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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.
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.
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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 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.
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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.
Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country’s food supply, experts warn
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Q. Is the movie cowspiracy really accurate in its outcome that agriculture of animals is the leading culprit by far of any other form of Global warming?
I suspect that the “Climate denial” community sponsored the movie.
Climate denial has been taking many shapes and morphing lately.
Yes, sir! Blame it on the cows, and keep on buying those monster SUVs, and F Series pickups, and if those aren’t big enough we’ve got these for you.
This “herd” is where our real emissions problems are coming from.
“Transportation” emissions now surpass the electricity production industry by a wide margin to now top of the emissions mix.
Fortunately, that is just the U.S. And “Cowthane” in the US is a relatively small amount of methane compared to the methane, and flare gas that’s created a new class of uncategorized emissions
Has anyone else noticed that, in the U.S. our attention has been deftly focused on electricity generation and renewable energy (Electricity), with no reference to the other petroleum generated emissions, which are coming from the transportation and industrial sectors.
So, today, our biggest single source of emissions does not show up on any charts. More than enough gas to generate electricity for most of Sub Saharan Africa is being vented or flared into the atmosphere every day.
This is now the single largest emissions source on the planet. And it is not productive in any way. This is our bad. We know where the natural gas is coming from.
Unlike animals, we can capture and utilize it in LNG, or straight electricity generation. That electricity would displace the need for distillate fuels.
And we’re worried about “Cowthane?”
And, in the U.S. the percentage of methane, and CO2 emissions coming from livestock pale in comparison to the other completely non productive emissions we don’t hear a peep about.
On the global side, “Cowthane” is a more significant contributor, but still small relative to all the other negative trends away from climate progress. And smaller yet if we were to start recognizing all of the “non-productive” emissions not list anywhere on our charts and graphs.
And an increasingly more damaging factor is the burning and clearing of the rainforests “Carbon sinks” that kept CO2 in “balance” till we started doing everything possible to destroy that balance. (I recommend Project Drawdown, for the most thoughtful, accurate, and disturbing overviews.)
So globally, the balance looks like this.
They’ve done everything possible to keep us from “noticing” that the distilled petroleum in internal combustion vehicles is much worse.
Not only is it more toxic than options like natural gas, but passenger vehicles are very inefficient, which means that 75% of the fuel burned comes out of the tailpipes.
In addition to CO2, you’ve got carbon monoxide and all of the “particulates” that are making cities nearly uninhabitable.
© William Ross Williams 2020 all rights reserved.
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There are many ways we can stem global warming, but it’s counter to the real intent behind “renewable” energy. I’m committed to sharing what will work.
This article, in Common Dreams illuminates why so much of what I’m writing and posting seems to contradict the “Status Quo” media created “Reality”
Legendary broadcast journalist Bill Moyers has said:
“We’ve got to get alternative content out there to people, or this country’s going to die of too many lies.”
Moyers was asked what the corporate media means for our democracy:
“It means that virtually everything the average person sees or hears, outside of their own personal communications, is determined by the interests of private, unaccountable executives and investors whose primary goal is increasing profits and raising the share prices. More insidiously, this small group of elites determines what ordinary people do not see or hear. In-depth coverage of anything, let alone the problems real people face day-to-day, is as scarce as sex, violence, and voyeurism are pervasive.”
“So if we need to know what is happening, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know why it matters, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know what to do about it, and Big Media won’t tell us, it’s clear what we have to do. We have to tell the story ourselves.”
That’s what we are trying to do here—tell the story ourselves. Every day we work to tell you what is happening; why it matters, and what to do about it.
“I came upon Common Dreams a long time ago, found that Common Dreams was editing the world in a way that did not deny me what I needed to know, but guided me toward what I wanted to know. Common Dreams has done a brilliant job of creating an editorial product that takes so much good material, and brings it together in one place,” said Moyers.
If you believe the survival of independent media is vital to do the kind of watchdog journalism that a healthy democracy requires, please step forward with a donation today.
We won’t make it without your support.
We can’t do it without you.
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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.
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Publications – Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards | Heartland Institute
I post this with a bit of amusement. At least the “Heartland Institute” doesn’t claim to be climate advocacy, like most of “Climate Change” institutes.
This is a very well written source of publication you can read to be clear on the “story” being published to guarantee minimum renewable energy impact of petroleum consumption. The importance of reading this carefully is set out clearly in Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”
You must know your adversary as well or better than they do.
If we are going to start working toward a low carbon future, we must figure out a way to soften the pain, and maybe even reroute FFIs strategies.
But we have to understand them first.
This paper by Dr. Timothy J.
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This seems like a hideous race to see how fast we can melt Greenland.
Northern Canada, Alaska , Greenland, and Siberia are all on fire, The Himalayan glaciers are melting, The European glaciers are melting and politicians are still haggling over the insanely absurd “Green New Deal.
So here we have the smokey Arctic.
There is “news” being put on the wire about how we need to change our ways within a decade, but that “news” is not new. The ten years passed ten years ago.
Anthropogenic? You must be in some virtual reality world. Hell, in the Amazon, the biofuel motivated farmers are setting the blazes as an easy way to clear the land for planting cash crops.
We’ve been burning the Amazon for decades, and calling it “green.” So it’s unofficially official
“Green” fuels are doing five times more damage to the global ecosystem than straight refined petroleum is doing, ten times more than natural gas, and twenty times more than hybrid wind, gas, solar generation can be. .
Yet, I’m still finding ways to be hopeful. I’ll continue with that after you inspect the horror show realities.
And we’re still “discussing” the climate crisis?
This NBC story is the typical “horror headline,” and things are never as bad as they are made to sound, but one undeniable consistency is that the time for waiting ended over a decade ago.
A reason I’m still upbeat is that human species has proven to be very adaptable through radical climate changes.
Adapting to climate change is credited for causing our brains to grow to their current size.
I also know that a lot of potential and truly green and clean energy sources for heading off GHG emissions are locked in the closet we are presumed not to know about, but we do.
Hang on and stay attentive because we’ve only seen, and been sold, one perspective so far, and creative destruction is underway.
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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.
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.
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Q.Do I agree with Michael Shellenberger’s assertion that renewables such as Wind and Solar cant save the planet?
Yes, and I’ve agreed with that for 10 years before Michael Shellenberger started writing about it. https://quillette.com/2019/02/27/why-renewables-cant-save-the-planet/
And, I’ve been trying to get someone to see how more value can be derived, but that’s been like Galileo trying to convince the Roman Catholic Church that Copernicus’s calculations were right and the earth is not the center of the universe.
And the power and unity behind the Renewable Energy brainwashing via mass media, marketing genius, billions to spend, and trillions to lose is a formidable opponent. So was Goliath.
So, the validity of Mr. Shellenberger and MITs assertions that the current model is not working could be compiled into a 600-page tome of very boring data, charts, graphs,citations, etc. that no one would read.
It will be very boring and can be written into the dust by the monolithic power of the media machine.
What does worry me about this situation is that we seem to be blowing holes in the accepted truth without adding in the positive alternatives that can turn today’s dysfunction into a much more beneficial and functional situation.
And another worry is that we’re not pointing out that fossil fuel electricity only represents 28% of the carbon we’re emitting and 19% of the energy consumers are using.
I agree with the fact that the renewable energy story everyone has been sold is a bust, but what I’m not hearing is how we can take the progress and technologies that have emerged in the last decade, and “flipflop” them into a win we can derive as an unintended consequence of technological progress.
So my current position on renewable energy is that the way it’s been jammed into a system that cannot digest it doesn’t and will not work.
However, now that the technology is proven and affordable, there are many ways we can use it that will work better than anything we’ve heard about.
And, in closing,I want to acknowledge Michael Shellenberger for all of the constructive work he is doing that we do not hear about
- Exploring the Link Between Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality | Department of Biostatistics | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- If you’re serious about stopping “climate change”please read this: All of it.
- The question “Can Technology alone define the future of renewables?” is indicative of how much value is hiding unnoticed.
- 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
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