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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

Another expression of “Regenerative.”

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 the Netherlands 98% of the population has money to by consumer products.
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.

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

New Satellite Video Shows China Pollution Vanishing During COVID-19 Lockdown—Then Coming Back

In China, the death toll from Covid 19 has flattened out. The average over the December to March time period was 55 people per day.

But the death toll from the pollution that will resume is over 3,000 people per day.

That means that pollution is 55 x more deadly than Covid 19.

Imagine if we put as much effort into reducing pollution, as we are investing in stopping Covid 19.

The European Space Agency released a new video this weekend that shows air pollution vanishing over China as the country goes into COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, then returning as business resumes.

Source: New Satellite Video Shows China Pollution Vanishing During COVID-19 Lockdown—Then Coming Back

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

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.

Q. What does the regenerative economy look like?

Thanks for asking.

“Regenerative economy” is another phrase like, “The new energy economy.”

When we break it down into the individual words, it falls apart, so let’s think bigger, like Planet size.

“Regenerative” economies are the”New Model” we must adapt, but we’ve been given no basic understanding or vision to work from. “Regenerative” is a complex thought, and our brains try to avoid those, but bit by bit we’ll start adding pixels till a new view emerges.

Regenerative is a welcome word and acknowledges that “sustainability” isn’t enough. We’re past the tipping point, and “Not making things worse” is not going to serve.

On the destructive, extractive short view capitalism side, there seems to be no letting up, and expecting that to change without establishing an alternative profitability path is like watching passively as your child rides their bicycle toward a 1000 foot cliff.  

Thus the “regenerative capitalism” phrase was coined. We need as much enthusiasm and participation as we can get, so I would encourage you to at least scan what I’ll call Regenerative Capitalism 101. https://capitalinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015ExecSummary4-14-15.pdf, and if you want a deeper dive  https://capitalinstitute.org/as a source of much more detailed information and explanation of why the phrase was created.

Defining “regenerative” is also to define some of the most overlooked economic opportunities we’re going to see going forward.

If you want to think and invest like Warren Buffet, you should be investing in regenerative enterprises. Why? Because regenerative is going to be gaining the value that the extractive capitalist are going to be losing as their empires start to collapse.

Altresco, and I have been in this game before, and although we walked away with less than we should of (My poor decisions.) we learned a lot during and after the enterprises that is very useful today

The advantages we have today, are that as Sun Tzu elaborates in the Art of War, we know the other side of the line as well, if not better than they do.

I might But that didn’t happen. The principles were simply not in GE’s reality, so it was just called the  “Altresco” model, and they obtained exclusive right to finance anything Altresco, or I did in North America.

And, it also brings up the viable alternative approach to creating new “economies” that will not leave 60% of the planet’s humans “too poor to count” in World Bank and current international financing methodologies designed around the “extractive capitalism” business model.

In any case, when I discovered and read John Fullerton’s Regenerative Capitalism booklet in 2017, I felt validated for the first time in 2 decades.

This is a “capitalism” framework I can design business models for. My paraphrasing would also include “Stakeholder Centric” business models, with the environment, the land, the community, and even Government compatibility as “Stakeholders.”

And this “regenerative” concept can even apply to our climate, and how we can start re “Greening” our planet.

And, this is beautiful to me because it adds to the momentum of our agricultural economic development in Kenya.  

It’s like Deja Vu because it’s an extension of  what my friends in Kenya have been working on for the six years since my first visit in 2014.

I think you’ll be able to extrapolate from the discussion in this summary video of my visit and exploration of Isiolo County, Kenya.

All of the ingredients are either immediately accessible as infrastructure is constructed, or available as known and proven technologies, And with that we’re ready to bring the “business systems.” That can be designed as regenerative, and SDG inclusive from the start.

When we include Regenerative agriculture, Renewable energy, Regenerative water management, and private capitalism and a “built from a clean sheet of paper” regenerative business model template the outcome will be awesome and a model to be shared.

Regenerative agriculture: how it works on the ground

Regenerative is a system of elements working together.

And, the whole picture is going to take a lot of great writers to illuminate.

Agriculture includes many elements, but we also need to remember Energy, and Water integration.

And articles like this are all important.

History’s brightest minds are not always our modern day heroes, and as decades pass, the consequences of ingenious discoveries unfold. This is especially true in the history of agriculture. Take…

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