Letters to the Editor

Earth won’t even notice fossil fuel extraction

To the Editor,

Billions of tons of various minerals, coal and oil have been extracted from the Earth’s outer crust and either consumed or redistributed. Is it possible that this has disturbed the balance and centrifugal forces of our rotating world, which would affect the gravitation pull on the tides, the force of the winds and our orbit round the sun, and could this be a contributing factor toward global warming?

Every year, the amount of fossil fuels mined is about nine billion tonnes. That sounds a lot but you would need to add eleven more zeros to the end of it to get the weight of about one-seventh of the Earth. So we would need to keep mining for about another thousand billion years to make one per cent difference.

R. Brown

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children
Wildrose migration a month in making: Prentice
Hunters protest shift favouring non-residents
Chilliwack council sends ALC application back for another look
Blazing a trail in brand new sport
Surrey RCMP officer to stand trial on multiple gun charges
Door-to-door mail service being eliminated in Mission
Date Book: Community events in Chilliwack
B.C.-only wines to come to some grocery stores

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.