10/17/2002 Entry: "Alternative Energy"
Solar and wind energy production is ready - now - to solve many of our problems, but this truth is being systematically wiped out by an oil industry, keeping close tabs on the "alternative" energy models. Turns out that solar Isn't "Alternative" at all. In fact it's potentially our primary source. But this fact threatens to imperil the fortunes, privileges and destiny of our industrial oligarchy... and they are fighting to keep their hands on power - their fingers wrapped around our necks.
Its time for a paradigm shift - A new Manhattan Project. The goal - Complete energy self sufficiency in five years. We could do it with the money this Bush nitwit will waste pursuing another desert boondoggle, another oil war. The Technology is here now for free clean energy forever - All it takes is leadership...
But don’t expect it from the Bush cabal, soaked in oil and cowering under the petrochemical industry juggernaut, they can barely think beyond their usual profiteering and looting of the US treasury to set us on the right track towards free and clean energy self sufficiency. (In fact they make a big effort to assure that these technologies will not come to light.)
ush and his cabal of treasury looters are jeopardizing generation after generation of American’s lives and safety with their thirst for another stab at some serious war profiteering.
Meanwhile in Denmark... In four years time, one third of Denmark’s energy demand will be met by alternative energy sources and especially wind turbines along their coastline.
Yet right here in America we’ve got one of the best potential sources of alternative energy in the world, a source that would make any progressive energy policy maker blush with envy - The blazing sun of the deserts of the American Southwest. Herein lies the key to power a nation. But we’re being lied to, on a massive scale. The lie of omission.
The potential of alternative energy to be a cure to many problems that the US faces is tremendous but we are being kept from realizing it. Bush types use mock techniques to disinform the people. “Try to run a tank on solar panels,” was a noted standard disinformation slogan from the days thirty years ago when the concept of photovoltaic power generation was first popularized. And our science is now littered with decoy studies planted by the Oil lobby designed to look like legitimate "studies" by independent think tanks. Many painting a dismal picture of alternative energies' future. Most such studies say that it’s too expensive or it can’t be done. Which for the Bushes is a truism - for they truly cannot do it - So, soaked in oil and arms profits, their judgement and behavior is beyond redemption. Theirs is the single most flagrant conflict of interest in the world today and one which now threatens the whole world.
As for the Danish - It’s no joke, it’s a victory! Ask the Danes four years from now when they have freed themselves from the shackles of this dying petrochemical paradigm. They will describe great public benefit by shifting to the new clean way of energy production - removing themselves from this filthy cycle of oil grabs posing as legitimate wars.
How is Bush going to protect us from Islamic terrorists, when he can’t even protect us from the ravages of the big oil company’s and their oil wars.
Bush is quite well placed to benefit from our dependency on this dirty oil paradigm. It causes us to subvert governments abroad (and our values of decency, at home, in the process). By buttressing brutal non democratic governments like the Sauds we simply lose any moral high ground and invite attacks in retaliation. It is simply not the American way - And it’s totally unnecessary.
The American way would be to build fields of photovoltaic cells in the deserts of the Southwest - End of problem. Just shift the paradigm - Build a new “Energy Heartland” and a new future with clean air and no more bullshit oil wars. After factoring the in 500 BILLION DOLLARS the US spends annually to enforce the bloody oil paradigm, (military and intelligence budget) the price of solar vs oil plummets. But our economists have no equations to factor in such details as blood, environmental devastation, political chaos when defining "real costs" of our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar and other forms of energy are ready today - the math works. The state of California is forging ahead with alternative energy and the Europeans are full speed ahead. But Bush will not even acknowledge, much less inform us of the possibilities of a future of clean free electricity. Bush has no investments in a renewable future, so don’t expect any progress - Just oil and arms - That’s it for the Bushes.
But imagine - Electricity for free. The technology is here. The benefit to Americans would be immediate and significant.
Wake those around you up
Tell ten friends, to tell ten friends.
Start looking for a better way:
State of California project: http://www.eren.doe.gov/news/news_detail.cfm?news_id=311
California State Mandate: http://www.newrules.org/electricity/solarca.html
Cash Back Incentive: http://www.bordersconst.com/solar-power-california.html
Viewer Commentary: 22 comments
How Is Bush Going To Protect Us From Terrorists When He Can't Even Protect Us From His Oil Company Buddies...
GOOD FUCKING QUESTION!!
Posted by Mechanismo @ 10/17/2002 11:37 PM EST
You have a gift for crystalizing the world's bullshit into it's essential package and making it at least, an ironic pleasure. Thanks for the effort.
Posted by Kurt Vonnegut @ 10/18/2002 12:57 AM EST
In years previous to this before I started thinking for myself, I was led to believe that when the finite resource that is oil runs out, it would be a terrible day for mankind. It is now obvious it will be our salvation.
Secondly, is that THE Kurt Vonnegut? Posting a response after a writer of such quality is both tricky, and an honour.
Posted by Matthew Page @ 10/18/2002 05:37 AM EST
We ARE being lied to by Big Oil. There is in fact a cleaner and much more abundant source of energy available to us other than solar power. It's called Scalar Electromagnetics. Check out this website for more information. http://www.cheniere.org/techpapers/Final%20Secret%209%20Feb%201993/index.html Interesting reading...
Keep it up, VOX! Finally a voice of reason among the madness...
Posted by pinto @ 10/18/2002 07:49 AM EST
We can do something about stopping Bush's love of death - just as his father killed thousands, so Bush Jr. will kill thousands more... We can do something - get involved and take a stand against this tyranny of our peaceful nation... I did not become a Naval Officer to watch this country become an empirialist monarchy... WE MUST GET INVOLVED NOW !!!
Posted by Truth Seeker @ 10/18/2002 08:15 PM EST
Just discovered your website, and am glad to find it. Thanks for your ideas and your commentary. I share the vision. However, in spite of the fact that "THEY" are idiots playing with fire and swamping us with lies, I would like to encourage you to not admonish your commentary replies by referring to them as "fucking assholes" or "prick blowhards." I get that you're angry, but the words are adolescent and mean nothing. Most people may know what you mean, but slang makes for unclear communication and hints to me that the person speaking is simply angry and illiterate, and may not mean what he says if he cannot say what he means. I prefer to read a website if the text is intelligently written. If it is not, I know where to find one. I don't care for chat room language. With that in mind, thank you. You're doing a great service here - but use your thesaurus more often (and spell check too).
VOX RESPONSE ANNOTATION: Comment well taken. It's a common complaint with me and I am addressing the issue. I too realized that I was too harsh on this goof. I simply went off on him and there was simply too many expletives. I believe a few expertly placed expletives add a nice touch but in reviewing my tirade at this fuckin’ blowhard I realized there was just too many expletives and it did look entirely juvenile, But when I went to remove and edit the expletives, I had to pause. In reality, I really believed all the things I called him were accurate and truthful descriptions. Here are some of the changes I am considering: Here goes.
WAS: “First of all Fuck You, asshole.”
NOW “First of all, you are incorrect.”
WAS: “You know absolutely ABSOLUTELY ZERO about solar energy, you fucking bluffer.
NOW: “I believe your facts are not in order, so let me correct your misconception.”
WAS: “Let me guess... You wouldn't happen to be a conservative prick blowhard would you? Asshole.
NOW: “Let me guess... You wouldn't happen to be a conservative prick blowhard would you? Asshole.
(I decided that this line stays)
WAS: Go back to your cave you fucking idiot.
NOW: Avid CNN viewer, aye?
Anyways maybe we get some more feedback on the topic and if the concensus says I clean up the post I will do so. I am doing this all for you - not for me. If you guys want cleaner language I will do so. However, some people...
Posted by Mike Schwaba @ 10/20/2002 10:44 AM EST
First, love your articles. This is the second of them I've read-the other was your commentary on the Bali disco bombing where I followed the link from "what really happened...". It's not often you find comments written by one who acknowleges the hidden power (Iluminati, IMF, whatever they're calling themselves now) behind the governments. Thank you for doing so. Not long ago I read excerpts from an IMF report which mentioned the problems created by the trade defecit the US faces.
Shortly thereafter I found a second article on the "what really happened" site and it clarified the American motivation for their current "War on Terror" (which would be better named if called "Crusade for Oil").
Another item which was pointed out which I checked was that whoever planned the attacks on the WTC likely also knew not just that they would collapse, but also, how it would appear visually. An engineer's report on the what held the structures together makes that clear.
The whole thing reads like a carefully choreographed melodrama scripted and acted out to evoke a predetermined set of emotions among the masses. Now, possessed with the desire to subjugate the oil fields of Iraq along with the treasures buried in the Caspian Sea while at the same time faced with growing resistance to his warmongering in the name of oil it's not hard to believe that Bush and cronies would seek to again inflame public desires in favour of his path. To have the newest "attack on freedom" befall the area which "just happened" to be giving the strongest resistance to his agenda is just too pat.
Tahnk you for pointing that, and many other things that are worth note, out.
Posted by Brian Hay @ 10/20/2002 01:14 PM EST
"But don’t expect it from the Bush cabal, soaked in oil and cowering under the petrochemical industry juggernaut, they can barely think beyond their usual profiteering and looting of the US treasury to set us on the right track towards free and clean energy self sufficiency. (In fact they make a big effort to assure that these technologies will not come to light.)"
Hah... don't expect it from anyone, whether they be Bush or Clinton or whoever. Oil money soaks just about every hall of the government and both political affiliations currently in the Senate. Democrats cowtow to Big Oil just as much as Republicans and with morons like Daschle as the "voice" of Democratic leadership in Congress (such as it is), you can give this up until people either learn to build cheap windmills and solar panels for themselves or until oil reserves are used completely up.
And when oil DOES run out, you can bet your ass that whoever decides to mass produce and supply solar energy and windmills will create just as much of a cartel as oil has. This is not going to change because economies are structured this way. Americans are lazy bastards and this is going to get handed to their children and grandchildren, who are raised and nursed by Nintendo and Television. People can't be bothered to get up and do this kind of work on their own and get serious about solar power and wind power because as long as they can pay $70-100 a month to the power company to watch Friends and WWF and NASCAR and millionaires playing baseball on television, they are not going to bother with it, plain and simple. That's what the big governments want, be they democrats or republicans or whatever-- they want a docile and obedient populace so that they can get these fucked up oil programs and media programs going.
Before alternative sources of energy can be successfully explored, people will simply have to stop living like veal. And trust me, if some corporation gets to this and can start supplanting oil before the general population can do it, the cartels of the future will dwarf Big Oil.
Posted by CyberChrist @ 10/21/2002 09:05 AM EST
While there may be some dithering on "cost-benefit" of solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies, the past five years have seen irrefutable progress for household consumer applications. All those interested should look up a great magazine called "Home Power" (view online at http://www.homepower.com/). This is our future of "distrubuted energy" -- now and in your backyard.
Surprisingly, President Bush can and is thinking well beyond our current dependency on oil-based energy. Just as he and VP Cheney advocate energy conservation as "a personal virtue" and individual's choice, the President has built a passive solar home with renewable technologies at his Crawford, Texas ranch.
So we see he is concerned enough to assure he and his family have a nice comfortable home for their future generations but doesn't want to advocate these technologies for the rest of us. I find this self-serving stance especially despicable but, sadly, completely in character for the Bush administration.
Why can't we have a leader who thinks of all of us instead of just the millionares who donate for reelection campaings?
Posted by SanFran @ 10/21/2002 11:59 AM EST
Thanks for the reply.
Would like to share a most informative book with everyone reading this site, though I'm sure many of you will have heard of it by now. If not, it is a MUST READ for anyone wanting to tie up some loose ends (and there have been many), or simply for those who still have questions they want answered concerning 9-11, the war against Iraq, N. Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, the people of the United States, (etc. etc). The book is "The War On Freedom," written by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, a political scientist from Brighton, England. It is a fascinating read and will open your eyes further than you thought they were open before. (Tree of Life Publications, Joshua Tree, CA)
It does an excellant job of painting The Big Picture as to why all of this is happening. (For those of you used to getting your news from Good Morning America, prepare for some shocks!)
Posted by Mike Schwaba @ 10/21/2002 12:19 PM EST
Solar Power? Wind Power? Screw that! Who the hell would want free power? Not me, I love paying $220 a month for gas & electricity. A few more years of Prez. Shrub and I bet my whole income will go to the utilities & oil companies.
Posted by Gregor Samsa @ 10/22/2002 07:21 AM EST
You need to understand the Laws that rule us, these are the laws of nature best encapsulated by our current laws of physics. The most important of all are the laws of thermodynamics which tell us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be produced from an existing source (eg fossil fuels, stored by millions of years of solar activity or biofuels)or diverted from an existing energy flow (solar, wind, tidal or geothermal). To divert these energy flows requires the use of energy to manufacture the machines to do so, eg the solar panel or the windmill. If it takes more energy to manufacture the solar panel than you can get out of it over its lifetime then it is not an energy source, it is an energy sink.
This is the concept of net energy. Fossil fuels due their very high energy content and up till now relative ease in obtaining them have a high net energy (or energy returned on energy invested) Renewable energy sources have (due to their diffuse nature) significantly lower net energy. This has nothing to do what soever with money, money does not buy energy.
This is the physics of resource use and depletion. As we move from the easily located and produced fossil fuels (the giant oilfields) to the smaller more difficult to produce sources the net energy decreases. This means less energy is available for society as a whole to utilise. In the end less energy means less humans.
We have had the benefit of massive energy frrom fossil fuels (85% of total global energy comes form fossil fuels), today we are approaching the peak of global crude oil production (definitely within the next 10 years), this represents 40% of total energy production and 95% of transportation energy. There is no replacement from the renewable energy sources that can come close to this source.
Just because you believe that renewable energy is the answer for society does not make it so.
Our civilisation is built on fossil fuel energy, as it declines so will our civilisation. Once you understand this you will then understand why the elites (the money) are invading Iraq, they still believe that continuous growth is possible on a finite planet.
The script is already written Vox, no matter what you or I do we are faced with escalating global resource wars, this is just the opening salvos. You want to understand read Overshoot by Catton, there are too many Humans on the planet, within 100 years there will only be a small percentage left.
KD sees it, as yet you dont.
VOX COMMENT ANNOTATION: Maybe your "Civilization" is built on fossle fuels but not mine. And concerning your all encompassing equasion of NET ENERGY tell me well where would you put Enron in your equasion of NET ENERGY? Huh, is Enron a net energy SOURCE or a SINK? Because untill you give me a satisfactory answer to that question I am unimpressed with your mathmatics.
Until you factor in the Saddam Husseins, and the US MILITARY BUDGET, The War on "Terrorism" "Anthrax" The twin towers attacks, The instantaneous deaths and images of people jumping out of the Twin Towers and all of the rest of the slaughter into your TINY little definition of NET ENERGY, (Which you are beating everyone over the head with) then we'll talk.
For now I am not impressed with any of your small thinking on the matter. It is abundantly clear to be and alot of other people what the real NET COSTS of our DEPENDANCE are.
Breaking the habit of dependence is always hard, for junkies, eaters, shoppers, and indoctrinated thinkers believing in unsound and small micrologic.
I prefer to think in terms of macro potentialities. I have seen the examples of what a people can do, espeially if they must do it. We simply must start developing our abilities to sustain life on this planet. I remember the development of Amorphous technologies which could grow substrates on large panels, that was twenty years ago. These and other technologies are ratcheting up effeciency rates. But as for your simpleminded notions of real costs. Ask the people who took that final plunge out of the windows of the worlds trade center about REAL NET COSTS.
Posted by Chester Walls @ 10/22/2002 04:51 PM EST
One of my favorite books is called "Beyond Oil", it, among other things, discusses the energy profit ratio of different fuel sources. As you have pointed out we pay for oil out of several different pockets.If you add up all these costs, oil does not net us as much usable energy as it initially did. When oil was first being developed every one unit of energy spent to extract and refine the oil yeilded about 60 units of useable energy, it is now down to 1:20 (and less if you include military and enviromental costs). The same ratios are roughly the same for coal. Wind and solar (both PV and thermal) have an energy ratio of 1:25 and even the most avid nuclear proponents come up with a 1:7 ratio. A prior posting has noted it is important to view our energy usage not in terms of dollars but rather energy in versus energy out, looking at it from this perspective makes renewables the obvious choice.
Posted by Steve Krug @ 10/22/2002 07:58 PM EST
Dedicated to freedom from FossilFuels:
Did you know that some home-based inventors have created anit-gravity devices capable of propelling an object through the air? This is not science fiction; it is science fact! If a basement inventor can do this, imagine what NASA has been working on...Makes me wonder about all those UFOs out there, the ones with all the clever lights, bells and whistles.
Check out an article from Jane's Defence Weekly called "Air Power Electric" - wriiten by Nick Cook
Where do We go from here?...
Posted by White Crow @ 10/23/2002 11:42 AM EST
Re: Your post on the readiness of solar and wind, and your response to K. Davies.
While I find your language deplorable, it may be that you have an audience that would not otherwise be reached and the message is one we need to get to all possible audiences. Davies is wrong about solar energy payback, but you are equally wrong about readiness and timing. The oil guys would shred you in an exchange because you have not quantified the task, and they would get away with disinformation for the same reason.
The USA uses about 100 quads of primary energy per year, a lot of which is wasted in conversion to electricity. If we could start with primary electricity (wind, solar, hydro, wave etc) we could support the present economy on about 50 quads. To generate 15 quads from wind would require about 500,000 3MW wind turbines, which would require construction and installation of 30,000/yr for 20 years. World manufacturing capacity today is less than 1/5th of that. To generate 10 quads of solar, using 200 sun concentrators would require 20 square miles of silicon or the output of 5 very large factories for 20 years. All of the capacity in the USA today is less than one of those large factories.
Wind and solar are both intermittent, requiring means of energy storage that we don't have today, even if the technology exists. Getting solar electricity from the big fields in the southwest to the rest of the country requires development of an infrastructure that we don't have today either.
For sure the money and the energy we will waste on a war with Iraq would give us the needed capacity, but there is no way to get the job done in less than several decades.
Your basic idea is right on, and we need to start now so we will have the capacity in future decades, but we are going to need a lot of oil in the meantime. I applaud your sense of urgency, aND i HOPE YOU HAVE AN AUDIENCE, but you have to work on your analyses if you don't want to get torn apart by the guys on the other side of the argument. Given your reaction to criticism its better you should be well prepared.
Posted by Duff @ 10/23/2002 12:04 PM EST
EXCERPT FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Support For Bush's Iraq
War Begins To Wane Across US
By Bill Redeker
"America speaks with one voice," says President Bush. In Washington, Bush, having been empowered by both houses of Congress to use force, seems to face very little opposition on Iraq.
Just a few comments on the article referenced above where Bush states "We all speak as one." I believe it is only his "rubber stamp" congress and house (no difference in any of them) that parrots his babble, in collusion with corporate interest, those who will gain financially from “easy oil,” certainly not this citizen. Not to mention the arms dealers who manufacture everything from bullets to fighters and bombers. I too, agree with the masses who cannot see an argument for this aggression toward Iraq, at least not until this great "super power" in the mid east does something to us. I believe any sane person who is contemplating sending thousands of our young men and women to be killed and wounded should have a firmer and more convincing excuse than just ‘personal family revenge,” and the acquisition of oil for the corporate glut. It would be like shooting a bunch of crippled ducks from thirty-five thousand feet overhead and then sitting comfortably in our debriefing rooms many miles away and claiming bragging rights. I have served my country, have and will support her when she is in the right, but who made America the world's baby sitter anyway? Will there ever be a time when people can live in peace and freedom, and economies can grow, without sacrificial killing, the act called “war?” Does life really have to be sustained on a “guns and butter” economy? Does mankind never tire of heartbreak, tears and broken lives? Who would fight the politician’s wars if we all just said, “hell no, no more!” A rarity in the history of mortal man would occur; it would be called “peace” what a novel and wonderful thought. There is a line in a recent movie I believe we should ascribe to which goes, "I never trouble, trouble, until trouble troubles me."
I am puzzled today by many unfolding events, such as, we are eager to wage war on the “evil” Iraq, yet we cower before North Korea, who in my opinion is a much more aggressive and dangerous threat to world peace and security. Could it be that North Korea has no major oil supplies? Does anyone remember China? China came to the aid of North Korea once before, as well as North Viet Nam, could we possibly get our butts in a sling in NK? China crouches and lies in wait patiently, like a silent tiger, waiting for the prey (America) to be substantially weakened before making a deadly kill. Could the sands of the mid eastern dessert be her killing fields of the near future? Asia needs oil too. Oh, but China is our friend now! Yeah, right! Just how thin can our forces be spread around the globe and still defend our interest?
I am puzzled by the fact that our own elected leaders resist any and all inquiries into the WTC disaster, and that we citizens have no right to know the details. I am puzzled that a country that can read the print of a dime from hundreds of miles up in space, a country with all the leading edge technology in forensics and criminal investigation, a country with a military with unbelievable war toys can’t locate and apprehend a killer of citizens in and around Washington DC. I’m puzzled the “terrorist acts” appear to occur at the most convenient of political times, and that each event is used to further the implemptation of constraints on liberties and freedoms for ordinary citizens here at home.
Gee, I've never seen a man who could be in as many places in the world at one time as Bin Lauden, this man is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, you know the rest. If a wreck occurs on the interstate, it's Bin Lauden's fault. This man may be a US trained and paid for devil, but please, give me a break, one man, alone, cannot create this much havoc without government help, or turning a blind eye. The US went in and stopped Hitler and we can't stop Bin Lauden? What gives? The US has the power at its command to obliterate any country on earth that attacks us, why should we assume the "bully's" roll?
The one thing disliked most in our school systems when we were growing up were the bully's, now this bully mentality seems to have evolved to and permeates the highest echelons of our government. America has all the attributes (when she utilizes them) to be a light and an example of freedom and goodwill to the world, where did we lose it? We should remember (and it rarely fails) what goes around comes around. Governments are not immune. If we're going to wage war, let's wage war on a crippled economy and a morally bankrupt society right here in our own back yard. There is plenty of time for Americans to teach the people of Islam how to drink booze, kill their babies, turn a nation into homosexuals, destroy any vestige of morals in their youth, destroy their churches until they are of little or no effect, corrupt their political systems. Yes, we can take our western values to the mid east anytime; let’s take care of the homeland first. God knows America has enough internal problems to keep us busy for years to come.
Like millions of American's across this country, my wife and I are in our retirement years, and have in the past several months lost a substantial amount of retirement money that we could ill afford to lose, while the "big boys" still live in the lap of luxury and walk free, having committed major crimes against the people. Many American's will soon be faced with having to forego prescribed medications due to the ever-rising cost of this manipulated scam racket. Health insurance that we thought we had earned from a major company I was employed with, which gave us some degree of peace of mind for our final years will soon be out of my reach financially because the cost of maintaining those benefits are costing the companies more than they can afford. Consequently, the cost is being passed on to the retirees who are on a fixed income and definitely can't afford it, yet our great leaders are prepared to spend over Two hundred billion dollars plus, to blow up some dessert sand and take some oil fields, and then billions more to lay claim to and control those oil fields, post war. In past years I have read of people who were forced by financial need to eat dog food and cat food right here in the good old United States, to me that is deplorable, absolutely uncalled for in a land as rich as ours, I certainly do not look forward to that. No kid, I mean NO kid, should ever go to bed hungry in this country, or go without proper medical and dental care, especially while those from outside of our borders get the full treatment, tax free. If a child has been proven to be abused for a lack of food, clothing, or proper medical treatment while we spend billions on war games, someone in government should go to jail for child abuse. Same with the elderly who can no longer help themselves and continue to be bled to death through taxation, even into old age. I’ve heard of couples having to divorce to keep from being penalized on what meager earnings they receive from social security, what a sham and a shame! Not one soul in America should do without life's basic and essential needs when millions, even billions are spent on fun and games, such as multi billion dollar sports arenas for a bunch of spoiled children to play in and a place for the wealthy to spend their afternoons relaxing and laughing at the millions of people who have to support these Roman gods through their taxes and most never are able to afford to step into one of these sports palaces. It's called getting our priorities straight.
Obviously I could go on and on in making "my case for no war," so, until I see monies going to the elderly and the children, and the truly needy (not the dead beats) of this nation, my attitude is, "to hell with Bush and his cronies and their oil war." If Saddam Hussein (or however you spell the idiots name) makes an overt criminal move on the USA, then blow him away, don't just go in and murder thousands of civilians who don't want the politicians war anymore than most Americans, or others around the world. Politicians and corporations still start wars; citizens who only want to live and pursue their liberties and happiness still die in them. It's time to "JUST SAY NO!" When the smoke clears and the bombs stop falling, and all involved have stored their little high tech war toys, what has ultimately been gained? Lost sons and daughters, crippled and maimed bodies for the rest of their lives, cancer and other war induced killing agents present in the blood of survivors. Yet a few years down the road, things only get worse right at home. The very things we thought we were fighting to protect, we find are now being taken from us by the stroke of a political pen by our own government in the name of Orwellian national security (police state), not a bomb or a gun. The writer of Leviticus was correct; vanity of vanities all is vanity.
We should remember that disaster is more easily stopped at the beginning of its movement; momentum is almost always a predictable force. Where is America's momentum taking us? I personally don't even like to think about what I see coming.
I realize this is lengthy, but I simply needed an outlet for some major concerns as a citizen and patriot of this nation. Thanks for at least reading my concerns.
Jerry L. Gardner
Posted by Jerry L. Gardner @ 10/23/2002 05:44 PM EST
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Posted by bonko @ 10/24/2002 08:26 AM EST
Re: Wind and solar...we have been involved in renewable energy research for several years, after working on wind turbines in Tehachapi and Minnesota. GE Wind, which bought Endrun's wind division has projected a 20% annual growth in manufacturing, which we have right here in Tehachapi. We have been offered wind turbine generators, to donate to schools, and for every ten wind mills that are dismantled, the producers can put up one new generator. We invite any one who has an interest, to contact any wind energy producer, and find out what a 65kw turbine would provide for a small farm or ranch; with or without the pay off from the utilities. We at Ruach Alternatives of Tehachapi, cA/US have no commercial interest in wind power; we feel that the fact that the de-commissioned generators are sitting on the ground at local wind farms, is an opportunity for any shop teacher to request a grant from local counties to start a wind turbine mechanics class in their local high school and colleges. With cooperation from public and private activists, some with financial interest, we saw laws in Los Angeles county changed to allow home owners to put up wind turbines in their yards.
By the way, when our local wind industry collapsed, resulting in layoffs, and the hiring of temps, I found work in the oil fields near Taft. We are happy to report that even the oil field executives where I am working are looking for the exit signs, and even they are for sale! We are witnessing a meltdown in the oil and gas industry, and we believe that much of it is due to overproducing, and the ease of extracting oil and gas and directional drilling. The one thing the industry cannot survive is abundance; they survive by creating shortages. We are seeing larger deposits of fields and more widespread use of horizontal drilling creating great profits for the brokers and suppliers, with the threatened bankruptcy of the producers. We suspect that the oversupply caused the collapse of End Run, because they could not capitalize on a market that they were so far in debt trying to corner. We are predicting that the money pit is going to be filled by the money lenders, as we continue to create better ways of providing the basics, with or without government involvement. In 1985, it was reported that the gobierno of Mexico City was AWOL for four days during the earthquakes (which we now believe can be traced to offshore drilling), as the employees of each level of local, state and federales looked after the welfare of their own families. The externet is creating a global earthquake, as average people are connecting with truth tellers around the corner or across the world; we hope that people will continue to share the best they have, and let the bureauc rats swim or bail water.
Posted by Vincent Beazel @ 10/26/2002 11:09 PM EST
Firstly, All Life and ALL cilizations are totally reliant on energy, no energy means no life and definitely no civilization. Our civilization is totally reliant on huge amounts of energy to do the stuff we no longer actually do ourselves, take the energy out of the equation and our civilization is history. It matters not whether you understand this, it matters not that 99% of the worlds population understands this, ignorance of the facts does not remove their validity.
You mean the energy it takes to construct and operate hundreds of thousands of jet skis slammimng into manatees. You mean the energy it takes to build hundreds of thousands of SUV's that regularly slam into and go flipping through our communities. You mean the energy to send hundreds of thousands of American boys to fight and die against hundreds of thousands of Iraqi boys who also fight and die for some old man's cause, they don't give a shit about. It's called force. I live in the East Village of New York. I don't operate massive SUV's to move my body around. My computer doesn't use a fraction of of what a jet ski uses to drive literally round and round in circles. And It uses even less energy than the sweatshop sewing machine operated by some Chinese child who makes the wet suit so that I may be in exact color coordination with my Jet ski - My machine. You see, I am saying that EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG! EVERYTHING! The whole structure of your definations of civilizations is entirely the issue here. Don't frame the concept of civilization in terms of the necessity for dependence on petrochemicals. Much finer examples of "Civilization" existed a looong time before they started pumping that black shit out of the ground. Remember, Chester, we used to have leaders like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Washington. Now we have fucking scumbags like Bush and Cheney. Your whole mentality is based on FRAUD.
Enron is of absolutely zero consequence, it was/is a product of the monetary system, this monetary system has no connection to the actual stuff we need to live (food, water, shelter and hunans) The demise of this along with the rest of the monetary system is completely inevitable, just think for a moment (use your head, you have shown capable of doing so in the past), the monetary system must have contiuous growth to survive, the planet is spherical in nature thus absolutely finite, continuous grownt on a finite planet is impossible. It is called overshoot then dieoff.
Somebody mentioned the dieoff site, it would be a good place for you to start.
Just what in the hell is your point? I have no idea what thesis of mine you are addressing with that last comment. I am precisely saying that oil is dying out and that that capitalism ravages populations and turns them into good sneaker and baseball cap wearers. And that's it.
All your talk of twin towers,Sadman Husseins, military budgets and antrax are just part of the inevitable conflict as we try to control a dwindling resource pie. Understand the real pressure that is driving the bushies etc to do what they are so obviously doing, they have to control the resources to continue the myth of contiuous growth. I am aware of the paradigm, I'm saying - SHIFT THE PARADIGM !
It's just that you and people like Bush do not have the power, skills and vision to see beyond your cynical approach to life. You're saying essentially, "We HAVE to go around slaughtering all of humankind, to get the dwindling enery. Whatr a fucking asshole mentality. You're an idiot and that is plain for everyone to see from your comments. Congradulations - YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. AS SOON AS YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU LEAVE THIS PLANET THEN WE CAN BRETHE A SIGH OF RELIEF and probably a breath of fresh air as well.
Money is in the end of absolutely no consequence, it is the biggest myth/conjob of human history, we are watching the change from money to food as the real staff of life.
Billions will die.
It is inevitable.
It's a wonderful vision you have, Chester. "Billions will die. Well letshope it starts with, Bush, Cheny, You and the rest of the completely brainwashed "smallthinkers."
Posted by Chester Walls @ 10/28/2002 06:58 PM EST
I participated in what I believe is the most sustained effort ever made to bring alternative energy into the American marketplace, and the tale is told for the first time on the Internet at:
Posted by Wade Frazier @ 10/29/2002 01:55 PM EST
Ok buddy.There is a fine line between freedom of information and slander And posted ur names is the worse thing u could do. I have documented and can't wait to put forth the case. Have a nice day.
What a joke you are. "Unknown lawyer??" Listen, schmuck, you don't have enough money to even step into a courtroom with me and my team of lawyers. YOU ARE THE BIGGEST JOKE OF THIS THREAD. Unknown lawyer - I DARE YOU, come and get me - DICK!
Only thing I hate more than lawyers is dickheads posing as lawyers.
Have a nice day - Dickhead
See ya in court is you have the skills or money - doubt it.
Posted by Unknown - Lawyer @ 10/31/2002 04:27 PM EST
I am from McGill University's Center for International Sustainable Development. Vox is completely correct. When the REAL costs of our petrochemical nightmare are factored in the NET ENEGRY from oil plummets to near alternative energy levels. Unfortunately some of the commenters here such as Chester will never understand or accept the concept of REAL COSTS. or NET COSTS. They live in a fantasy world (Probably because they don't themselves have to worry about conscription and such other rediculous concepts such environmental devastation for future generations, because they are simply not going to be around when the environmental nightmare which is clearly brewing grips humanity. Unfortunately I Agree with Vox in his hopes that Chester and those like him die soon. I Regret it may be the ONLY SOLUTION. Human greed and ignorance simply must be stopped at all costs.
Posted by Kevin Farragut @ 11/01/2002 09:42 AM EST