Are We Going To Cope With Ocean Acidification?

Bob Greene picA Presentation by Dr. Robert Greene This presentation recognizes that ocean acidification is an imminent threat to sea life, and indeed, our entire lives.  If we take a ‘business as usual’ approach, we may be too late in saving the oceans for our children and grandchildren.

First we will look at ocean acidification and its effects.  Then we will discuss the Carbon Cycle, i.e. how and how much generated CO2 is naturally stored in the atmosphere, gradually dissolved in the oceans, changing their chemistry (pH), and gradually sequestered on the ocean floor.  An analogy will be drawn with how the Oregon oyster farmers faced this issue but on a smaller scale.  Then, a first order estimate will be made as to how much energy will be needed to address this issue over what period of time.

Next we will posit “Where will we get this massive amount of carbon-free energy?”  To answer this, we will look at global energy demand through mid-century and what the contribution must be from each clean energy source to meet each share of this requirement.  Solar and wind alone will probably not meet this need.  Dr. Greene will review other energy sources, including ‘new nuclear’ and how they can make a major improvement in this picture.

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About the Presenter

After graduating from Lowell Technological Institute (now UMass – Lowell), Dr. Greene earned a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from the University of Wyoming.  He then spent the next four decades working in computers, systems and software, holding a variety of developer and management positions for Wang Laboratories, Compugraphic, Gerber Scientific Instruments and Adobe Systems. He was also a cofounder of a startup.  In his later career, he focused more on product marketing and planning.

Distressed by the lack of energy expertise displayed by candidates in the early debates, Dr. Greene ran for President in the New Hampshire 2012 primary.  A key issue for the US was our dependence on foreign oil and its economic consequences.  His goal was to make the media and the public aware of the opportunity for energy independence and economic benefit through clean, inexpensive, walk-away safe “new nuclear”, specifically Molten Salt Reactors that consume existing ‘waste’ and those powered by a Thorium fuel cycle. (

Since then, it has become more evident that combustion fuel usage is increasing and with it - climate change issues.  Dr. Greene believes that conventional wisdom, even among many environmentalists, is flawed.  He believes that we are missing in scope (US or California centric versus global energy consumption), in intensity and time estimates (virtually all models have underestimated reality), on quantity (business as usual projections versus the added requirements of mitigation and remediation of climate change), and approach (solar and wind alone are not going to provide enough energy to replace existing need, let allow projected and unanticipated requirements). Dr. Greene resides in Mountain View, California.

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