Archive | March 2019

Climate change is way bigger than global warming

The problem is Pollution.
Plastics are the petroleum product that’s killing the habitability of our planet first.

The plastic industry is touting tha plastic can be recycled 6 times. In reality it’s only being recycled 7% of the time. Quick math is that we could be doing 500 Times better than we are. WAKE UP HUMANS.

Banks Funneled $1.9 Trillion Into Fossil Fuels Since Paris Agreement | CleanTechnica

In contrast to the $2 billion red herring. 2 Billion sounds like a big deal until you read this. And remember the $110 Billion new infrastructure announcement.

So this is what is really going on.

A new report published this week shows that 33 global banks provided $1.9 trillion to fossil fuel companies since the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement at the end of 2015 and that the amount of fossil fuel financing has increased in each of the past two years.

Source: Banks Funneled $1.9 Trillion Into Fossil Fuels Since Paris Agreement | CleanTechnica

Fossil Fuel Industry Has Spent Nearly $2 Billion on Lobbying to Kill Climate Laws

This is only a portion of the insidious undermining of all real U.S, climate progress. Hidden persuaders are embedded in “articles” across the entire spectrum of petroleum-related products, globally.

How could we not be mislead?

Most of my writing is about the unlimited upside waiting for us on the other side of this propaganda wall.

Source: Fossil Fuel Industry Has Spent Nearly $2 Billion on Lobbying to Kill Climate Laws – Oil Change International

Trio of federal energy storage bills avoid tax credits | Utility Dive

One more step in the natural gas takeover of our electricity supplies. Without Storage, the only option for reliability is natural gas. 

Renewable Energy has been crafted over 4 decades to make sure our move to clean energy does not threaten petroleum sales. This throws a giant log in the road for the biggest threat to natural gas sales.

Renewable energy destabilizes our electricity system, and natural gas is the planned replacement for coal and has its sights set on nuclear.

Now that this long term strategy is inevitable, they want to shut off competition in the “reliability” market. Energy storage will provide reliable energy without as much gas.
Therefore, we can’t give that any breathing room.

No tax credits for energy storage effectively makes sure that a “renewable energy future” will be 100% dependent on natural gas to fill in the gaps.

Source: Trio of federal energy storage bills avoid tax credits | Utility Dive

Are green buyers aware of the potential for negative energy prices during their 20-year VPPAs? – pv magazine USA

And there’s always alternative perspectives to the narrative.

To my friends’ wondering about the long term future of grid-scale hydro and thermal storage, this is but one encouraging article.

Source: Are green buyers aware of the potential for negative energy prices during their 20-year VPPAs? – pv magazine USA

A feminine future? Mass transformation for the bottom billion

Since most of our focus is upgrading the bottom billions from poorest of the poor to “Participants” in the global economy I wanted to share this well written this article with you.

We can increase our capacity to serve exponentially, leapfrogging from a scarcity mindset to a framework of abundance and success for all.

Source: A feminine future? Mass transformation for the bottom billion

Waves, Tides vs.Wind Power

That is a question that comes up a lot. It’s also something I’ve spent a lot of time investigating.

I even went down the Bay of Fundy, in New Brunswick, Canada to watch as it appeared that the “river” between the Bay and the ocean changed direction with the tides. That was at the turn of the millennium before wind power started becoming economically viable. Very compelling.  

As soon as I got back to Colorado, I called my friends at NREL and asked what they thought of the idea. My friend, Terry Penney, who’d been there since it was still SERI, was kind and shared the long list of the different wave and tidal options they had looked at.  Sadly, my “moon power” excitement got shredded.

I was sure we would be able to add “Moon” power to the renewable energy options.

If it’s immersed in seawater it won’t be long till it looks like this.  

Here’s why. “The combination of moisture, oxygen, and salt, especially sodium chloride, damages metal worse than rust does. This combination corrodes, or eats away at, the metal, weakening it and causing it to fall apart. Saltwater corrodes metal five times faster than fresh water does and the salty, humid ocean air causes the metal to corrode 10 times faster than air with normal humidity. Bacteria in ocean water also consumes iron and their excretions turn to rust.”

https://sciencing.com/effects-saltwater-metals-8632636.html

Although the wind is powerful, it’s not corrosive.

Sadly, it is becoming corrosive in the urban areas, but far out in the countrysides, it’s not. And, let me distinguish between corrosive and abrasive
In places where the wind is laden with dust and sand, wind turbines have not fared well, but there’s no shortage of dust free locations.

FERC allows storage to access New England real-time energy markets | Utility Dive

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Source: FERC allows storage to access New England real-time energy markets | Utility Dive

Another important step in the road to a low carbon future. The existing regulatory environment has stifled private participation in the energy storage space.

There are storage approaches we’re not hearing about that can multiply the impact of stored “energy” many times over.

This will still require the implementation of the “New Model” but this had to happen first.