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I love these pictures of “scale, “and how microscopic Earth is relative to the Cosmos.
One of my most profound moments of humility was when I was up below Manaslu Peak in the Himalayas, where the night skies were unimaginable.
And a day was trekking up a very steep path, cut into high canyon walls with a sheer drop of about 1000 feet, to a raging glacier-fed river. A momentary loss of balance would be the end of me.
(At that time, I was the CEO of an eighty million per year company, with complex revenue relationships which felt like a lot of responsibility.)
The “moment” was when I paused, glanced down at the river, and, with absolute clarity, realized that were I to slip and fall to my death, the world, as I knew it, would take about three to five days to resume, as though I’d never existed.
Today, I know that I still have lots of reasons to be alive and have impacts, but relative to the universe, even that is negligible. But our planet is all we have, or ever will have. We are evolved from the bacteria in the Earth’s seas, and truly are “earthlings.”
We need to get over our “Constellation” size egos and start taking care of our microscopic size piece of the universe.
We’re the only ones that can, and failing that, the total annihilation of humanity would not even be noteworthy to the balance of the universe.
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This has been a blessing and a curse for the duration of my business careers in both Real Estate investment and Energy Sector business model creation.
The problem is not the innovation part. The problem is figuring out how to explain it to the “teams” that are critical to the implementation.
I’ll be working on that for the rest of my life. Until then I’m just grateful that the ones I’ve done are still working, and providing the intended benefits.
It depends on what the goal is.
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A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings
Some days, as I contemplate the machinations of the human species, with the core Amorality of human nature, commerce, and the capitalistic style rationalization of the continuing destruction of our planet, I wonder if we’ve even evolved enough to deserve to survive.
Then I’m led to work like this poem, and the overall efforts of the “Brain Pickings” writer and my spirits are lifted.
“Out of such chaos, of such contradiction / We learn that we are neither devils nor divines…”
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Or we could be using it to make electricity to eliminate the need for all of the diesel, and fuel oil-fired generation.
Today, natural gas-fired generation is actually carbon negative
Permian producers are facing a difficult choice; pay a premium to haul off excess natural gas or literally burn it, and their profits
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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.
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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.
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This is a very timely article in light of our Isiolo venture.
Happily, our Isiolo County agricultural productivity model has been designed from conception forward with all of these very important observations embedded.
As I write and share various implementation experiences, we’ll be working through these issues, and sharing how they can be experienced when the principal of the project is a well-educated man, Ph.D. who grew up in and lived the realities discussed here. That’s who introduced me to the landscape and translated discussions with the various leaders of tribes, failed enterprises and colonialist ruins.
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