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Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

And, I can’t be happier to see the antifragility spreading everywhere. Including those areas where the Altresco collaborative is preparing the “new” economies made possible by the disruption and failure of what has been the existing reality.

What we see in Africa is an opportunity, through reorganization, to open the doors for 350 million new consumers, which will be helping reduce CO2, through drawdown that today’s consumer consumption by combustion approach to the existing reality has been stomping into the dirt and hopelessness of abject poverty.
And we don’t plan to be bragging about “how” we’re doing it, although I’m open to some public speaking as people began to “notice” that something seems to be changing for the better.

Source: Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 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.

The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Following the same processes and practices as everyone else is proving to be disastrous. We’re killing the only planet we are genetically engineered to live on.

But the “stockholders” have been demanding the continuous growth that mainstream economists seem locked into.

Regenerative capitalism will work, but not fast enough to save us. The advertising budget for the “consumption” economy is 50 times bigger than the outlier regenerative, or donut economy evangelists.
COVID 19 is demonstrating how far we are past the “carrying” capacity.

Will we listen? No.

But I’ll never stop hoping our outlier efforts will become even more contagious than Covid.
The “Pre-Covid” mindset was killing more people every month than the pandemic total has,

It’s time to be brave and realize that there are options the swarm will never know if we don’t start getting louder.

We must discover the mindset we need to reap the biggest rewards.

Source: The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

California cities top air pollution list — again | Utility Dive

Covid 19 to the rescue.

Climate has been debatable. Pollution is not.

Pollution is not coming from power generation in any California city. In California, It’s almost all coming from vehicles, because the industry is using clean natural gas.

Industry, and power generation have Nitrous Oxide and particulate limitations.

Vehicles do not. (Big trucks, have Nox limits. Smaller cars, SUVs, light-duty trucks, no.)

Califonia’s pollution has not come from power generation for a long time. It’s traffic.

Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Source: California cities top air pollution list — again | Utility Dive

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

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.

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Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country’s food supply, experts warn

Source: China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

Will we take Covid 19’s message seriously?

Covid 19 is highlighting severe pollution problems for what they are.

“Climate Change” is debatable, deniable, and “marketable.” It sells tons of advertising, raises billions of dollars, and is not measurable or viable in the minds of consumers.

That has made it an endless topic with high polarization, and absolutely no incentive for any of the parties to “end the debate.”

Pollution, however, is a whole different topic that the entire global economy has been trying to avoid.

But, thank God for Covid 19 because it’s bringing down the “pollution economy,” to a level that’s not hard to miss. Without it, the world would just keep chugging along will millions of unheralded deaths written into the externalized cost of production, and economic gain.

These maps serve to highlight the dark side of the industrial machine that’s been spending anything it takes to keep awareness away from the ugliness of producing all of those popular consumables that “marketing” is selling us. 

In taking a close look at the “before and after” satellite pollution photos of Italy, then looking at the covid 19 death concentration area, I found a match.

The most polluted area of Italy, where the entire population is already suffering from pollution-caused respiratory distress, is experiencing the most deathly outcomes from Covid 19.

It’s eery, to see how closely the Covid 19 Death tolls, are in the heart of the “Pollution district.”

Now that you’ve seen the correlation in Italy, you can imagine just how ridiculously absurd China’s state press assertions have been.

The 2019 picture gives a hint of why over 110,000 Chinese people are dying from pollution caused by pneumonia, lung cancer, and high blood pressure/stokes.

Here is the China “before, and after” comparison.

The Covid 19, 3,300 are only the deaths of the 3,300 fatalities they tested. 

The rest are just voiceless ashes in the thousands of urns stacking up outside of crematoriums.

The deaths from lung cancer, and high blood pressure strokes, don’t count. They’re not Covid 19; they are just dead.

Wuhan is only the small brown area southwest of the giant dark zone.

Imagine what it’s like living in those areas.

Due to the Covid shutdowns, 100s of millions are enjoying the first breaths of fresh air that Chinese millennials have experienced.

A question I’m going to be waiting for, it “Will the dark area pollution workers return to the hell they’ve been living in?

Forcing people to go back to work in the deadly conditions is tantamount to execution.

The new question for the fossil fuel industry is “Given what we’ve learned via the “Covid 19” teachings, are you comfortable with continuing the “execution by pollution” that is preserving your profits? “

The hundreds of millions of lives being lost to pollution will resume without resolution if we don’t sieze this opportunity today.

We can’t let Covid 19 pass without pursuing the real problem that Covid 19 victims have given their lives for.

The Age of Climate Authoritarianism Is Upon Us – OneZero

Does this depict people suffocating or preparing to drown?

I’m not sure I agree with this hypothesis, but I sure cannot refute it. This is a solid look at the “Deep State.”

A rapid — and massive — change in the geographies of energy production and consumption is currently underway. In a bid for energy security and new streams of profits, some of the world’s largest…

Source: The Age of Climate Authoritarianism Is Upon Us – OneZero

Vision 2050, Isiolo County

I was asked to write a story about what the results of our 2020 integrated Energy, Water, Food, and Communication plan might look like in 2050.

This inspired me to imagine beyond our current perspectives that 5 years is nearly over the horizon, and think about what the results of our efforts today might look like in 30 years. In the “framing” webinar put together by