August 21, 2008
Elaine Meinel Supkis
I have tried for the last 35 years to convince everyone that we should have solar energy systems on every house and small windmill systems on every roof top. Everyone must produce as much energy as possible, all the time. Then we need more only for extra use or hours when such systems don't work! Instead, America goofed off for 35 years and now is going bankrupt. We can't rewire America if we have no money! Today's news is all one big web here, I hope everyone has the patience to read this whole story here:
(AP) -- John Yancey leans against his truck in a field outside his home, his face contorted in anger and pain. "Listen," he says.
The rhythmic whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of wind turbines echoes through the air. Sleek and white, their long propeller blades rotate in formation, like some otherworldly dance of spindly-armed aliens swaying across the land.
Yancey knows the towers are pumping clean electricity into the grid, knows they have been largely embraced by his community
But Yancey hates them.
All energy systems have downsides. I have stood on my distant mountain, disgusted with the thick, ozone-laden air, the further hills totally masked by smog, smog that came half way across the US continent to my rural landscape! This kills my trees, my oxen, my chickens, my son who has asthma. We are given choices!
I am for INDIVIDUAL energy systems! Every house should have solar energy and very small wind mills. Every major building, ditto! No need to carpet the countryside with mega-systems! Are we even barely beginning to do this?
NO!!!! All we need is laws that require all building permits for any new buildings to require this. How simple is it? People wasted huge sums of money on kitchens and bathrooms, front hallways and swimming pools this last building boom and virtually none spent a penny on any home energy generation systems! GOOD GRIEF! What will it take?
A top notch solar system costs $30,000. The average house sold last year at well over $250,000. So it is easy and possible and can happen only if politicians and others pushed for laws that would require this.
Why? PATRIOTISM!!!! We are going bankrupt, importing energy. The man who is whining about windmills here is the victim of concept of doing things big, not small. If we want small, we can get it but ONLY if we ALL do it, collectively! Free choice when the choice is to destroy our nation or our environment, to pollute other people's air, water or sound, hey! We have to COOPERATE to survive. Cooperation is not a difficult concept, after all. It is also called 'Civilization'. We could pretend to be savages but even savages, stone age savages who barely know how to make fire, COOPERATE. Or they die. There is no such thing as the glorious individual. We are a species, a family, a part of Nature and residents on Planet Earth. We have obligations to all others who share this.
Using swap dealers as middlemen, investment funds have poured into the commodity markets, raising their holdings to $260 billion this year from $13 billion in 2003. During that same period, the price of crude oil rose unabated every year.
CFTC data show that at the end of July, just four swap dealers held one-third of all NYMEX oil contracts that bet prices would increase. Dealers make trades that forecast prices will either rise or fall. Energy analysts say these data are evidence of the concentration of power in the markets.
CFTC leaders have argued that speculators are not influencing commodities' prices. If any new information arises during the agency's examination of swap dealer activity, officials said they would report it to Congress.
"To date, the CFTC has found that supply and demand fundamentals offer the best explanation for the systematic rise in oil prices," CFTC spokesman R. David Gary said, reading a statement that had been crafted by agency officials. "Regardless of their classification . . . the CFTC's market surveillance group scrutinizes daily the positions of all large traders, both commercial and non-commercial, to guard against market manipulation."
Well, DUH!!!! The traders were scared off for a few days. They went dutifully back to placing bets on dollars, yen and euros. And other things...that MADE NO MONEY! So they are all rushing back into the oil markets because EVERYONE needs oil. And the US has absolutely no tariffs or barriers to oil imports so we are going bankrupt, importing oil we cannot COLLECTIVELY afford. Every drop of oil we import, weakens our entire nation. The more we do this, the worse it will be in the end. Importing oil dooms our nation. We can't keep doing this! Everyone rejoiced when the threats of investigation or the jawboning down of commodities dropped oil prices.
But they are rising, fast, again. I said last week, commodity inflation comes in waves. Each one is greater than the one before. If empires insist on creating endless funny money and spending on wars, we get oil inflation. This, in turn, triggers inflation all over the place. To fight this, we must reduce our oil consumption. We are a collective nation, not individuals. Anyone wants to be an individual, he can live on a deserted island in the ocean.
My father was the head of the Alternative Energy Commission under Jimmy Carter. He advised Jimmy to put those solar panels on the White House, by the way. Here is a story about Jimmy Carter's attempt to channel myself and my dad and the rest of my family, concerning the Hubbert Oil Peak and how the US must not fall into the trap of importing most of our oil:
By Kevin Mattson
Posted August 13, 2008
The president of the United States was rumored to have disappeared or gone crazy. It was July 5, 1979, and Jimmy Carter had canceled a speech scheduled for national television that evening. During the day, as the press pondered his infirmity, the president was at Camp David, consulting his staff about a broad "crisis of confidence" that his young pollster, Patrick Caddell, had diagnosed.
He spent 10 more days at the Maryland mountain retreat, meeting with not only staff but also political and civic leaders from various walks of life. On July 15, 1979—a Sunday, fit for a national sermon—Carter went in front of television cameras to give the most important speech of his presidency. He spoke in dire terms of the "crisis of confidence." Since then, his words have been remembered as the "malaise" speech, a word never uttered during it but later grafted onto it by the media and Carter's political opponents, Ted Kennedy to the left and Ronald Reagan to the right. "Malaise" stuck.
America was anemic. We wanted more oil. Jimmy wanted us to move away from heavy oil consumption. Instead, we voted in Reagan and since then, the oil barons have ruled America. And our trade deficit has ballooned due to oil and the attempt at getting rid of the cost of oil via suppressing wages by outsourcing and offshoring manufacturing. Today, our nation is on the verge of dying thanks to this. Jimmy Carter also wants to have some justice for Palestine so he is now totally invisible here in the US. Nearly as much as I. Hi, Jimmy! Hope you keep your courage up!
But on Tuesday, Google.org, the philanthropic arm of search giant Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ), announced it would try to help spur companies to reach underground to produce clean electricity. It is investing a total of $10 million in a geothermal energy company called AltaRock Energy and a drilling company called Potter Drilling, and it is funding research and mapping efforts and a policy agenda.
It is part of Google.org's effort to help bring about renewable energy that is cheaper than coal by investing in companies, research and policy development. The organization is focusing on three main technologies: solar thermal power, which uses the sun's heat to generate electricity; advanced wind technology; and, now, a way of tapping geothermal energy called enhanced geothermal systems, or EGS.
Ain't going to work. Some places where there are nasty volcanoes and lots and lots of earthquakes are also great places to do this. But I have written about this in the past. Here is one example:
The mud volcano in Indonesia continues to pour out hot material so the government is seeking to stop it with cement balls which have been used in Azerbaijan. Mud volcanoes are associated with gas and oil fields and tectonic plate movments.
All sorts of hazards like sudden mud volcanoes occur when drilling to set up a geothermal plant. The one in Northern California has continuous small earthquakes. It is dreadfully near interesting geologically unstable messes. Just like the nuclear power plants of Japan. Also, it uses a lot of water and I do mean, a lot. All choices we make involves losses, dangers and difficulties. Certainly, this is up there as 'difficult and dangerous.'
Only Reid could bring former President Bill Clinton and right-wing Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens together to find common ground. Clinton spoke first. He arrived Monday, direct from Little Rock, where he'd helped eulogize his friend, Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney. The heartache was still etched in his face, but nothing was going to make him break his commitment to Reid.
With few notes and no prepared speech, the former president outlined a comprehensive strategy to spur economic growth and create millions of new jobs while moving America away from fossil fuels and toward saving the planet.
But, like Clinton, he rose to the occasion. He outlined his plan to move trucks and cars to natural gas, while producing 20 percent of our electricity from wind. He was self-deprecating, clear-eyed and disarmingly candid. Through it all, he conveyed one clear message: American dependence on foreign oil must be reduced.
This story just infuriates me! When Clinton was still President, ABC asked me to talk about solar energy in an article called 'Power For the People'. Afterwards, ABC called me and said, 'We will NEVER put you on the air again. No one likes you, Elaine.' Just...WOW. What did I do wrong? I talked about money and solar energy? Huh? Well, where was Clinton?
Fooling around with Monica! What did he do about all this? HAHAHA. Nothing.
Bush actively hates me, my dad and Jimmy Carter. So he killed even the slightest efforts to increase individual ownership of energy systems! And T. Boone Pickens?
GADS!!!! My old enemy! Now he is for wind energy....IN HUGE CLUSTERS just like that poor man in the first story is so bitter about! Sigh. This is a total nightmare, Belaga, not heaven. But then, this wretched money-soaked meeting was in Sin City, Nevada, right next to where the US blew up so many nuclear bombs. A total hell hole.