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How Much Land It Would Take To Power The Entire U.S. With Solar?


Interesting.  The solar energy question is not as simple as the following video implies.  There are questions of battery technology and perhaps the supply of some exotic elements.  But there’s also a growing body of research and technology that will make solar energy increasingly efficient and irresistible over the next few years.

Given that harvesting solar energy from the sun is much easier than extracting coal or crude oil out of the earth, and given that solar is far less dangerous to operate than atomic energy, it seems obvious that that we’re headed towards a near future without fossil fuels or atomic energy.

This video helps make that future seem easier, imminent and inevitable.

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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Energy, Video

 

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Chris Martenson-People Will Be Wiped Out In Coming Crash


I haven’t heard of Chris Martenson previously, but I’ll be paying attention to whatever he says in the future.  The man impresses me as not only having an enormous endowment of common sense, he’s equally impressive in his ability to express himself in a way that almost anyone can understand.  Big ideas.  Clear communication.  Impressive.

He’s interviewed by Greg Hunter in the following video.

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Debt, Economic collapse, Energy, Video, War

 

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The Value of Fiat Dollars in Relation to the Sale of Crude Oil


Petro-dollars [courtesy Google Images]

Petro-dollars
[courtesy Google Images]

The Washington Examiner recently published an article entitled “Oil industry starts to push to end ban on exports of crude oil.”

That article reported, in part, that:

“The oil and gas industry is seizing on recent comments by [U.S. Department of] Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to push for an end to the United States’ 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports.

“The American Petroleum Institute says the U.S. energy boom has made the ban irrelevant, citing Energy Information Administration projections this week that domestic oil production would hit a near-record 9.5 million barrels per day by 2016.”

That’s interesting—especially the fact that the ban on sale of US crude to foreign countries began about 40 years ago.

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Energy, Money, Values

 

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Oil Up—or Oil Down?


English: Pumpjack located south of Midland, TX

Pumpjack located south of Midland, TX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last year’s “Arab Spring” toppled four Middle East governments and threatened thirteen more.

That regional uprising was partially inspired by the rising costs and falling supplies of food.

Modern agriculture has been described as the process of turning crude oil into food.  The relationship between crude and food is seen in the petroleum-basis for fertilizer and for the gas and diesel fuels that power tractors in the field and trucks hauling produce to market.

Thus, the global price of crude oil will largely determine the global supply and price of food.  Therefore, the price of crude will determine how many nations are destabilized, how many governments are overturned, how many people riot before they starve to death.

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TED: The Future of Nano-Electric Power Generation


Deutsch: Animation einer Kohlenstoffnanoröhre

Image via Wikipedia

The video below offers a glimpse of nano-technologies that may produce wonders in the near future.  The video is cause for hope and even joy.  But the video is purely about technological possibilities in the production of clean energy.  It does not address political realities such as resistance to the implementation of such technologies by current energy-producing corporations and governments which would rather keep the world in darkness than allow for cheap or virtually “free” energy.

New technology to advance the people’s standard of living is always available–but it’s not always “allowable”.

We shall see.

video  00:10:21

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ghhgUmGBjX8#!

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Energy, Government as Gangsters, Technology, Video

 

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Japan is Dying II


Two maiko performing in Gion.

Image via Wikipedia

On March 31st, I posted “Japan Is Dying” on this blog.  That article was largely a response the the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdowns, but also dealt with fundamental demographic problems:  1) Japan’s economy has been moribund during its “Lost Decade”; and 2) 75% of Japan’s women are unmarried and therefore unlikely to reproduce.

Japan is aging, it’s population is falling, it’s economy is depressed, and the Fukushima radiation may ultimately cause Japan to lose Tokyo and much of northern Japan to a “dead zone”.

Unless at least two or three of those problems are resolved, I doubt that Japan will recover in my lifetime. I wouldn’t be surprised to China invade Japan within the next ten years.

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in End Times, Energy, Fukushima, Values, Video

 

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Fukushima Disaster Continues


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Image by Sterneck via Flickr

On March 11th, A.D. 2011–just 5 months ago–a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and following tsunami caused a catastrophic failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  Three nuclear reactors suffered “meltdown”.   Initially, there was great international concern over the radiation leaking from the Fukushima plant which might not merely affect Japan, but also Canada, the United States and potentially the entire northern hemisphere.

Over the next few months, however, mainstream media attention was diverted from Fukushima, people lost interest and today, most Americans don’t recognize the word “Fukushima” or remember the three meltdowns.  It’s amazing how quickly people forget.  It’s amazing how easily we are led by “entertainment” to ignore reality.  It’s not just amazing.  It’s frightening.

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Christianity, End Times, Energy, Fukushima

 

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