Covid 19 to the rescue.
Climate has been debatable. Pollution is not.
Pollution is not coming from power generation in any California city. In California, It’s almost all coming from vehicles, because the industry is using clean natural gas.
Industry, and power generation have Nitrous Oxide and particulate limitations.
Vehicles do not. (Big trucks, have Nox limits. Smaller cars, SUVs, light-duty trucks, no.)
Califonia’s pollution has not come from power generation for a long time. It’s traffic.
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One of my favorite quotes is “ in order to accomplish the impossible, one must be able to see the invisible “ Lourde Torres. Meralco, Philippines.
My fondest memories are not about financial closings or the ribbon-cutting at power plants. What brings back the joy that will keep me writing, discovering and sharing, are the moments and times when we were all working together toward a common goal that had been ordained by others to be impossible.
The 30-year Altresco journey has taken me around the world, literally, more times than I can count. It has involved visiting at least 34 different countries. (So many that it’s hard to sort out the landscapes in my mind) . but what remains vividly clear are the people I’ve met, and the lessons I learned from them.
These lessons and experiences are the knowledge base that my current views were seeded with. Since the turn of the millennium, I’ve been focused pretty exclusively on energy storage and renewable energy integration.
Over the last decade, my long view attitude has not been attractive to a short view energy business approach. Nonetheless, am very grateful for the amazing and unimaginable progress that the short view go-getters have accomplished. That gratitude is because, as a result of that amazing progress, we are back to the first time in decades where my long-term view is once again compatible.
Seeing the invisible
What our brains see is a really gnarly old tree. It’s about 800 years old. But there’s more. Also in the frame is a view of 2 ½ Billion years of our planet’s history.
That is the “invisible part”
If you will look through the tree to the cliffs in the background, what you are seeing are cliffs that are a thousand feet high, and show a “picture” of nearly every layer of Earth’s evolution.
The shocking comparison this brings to mind is that within a hairs width of time, we have managed to bring about what can turn into yet another noticeable cataclysmic extinction. The only trace of humankind will be petrified trash, laced with plastic that would not petrify.
Come on people, we’re better than this.
The solutions we see among the Altresco team are as clear as the cliffs in the picture are. But what applying today, in order to establish are once you focus on the cliffs instead of the tree. In fact, the core premises are based on an earlier project that we organized, financed, owned and operated. That project not only accomplished the goals we had in mind. It exceeded them in every way.
On that project, we were learning with every step, and honestly, we were also astonished when it all came together. Yet success was not the lesson. It was just the beginning of the lessons we have learned since.
A whole new industry arose as a result of that success, but try as they did, no one ever learned the true secrets that enabled Altresco Pittsfield to become the new benchmark for the industry.
I’m very excited to see the stars back in alignment, but I want to do one thing differently. This new model is going to surpass the beneficial and game-changing impact of the Altresco Pittsfield model.
However, this time we intend to do things in a way that people will be able to replicate, and that we will be able to help them replicate. The probability of success is much higher, and most of all, the transformation this can create is critical.
This go-round, we want to be mentors. and in doing that, our knowledge can be part of the future. rather than just a case study.
The Altresco goal is to create a step by step book explaining how and why the elements need to be assembled. This business opportunity
Once again, I find a beautifully and thoughtfully written amendment to something I thought I knew all about.
And, it does create a clear distinction between “energy” and electricity, and for me highlights the core complexity of how electrical systems work.
Wizard, Mathematical and electricity systems genius, and what my perception also recognizes as a “magician.”
I’ve been hearing and appreciating variations on the Henry Ford story for decades, but this is the first time the “details” have been explained in a way that creates clarity, context, and an ever deeper admiration.
Covid 19 is highlighting severe pollution problems for what they are.
“Climate Change” is debatable, deniable, and “marketable.” It sells tons of advertising, raises billions of dollars, and is not measurable or viable in the minds of consumers.
That has made it an endless topic with high polarization, and absolutely no incentive for any of the parties to “end the debate.”
Pollution, however, is a whole different topic that the entire global economy has been trying to avoid.
But, thank God for Covid 19 because it’s bringing down the “pollution economy,” to a level that’s not hard to miss. Without it, the world would just keep chugging along will millions of unheralded deaths written into the externalized cost of production, and economic gain.
These maps serve to highlight the dark side of the industrial machine that’s been spending anything it takes to keep awareness away from the ugliness of producing all of those popular consumables that “marketing” is selling us.
In taking a close look at the “before and after” satellite pollution photos of Italy, then looking at the covid 19 death concentration area, I found a match.
The most polluted area of Italy, where the entire population is already suffering from pollution-caused respiratory distress, is experiencing the most deathly outcomes from Covid 19.
It’s eery, to see how closely the Covid 19 Death tolls, are in the heart of the “Pollution district.”
Now that you’ve seen the correlation in Italy, you can imagine just how ridiculously absurd China’s state press assertions have been.
The 2019 picture gives a hint of why over 110,000 Chinese people are dying from pollution caused by pneumonia, lung cancer, and high blood pressure/stokes.
Here is the China “before, and after” comparison.
The Covid 19, 3,300 are only the deaths of the 3,300 fatalities they tested.
The rest are just voiceless ashes in the thousands of urns stacking up outside of crematoriums.
The deaths from lung cancer, and high blood pressure strokes, don’t count. They’re not Covid 19; they are just dead.
Wuhan is only the small brown area southwest of the giant dark zone.
Imagine what it’s like living in those areas.
Due to the Covid shutdowns, 100s of millions are enjoying the first breaths of fresh air that Chinese millennials have experienced.
A question I’m going to be waiting for, it “Will the dark area pollution workers return to the hell they’ve been living in?
Forcing people to go back to work in the deadly conditions is tantamount to execution.
The new question for the fossil fuel industry is “Given what we’ve learned via the “Covid 19” teachings, are you comfortable with continuing the “execution by pollution” that is preserving your profits? “
The hundreds of millions of lives being lost to pollution will resume without resolution if we don’t sieze this opportunity today.