Oops – Perhaps carbon is more important than the governor realizes

Fiercely anti-hydrocarbon governor Cuomo from New York just ostentatiously presented a massive roll out of prison-made hand sanitizer with the main, active component being isopropyl alcohol.

Seems the guv is ignorant of the fact that propene (propylene) is a main component of isopropyl alcohol and is a product that comes from refined oil/gas.

“Cuomo says New York inmates will produce 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer a week to help combat coronavirus,” reads the title.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/there-aint-no-free-lunch-but-there-is-free-of-charge-hand-sanitizer-in-new-york-state-courtesy-of-inmates-2020-03-09

Here’s what Wikipedia says about isopropyl alcohol:

In 1920, Standard Oil first produced isopropyl alcohol by hydrating propene. Its major use at the time was not rubbing alcohol but for oxidation to acetone, whose first major use was in World War I for the preparation of cordite, a smokeless, low explosive propellant.[15]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopropyl_alcohol

Thanks to Joe B for these links


4 thoughts on “Oops – Perhaps carbon is more important than the governor realizes”

  1. 🙂 wonder how many greeninclined young lasses would forgo their fake nylon/plastic nails and extension and polish to save the planet?
    lol

  2. Quote: Seems the guv is ignorant of the fact that propene (propylene) is a main component of isopropyl alcohol and is a product that comes from refined oil/gas.
    Directly from Solar energy via the Carbon cycle, stored, and via the ingenuity of humans in the search for cheap and abundant energy sources, producing products for heat, light, transportation and fertiliser for food.
    In addition produces many products in the fight against disease, such as plastic but the primary one of 24/7/365 clean energy come winter or shine, driving most, if not all of the modern medical infrastructure keeping people alive during this pandemic.

  3. Governor Cuomo from New York just ostentatiously presented a massive roll out of prison-made hand sanitizer with the main, active component being isopropyl alcohol.
    Alcohol that will be packaged in (oil derived) plastic bottles, bottles that mostly will not be recycled.

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