“The floor of the Pacific is littered with the rare metals we need to build the batteries necessary to power carbon-free travel.”

Oh dear…

“Deep Ocean Mining – the latest rape of Mother Earth

We have seen how mining can devastate ecosystems on land. Now, critical ecosystems deep in the ocean may soon be under threat unless this economic madness is stopped.“

https://sma.ie/deep-ocean-mining-the-latest-rape-of-mother-earth/

Can they get their ducks a row?

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Opus
Reply to  fretslider
June 25, 2022 10:20 am

How many Uigher slaves will be needed to mine the ocean floor?

Mr.
Reply to  Opus
June 25, 2022 10:29 am

42 is always the answer.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  fretslider
June 25, 2022 2:57 pm

The floor of the Pacific is littered with the rare metals we need to build the batteries necessary to power carbon-free travel …

Even if true how are those resources mined and processed without fossil fuels, there isn’t a solar panel wind turbine or battery plant in the world solely reliant on solar wind and batteries for power because it is impossible.

Fraizer
Reply to  fretslider
June 25, 2022 3:54 pm

Yeah! We’ll just vacuum up manganese nodules. That’s the ticket. Maybe we could build a specialized boat to do it. Maybe we could call it the Glomar Explorer. Hope we don’t run into any submarines and spoil the whole thing.

H.R.
Reply to  Fraizer
June 25, 2022 7:25 pm

Watch out for…
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MarkW
Reply to  fretslider
June 25, 2022 4:37 pm

Mining can devastate ecosystems, but that is rare.

RicDre
June 25, 2022 10:27 am

As I recall, Deep Sea Mining was the cover story the CIA used to send the ship Glomar Explorer out to recover the sunken Soviet diesel submarine K-129, so if we are again hearing talk about Deep Sea Mining, does the CIA have something else they need to recover in the deep sea?

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  RicDre
June 25, 2022 2:31 pm

Jimmy Hoffa.

Mr.
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 25, 2022 5:17 pm

Which part?

H.R.
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 25, 2022 7:29 pm

Jimmy Hoffa… can’t upvote thate nearly enough.

I have always said I’d gladly join a union when Jimmy Hoffa personally asked me.

I’ll be 69 this year and so far………… no invite from Jimmy.

Ah well. Maybe the Mafia is hiring.

joe x
Reply to  RicDre
June 25, 2022 3:54 pm

nope, hoffa buried in new jersey. me thinks alien space ship.

T Gasloli
June 25, 2022 10:28 am

Oh please, not the “we can harness the tides to produce electricity” scam again!

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  T Gasloli
June 26, 2022 1:05 am

They also are at airborne generators again. John Brignell has written up his thoughts about some of the engineering problems since 2001. See
https://www.numberwatch.co.uk/cables.htm

June 25, 2022 10:39 am

Aren’t they increasingly desperate?

iwick
Reply to  Curious George
June 25, 2022 6:16 pm

Getting to the point these people need straight jackets and a padded cell.

Mr.
June 25, 2022 10:48 am

Eric, there used to be Drosera plants growing everywhere in northern New South Wales.
But the hippies in the 1960s discovered them, and promptly smoked them all.
(Or so the story goes . . . )
Just kiddin’
It’s just too bad that Lantana didn’t make for a good bong smoke – the hippies could have saved farmers $millions in tractor fuel for Lantana clean-out work, and again in accelerants for burning off.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Mr.
June 25, 2022 2:34 pm

It’s just too bad that Lantana didn’t make for a good bong smoke”

If you tell them it is, that’s probably good enough.

H. D. Hoese
June 25, 2022 10:59 am

I followed the Time link to  “The Motion of the Ocean….” which ended with “But as anyone who has ever battled the waves by boat or board knows, taming the tides will be a gargantuan task.” I have a picture of the tidal electric structure, not in the Bay of Fundy, but in the Annapolis River, quite a sine wave. Seem to recall an attempt to moor such a structure in the Bay. We understood the problems generations ago, rediscovery. Only one in North America they say. But they are with the program– “Request for Expressions of Interest, Engineering Report – Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation” Boaters in the Bay of Fundy already knew about that long ago.

https://annapolisroyal.com/attractions-and-museums/tidal-power-generating-station/
Impression gotten from visiting Nova Scotia twice is that they could use a little more heat, a great place where they like their ice cream in summer.

Sara Hall
Reply to  H. D. Hoese
June 25, 2022 11:39 am

I first crossed the River Rance tidal barrage in 1966, the year it was opened, on a school trip. I remember how excited our teachers were to see it. Not much more has actually been done about tidal barrages since (there’s one across a lake in S Korea I discovered) but there’s still an awful lot of pointless fluff written about how amazingly wonderful it all could be.

Kevin kilty
Reply to  Sara Hall
June 25, 2022 12:43 pm

Tidal bore?

Mr.
Reply to  Kevin kilty
June 25, 2022 1:25 pm

No, you’re thinking of John Kerry.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Mr.
June 25, 2022 2:35 pm

No that’s Total Bore, or boor.

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H B
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 25, 2022 3:31 pm

Boar male version of Sow

Mr.
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 25, 2022 5:18 pm

I stand corrected 🙂

G Mawer
June 25, 2022 11:25 am

“I’m not anti-industry. I’m a realist, I like the conveniences of modern civilisation.”

So, if people like Biden get their way and eliminate crude oil extraction refining must stop. That ends the feed stocks for so many modern conveniences. More than transportation fuels are eliminated……so too asphalt for the electric cars to run on. Electric cars and modern life depend on crude oli.

iwick
Reply to  G Mawer
June 25, 2022 6:20 pm

Sniffer and the clown show want to stop oil/gas exploration in the US but buy from others that produce oil and gas.

Bruce Cobb
June 25, 2022 11:34 am

Oh Eric, don’t be such a Luddite.

Mr.
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 25, 2022 12:08 pm

Oh Eric, don’t be such a Luddite Realist.

cbean
June 25, 2022 11:55 am

Invest in whale oil futures… they’ll soon realize the danger of whale farts and allow hunting them again.

Mr.
Reply to  cbean
June 25, 2022 12:12 pm

I can’t imagine why anyone would hunt for whale farts, but I have no doubts that some YouTuber somewhere has already garnered 100,000+ followers by doing so.

kwinterkorn
June 25, 2022 12:54 pm

We know how people subjected to the obnoxious hum of busy windmills feel about them.

Surely, any offshore windmill project must submit an environmental impact statement proving they will not disrupt the lives of whales, as some ecowarriors claimed nuclear subs did with their noise pollution (aka sonar).

AndyHce
Reply to  kwinterkorn
June 25, 2022 1:24 pm

extensive federal permits for wind power generators to kill raptors >> extensive federal permits for wind power generators to kill marine mammals

Bob
June 25, 2022 1:24 pm

I have no respect for those green devils.

DHR
June 25, 2022 2:17 pm

The ocean is the source of all life on earth? And here I thought that the Sun is the source of all life on earth and of the earth itself.

Reply to  DHR
June 25, 2022 2:43 pm

Supernovae are the source of everything in the Solar System.

Feeling nerdish today…

MarkW
Reply to  writing observer
June 25, 2022 6:34 pm

Not hydrogen. The sun is about 70% hydrogen and the sun is about 99% of all the mass in the solar system.

Redge
Reply to  DHR
June 26, 2022 12:06 am

My very first thought too, and that was said by “scientists”

Jeff Alberts
June 25, 2022 2:32 pm

Moving upward, by harnessing the force of the tides, we could plug another source of renewable energy into our struggling grids; offshore wind farms are also poised to expand exponentially as an essential power source.”

Totally fails to understand that the reason grids are struggling is because of intermittent “green” energy.

Clue.less.

Mr.
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
June 25, 2022 5:22 pm

Yes –
cause > effect conclusions make leftist brains melt.

MarkW2
June 25, 2022 2:50 pm

I can just imagine one of those old Bob Newhart monologues on offshore windfarms: “So, Boris, you put millions of tons of concrete slabs on the sea floor, stick giant windmills on them and, don’t tell me, you, you (laughter) you use them to power hospitals, schools, industry and homes. What happens when the wind stops blowing, Boris (more laughter)… You use giant batteries (huge amounts of laughter)…

Ivo
June 25, 2022 3:13 pm

That excerpt though. . . Let’s throw some assortment of climate science and energy technology keywords into our religious fanfic.

Ivo
June 25, 2022 3:21 pm

Also love the decarbonization of maritime shipping. We could do that right now with a time honored technology that would not even require windmills as sn intermediary, nor would it violate the sacred dogma (Thou shalt not splitteth the atom).

MarkW
June 25, 2022 4:35 pm

The only people who say the Amazon is the lungs of the world are those who don’t know anything about biology.
The truth is that about 3/4ths of the world’s oxygen comes from the oceans. And while the Amazon may produce more oxygen per square mile than most other places on land, the amount isn’t huge, and the Amazon itself is only a small portion of the total land surface.
The reality is that the Amazon produces way less than 10% of the world’s oxygen supply. Beyond that, even if the forest was completely cut down, the grasslands that replace it would continue to produce oxygen.

Martin
June 25, 2022 5:38 pm

They have to destroy the environment to save it.

Redge
June 26, 2022 12:13 am

decarbonizing maritime shipping

How the frack will an electric ship haul goods across the seas without either running out of battery power within the first mile, sinking under the weight of the batteries or sinking after the inevitable battery fire?

Peta of Newark
June 26, 2022 12:51 am

Yes the sea floor (not especially The Ocean) is littered with what will fix ‘climate’

Not littered exactly, I’m talking ‘Continental Shelves’ = hundreds and thousands metres deep of the product of billions of years of soil erosion.

That hideous grey/black gloop and mud contains **everything** needed for life on (dry land) Earth.
It is all the trace elements and rare metals that all plant and animal life needs,

It’s not very deep, it’s not very far away and…well…..how much of the stuff is there out there?

Dredge some up, bring it ashore and desalinate as necessary then give it away to anybody who owns any patch of dirt anywhere on this Earth.

You will get Global Greening on an unimaginable scale.
Some folks actually already do but they catch the stuff before it falls into the sea and becomes salty.
The go collecting that gelatinous and ultra fine-grained mud that accumulates at river deltas and use it in their greenhouses. not least. The results are gobsmacking
Idso – are you listening, any closer to realising your fatal mistake?

Sri Lanka also – listen up. You are a small island and there is an epic amount of free, all-natural organic fertiliser all around you and just offshore.

As an added benefit, with any modicum of dredging (bringing seafloor mud back onshore) – is it beyonds the bounds the sea-level rise might be arrested.
Wait one goddam minute – what about those torrents of brown/red/orange mud that almost all rivers now become after any rainfall.
Would that mud not be causing ‘sea level rise’?

C’mon all you otherwise feckless Sputniks.
Recording ‘sea level rise’ as you currently do is imaginary and an exercise in counting the dancing angels.

What we really need to know is the volume of all the dry land on this Earth that is not = wet
If it’s decreasing, sea level is rising.
If the volume is rising, sealevel is falling

And a spot of dredging the continetal slef and on large eastauariess is a win win win for everybody.

  • More land
  • Less sea
  • More food
  • Less dry dusty deserts causing the atmosphere to get hot when the sun shines and horribly cold when it doesn’t
  • Better health for all onshore life
  • Better climate

We could do one small thing in return.
Instead of ‘recycling’ all the Iron/Steel that we presently do in the manner that we do, simply take it offshore and drop it in the water.
Iron being the ocean’s Liebig Limiter and I’m sure ocean critters will love playing with wind turbines and Teslas just as much as we do. haha

(What might make it work is to use the outfall of large rivers, just as the enter the sea but while still ‘fresh’ to rinse the mud as we bring it ashore. I’m sure The Tide will be useful for that?)

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 26, 2022 1:12 am

missed edit

PS This came from my alumni department just a few days ago, my old school getting their knickers all a-twisted about Phosphorus.
(dear God, how can they get so may things so wrong – and then – not include the obscene amount of Phosphorus wasted in home laundry products)

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news-science/news/article/5099/tackling-the-phosphorus-crisis

Because huuuuge amounts of what makes seafloor mud is= Phosphorus

There really is no shortage of Phosphorus anywhere on Earth
Where it all unravels and goes wrong is when farmers use any amount of Nitrogen fertiliser.
Nitrogen fert actually works by exciting the soil bacteria which then ‘poo’ a lot.
Their poo, just like ours, is insanely acidic and it thus releases myriad (metallic) nutrients and trace elements that the plants then suck up and the grow a lot more than they otherwise would,

BUT, that acidity works opposite magic on Phosphorus and locks it up so plants can’t get.
It’s been known about since ICI Billingham in NE England started making Ammonia for fertiliser way-back-when.
If farmers paid better attention to their soil pH there would hardly be any need for additional Phosphorus.
But doing so costs farmers $$$$ and because **everybody** wants never-better, ever-more, cheaper & cheaper mountains of sugar to eat, they don’t pay the farmers enough to be able to do so. So farmers buy more nitrate and Phosphorus to try to compensate.
Not for much longer, ain’t that a fact Vladimir?

‘Everybody’ includes Government because if folks have ‘cheap food’, they are left with more money that can and will attract tax.

Everything you know or think you know, is wrong.

Dave Andrews
June 26, 2022 5:55 am

Time: “offshore wind farms are also poised to expand exponentially as an essential power source”

Not according to Wind Europe who recently published a report and media release ‘Europe’s offshore wind expansion will depend on vessel availability’ 14th March 2022

“Will be more competition for specialised offshore wind vessels. The EU alone wants to build 300GW of offshore wind by 2050 up from 15GW today. This poses the question – will we have enough specialised offshore wind vessels?”

The report finds a shortage of Foundation Installation Vessels (FIVs) and Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIVs) by 2024/5.

For Cable Laying Vessels (CLVs) that connect the turbines to the mainland the gap between supply and demand “will be even greater over the next eight years”

“The lack of specialised vessels for offshore wind operations is just one indication of the poor condition of Europe’s wind energy supply chain.”

“In the first quarter of 2022 all five European wind turbine manufacturers were operating at a loss”

“The European Commission has proposed a new target of 480 GW installed offshore wind capacity in 2030 to increase energy security. This would require 35GW installation per year from 2022 – 2030. In 2021 just 19GW was installed.”

“The largest offshore wind turbine in EU waters today is 10MW. Within this decade turbines with almost twice this capacity” will be used. “This will need new vessels.”

“shortage of FIVs, WTIVs and CLVS poses risk for project execution worldwide”

https://windeurope.org/newsroom/news/europes-offshore-wind-expansion-will-depend-on-vessel-availability/

griff
June 26, 2022 7:30 am

Fracking damages more land than wind turbines do…

Disputin
Reply to  griff
June 26, 2022 8:08 am

Oh yes? I note it’s just an unsupported statement. How about some figures. Griff?

Kit P
June 26, 2022 9:49 am

The ocean, say scientists, is the source of all life on earth. 

Saying and doing are two different things. My brother-in-law worked on the Glomar Explorer at the same time I was a navh nuke. A few years later I figured out why he was asking so many queations about radiation.

There are many dangerous jobs that are done safely every day while protecting the envoroment.

We produce huge amounts of power safely using stationary power plants. There would have to be a very complelling reason fro me to take a job that is made more dangerous by doing on the water.

Stevek
June 26, 2022 3:28 pm

There are some penny stocks that have been around for years that focus on deep sea mining. They are penny stocks for a reason.

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