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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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

Something is going horribly wrong.

Between the demonization of the two cleanest sources of electricity in the world, Nuclear, and Natural Gas, we’re driving a new resurgence of the dirtiest generation fuel.

Japan, in the face of climate change, is building coal power plants – Vox

How could we think about using coal when we could be eliminating this kind of natural gas waste

There is enough natural gas, being flared for lack of market, to integrate with Wind, and Solar to create a net zero, reliable electricity supply that coupled with Nuclear, could turn the CO2 trend negative.

But no. let’s keep campaigning to keep the planet’s best hopes, buried under sinful levels of misinformation, ending up driving economic survival toward the worst possible choices.

I’m passionate about using every tool possible to maintain and even start recapturing the habitability of Earth, and quality of life for all living things, but it’s discouraging to have arrows raining down, from every direction, trying to kill every other “tribe.”

We must get past the misinformation, and collaborate, rather than fight over ineffective options, when there are viable options.

©  William Ross Williams 2020

How A New Cheese Factory Can Transform The Landscape Around It | Harvest Public Media

What does this have to do with Africa?

We can power this with clean and green energy, and no grid connection.

Nothing, today. but we are changing that. Of course nothing close to this magnitude, but cheese can be the high value-added product we can use to pay for our regenerative, regreening of the desertifying grasslands in the semi-arid parts of Kenya.

This is all part of the macro-strategy I wrote about a while back when talking about getting lights, clean water and decent incomes to millions of people in the lands that are currently destitute.

There are unlimited reasons for hope. We just need to look past the reality we’re living in.

Source: How A New Cheese Factory Can Transform The Landscape Around It | Harvest Public Media

The agricultural opportunities and challenges in Kenya are enormous.

And so is the need, but we have to create a massive paradigm shift with a very small core of people.

It could be intimidating to a point of paralysis, but I’m helped by an attitude that is bolstered by stories like this.

The Mississippi Effect.

Systems sometimes stand balanced precariously on the cusp of change. We may return to the river analogy by noting some interesting facts about the Mississippi. Basically, the river meanders through its last several hundred miles before spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in a general course that could not be altered by any event of less than cataclysmic proportions. But its local course is subject to drastic alteration by remarkably trivial events. A person with a shovel can, at the right place, start a small cut that gets bigger and bigger until the whole river flows through the new channel and an entire curve of the river is obliterated. (This fact was an ever-present consideration to nineteenth-century owners of river-front property, who often hired men to shoot on sight any suspicious persons caught upriver in the possession of digging implements.)  Ross, Lee. The Person and the Situation

In Kenya, the “river” is an agricultural and cultural paradigm, but in addition to shovels we have one other “Power tool.”

It will soon become apparent that it’s genuinely in everyone’s best self interest to make the shift, and it will literally lead to “greener” pastures.