Earth, America, Solar Power, And Arthur Schopenhauer.

Hermann Scheer 2005
Hermann Scheer 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted November 27, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer

First, solar energy, along with wind energy, is free energy. Why is it that no world leader has suggested that every citizen in every nation, especially the United States, have access to free energy from solar, wind, biogas, and other renewable energies? Now, let me be clear here. I am talking about a situation where no person will pay for electricity, ever again.

Let me begin with a short discussion about what it means to become an elected representative of the people. I think we can all agree that ideally a government representative of the people has the job of making life better for his constituents. There may be some debate as to whether John F. Kennedy’s suggestion that men complete a mission to land on the moon resulted in life being better for the American people. One could say that there were a number of valuable, life-enhancing technological developments which came about through the effort to send a man to the moon.

Leaving the moon landing debate aside, whether it was worth it because of the scientific discoveries that occurred in the effort, what I would like to do here is compare the big idea of sending a man to the moon to the big idea of providing every citizen on Earth with free power/electricity.  What I am suggesting is that free energy comes from the sun and wind, and there is no reason to not believe that every citizen should have use of that free energy.

Solar, wind, and other renewable energies are free.

The documentary in this post, “Here Comes The Sun”, came out in 2008-9, and shows the tremendous potential of solar energy even some years ago. At that time the promise of solar energy technologies had already been discovered and proven to be practical. Hermann Scheer, the man who almost single-handedly initiated a green revolution in his native country of Germany before passing away in 2010, plainly stated in the film that the “solar debate is over.”

Now, he said this 5 years ago.

My focus here is to express my disappointment that the unbelievably profound potential of solar and wind energy is not being utilized to the point where every single man, woman, and child on Earth is using it. In the simplest way of saying it, solar and wind energy can power the entire world – all of humanity. And my simple question is: why is this possibility not being pursued with an intense vigor that matches the truly profound and possible reality?

Perhaps the man from Jordan in this documentary answered that simple question. He offered the choice for humanity of living in a world where compassion and concern for one’s fellow-man is the reality pursued, or the other option of continuing the status-quo where special interests receive the bulk of the power and influence moving forward. His reasoning and expression of that choice, which is the true choice for humanity now, is right on the money and reflects the actual energy situation on Earth.

Even though this documentary came out in 2008-9, its impact is perhaps even more powerful in 2013 because it exposes how disappointing has been the worldwide effort to implement such life transforming technology everywhere. Hermann Scheer said that a rapid renewable energy revolution is possible. He said that investments in traditional energy industries like oil, nuclear, coal, etc. will become poor investments because renewable energies are the future.

To the point, there is no longer any argument or debate about solar, wind, and other renewable energies. It is time for world leaders to get with the program and start the ball rolling to gratefully accept the Creator/God’s gift of solar and wind energy. Certainly the traditional energy industries like oil, coal, nuclear, and others will become, as Hermann Scheer stated, “superfluous”.

It is time for humanity to choose the path that leads to a less polluted, less energy resource war-prone, more just and peaceful world. A better world where the citizens of the Earth lead improved lives with less violence, less spending on weapons, wars and killing, less separation between nations and people, and an increase in coöperation and brotherhood worldwide, is possible and waiting for the human race to take and make real.

A better world is possible. All humanity has to do is choose the good path.

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(Video source: Global Climate News channel @ YouTube)

 

 

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Fukushima Crisis Is Humanity’s Crisis.

English: Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Medi...
English: Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Medium crop showing reactors labeled 1 to 5 and site for reactor 6. North is up. 日本語: 福島第一原子力発電所。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted October 7, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Since the Fukushima disaster occurred in 2011, after external and backup power to the nuclear facility was cut off, resulting in overheating of fuel and explosions, many have forgotten about the situation. There is a false sense by people around the world that, because the mainstream media does not report on what is occurring at Fukushima, that the dangers have somehow been “taken care of”.

The dangers at Fukushima have not been “taken care of”, and the world’s greatest minds in the fields of engineering have to be gathered as quickly as possible to come up with solution(s). Since the reactors at Fukushima melted in 2011 tremendous amounts of water have flowed into the Pacific Ocean day after day after day up to the present. It has been an ongoing environmental disaster for over two years.

Men and women around the world are thinking that the small amounts of radioactive materials going into the Pacific are no real danger because the Pacific is so large that those highly dangerous materials will easily be diluted. This is false thinking and needs to be corrected in order for the people of the world to demand action from the leaders of every country to deal with the problems now.

I will be honest with you and say that I had no idea how dangerous the situation at Fukushima has remained to this day. Just as most people I thought the problems were more or less solved, that there was no reason for remaining concerned about the Japanese people, but for some radioactivity which escaped in the weeks after the disaster. After reading a few articles with titles like “World Action Needed At Fukushima” etc., I found out that there is indeed a continuing, unsolved emergency there.

The number of negative events that have threatened, and still threaten, all life forms including plant, animal and human are so many that it is difficult to decide which is worst. The amount of damage already done, and the potential damage which will occur if mankind does not come up with solutions, can safely be described as the most extensive damage in history. As mentioned a high volume, highly toxic soup has run into the Pacific Ocean every single day since the May 2011 initial event.

With this release of a variety of materials into the environment, algae, fish and other animals are having these materials deposited into their flesh, with a concentration of those materials as they move up the food chain to human consumption. Elements such as cesium 134 and cesium 137 have been measured in concentrations many thousands of times the “safe” environmental levels. The Food and Drug Administration has stopped testing fish long ago, pointing to an anti-scientific response to the extraordinary dangers.

There has been a public relations response to the ongoing crisis, more concerned with the nuclear industry’s reputation than the health of people and the environment. Public relations have become more important than real issues of life and death. The nuclear industry is self-regulated.

Another element, tritium, has been one of the dangerous materials in the waters from Fukushima flowing daily into the environment, mainly the Pacific. Tritium travels directly to the DNA of all living things, including human beings, where it does extraordinary damage. Bio-accumulation occurs when lower life forms become consumed by higher life forms until the greatest accumulation of highly dangerous radioactive materials becomes consumed by humans.

Many believe the lie that there was not a significant number of people who died as a result of the nuclear incidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.

The major danger at Fukushima is the spent fuel pool, five stories in the air, at reactor #4. The ground under the storage facility has become saturated with water used to keep the fuel cooled, and the risk of collapse of the structure is the overheating of that spent fuel, which would release radioactivity hundreds of times larger than that released by the bombs detonated on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  The release would be 20-30 times larger than the tremendous amounts which have already been, and continue to be, released every day.

The crisis at Fukushima, even after the finest engineers in the world work to find the least destructive solutions, will remain one requiring extensive maintenance for decades.

An international task force of the world’s smartest experts absolutely must be established as soon as possible to begin working on solutions for the emergency situation at Fukushima.

Fukushima is not only Japan’s problem. Fukushima is the world’s problem.

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Hydraulic Fracturing. A Very Important Issue For Humanity.

English: Renewable Energies: Biogas (fermenter...
English: Renewable Energies: Biogas (fermenter), wind power and photovoltaics on a farm in Horstedt (Schleswig-Holstein/ Germany) Deutsch: Erneuerbare Energie: Biogas (Fermenter), Windkraftanlage und Photovoltaik-Paneele (Solarzellen) auf einem landwirtschaftlichen Betrieb in Horstedt (Schleswig-Holstein/Deutschland) Français : Energies renouvelables: Biogaz (fermentation), éolienne, et panneaux photo-voltaïques dans une ferme à Horstedt (Schleswig-Holstein, Allemagne) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted August 20, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother, but his enemy-and when he has conquered it, he moves on.”

Chief Seattle

This quote by Chief Seattle is relevant to the issue of hydraulic fracturing, because he accurately describes what occurred in his time and continues to this day. That men will harm the land without regard to the health and well-being of people, animals and plant life is a fact which history shows without a doubt.

With a small amount of time looking into fracking we have learned a few things, most notably from the truth-out.org interview of former Mobil executive Louis W. Allstadt. His mention of the removal of EPA findings from New York State Guidelines, which showed possible negative consequences from fracking was a revelation. This moved him to become involved in the state of New York.

Mr. Allstadt’s speaking of the waste of years where renewable energies was not brought online in the United States shows a lack of focus from the United States government and business community. While European countries, notably Germany, have been bringing renewable energies to their citizens, the United States has stuck with things as they are, falling behind in the manufacturing of energy technologies of the future.

China has become a world leader in solar technology manufacturing. Louis Allstadt pointed out that oil and gas executives call natural gas from fracking a bridge to the renewable future, but that nobody is building the bridge-the solar, wind, biofuel etc, facilities to manufacture the equipment people can install on their homes and commercial buildings.

It is time to get to the truth on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. Bring in the top academicians, scientists and experts in the world on this technology and get the thing resolved. You can do it over Skype, for God’s sake. Governments around the world can arrange such a high-level discussion on this issue, in every country where citizens have expressed genuine concerns.

Given the potential consequences for this generation and future generations, especially when all living things need water to survive, it is irresponsible for world leaders to not tackle this issue in a spiritually mature way which looks out for the welfare of all people on this Earth.

Or does Laura Cunningham in the following video, who decided to write a play about fracking titled “Frack Off” to quell the out-of-kilter emotions displayed in the discussions about this important issue, represent the highest level of discussion we will see?

God bless Ms. Cunningham for trying to help bring about rational discussions. 

It is time for world leaders, for humanity, to step up its game on hydraulic fracturing.

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