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Thursday, January 24, 2008

City will use beet juice to de-ice roads

They'll show it off Friday morning. Here's the release from the city:

Tests will see if beet juice mixture can help clear snow and ice on roadways

WHAT: The City of Cincinnati will be testing an anti-icing product made from processed sugar beets to help keep roads clear during snow events. The product, called Geo Melt, is a natural product that works well when mixed with either granular salt or liquid salt brine to keep ice from forming on the roads before a storm.

Geo Melt also assists with melting snow and ice once the precipitation has fallen onto the roads. When combined with salt or brine, the beet juice freezes at a lower temperature than salt alone allowing the treatment to be effective at temperatures even below zero. Salt with calcium chloride is typically only effective to about 20 degrees. The mixture reduces the corrosive properties of salt and improves its effectiveness.

The sugar beet juice is brown in color so motorists will see salt and brine on roadways that is somewhat brown instead of the traditional white. Citizens should note that Geo Melt is processed differently than beet juice that can be purchased at grocery and health food stores, and so would not see similar results with home remedies.

The City will test the beet juice in six locations representing different various road conditions. The City of Cincinnati will test the product to determine the effectiveness of this additive on our particular road conditions during January and February.


at 5:21 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous john nation said...

I tried making wood stain out of walnut shells. Didn't really work.

Maybe this will go better for the city. It's good to see they're really taking on the tough issues.

at 5:45 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical hubris from the failed Mallory administration. It's time for him to beet it.

at 5:53 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with the first sarcastic idiot poster above. The City's impact on the environment IS a big, tough issue. We're one of the most toxic, unhealthy cities in the nation. This is Great to see that the City is actually considering a more environmentally responsible approach!! It has always disgusted me how the city just dumps mountains of salt on the roads & sidewalks when there is even a rumor of snow. The run-off is toxic to plants, animals, creeks & rivers (and, even if you don't care about the environment, it's got to be a big waste of money!). I hope it works!! And if not, maybe they could just ease up on the salt anyway? It's just snow.

at 6:24 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 5:53, yea salt and Calcium chloride are bad for streams and rivers by increasing TDS, conductivity, etc., but who's to say beet juice and salt isn't going to have negative impacts as well? Also, aren't the streets of Cincinnati already stained with enough red? I think that's what mallory and his gang should be focusing on.

at 7:16 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:45 - when I read your post, I thought maybe Mayor Zero had actually done something but in re-reading the post, I'm afraid he's still 0 for whatever.

He couldn't have done this cause he's in DC collecting some silly award to add to his resume.

at 7:29 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The UselessIdiot says: "I like to Beet it!"

at 8:14 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too saw this on the news a couple weeks ago. Good to know folks at City Hall pay attention to the goings on in other cities.

Reminds me of Sam Malone watching "60 Minutes" and the following week exhorting citizens about the ominous threat of Honduran Street Gangs.

If you say it three times it works:

"beet juice, beet juice, beet juice."

My road is clear already.

at 8:51 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallory has another tough issue to tackle now that this beet juice brouhaha has been settled...who to endorse...? Obama or Hillary Obama or Hillary Obama or Hillary...hmmmmm

wow...being Mayor is hard.

at 8:53 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous What about the children? said...

Go ahead and make your silly little jokes. American children are starving, and we are pouring our food products on the streets, to be washed away down the sewers. How cruel!

at 10:19 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Enquirer didn't seem to mention the cost of beet juice as compared to the old system of treating our wintery roads. Thank goodness global warming is coming and soon winters will be just memory.

at 2:11 AM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is Cincinnati 10 years behind the times b/c of our leaders or the "can't do" attitude of our citizens. Judging by the blog responses, it's gotta be the latter.

at 10:10 AM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

When times get tough, when desperate measures are needed, we all know what to do....

Wait for a strongly-worded press release from Chris "Ice Cream Boy" Monzel, sent by Bradford P. Beckett, the Monogrammed Mangler, and Christa Criddle, his Trusty Sidekick, power Puff Girl, and Former FredHead.

Oooh. ohhh. It's another week until the next edition of the Monzel Report comes out. I can't wait. I am shivering with excitement. Oh, someone left the door open. Never mind.

at 10:12 AM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will this mean that I won't be able to get my beet juice from the store any more? If I can, will the price skyrocket?

Why couldn't we use cauliflower or brussel sprouts?

Liver I think would be best. No one likes that.

at 12:24 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"American children are starving"?

Name two.

America must have the fattest children in the world. Time to fund Jeanette Cissell's Health Club for Chubby Kids.

at 5:48 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous what about the children? said...

"America must have the fattest children in the world."
Typical mean-spirited right-wing drivel.

Some of our less fortunate children are not exposed to the proper food choices. I'm sure that sugar beet juice could be processed and used as a healty supplement for inner city youth. Maybe package it as a hip sport drink.
But that would take research dollars, and our leaders would rather slosh this resource into the gutter than invest in research to really help the kids.

at 6:04 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

heck Hamilton County tried this last year and decided it wasn't a good idea. Why wouldn't the city ask its surrounding government?

at 8:19 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder Mark Twain wrote that Cincinnati would be the safest place should a disaster happen - 10 years behind the rest of the world. People poo poo every new invention and technolody to come down the pike and many we don't know how we ever lived without....go Cincinnati....bring us into the 20th century.

at 8:47 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

240 of the world's top "scientists" have concurred that Global Warning will solve this problem - end of story.

Albert Gore, can't beet juice be used in making Ethanol?

at 8:48 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Some of our less fortunate children are not exposed to the proper food choices."

Probably because they're born to unfortunate parents, too irresponsible for their own lives to properly care for, raise and feed their progeny.

Oh, boo hoo. No one likes beets anyway. Except me. And Lovey Howell. But those ARE sugar beets. The irradiated kind.

How many hungry poor children have YOU taken in? I thought not.

at 8:34 AM, January 26, 2008 Anonymous Ralfwolf said...

No children were harmed in the making of this product. The beet juice used on the roads is a byproduct of extracting the sugar from sugar beets with some additives. It is non caustic and non reactive and is safer for the employees to use, the streets, cars, buidlings etc. It is biodegradable and is much safer for the environment.

at 9:28 AM, January 27, 2008 Anonymous what about the children? said...

"How many hungry poor children have YOU taken in?"
"No children were harmed in the making of this product."

You just can't seem to stop with the sarcasm when we are dealing with such an important issue. Maybe it hits too close to home. A little guilt maybe?
If you must know, I applied to take in foster children, but was told that the money I got from HCJFS might put me over the income threashold, and cause me to lose some of my other subsidies. They said I could even lose my housing voucher!
Now how do you like that? You try to help children, and they punish you.
That is why I get so upset behind this issue.
Throwing food products in the streets, while starving the children and the people who care for them is the definition of brutality.
I will continue to care, and you can continue to laugh, but why can't we come up with REAL SOLUTIONS!

at 6:12 PM, January 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cause me to lose some of my other subsidies"?

Are you kidding me? You're complaining because getting a new source of unearned income may cause you to lose another source of unearned income?

Here's an idea: get a job, work 40-60 hours a week, AND raise kids. That's what my mom did.

lose some subsidies. Give me a break!

at 8:48 PM, January 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:12 >> I was wondering if "Subsidy" person was tough-in-cheek?? Almost had to be, right - but afraid not! Wow?!

at 12:46 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:28am is her own worst enemy. Please take old Abe Loncoln's advise: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

at 2:43 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 12:46 is another ignorant, inbred, right-wing Jesus freak.

Mark Twain said that. And your Repug hero's name is Abe Lincoln, not Abe Loncoln.

Please, go back to shagging immediate relatives and drooling over seeing your Killer In Chief on TV tonight.

Just keep asking yourself: Who would Jesus bomb?

at 5:11 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous what about the children? said...

I didn't mean to get anyone so upset, but this really got to me.

How about a positive idea? The next time it snows, everyone stay home with their children (If they have children). I mean everybody.

No one starts their car at all that day. No one drives even one block on those streets.
We need to show them that there are more important things than de-icing streets.
Like nutrition, time with friends and family, and showing your boss, (if you work) who is boss.

Next time it snows, stay home- save that gas money and walk to the store and buy your kids a snack. Or make a donation to the free store.
But whatever you do- don't drive on those roads smeared with the food that was taken from the mouths our most vulnerable.

at 11:05 PM, January 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You convinced me 5:11 >> a most excellent joke!

at 1:26 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

that would be great lets all stay home when it snows then all the peeps in jail can starve and all the people in hospitals can die and thing like power plants can just be shut down good idea wow

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