The Dying Gasp of The Oil Age

How Solar Power Could Slay the Fossil Fuel Empire by 2030

What we are seeing are exponential improvements in the efficiency of solar, the cost of solar, and the installation of solar. “Put these numbers together and you find that solar has improved its cost basis by 5,355 times relative to oil since 1970,” Seba said. “Traditional sources of energy can’t compete with this.”

Despite decades of petrochemical  propaganda, the Oil Age is ending with a whimper, not a bang.

After decades of lies to make us believe that WE NEED OIL to survive, and therefore must do everything we can to protect “cheap” foreign oil by maintaining the largest military in the world, propping up third world dictatorships, and torturing anybody who doesn’t blindly support those dictatorships, the truth is now clear to all but the most corrupt fools.

Imagine if we had actually followed the advice of President Carter, who installed solar panels on the White House in 1979 and wanted to end our dependence on petroleum, instead of diving head first into the Oil Wars of President Reagan, who removed those solar panels in 1986 and sold our country to the Military Industrial Oil Complex.

 

 

Biofuels and Bio-fools

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light

“Hemp is a great crop for biodiesel, and we’ve already started experimenting with [cellulosic ethanol made from hemp],” explained Ben Droz with Vote Hemp, a group trying to revitalize industrial hemp production in the U.S., at last week’s National Agriculture Day in Washington, D.C. He pointed out that hemp goes back a long ways in this country’s history, including being grown by the Founding Fathers and the founder of our modern automobile industry. “Henry Ford was actually doing research on hemp fuels and hemp biocomposites. And now today we are looking back to see if we can grow hemp once again.”

The current biofuel “debate” is another good example of what a useless mess the corporate media have become. The talking news-heads earnestly debate the efficacy and expense of biofuel, while ignoring the fact that the biggest “problem with biofuel” is that it’s almost all based on corn.

This situation is very similar to the way Diesel engines have been demonized for decades because petroleum based “Diesel Fuel” gives us the billowing black clouds of Diesel exhaust we all hate. Most people don’t know that Rudolf Diesel built his engine in 1895 to run specifically on alcohol and vegetable based biofuels, and that every Diesel engine today could be running on vegetable oil or old french fry grease.

The fact is, Diesel engines are far more efficient and last longer than gasoline based internal combustion engines, and modern Diesel engines combined with cheaper, cleaner, and easier to grow hemp based biofuels will be a major component of our sustainable future.

If Diesel-Electric hybrid systems are good enough for submarines and locomotives, they should be good enough for us to commute to work and back without using a drop of foreign oil!

Autism Facts and Fiction

The Real Issue That Vaccine Truthers Like Jenny McCarthy Should Be Focusing On

A large study published this month, which relies on the data from 100 million medical records here in the U.S., found a significant association between autism and “harmful environmental factors.” University of Chicago researchers studied genital malformation in boys, a type of birth defect that’s already been linked to exposure to pesticides, and found a strong link with autism rates. A one percent increase in those defects corresponded to a 283 percent increase in autism.

The current state of the anti-vaccine debate  is a perfect example of how the corporate controlled mass media stirs up fear and paranoia while completely failing to inform the public. There is no question that autism has reached epidemic levels, but the real causes are largely absent from the public debate.

Autism is yet another cost of our dependence on expensive and toxic petrochemical products. From poisoned water and air, to bloated military budgets, we can no longer pretend that our addiction to oil is perpetuated because it’s “cheap and easy” while solar, wind, and other sources of clean energy are too expensive or untested.

Not only have cheap and clean energy sources been available for decades, they’re getting cheaper every day, and the costs of “doing nothing” and maintaining the petrochemical status quo are getting more expensive everyday.

Apple, Tesla and The Big Green Battery Factory

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Tesla unveils $5 billion plan for massive ‘Gigafactory’ to manufacture batteries

In cooperation with strategic battery manufacturing partners, we’re planning to build a large scale factory that will allow us to achieve economies of scale and minimize costs through innovative manufacturing, reduction of logistics waste, optimization of co-located processes and reduced overhead.

When I read the above press release from Tesla, another great American company came to mind: Apple.

Both companies are heavily invested in battery dependent mobile technology and have been pushing the envelope in sustainable factory technologies. Apple has the cash to build an independent battery factory anywhere in the world, but partnering with their Palo Alto neighbor Tesla Motors would multiply efficiencies for both companies.

Even if it’s just wishful thinking as a fan of both companies, the fact that Tesla Motors is planning to follow the Apple model of renewable energy manufacturing is another clear indication that the world is moving away from the  status quo of the Fossil Fuel Economy.

The petrochemical industries have peaked and continue to shrink, but they’re not going quietly, as the Koch brothers and their oil soaked allies in congress prove. On the bright side, they are dying like the toxic, bloated, expensive and unnecessary industries they are, and the rest of us will be far better off as fossil fuels become a thing of the past.

Alternative energy is everywhere, use it wisely!

Gimmie Some Water

Is solar-powered desalination answer to water independence for California?

From a sustainability perspective, the upside of the technology is huge. The US federal government is currently pumping in about seven million-acre feet of water into California’s Central Valley every year. Replacing a “meaningful percentage” of that figure – say, 20%-30% – would be enough to have a dramatic impact on securing water security for the area, says WaterFX’s Mandell.

The implications for sustainable agriculture are also vast. After a successful proof of concept stage, Sundrop is now building a 20-acre greenhouse, which promises to produce 2.8m kg of tomatoes and 1.2m kg of pepper a year. As well as making desert land productive, Sundrop maintains that its approach reduces pesticide use, cuts food miles and results in better tasting produce.

The arguments from a climate-change perspective appear especially attractive. Saudi Arabia’s 30 or so desalination plants, for instance, currently use about 300,000 barrels of crude oil equivalent a day. The trend in other Gulf countries, as well as in Algeria and Libya, is similar. “The status quo is not sustainable,” concludes the World Bank, which describes the elimination of fossil fuel use in desalination as “critical”.

My home state of California is proudly leading the way to a sustainable future by building on our homegrown agriculture and technology industries.

The next step will be using the vast power of the pacific ocean for tidal energy and clean water via solar desalinization.

If its good enough for Saudi Arabia, it’s good enough for America!

Just Say No To Coal

Hemp growers cooperatives’ report touts crop’s benefits to coal

Hemp plus coal could equal economic prosperity for Appalachia, according to a new white paper released Wednesday by the Kentucky and West Virginia hemp growers cooperatives.

“It’s about stimulating the hemp economy,” said David Hadland, president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association and a member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission. “The public needs to know that hemp is viable, and that hemp is not marijuana. This is just another example of its use.”

The cooperatives advocate blending dry hemp “hurds” with Appalachian high-sulphur coal to reduce emissions at power plants.

“Our results show that hemp biomass is a promising feedstock for power co-generation, a notion supported by recent techno-economic studies,” wrote the study’s authors, Katherine M. Andrews, Alex Donesky, Roger Ford and J. Eric Mathis. “The introduction of industrial hemp as a biomass energy feedstock can improve the economics of co-firing due to adaptability, high per-acre yield, and potential to be grown on post-mining land and reclamation sites.”

The coal chemical spill in West Virginia is just one more example of a toxic industry that could eventually be replaced by industrial hemp.

Whether burning hemp in power plants or pellet burning stoves, it is far cleaner and safer than the petrochemical sources we are currently forced to use, not to mention all the dangerous chemicals used in the processing of those toxic petrochemical products, and the only reason we continue to protect these toxic industries is the misguided belief that there are no other alternatives.

 

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/08/3023589/hemp-growers-cooperatives-report.html#storylink=cpy

Surprise, surprise, surprise… or not.

House supporters of KXL received $56m from fossil fuel industry

Oil Change International calculated that supporters of the bill had taken a combined $56 million from the fossil fuel industry, and that individual representatives in support of the bill had on average received six times from oil industry interests than pipeline opponents.

While not one single person could possibly be surprised by the story above, consider for a moment, how many jobs could have been created by  spending that $56 million to plant hemp crops throughout the crumbling heartland of America.

We’re spending $1 Trillion on a military fighter program that barely flies and nobody wants, when we could be making $1 Trillion by allowing American farmers to grow the most profitable plant in human history.

The Problem Isn’t The Biofuel, Its The Crop!

Ethanol’s Days of Promise and Prosperity Are Fading

Five years ago, rural America was giddy for ethanol.

Backed by government subsidies and mandates, hundreds of ethanol plants rose among the golden fields of the Corn Belt, bringing jobs and business to small towns, providing farmers with a new market for their crops and generating billions of dollars in revenue for the producers of this corn-based fuel blend.

The only problem with ethanol is making it out of corn.

Henry Ford, Charles Kettering and “The Fuel of the Future”

When Henry Ford told a New York Times reporter that ethyl alcohol was “the fuel of the future” in 1925, he was expressing an opinion that was widely shared in the automotive industry. “The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, awdust — almost anything,” he said. “There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years.”

 

I’ll Take That $2 Billion In Small Bills…

Obama: U.S. Must Shift Cars And Trucks Off Oil.

“The only way to break this cycle of spiking gas prices — the only way to break that cycle for good — is to shift our cars entirely, our cars and trucks, off oil,” the president said.

 Obama cast his proposal as not only a clean energy plan, but as one meant to create opportunities for economic growth.

The money would fund research on “breakthrough” technologies such as batteries for electric cars and biofuels made from switch grass or other materials. Researchers also would look to improve use of natural gas as a fuel for cars and trucks.

Unfortunately, President Obama didn’t mention that hemp was the best “other material” available.

Please tell him to save the $2 Billion and support The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013:

Short URL: http://wh.gov/wPIw

One man’s dream…

The Cost of Living on this planet is based on the cost of our forced dependence on petrochemical products controlled by corrupt dictatorships and protected by $1 Trillion a year of American weapons and soldiers.

Imagine if those soldiers were farmers growing the Hemp “The Trillion Dollar Crop” to supply the people of America with all the food, fiber, fuel, and oil we need to thrive, just like our forefathers did.

As the old saying goes: “One man’s dream is a multi-national petrochemical corporation’s nightmare!”

Sign our White House Hemp Petition:  http://wh.gov/wPIw

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