Lake Charles: My Hometown’s Battle With Science
A short state politics and science lesson for my Louisiana friends. Texas doesn’t want the ashes because there would be a backlash among its own citizens who don’t understand science. They would rather pay a lot of money to dump non-hazardous waste into a Lake Charles area waste dump. It’s not because it’s still hazardous. It’s a political hot potato because no administration wants to try to teach basic science to their citizens because it’ll show how they already failed their citizens in their basic education.
As for the Ebola virus, a virus is made up by DNA or RNA (nucleic acids) wrapped in either proteins and sometimes lipids (fat). Ebola needs that protein to exist to survive. It also needs water to survive. At 2,000 degrees, water does not exist in liquid form. At 2,000 degrees, protein will denature to the point of no longer existing as what we could call a protein. For proteins to survive at even 212 degrees F (100 degrees C), it would have to become hydrophobic (repels water) to prevent hot water from denaturing the protein. Have you ever cooked an egg or browned a piece of meat? That’s protein denaturing. Do you pat dry your meat and steaks before you cook? Same reasoning, water affects protein. You want that even sear and not that simmering steam cooking your meat differently. But remember, I told you that Ebola can’t survive without water. Do you know of any water that can survive at 2,000 degrees or any proteins that can withstand 2,000 degrees of heat?
This is political hot potato not science. You’re getting upset about another state dumping waste in our state when every single day every single state upstream of the Mississippi river dumps fertilizer and wastewater straight into the river that destroys our marshes, swamps, coastline, erodes our shores, and kills our sea life (harms businesses to go along with it). Further, instead of allowing natural flood plains to deal with their wastewater, flood, and garbage, they have built up huge levees that has dramatically increased the flow of the Mississippi River and is completely destroying the mouth of the river (Louisiana) because it’s coming out way too strong and completely depriving the barrier islands of silt that they need to build up to protect the coastline.