The bell tolls for coal. The bell tolls for oil. You both have been great servants. Your time has come to an end. Don’t let the Sun hit you in the ass on your way out the door.
If you watch a bit of television, you may have seen commercials that promote sources of power that are vital to the American way of life. Such as coal, natural gas and the grandaddy of them all – oil. The shpeel touts the wonderful amount of jobs the industries could create if only the dagnabbit gumment would repeal many environmental regulations that have contributed to clean water, air and land over the past four decades.
For example – an ad by the American Petroleum Institute claims how wonderful it is “the deeper you go the more you learn about…” how much Bullshit I’m trying to sell you. Oh, and there is the one, oh, God, its so funny! I can’t stop laughing! Make it stop! The one where the voice-over dude is spewing claims about the state of the art monitoring equipment the fucking fracking industry uses to test water quality. What a killer! I get a stitch in my side every time I hear that. Whew!
So, with all of these spots designed to misinform the public I ask where is the push back from the real “clean” energy industry? I don’t see it. Groups like the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Solar Energy Society, to name a few, must team up with the National Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club plus others to place ads across all media to be the counter to the pablum puke. The dirty, fossil fuel industry, in my view, is scared and desperate because why would they launch into a campaign of deception if not? Oil dupes the public (Chevron thinks your fucking stupid), coal lies (coal is clean) and natural gas fudges data.
Paul Atredies of Dune said, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.” The dirty fuel industry wants people to be afraid because fearful people are easily manipulated. Scared people of America! I implore you to wake the fuck up! Take to heart the rest of Usul’s quote – “I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear’s path, and only I will remain.”
Cooking in the outdoors is a great way to “get back” to our roots. Could there be a better way to cook than with a solar grill? I don’t think so!
So I read this the other day and it got me thinking. Yeah, I know, I smell it too. It is not a question of “winning the future” by choosing energy sources from long dead flora and fauna or renewable, clean and green. More like how do I want to live? This is a good time to envision a possible lifestyle in the near future. Take a Solar Decathlon house and add some flow for charging your NEW CAR!!! Gosh, thanks Mr. Carey.
I’ll take this opportunity to make a rash generalization and say that Tea Party people (Are they people? The science they do not believe in has yet to release significant data.) desire to have gumment leave them alone and stay clear as they live their lives. WELL, this is a topic they rant about often so why not offer a means for them to get Uncle Sam off of their backs? They fear the smart grid and those digital electric meters that will allow G-men to monitor home electric use. From how long they have the grow lights in play to the amount of juice they use while operating the printing press, spiting out $10s and $20s.
My answer to their fears is to decouple from the grid with technology AND SCIENCE. I know, its crazy but inovation and research into electricity storage will allow for anyone who can aford paying 5 to 10 grand for a device that will make it easy to disconnect from the central, utility-run, electic grid. Of course they would be needing a few solar panels or may be a wind turbine to generate the electricity for the flow batteries. Having solar panels on the roof just might make them German, forcing them to eat currywurst and wear lederhosen but at least they could swig steins of beer chilled from a refridgerator that got its power from the sun. Uncle Sam would never know.
The link is part one of a two-part story on a home in Fairbanks, Alaska that uses passive/active solar for heat and hot water.
Part two is here.