Archive | November 2018

Q.How can there be water scarcity when over half of our planet is water?

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This is a very common question and a deadly misunderstanding.

First, let me point out that 97% of that water is too saline to drink.

All but 1.5% of the water is too saline to drink. At one time there was also a great deal of freshwater stored in Aquifers (Underground lakes.) the water in the biggest Aquifer in the US (Ogallala) took over 10 million years to form.

Since rain in the western parts KS, OK, TX, Nebraska was inadequate to grow the amount of food for the big Cotton and cattle fodder the farmers used cheap electricity to pump the water up from the aquifer.

That pumping has been taking out more water than is going back in. As a result of that imbalance, this underground lake has gone from 500 feet deep to 5 feet deep.

Farms went out of business, and it became popular to blame fracking for the ramshackle town stores scattered around, but those towns and the surrounding areas had been pumped dry and deserted decades before.

And this was all before climate change started even less rain to fall.

Now, let’s look at the SW part of the US. Most of the freshwater that Southern California and Las Vegas have depended on comes from the Rocky Mountains. The large Colorado river and its tributaries are filled in western Colorado, and then some f that water is pumped over to the eastern side to provide water for the “Front Range (Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver etc,

What left in the river leaves Colorado, going to Utah, and California, with New Mexico, and Arizona sucking a lot of water along the way. Then Los Angeles, the Imperial Valley, (desert without the Colorado River water) and recycles that water so many times that it’s now too salty to grow the great crops that they used to.

This is just the United States. Both India and China have made the same mistake, which means that their ability to grow food is declining.

The Great Himalaya’s are melting, and the Indus and Gages Rivers are getting lower and way more polluted. The life-saving Punjabi Aquifer is dangerously depleted.

Since humans, and most life can only live on freshwater, and the population of the planet is going up, climate change is moving the areas where adequate rain used to fall, we are currently vulnerable to water and accomplish food shortages.

We can’t drink electricity, oil or seawater, and even with renewably generated electricity, we can’t desalinate water fast enough.

What we can do is start replanting forests, and trees as fast as we can, we MUST stop deforestation, such as that Chocolate Bars, and BioFuels are killing,

A frustrating reality, that was brought to my attention by a very wise man, over 20 years ago, is that using water to grow crops is profitable, the world over. The depletion is going to continue, the media is inclined to create opinions like the one you so kindly shared, The Industrial Ag companies are going to continue using the chemicals that are killing the Gulf of Mexico with the toxic runoff from the fertilizers, and pesticides and the oil companies are going to keep protecting their revenues, and good old America is going to continuing to buy, and or sell anything to anybody they can.

I spend most of my time trying to find better options, for continents like Africa and India, but I’m afraid it’s going to be near Impossible to change America’s thinking much.

 

© William Ross Williams 2018

Electricity is like knowledge. It’s not worth anything till it’s useful.

Electricity is something we’ve never had reason to think about.  What most people know is that it comes from here

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It’s definitely time to learn more. The media is making sure we don’t think and they can keep playing us for idiots. For example; the words Energy and Electricity are only interchangeable in the media. Wind and solar do not make “energy” they make electricity.

That distinction is why wind and solar will become the energy sources of the future.

When I was 12 years old I knew enough about electricity to wire up our basement to power all the lights and electric widgets in my bedroom. Stopped thinking about it when I went off to university.

When I was 52 years old, I could not answer this simple question. “What is electricity?

Here is an answer you’ve not heard often. Electricity is the kind of energy that can save our planet.

But, isn’t electricity the energy we’re using that’s causing all of our problems?

Yes today, and no in the future

The notion that Electricity itself is the problem is  “distraction” theater sponsored with the intent of keeping our attention focused away from seeing the real solutions.  This is being done with a mastery learned and perfected over the past 60 years.

It’s almost funny to realize that the biggest fortunes made in America have been at the expense of ar quality. Tobacco, Coal, and Oil.  This theater has been playing so long that 99% of the population has come to believe that it’s reality.

I guess it’s not all bad. The post World War II prosperity growth was started by our ability to be the world biggest oil consumers and transitioned to our being the world largest consumers of everything.

The global economic problem with wind and solar is that t can’t be “consumed.” There will never be scarcity. The vision I intend to share with you is about how renewable electricity can save our planet.

Two sources of combustion that are poisoning our atmosphere as much or more than power generation are the fuels used in the internal combustion engines used in trains, planes, autos trucks and ships; and the combustion of fuels for all kinds of heat, including industry.

Those are the two targets my overall renewable electricity strategies are aimed at. Transportation, and heat. The details of why are what I composing quick read posts about.

Today, I humbly give thanks.

My gratitude cannot be measured any more than I can count the teachers that have each contributed to what I’ve learned so far. It’s reasonable for me to believe that every time zone of the planet includes many of those teachers. If you are reading this you are one of those teachers.

One of the lessons I’ve learned is that some places are simply the best I will ever find. This is a picture of one of them.

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And as I share this I must thank the universe with all of my being for the infinite knowledge I will always be discovering among those things I’ve just never thought of.

Sustainable Agriculture will create whole new markets and economies.

Sustainable energy can help a lot if applied properly. It can also cause the worst nightmares to come quicker if not used properly. But let’s look at the cheery version first. The cheery version can make the nightmare version irrelevant.

I would like to acknowledge the superior work being done by the Rainforest Alliance through teaching farmers to multiply their earnings by taking care of the farmland they are currently cultivating rather than the old habit of using up the nutrients in the soil,.then moving on to deforest more land.

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The teachers and trainers are critical. Lecturing doesn’t get it.  This does.

It is a real pleasure to see an NGO creating sustainable prosperity, rather than the ugly dependence being created by careless “charity.” I came across RFA’s work while looking for potential constructive ways to use clean electricity to help reestablish healthy agriculture in the Cocoa zones in Nigeria.

All of my work on clean and renewable energy is just one part of sustainability. This work is every bit as important.

I’m still searching for optimum applications for clean electricity, but knowing the upstream farming is being well guided is very motivating. This will be a continuing venture that I will be sharing.

I see a bright future. It’s even brighter if we can collaborate.

It’s right over here, where people are not looking.

I don’t have to belabor the discussion of what’s not working. You are all among the most insightful people in the worlds of Electricity, energy, water, and food.

All four of these can work very well together in natural harmony when harmony is the agreed upon objective. Any path where the four cannot walk abreast is not a path to sustainability.  The minute any one of these gets left out is the minute where everything will start to decay.

My audience on Linked In and the Altresco facebook page includes the best and the brightest minds I’ve met in my life. Many highly qualified executives who are active and more knowledgeable in every area I’m reasonably qualified in.

Questions, Please.

I can write endless articles about energy, water, electricity, and food topics, but that does not help you unless I happen to be on a topic of interest to you. I love researching and answering questions that can impact many people, but we are at a critical point in the energy transition, as well as Water and Food Scarcity and I want my answers to be about your questions. This will help me have the direct impact of specificity.

When you read articles that frustrate or trouble you, feel free to email them to me. I will never mention where the question came from, but I will search through my knowledge base, including contacts, to provide the most thoughtful and accurate answer  I can manage.

I am not kidding when I repeatedly mention Correlation, Collaboration, and cooperation as the most powerful tool we have to bring views from multiple points on the compass.

Also, if any of you  have a platform that you would like to include me in, I would be honored

The world needs information from unbiased sources.