I'm not sure what facts you speak of; the only information I found on fuel consumption from your source was:
A torch can usually keep burning for approximately 15 minutes in conditions where the flame is 25 to 30 centimetres high in a windless environment.
The torch has been produced to withstand winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour and to stay alight in rain up to 50mm an hour. The flame can be
identified and photographed in sunshine and areas of extreme brightness.
The fuel is propane which is in accordance with environmental guidelines.
I find that last statement most interesting...
"in accordance with environmental guidelines"
propane is environmentally friendly because we say so...
water boarding is not torture because we say so...
The disparity between legal and lawful
grows with each "official" statement.
Under the concept of a Green Olympics, environmental protection was a key element listed in the invitation documents to the design companies, by
BOCOG. The fuel of the torch is propane, which is a common fuel which also comes with a low price. It is composed of carbon and hydrogen. No material,
except carbon dioxide and water remain after the burning, eliminating any risk of pollution.
would someone care to take a stab at that bit of disinformation?
how about you begin here:
CAS Number: 74-98-6
The U.S. EPA conducted a comprehensive review of publicly available chemical testing data in 1997 to examine whether the basic information needed to
identify chemical hazards is available for high production volume chemicals.
The following basic tests to identify chemical hazards have either not been conducted or are not publicly available:
* Chronic toxicity
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation.
The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system
Exposure to lower levels of propane can cause damage to the central nervous system, lung congestion, fluid in the lungs, fatigue, decreased night
vision, tunnel vision, hallucinations, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, vomiting, headache, euphoria, numbness and tingling of arms and legs,
hyperventilation, rapid heartbeat, poor judgement, confusion, memory loss, anorexia, nosebleeds, conjunctivitis, weight loss, and skin irritation and
And note... propane come from CRUDE OIL
It is produced as a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining.
so there is no using propane without ALSO using gasoline, diesel, asphalt, plastic and all of the other environmentally nasty things that must also be
dug up from 4000 feet beneath the surface to get the propane in the first place.
what of the environmental impact of drilling?
what of the environmental impact of cracking and fractional distillation?
what of the environmental impact of chemical conversion?
what about the ground plume left over when the refinery closes?
what of the heavy metal ridden residuals left over when the process is done that are paved in front of my home as hot asphalt? What of that smell the
children breath when they wait at the bus stop?
"No material, except carbon dioxide and water remain after the burning"
I'd like to take the person that made that statement and chain them spread eagle, face down on an asphalt parking lot.... some place where the oil
rainbows form... and then ask them if they notice any "material" left behind; any environmental hazard.
Eliminating the REAL risk of environmental pollution with each stroke of my pen...
beeswax, wood, biomass.
[edit on 14-4-2008 by Sri Oracle]
[edit on 14-4-2008 by Sri Oracle]