GREAT NEWS: GREEN PARTY AGREES PLASTICS ARE THE WAY TO THE FUTURE
by Cameron Slater on June 10, 2014 at 1:30pm
Gareth Hughes announced yesterday that 3D printing/manufacturing was going to be something the Green Party can get behind. So much in fact, they made it part for the “blueprint” for the future.
So I though it would be a good opportunity to have a look and see why the Green Party has thrown away decades of opposition to oil exploration, oil extraction, oil refining, and of course the result of all this, plastics.
But not all plastics are created equal. Plastics are bad. As is oil. But somehone, “3D” plastics are not.
(Perhaps we need to invent 3D oil?)
Now, truth be known, not all plastics are created equal, and we have been educated to hate plastic bags, and those things that used to hold 6 cans together, because somewhere in the world a tortoise gets stuck in them. And who can argue with that. Tortoises don’t come in six packs.
For 3D printing, you need a plastic called “Thermoplastic”.
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) (chemical formula (C8H8)x· (C4H6)y·(C3H3N)z) is a common thermoplastic. Its glass transition temperature is approximately 105 °C (221 °F). ABS is amorphous and therefore has no true melting point.
ABS is a terpolymer made by polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene. The proportions can vary from 15 to 35% acrylonitrile, 5 to 30% butadiene and 40 to 60% styrene. The result is a long chain of polybutadiene criss-crossed with shorter chains of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile). The nitrilegroups from neighboring chains, being polar, attract each other and bind the chains together, making ABS stronger than pure polystyrene. The styrene gives the plastic a shiny, impervious surface. The polybutadiene, a rubbery substance, provides resilience even at low temperatures. For the majority of applications, ABS can be used between −20 and 80 °C (−4 and 176 °F) as its mechanical properties vary with temperature. The properties are created by rubber toughening, where fine particles of elastomer are distributed throughout the rigid matrix. — Wikipedia
You can see what set Gareth’s motor spinning. This isn’t “just plastic”, this is “amorphous” and who can resist styrene-co-acrylonitrile? The Green Party certainly can’t.
Of course, to get 3D printing up to commercially and practically viable volume, we need some sizeable manufacturing facilities. Companies like these are currently at the forefront of turning oil-derived petrochemicals into ABS plastics, among other things.
As you can see, a mere mum-and-pop operation, but won’t they just love the new Green Policy on 3D printing! With their “blueprint for the future”, the Green Party will be supporting large petrochemical industry. This can only be great for employment as well as creating a diverse range of plastics for the use in the sort of futuristic society that the New Zealand Green Party wants us to be part of.
Now, Ineos’ CEO is taking the company from strength to strength, and to make sure it is ready for the sorts of market expansion that New Zealand Green Party 3D printing is going to produce, they are looking at all sorts of ways to deliver plastics to a growing market.
“ Now [ Ineos' CEO ] Ratcliffe is on Act 3, heading a more “mature” business that is making a packet out of America’s US shale gas revolution. So much so that the same banks queued up “in spades”, he says, for a refinancing of Ineos’s $7.8bn debts that cut $140m a year off its interest bill."
Excellent. So for the New Zealand Green Party’s blueprint for the future to be realised, we need ABS plastics primarily created by a company that uses shale gas / fracking increasingly as part of its manufacturing process.
Just so we can 3D print plastic things, which aren’t bad for the environment, because, you know…
I thought this blog by Cameron Slater was funny enough to reprint in full. If you’re sick of Green Party hypocrisy and the sanctimonious “Plastic Bag Police’ than have a read. It exposes the idiotic thinking that goes with everything the Green hypocrites say.