Like the legendary Northwest Passage and the lost city of Eldorado, explorers have long searched for a connection, or a contiguous thought of some kind, connecting what he says to any kind of empirical reality. Dr. Levy Pangloss of John’s Hopkins once determined a partial neural network from Trump’s speech center, through his limbic snake brain but lost it in a constellation of half-thoughts, notions, prejudices, brain farts and outright lies. In further investigation it was found that the facile lying of a sociopath, may interfere with the necessary feeling channels which, in humans, connects the ego to any kind of empathy toward other creatures, and a more complete world picture not, in fact, centered around the words, “me”, “I”, “mine”, and “Unbelievable!” Dr. Levy added, “ Of course, that assumes he has a working brain. It is rumored that he can dress himself, but we will need to do more study on that.”
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Nobody Owns the Sun
Our nation has devolved into an oligarchy and part of that is an Oiligarchy; a few great companies who own the means of oil, gas and coal production and use their wealth and leverage to run the country. They own the oil deposits and coal, they own the gas deposits and the pipelines and leases on our offshore shelves and on public lands.
They own leases in foreign lands, exploiting the natives, bribing and corrupting officials, creating oil princes and sheiks.
But nobody owns the sun. Nobody owns the earth orbits. Anybody who can get there and collect solar power can beam it to their own targets. Foreign countries can do this. Investors can. Whoever does it will own cheap renewable power worth far more than fossil fuel. Capitalism says that, in the long run, they will drive fossil fuel from the market. And aren’t we in this for the long run.
“For humanity to survive, it must move into space…” Stephen Hawkins.
There are seven billion people on earth. By 2050 it is projected there will be ten billion.
No one knows what the carrying capacity of the planet is. There is evidence that we are exceeding it now. Humanity is like a virus infecting the surface of the planet, using up all the food and resources, filling the available space and throwing off toxins that will poison itself and the host planet. We are heading toward a catastrophic collapse.
Yet, of the six billion on the planet, four billion are living in abject poverty. More than two billion go hungry. The economic system is based on and demands continual growth, but there is nowhere left to grow into. On earth.
In the rich countries, consumers have all the material things they can use and more. The few super wealthy who run rich nations and corporations have more money than they could ever spend. Among the poor, there is no money, no resources, no infrastructure to lift them out of poverty. In a closed system, which is our planet, the only thing left is the fight over limited resources.
As the poor and disenfranchised turn to fundamental extremes and the rich react with imperial wars to protect their lifestyles, it is either climate change or weapons of mass destruction that may finally limit mankind’s growth by eliminating billions and leaving great swaths of the planet uninhabitable for eons. In the past half century there have been a number of very near misses…nuclear armageddons avoided by luck and within seconds of catastrophe.
With the pent up anger of humans pressed to close together, the future is uncertain. Humanity balances on a knife edge. Whether we will destroy ourselves or move to a positive next stage of human destiny is in our own hands. It is an intelligence test for the human race.
For salvation, one has to look in the historical direction of heaven. Above us are all the natural resources of the universe. There is a new frontier. Our first explorers havebeen there and planted a flag. Now it is high time to open that frontier.
There is a new space race, a moon race, a race to the high ground, the new frontier, the high frontier. The winner will have the key to unlimited energy and a new enterprisezone of unlimited wealth. The race itself, will change the circumstance of mankind, freeing humanity from the closed system of our home planet, with it’s limited resources,
over population and ancient conflicts over disputed lands.
The nation or nations that prevail will have the ability to change the balance of power on earth. Abundant, clean energy alone has the ability, according to one study, to raise the yearly average income of everyone on the planet from an average of $400 to $13,000. A new frontier enriches everyone, gives everyone hope and opportunity. It is the greatest escape valve for the pressures confronting us.
This new race has many entrants: Russia, The U.S., China, India, Europe and Japan as well as minor participants. Some will co-operate, some may go it alone. The opening of the New, High Frontier may mirror the opening of the American Frontier, with hazards and hardships but great resources, land, wealth and just as importantly, a new political paradigm… What will that be?
The race is over establishing a colony to harvest helium3 for fusion fuel and lunar solar power, to be beamed back to earth. This clean, safe, renewable energy can replace fossil fuel, mitigating climate change and creating great new wealth on the home planet and in space.
The race is on…largely under the radar. And, America may be lagging behind. What is at stake, how will we create an outpost, then a working colony? Who are the leaders? What are the stages of colonization? What political and economic structure will be developed? What will be the relationship of the new colonists to earth. How will we
get emigrants off the planet. Where will we go from there? Stay tuned.
We have the technology. It’s not rocket science anymore. President Kennedy called it “The New Frontier”. Professor Gerald O’Neill called it the High Frontier. It is the Next Frontier, the Near Frontier and the best hope for mankind.
The meek shall inherit the earth, the rest…is ours.
During the Battle of the Bulge, American forces in danger of being overrun, pulled back under cover of artillery barrages. The artillery attack held the Germans while the Americans retreated to a series of prepared defensive positions, slowing the German advance until reinforcements could deploy.
In 1988 Senior Lead NASA climate scientist, James Hansen alerted the world to the results of his earth study. It was the threat of climate change. Immediately, Hansen was personally attacked by the Petroleum Industry. Under pressure from a petroleum infused congress holding NASA’s pursestrings, Hansen’s position became untenable and he resigned.
His further public speaking on the crisis drew vicious personal attacks in repeated attempts to discredit his findings and damage his reputation and ability to continue speaking. If you google Hansen today, you will find the first half-dozen references are attacks from trolls funded through right wing pressure groups and “think tanks”.
The coordinated attack on science, using propaganda organs, Fox News, talk radio, internet sites, and social media outlets retarded citizen awareness for over twenty-five years. The message was: “Climate Change is not real”, just an alarm raised by pointy-headed scientists to further their careers and secure research grants.
Using the same operators that used lies and disinformation tactics to sell cancer cigarettes to kids and guns to the mentally and emotionally challenged, Big Petro, hired and co-opted scientists through funding university studies and laboratories, themselves. These captured scientists were willing to discredit their colleagues the way captured doctors and researchers found themselves willing to promote cigarettes…
But as the lies are revealed and common sense, particularly in the younger generations prevails, the defenders, under cover of this long range artillery attack, retreat to the next fortified position: “Climate Change may be real but it is a natural cycle.” In this case nothing can be done or should be done because it “is God’s Will”.
Now, some of the more rational actors do not want to depend on that but feel that if God has a will, it might be that his creatures use the brains he gave them to try to save themselves and the world he created for them. (and the rest of the biosphere)
“Switching from coal and oil production will cost jobs” is the next defensive line even as jobs in black-lung mining and oil roustabouts decline, while solar industry jobs boom… adding jobs at a rate 20 times faster than the overall economy.
The next defensive position: “Disrupting the flow of oil consumption will disrupt the economy.” To increase oil supply and consumption the oil soaked Bush administrations orchestrated Oil War I and Oil War II; Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom, whose projected costs today are approaching 6 trillion dollars and which has disrupted the economy and caused a massive continuing regional war in the mideast. A great and continuing part of our “Defense” budget is tasked with securing our foreign oil sources and protecting petroleum industry profits.
And as citizens still demand change, the next position emerges from the fog: The argument is political; “Both wings of congress are the same feckless crooks,” there’s no difference between them, so there’s no meaningful action to take.
Even while most right wing pols still swear allegiance to big oil and their subsidies… and the left wing accepts climate change and proposes action, this meme is designed to create a feeling of helplessness; to prevent citizens from voting or becoming engaged in the argument.
The next defensive position was recently taken by Bush3. “Eliminate all energy subsidies” to “even the playing field..let the market decide.” This is intended to co-opt and disarm the renewable groups, who need subsidies to achieve market share in the face of entrenched, rich Big Petro, and their price manipulating tactics. No mention is made of the fact that renewables don’t pollute, or the need for a carbon tax to internalize to energy companies the cost of climate change from petroleum.
One only wonders what the next position will be, but it will be revealed as the world energy activists meet in Paris in December. But the longer this goes on, the more certain that both sides and the world itself will face a catastrophic defeat.
One thing is certain, Big Petro executives will cling to a declining resource that is killing the world, rather than transition at warp speed to a clean technology that taps a constant and enormous flow of energy and that can grow to tap that energy, steady state, at whatever speed we desire.
Apparently, all over the world, there are phantom fossil fuel burning plants producing nothing. They run or spin on, burning fuel, polluting the planet, outputting no electricity into the grid. They waste the planet just in case.
You can’t keep electricity. Goes bad in microseconds…who knew? You have to convert it to something else; kinetic energy or chemical, something like that.
Kinetic, you push water up a hill, so you can let it pour back, and create the energy when you need it. Or you find a hole in the ground and pump air into it. Same deal. Only with pressure rather than gravity. When you need it, you let it flow back. It spins a turbine and presto! Electricity.
You can spin big metal tops, flywheels they call ‘em, spin em up with cheap energy at night, de-spin em to get the electrons out in the morning. So far so good. Stop right there. That’s far enough.
Problems with all of these, you need certain geological forms, or to find a place to spin lots of tops. All safely and according to all the rules.
There’s also chemical, but batteries wear out and get weaker with age.
And it gets worse. Peaks and valleys in the power supply and things go haywire. Literally. Machines burn up, equipment goes dead in the middle of critical ops, production runs stop running, television serials abruptly cut out. “Is that how they’re gonna end it!?” ! People go nuts.
And then they’re those brown outs and black outs and people go really nuts. And you have to over-build and under-use, because you can’t always run at peak power, but when you need to you really need to.
Wind and Solar makes it worse. Clouds go over, the wind just drops. It happens. The whole grid responds like a waking dragon. Spinners come on line. The grid is constantly alive, reacting to events and must be protected. From accident or incident. From surge and power dip.
A space solar installation could direct primary power to a number of grids simultaneously. Instantaneously. It could be directed directly to a troublesome node. It’s steady, clean power, not affected by wind or sun position, by tides or seasons or day/night cycles…
Transitioning from 91% fossil fuel to Space Solar, as we must do and do rapidly, will eliminate a few coal miner’s jobs. It will create millions of jobs in engineering, rocketry, space activities, research and high tech manufacturing. It will lead us off the planet into space. Living Space.
At Nuremberg we hung Nazi’s whose crime was “only following orders.”
McConnell seeks to delay and derail any action on climate change, following orders from his sponsors and puppet masters, the Coal Companies. Inhoft denies science, claims “God” will take care of everything and brought a snowball into Congress to deny climate change. There’s a snowball’s chance of either of these guys acting in the public interest.
The Nazi’s, our image of pure evil, actually started as idealists and killed 70 million people “for a greater good for Germany”.
McConnell, James Inhof and their ilk, if successful in preventing action on climate change will be directly responsible for causing the deaths of millions, if not billions… and not for ideology, no matter how perverted, but for cold, hard cash. … for obscene profits for a few…to hold onto power…for personal gain.
Not even Hitler did that.
Some day there will be a Nuremberg Trial for climate deniers.. the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, Big Coal, and their minions and functionaries. Will McConnell and the others be sentenced as the Nazis were for their crimes against humanity? Will they ask for the blindfold or do they already have it?