If you’re serious about stopping “climate change”please read this: All of it.

Source: The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power | The New Yorker

This article is as close to “Truth” as any I’ve read in many years. Without criticizing any of the “mythology” presented regarding energy over the last 40 years, it tells an objective story about how we’ve been convinced that the “boogieman” stories about nuclear power are true.

The overarching message is that we do have the technologies and tools to support the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and its need for absolute electricity reliability.

Among the “Stakeholders” I’ve always been devoutly loyal to are the environment and reduction of the air pollution that’s killing ten times as many people as Covid.

I’m also a huge fan of wind, and solar generation, because it can reduce pollution by using it in ways that are still considered “heresy” by the same interest groups promoting nuclear fear.

The nature of “stakeholder” capitalism starts by identifying fundamental truths, then examining those truths in the light of “will they be transparently beneficial to all of the stakeholders,” then assembling the businesses and elements in a way that will capture those benefits.

It starts as a seemingly impossible maze and results in harmony that all stakeholders, including the audience, will enjoy participating in.

An Agenda for Genuine Financial Reform – CAPITAL INSTITUTE

This just came to my inbox, and I haven’t read it, but I know John’s thinking has been like breathing fresh air after 30 years of doing developments in ways considered almost mystical.

In developing private power projects on three continents and getting them financed in ways that caused the World Bank to call me to their Washington D.C. office, to tell me I must cease and desist this disruptive approach.

They were too late, because, when the relationships, understandings, benefits, and probability all come together, as this approach also imagines, it’s alive, everyone has ownership, understands, and stands together through the challenges, and the “unimaginable” becomes the new reality.

I cannot describe the joy that brings to the composer, and I’m still trying to learn how to teach the “magic,” but I do know that it works and keeps on working with the “stakeholders” having the pride of a team like Manchester United.

And, though I’ve experienced that kind of joy and unity before, I thought I was going to die before anyone would be interested again in learning it.

Until synchronicity brought John’s 2015-Regenerative-Capitalism 4-20-15 to my attention, and I started reading it. It’s like a diary of everything I know and have seen working.

Click to access 2015-Regenerative-Capitalism-4-20-15-final.pdf

And the book “A Finer Future” that he wrote in collaboration with my highly respected friend L. Hunter Lovins, Stewart Wallis, and Anders Wijkman is also a book about a dream I fiercely believe in.

The difference that no one of late, has any idea of is that I’m not hoping it will work, I’ve seen it, and FELT how it works.

I know how “Right Relationship” feels, Viewing wealth “holistically,” “Innovative, adaptive, responsive.” How else are you going to build from dynamic elements? Empowered Participation. That’s what makes teams like Manchester who they are. Honors Community and Place. That’s what Manchester’s flag represents. Edge Effect abundance-essential. That’s what keeps outsiders from ripping at the perimeters of the community. Robust Circulatory flow. That’s why the community needs a heart. A heart that understands that prosperity depends on healthy flow Seeks Balance. No, it craves balance. It feels imbalanced, and when properly designed, is the unseen gravity that pulls and holds everything together.

Our current and modern economy is experiencing more and more entropy. President Trump is doing his best to accelerate the entropy that causes economies and societies to fall into anarchy.

When I do get blindsided by “news,” it’s making me feel like his childish attitude is “By God, if I don’t get to rule, I’m gonna make sure there’s nothing left for anyone to rule.”

But, from another perspective, I recognize why Shiva-The Destroyer, is part of the Hindu trinity.

Shiva destroys the universe at the end of a cycle, to allow a fresh new “creation” to begin.

My personal faith is unconditional love, but the pragmatist in me has also seen the green field in the high pastures of the Himalayas growing from the blackened slopes of November.

Regenerative needs to start years ago, but the manipulation of money, as John points out, has been proliferating falsehood of the magnitude of the Roman Catholic church’s insistence that the universe revolves around the earth.

It’s a time to start laying down the aces in the deck that “regenerative” is still quietly holding, and I pray that we can start putting down our personal and business agenda’s long enough to co-create the new economy that can be designed to heal the earth.

Source: An Agenda for Genuine Financial Reform – CAPITAL INSTITUTE

A Blueprint for Rural Electrification: Building a Market for Mini-Grids in Niger | by Power Africa | Aug, 2020 | Medium

There is more brilliance in this than meets the eye. I designed a similar approach for rural India 6 years ago but connecting the dots has been quite a barrier in our fragmented world.

I’m elated to see this and commend Power Africa USAID for this seed that can lead to very widespread application.

 

Source: A Blueprint for Rural Electrification: Building a Market for Mini-Grids in Niger | by Power Africa | Aug, 2020 | Medium

How much would it cost to power the entire U-S-with solar panels and battery storage?

One of the flaws in the “renewable energy” narrative is that it only addresses electricity consumption, and electricity is only 19% of the energy the U.S. uses.

I don’t know anyone more interested in eliminating “combustion” from our energy mix than I am.

But, I’ve also been scorched by “renewable energy” evangelists for pointing out that if we used the same thermal energy storage that the CSP does, but heated it with the enormous electricity capability we’re not able to use as electricity, we could take out that industrial combustion use fed by gas, and oil.

Here’s another example of what happens with solar generation, when it’s added to the essential “reliability” generation our economy requires.

If you were to add up the wind generation electricity, and this over generated solar electricity and used it to replace the industrial heat in the first chart, we’d see both pollutions and carbon emissions go down a lot.

If we used EV’s to store the extra electricity, rather than the utility-scale batteries, we’d see a massive drop in urban pollution from transportation fuels.

If we do that aggressively, we will be able to use a lot more solar, a lot more wind, the pollution could get closer to today’s covid 19 level pollution, and the oil price would stay so low that the petroleum industry would wither and die.

But there is hope for the fossil fuel industry because, rather than the dirty petroleum products, we’ll still need natural gas.

And we need to use clean natural gas for both industry, heat and making flexible electricity.

A truth that is “inconvenient” is that about is that natural gas is being burned anyway, to avoid methane pollution that’s 26 times worse than CO2.

If we make electricity with it, to replace dirty oil engines, we end up with the greenest of all options.

My point is that we must get over the notion of trying to power an entire economy from one or two sources of energy.

With the combination of Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydroelectric, Pumped Hydroelectric Storage, Battery Storage, Thermal Energy Storage, Natural gas, LNG storage, and Nuclear, we can power the whole global economy, with pollution-free electricity plus support the fourth industrial revolution without burning any dirty fuels.

The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Following the same processes and practices as everyone else is proving to be disastrous. We’re killing the only planet we are genetically engineered to live on.

But the “stockholders” have been demanding the continuous growth that mainstream economists seem locked into.

Regenerative capitalism will work, but not fast enough to save us. The advertising budget for the “consumption” economy is 50 times bigger than the outlier regenerative, or donut economy evangelists.
COVID 19 is demonstrating how far we are past the “carrying” capacity.

Will we listen? No.

But I’ll never stop hoping our outlier efforts will become even more contagious than Covid.
The “Pre-Covid” mindset was killing more people every month than the pandemic total has,

It’s time to be brave and realize that there are options the swarm will never know if we don’t start getting louder.

We must discover the mindset we need to reap the biggest rewards.

Source: The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

California cities top air pollution list — again | Utility Dive

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.

Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Source: California cities top air pollution list — again | Utility Dive

Another expression of “Regenerative.”

Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy | World news | The Guardian

Dutch officials and British economist to use guide to help city thrive in balance with planet.

Source: Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy | World news | The Guardian

Why wait till the economy needs to be fixed, when, in undeveloped areas of countries, considered to be “Developing” we can design it right from the beginning?

In the Netherlands 98% of the population has money to by consumer products.
In Kenya, only 9 million people, out of the 53 million population, qualify as “consumers” and can buy consumer products. 44 million make less than $3 per/day with 75% of those making less than $1 per day and subsisting on what they can grow on their tiny patches of land.

Yet there are more people than the combined populations of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. And the Natural Capital, along with renewable energy availability, land, and water is adequate to feed the entire population.

The difference has been that Kenya has only experienced the “extractive capitalism” that takes all of the profits that smallholder farmers might earn, and moves those profits up to the middle men who ship the balance of the “profitability” home.

The proposed “Altresco” Regenerative Business system model” is being designed to bring a fair share of the profitability back to the farmers, so they can become “consumers” and start enjoying the quality of life that will exist when all of the Sustainable development goals have been met.

The Regenerative Capitalism model we are designing, along with utilizing carbon free electricty, is allowing us to design all of the Sustainable Development Goals into the local productivity chain.

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

This article is 6 years old, and I’m posting it today to show how long the Chinese people have been having to wear masks to survive.
Covid 19 is bringing the first breaths of fresh air these people have had since before this article was published.

The truth is that we can bring back the productivity, and dramatically reduce pollution by getting off the fossil fuel narrative, and fully utilizing hybrid renewable, natural gas, and nuclear electricity.

It’s time to stop talking about “Climate” and start focusing on mitigating today’s pollution. Kill Pollution, and the Climate will get better, faster than the current narrative is doing.

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Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country’s food supply, experts warn

Source: China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

From sustainable to regenerative: bold business moves to transform the agriculture system 

An image of what we started from in Isiolo

Yes.

“Regenerative”has a lot of moving parts.

The barriers come up when the plan is to make a sale, rather than creating a business system.

Creating the business system is what the McDonald brothers did without even realizing it till Ray Kroc took his multimixer sales hat off long enough to learn Why they needed them.

At Altresco Pittsfield, we created a business system rather “installing a power plant.” And, that’s the reason no one successfully reverse engineered it. They couldn’t see the system past the parts, and the window that created the opportunity closed before they could.

Today, we’re in Africa, and the situation, and needs, are far bigger than electricity systems can address alone, because there’s no “system” to utilize it.

Six years ago, we discovered, at the location of our now operating farm that all of the resources needed to create a food production system are available.

The actual farming was commenced 5 years ago, using all of the principals now being defined as regenerative, and we now have a proven working “business”with the principles of “regenerative.”already embedded.

We’re ready to ramp up as quickly as capital becomes avaiable, and an additional benefit will be provided to the broader community through transparent sharing as we write, and share the book.

Here’s the Article, and we’re proving that the challenges can be manageable.

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Regenerative practices could bring huge win-wins for farmers, food companies and the environment, implementing them will involve overcoming wide-ranging barrier.

Source https://regenerationinternational.org/2020/01/17/from-sustainable-to-regenerative-bold-business-moves-to-transform-the-agriculture-system

Reversing Climate Change through Regenerative Agriculture – Regeneration International

Screw the bad news, and whining about climate. What is now being called “Regenerative” has been my business and personal norm for life.

The sustainability “marketing”, and consulting world has been frustrated with me because of my obsession with “doing” economically viable actions that would be real-life beneficial.”

“Energy” has been the buzzword, because the general public has been discouraged from understanding the critical differenciation between the “Electricity” that comes from wall sockets, and the other 80% of the “Energy,” that we get from inefficiently combusting petroleum products.

But now, with the vague “Regenerative” word, we have a chance to get into action by creating our own “meaning” of what and how Regenerative can become a driver for a whole new future.

One that bring the dozens of elements together in a system that is complex and malleable enough to perform “regenerative” practices naturally.

Everything Altresco and I have been learning over the last decades are applicable and urgently needed in ” Regenerative” Business models, for renewable energy supported, and CO2 “Drawdown” agriculture.

This article is just a teaser relative to the exciting possibilities we’ll be using to create new “economies” that thrive on the optimization of resources.


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Regenerative agriculture can change agriculture from being a major contributor to climate change to becoming a major solution.

Source: Reversing Climate Change through Regenerative Agriculture – Regeneration International

A Supreme Moment in Our Humanity – Now is the Time! | The Nature of Business

Finally, an explanation of the “Mysterious” thinking that has gone into the “Altresco” business models that have stayed intact for decades. This thinking has been considered unfathomable over the decades, and not compatible with “modern “stockholder” capitalism for a simple reason.

Modern capitalism is based on marketing, sales of “merchandise”, and this quarter’s results. Both Altresco, and “Regenerative” capitalism is based on creating “Net Present Value.”

Revenues and profitability generated by stable and continuing sales of beneficial continuing consumption of essential goods, and services, that are foundations of community, and macro economies.

We are in the midst of a metamorphosis, profound shifts are affecting the way we work, how and why we do things, and the purpose and meaning we bring to our organisations, social systems and wider …

Source: A Supreme Moment in Our Humanity – Now is the Time! | The Nature of Business

Vision 2050, Isiolo County

I was asked to write a story about what the results of our 2020 integrated Energy, Water, Food, and Communication plan might look like in 2050.

This inspired me to imagine beyond our current perspectives that 5 years is nearly over the horizon, and think about what the results of our efforts today might look like in 30 years. In the “framing” webinar put together by

Before I could talk about the possibilities I see in, and for, “darkest”Africa, I had to see it for myself.

A lot of evolution has gone on since this was filmed and we are ready for next steps.

And, since this was filmed, many of the situations and potentially useful technologies have been weathered, characterized, and can be implemented based on the future we can plan, rather than the past we are trying to overcome.

Real life observations of what we’re actually starting from, a whole new version of enhanced productivity, from all segments of the population can emerge in ways that we can only foresee from today’s present reality.

Rather than discussing the “Cliche” phrases like “New Energy Economy,” we’ve been working on defining the “New Economy” that we can create with our current global technologies, and realities.

One situation that has seemed to cry louder and louder is that this is only going to happen as a “private” ownership venture. Those cries are not just coming from what we are observing today.

They are also coming from 25 years of retrospect as the best intentions of 25 years ago have weathered time.

With that insight, todays now-sight, and foresight, we’ve developed a modified perspective of what sustainably “Private” needs to look like.

On the surface it’s not going to be shockingly “innovative.”

We’re pretty stuck on our awareness of Homeostasis as it pertains to human nature. Plus we don’t have to guess. Instead of guessing, we have at least 50 years, of “data” we can now access to identify the kind of models cited in the book “Built to last” by Jim Collins, and Jerry I Porras.

Plus we have the sustainability of the business models that seemed to be the greatest thinking of the time. These have been sorted by the realities of human nature, and that’s the only thing we feel can be trusted.
This has also been true of post colonial Africa, and we don’t have to gues much about how well that’s been working. Not!

Sustainability as it has been proven will only succeed if the “systems” it exists in are able to maintain their “balance”

That, in turn means that the outcome is determined by what society believes is in it’s best interest Governments can’t seem to balance, but there are some great models in the private sector, many of which can be found in the “Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway basket of holdings.

We do have “endorsement, and encouragement” from the Governors, office and ministers, but we are not subject to any decision making at the “government” level.

If the United States has demonstrated anything to the world, it’s that the complete separation of the Government, and the capitalist business free market environment works incredibly well.

What has emerged from this first visit is the irrevocable allocation of a substantial amount of land, that is now under private business rule. And, as a 100% private “bootstrap” agricultural enterprise “Fetcha Farms” has proven the business concept and is ready to expand to a very real “impact enterprise.”

A new world of “Private Productivity” that will benefit all of the population living and working under the existing governments, but is not suitable for the “chicanery” universe.

We plan to foil that world by making it possible to Google every move we make, and laugh or be sad with these moves as the unpredictability of human nature come out of nowhere.

A primary purpose of this entire undertaking is to help the world learn with us as we implement what we think are great ideas, and discover if they are great ideas, or ones for the wastebaskets.

Our current learning environment is the presentation of knowledge with only accidental correlation. That’s not working and it’s not how we are intending to present this.

In this case we are going to show it all in the context of the fully correlated evolving system, so that everyone can see, if they care to, exactly what happens as a result of their actions.

When they fail, what else fails with them? Obviously there is only so much one consciousness can assimilate, but we believe it’s time for creating whole teams that understand the significance of every player.

Bringing light to the “darkest” parts of Africa.

Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families

The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking.  And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where  “every party wins”.  From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added  processing plant

The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.

There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.

Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.

This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing.  Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model.  A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.

Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.  

The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production.  Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.

Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.  

For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.

©William Ross Williams 12.02.2019.

Let’s all work together!

Don’t throw any of the renewable capacity away! It’ll be worth more than imagined as soon as we put the “third” leg on this “low carbon” stool.

The new abundance of clean natural gas can provide the stability needed to double the usable output from wind and solar.

Art by Robyn Shorrock. There’s more to come.

Plus, making electricty that eliminates the need to burn diesel fuel with electricity is a double win.

The “renewable energy” only show has wreaked instability on our electricity lifelines, and is starting to take down power for whole regions.

By creating what I call gas primary hybrid microgrids where reliability is priority one and than then reduce it’s carbon by 80% using integrated solar, wind and storage, Everybody wins, and no one loses.

Renewable energy was never expected to do more than generate billions of dollars in jobs, and hardware sales in what had become a stagnant situation.

The sale of equipment without correlating it to markets has created a nightmare. Now it’s time to bring “Lets make a difference thinking” back into play so we can create the powerful results we need, and want.

Today, we can create a livable and secure energy future, with much more low carbon electrification that will in turn enable the digitalised 4th Industrial revolution.

All together now, we can turn this world around.

Getting lights, food security and discretionary income to 600 million people is achievable. No “charity,” just productive work and fair earnings for the adults in the families

The potential profitability is in the areas of Sub Saharan Africa where no one is looking.  And, it’s sustainable productivity that supports business structures where  “every party wins”.  From the poorest subsistence farmers, up through the entire supply, services, and support tiers of a high value-added  processing plant

The only thing new about the approach is the broad-based business model. The revenue model is already working in South Africa where the raw ingredients are grown, and concentrated, frozen or powdered into long shelf life exportable products. The difference between South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa has been South Africa’s availability of cheap and reliable electricity.

There are many large underutilized areas of Sub-Saharan Africa that have complete ecosystems capable of growing the needed raw food products. They just lack the reliable energy needed by the value-added segment of the process.

Now, with affordable and reliable clean and renewable electricity that can be near the point of food production, we can bring the capability to do the value-added food processing to the food farming areas.

This will bring a whole new economy to the area by enabling the gross revenue enhancement of food processing.  Sustainability is in the fabric of this business model.  A new food processing plant using 50 employees, will create a minimum of 1000 peripheral jobs.

Another essential is creating privately owned and managed farmers cooperatives. Business-oriented management at the outset will also provide the capability of maintaining the transparent equitable distribution models. The cooperatives can maintain the new buying power and affordable electrification at the farmer level.  

The distributed energy and food processing approach can now make it possible for smallholder farmers to produce and monetize crops that would be lost to spoilage without the markets, and refrigeration capability in the immediate areas of production.  Tomatoes, avocados, citrus, extractives for essential oils, can now be grown and processed for far-off markets.

Part of our commitment is to develop this enterprise in a way that also allows others to replicate the successes and avoid repeating the inevitable –Surprises- that accompany first implemented new enterprises.  

For more information call or text Bill Williams at 01 303 888 0380, William@Altresco, or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn with William Ross Williams.

©William Ross Williams 2.16.2019.

Invisible views

Thank you all for joining the audience. My plan is to provide the unbiased and helpful energy strategies that will take renewable and clean energy to the next level.

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

2 .5 Billion years

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

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Link Between Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality | Department of Biostatistics | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one noticing that for every covid death in China, Italy, etc, there have been and continue to be 10 pollution-related deaths.

We need to add awareness to our covid statistics and monitoring which is “High covid death concentrations, are the same areas we need to double, or quadruple down on talking climate change at the roots, as highlighted by covid.”

Source: Exploring the Link Between Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality | Department of Biostatistics | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The question “Can Technology alone define the future of renewables?” is indicative of how much value is hiding unnoticed. 

I’ve been confused for the entire three and a half decades I’ve been in the “Energy” business. I feel silly but have to admit, I didn’t “get” that there are many “energy” businesses that each have unique perspectives.

Today, as clarity is creeping in, I’m feeling like all of that seeming wandering in areas totally off the beam is providing me with a perspective that’s the most exciting I’ve been able to see in this millennium.

I recommend this article and taking the time to understand which “energy” business it’s referencing.

I’m in the other energy business that enables economic productivity by using the energy the technology makes and manages.

Source: Can Technology Alone Define the Future of Renewable Energy?

Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

And, I can’t be happier to see the antifragility spreading everywhere. Including those areas where the Altresco collaborative is preparing the “new” economies made possible by the disruption and failure of what has been the existing reality.

What we see in Africa is an opportunity, through reorganization, to open the doors for 350 million new consumers, which will be helping reduce CO2, through drawdown that today’s consumer consumption by combustion approach to the existing reality has been stomping into the dirt and hopelessness of abject poverty.
And we don’t plan to be bragging about “how” we’re doing it, although I’m open to some public speaking as people began to “notice” that something seems to be changing for the better.

Source: Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Wizard of Schenectady | History | Smithsonian Magazine

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.

Source: Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the Wizard of Schenectady | History | Smithsonian Magazine

Africa Doesn’t Need More Development Aid, It Needs More Capitalism

This is what decades of aid have accomplished. It’s called dependence.

Now, Altresco has joined an alliance with Kenyan entrepreneurs to bring the regenerative capitalism that will turn large parts of this desert green.

Source: Africa Doesn’t Need More Development Aid, It Needs More Capitalism

Oil Basin in Texas And New Mexico May Be Leaking Much More Methane Than Previously Thought, Findings Show

Natural gas could be eliminating this, if we’ll just help get it there. This is why new gas pipelines, and LNG are so important.

Pollution from dirty petroleum distillates

Why aren’t we shipping this gas to where it can eliminate the horrific pollution of dirty oils, and coal burning at the industries that have been causing ten times more respiration related deaths than Covid 19.

The best way to stop and mitigate the “leakage” is to get the gas to where it can be turned into electricity to replace oil distillates. As this article points out, the gas is being burned, at best, or leaking at 25X the potency. Burning it to make electricity is creating a double or triple emissions benefit.

I don’t know why people can’t get their heads around the reality that, as this is highlighting, making reliable electricity from natural gas results in the most positive environmental impact of all.

Gas generation justifies cleaning the gas and shipping it to electricity generation or industries where it replaces much dirtier fuel.

More than one in 10 flares designed to burn off unused methane in the Permian basin in Texas and New Mexico could be unlit or malfunctioning, venting much more of the potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere than previously thought, new findings by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund show.

Source: Oil Basin in Texas And New Mexico May Be Leaking Much More Methane Than Previously Thought, Findings Show