Natural Energy is Obvious
Natural Energy is obvious, it’s obvious to a child. We know this having been children. There’s no way, in the end, that the ways we generate electricity are in any way better, cheaper for anyone. They are destructive and disastrous by every measure. Natural energy is free. Of course, it’s not free, but, practically, it is. The infrastructure isn’t free, but nor is it for anything else, and the infrastructure pays for itself fairly soon.
The power source is free, and it’s clean, abundant and infinite. There are gigawatts everywhere. Just reach out and take it. It doesn’t matter that some of these systems aren’t productive for 10% of the time, there will always be massive power coming from somewhere, and the supply regulated by massive power in reserve stored as hydrogen. Better sooner than later.
It should be stressed that there’s a lot more to renewable energy than has been covered here, this note is just the Staneb Natural Energy Greatest Hits. We apologise to all the pioneering companies that didn’t get a mention in these notes, it was largely happenstance (as was reading Progress and Poverty in the first place, which led to any notes being made about anything at all.)
Loads more fascinating stuff we found just in passing here.
Hopefully we’ll catch up with all the energy pioneers by and by and add some notes, for there is much that hasn’t been mentioned. Further notes are planned about all the other means of harvesting natural energy. Energy is Everywhere.
Anyway, that really is plenty to be going on with and will suffice for the sleeve notes to explain why we’re the Single Tax and Natural Energy Band.
We want to promote natural energy and help usher in a new age. There is so much it would be so good to get rid of, that has been so destructive to the biosphere and to human society. To say goodbye to toxic pollution, biosphere distorting emissions, oligarchical corporate political power, security states and all that God-awful malarkey, and begin to make repair and recompense for what’s done.
If there’s super-abundant dispersed energy, power, most other things can be done. Whatever it is we’re going to have to do in the future to keep the world’s population alive over the next century, and thriving. With abundant energy, water can be produced. Heaven forbid, but food can be synthesised. Abundant energy, available anywhere, is the primary issue, really: that provided, almost anything else becomes possible.
Energy can be used to suck carbon out of the atmosphere. There are artificial trees that absorb 1,000 times more carbon than real trees, scrubbing towers that draw in air and releases it at the top with half of the carbon taken out. This will develop. (further notes to follow.) With abundant energy generation, the Sun could start to suck the air clean.
It’s just a fantasy at the moment, but for an island like Kiribati, home to 100,000 people, whose looming fate is to be overcome by rising sea levels and disappear completely, could not a huge wall system be built around it like the ones proposed for Swansea Bay Lagoon? And the island then becomes a massive generator of energy through tidal storage power. They could not easily export the energy, being right in the middle of the Pacific, but they could make income by diverting their huge mass of surplus energy to removing carbon from the atmosphere, which in the near future will surely attract income, an international price agreed. This is a very interesting interview on carbon mopping.
It doesn’t matter where in the world carbon removal takes place. If there was a guarantee for this future income, that could pay for the wall that would save Kiribati and many other islands. It would be much less of a tropical paradise, but it would be there. Could there possibly be the international political will to bring about these things? There’s certainly the technology in the world to save everyone, there’s no doubt about that.
There is always hope. This is very hopeful.
Seems there is such a thing as the progressive corporate sector, which shouldn’t be a complete surprise, we really are all in this one together. The article says:
The progressive corporate sector plans to make a major push at next week’s climate change summit in New York for the introduction of a meaningful global price for carbon, believing it to be one of the most effective measures to keep temperature rises within 2C.
And further that:
CDP, the sustainable-economy non-profit, has compiled the first global database which shows that the world’s largest corporations are outpacing their governments in responding to climate change and expect carbon to be priced.
CDP are the Carbon Disclosure Project, and say:
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.
Sir David King argues for £15bn a year R&D spending on clean energy to make it cheaper than coal power globally, in emulation of space race research efforts
£15bn, from the whole world, the equivalent funding that the USA gave the Apollo programme, which so thrilled the world with in the early 70s. £15bn is nothing, of course, a small fraction of a bank bail-out – to give us at least a sniff at being able to save the world. If that’s what it would take to make the key difference, then it is criminally insane not to do this.
Here's David Attenborough talking about this idea.
Again, energy should be produced in such abundance that eventually it is an omnipresent resource for the whole global community. Such abundance that great stores of energy can be made. Such abundance that extravagant use of it can be put towards damage limitation and cleaning up.
Can we hope to somehow heal the world? We’re bound to hope that. And if there’s abundant energy available everywhere, it feels like there’s a chance.