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Hell’s Door vs. the Incandescent Light Bulb

posted at 9:52 pm on December 4, 2011 by

In the middle of the Karakoum (Turkmenistan) desert, close to the tiny nomadic village of Darvaza, there is a crater about 100 meters in diameter and more than 25 meters deep. It is called “Hell’s Door”. Inside this well, a fire has been burning for more than 40 years.

A Soviet prospecting mission began here in the fifties. In 1971, a drilling operation exposed an underground cavity that discharged enormous quantities of gas. Thinking the supply of gas would last but a few weeks, Soviet engineers decided to torch the hole. And it’s been burning ever since. The intense heat coming from the crater allows visitors to approach Hell’s Door only for a few minutes at a time because of the unbearable temperature.

At night, the hole looks like Dante’s Inferno: the fire burns in all its magnificence, giving the well the look of a volcanic burning crater.

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40 years of intense, volcanic heat emitted by a massive, burning hellhole.

But you and I have to give up our incandescent light-bulbs.

For the children. Oh, and the global warming scam, too. But mostly the children. And Ewoks.

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Compare and contrast indeed. Like I tell my kids, there’s nothing we can do that gaia can’t upend in a matter of minutes. Even if we succeeded in attaining zero man-made emissions worldwide, nature can easily let a fart that would exceed all man-made emissions since Christ walked the earth.

AH_C on December 4, 2011 at 11:44 PM

A Soviet prospecting mission began here in the fifties. In 1971, a drilling operation exposed an underground cavity that discharged enormous quantities of gas. Thinking the supply of gas would last but a few weeks, Soviet engineers decided to torch the hole. And it’s been burning ever since.

You can thank the Soviet Union and Communism in general for the worst crimes against the planet. They’ve been the worst polluters BY FAR.

Worst part was… each and every event was planned.

Chaz706 on December 5, 2011 at 12:33 AM

You can thank the Soviet Union and Communism in general for the worst crimes against the planet. They’ve been the worst polluters BY FAR.

Chaz706 on December 5, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Between the former USSR and the PRC it’s a tight race for the bottom on that score. I’d give the nod to China. But no question that Communist regimes are incomparably worse for the environment than Capitalist ones.

jwolf on December 5, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Surely the greenies are aware of this wasted energy and will get their mad scientists to work on a project funded by you and me that will convert this energy to a renewable source for the people of Darvaza.

Kissmygrits on December 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM

In the late 1960′s, I was living in North Easton, a town adjacent to Foxboro, where the town dump consisted of a crack in the ground which had been burning for over 100 years…with no problems. There was even a retirement home immediately adjacent to it: no smoke, no odor, no rats or birds…the incineration of the town’s trash was that complete and sanitary.

Then the “bright ones” decided that “burning is bad” and banned all outdoor fire. It took the town nearly 3 years to extinguish the fire (and I’m really not sure they ever fully accomplished that). As soon as they got the area cooled down, the area was overrun by rats, birds, and other pests…and there was foul-smelling smoke…which made the surrounding area nearly uninhabitable. Besides that, the town had to find a series of short-term landfills (average elevation of Eastern Mass is only 15 feet above sea level, and average grade is only 0.5%, so siting such a facility and managing runoff is a huge problem) which could only last 2-3 years before they were completely exhausted.

So the “greenies” took something which worked for 100 years with no problems or ill effects and turned it into a major, costly problem which produced a lot more pollution, befouled the land, and presented huge new dangers to human health. As is their practice, the “greenies” ignored all reason, experience, and actual data, and instead chose the most inappropriate and worst possible solution, and mandated it.

And they’re still at it.

landlines on December 5, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Like most thinking folks without an agenda, I’ve long thought that the whole idea of global warming was a scam… but when attributed to the insignificant footprint of man – as opposed to natural causes – I get truly incensed!

Add this gas fire in Turkmenistan to the huge coal seam fires in China that have burned for hundreds of years, toss in a few active volcano eruptions and man’s contribution to any global warming problems appear to be less than minute!

But then, there is no money to be scammed from a natural coal fire, or populaces to be ‘engineered’, is there?

Pecozbill on December 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM