NASA just announced what the Mars 2020 rover will carry to the Martian surface, and one of them sounds like pure sci-fi: MOXIE, a machine that sucks in carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere and pumps out pure oxygen for use in rocket fuel—or someday, for humans to breathe.
"We’re not so much using the oxygen, but seeing can we generate it, what’s the production rate, what’s the efficiency. Those are the general kinds of things we’re looking at with this in-situ device. If you can make propellant for a craft’s ascent stage to get off Mars, that really changes the mission design. Or if you can cache and store oxygen before a crew arrives, and have a habitable environment when we get there."
Wait a second, why aren’t we doing that here?
You’ve probably heard of “rolling coal”…
But in case you missed it, it’s a fad among teabagging blockheads. They modify their exhaust to belch out black smoke in protest of the “hoax” of global warming.
I was on my bike at an intersection just now. The light was about to change and this truck came barreling down the street — obviously trying to beat the yellow (he failed, by the way, and blew through a red at about 50 mph). As he passed, a pipe in his truck bed belched out black smoke.
What happened was that he saw someone on a bike and decided that person needed to be taught a lesson about not burning fossil fuels, so he “rolled coal” on me. He needed to do this so badly that he ran a red light to do it.
So here’s the skinny on people who “roll coal”:
- They’re criminals. It’s illegal to modify your exhaust system like this. Mine didn’t care about stop lights, either.
- It’s pointless. They can’t possibly increase their emissions enough to offset even the most modest green energy efforts.
- They spend a lot of money. Not only are the modifications not free, but they decrease fuel efficiency, leading to increased costs at the pump.
So, to sum up, these are people who pointlessly choose to spend more money than other drivers on a modification that could earn them a fine and doesn’t actually do anything but eat money, all to fail at being a bully.
Congrats coal rollers, you’re idiots.