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Ukraine weapons thread   General Military Discussion

Started 24/2/22 by gatnerd; 217314 views.
Farmplinker

From: Farmplinker

8-Dec

I'd love us to get more petrochemical plant here in the Ohio Valley. Lots of natural gas, and due to pipeline constraints, limited out of area exports. So cheap. Close to most US (and probably Canadian) polymer production. Good cost of living.

But a lot of NIMBY/BANANA, alas.

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

8-Dec

gatnerd said:

Most of their chemical precursors are derived from breaking down natural gas into various chemical sub compounds. Without tons of cheap gas, thats all in peril. 

That is so yesterdays news ;)
For starters the first LNG tankers arrived so there is plenty of gas again. The entire gas shortage has been inflated and really only made a problem by politicians paniking. The supply is not in danger. The price for gas has dropped down to a reasonable level. Not as low as pre war but below problematic.
At the same time the major cheamical plants allready have or are in the process of switching their processes from natural gas as raw material to H2. This has been planned for a long time anyways to achieve CO2 neutral products. They just accellerated the plans.
For the German industry (and the nation as a whole) the war in UA is a good thing in the long run. It shaked a lot of things loose, woke people up and put things back into perspective. We se more change, modernisation and improvement in Germany since February than we had during the entire Merkel administration. When the war ends things will have to be rebuild... guess who is allready fist in line to do it.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

8-Dec

schnuersi said:

That is so yesterdays news ;) For starters the first LNG tankers arrived so there is plenty of gas again. The entire gas shortage has been inflated and really only made a problem by politicians paniking. The supply is not in danger. The price for gas has dropped down to a reasonable level. Not as low as pre war but below problematic.

Thats wonderful to hear. I had read that FT article this morning and was pretty bummed out, it made things seem quite dire. 

In terms of H2, most of that is sourced currently from Nat Gas. And also H2 is much harder to work for a number of factors. Where is Germany going to source a bunch of Hydrogen from if not nat gas? 

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

8-Dec

Farmplinker said:

But a lot of NIMBY/BANANA, alas.

These are everywhere nowadays... like cancer.
When the factories and plants are build far away and the roads make huge detours to stay away they complain that its difficult to reach their workplace or even better that all the driving is bad for the climate and has to be regulated because the people drive around so much instead of walking or staying at home.
 

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

8-Dec

gatnerd said:

In terms of H2, most of that is sourced currently from Nat Gas. And also H2 is much harder to work for a number of factors. Where is Germany going to source a bunch of Hydrogen from if not nat gas? 

The idea is to use the power generated by wind turbines to crack water.
Currently we use french nuclear power to crack water for some and the majority is, as you correctly say, made from natural gas. Originally the H2 move of the chemical industry has been mostly greenwashing. But since things are moving now it actually could make sense.
Because of the changed situation wind turbines, cracking plants, power lines, pipelines, P2F plants are being fasttracked and construction actually started. Its amazing how quickly things can be done if you just do them. The on shore LNG terminals are being build with allmost breathtaking speed unkown in Germany for decades.
I should also mention that the destruction of the pipelines from Russia worked as a catalyst. Now there really is no way back and everybody who counts really got that.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

8-Dec

We had a funny one in Nevada. Environmental groups campaigned for years to build a solar farm out there, because the whole state is basically a sunny desert wasteland perfect for it.

Then some company decides to build the solar farm, in the middle of nowhere (like where one could set an atom bomb off for testing nowhere.)

Another environmental group sued to block the project, to protect some turtle that no one had ever heard of that lives in that wasteland.

Apparently global warming is both an imminent catastrophe that all stops must be pulled out to prevent, yet we should not dare to inconvenience some random desert turtles to mitigate it. 

Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)

8-Dec

Same story everywhere , protest everything there is always something in a way. We couldn't build wind turbines in our country for 15+ years because of some birdwatchers NGO ,that by the way are 100% state-funded ,and we are not talking massive fields of turbines but like 3-10units. Now we have same story with hydropower , state funded NGO , issue is the influence of dams on the rivers. Unlike US here in Europe NGO's mostly run on state funds other financing is negligible . and NGO business model is booming its an industry in itself, and the number of people employed by xyz NGOs is huge .

Farmplinker

From: Farmplinker

8-Dec

American NGOs get a lot of government funding, too. Also, special tax privileges, although yours over there probably do too.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

9-Dec

Some more DIY drone defense; thermal optics / cameras added to HMG's and Autocannons to improve their ability to spot drones. Also some retro style circular anti aircraft sights.

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