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If every home that has a natural gas line were equipped with a small generator that ran on natural gas, emissions would tumble. Firstly, because CH4 is a much cleaner burning fuel than, say, coal. And secondly, transmission losses from large centralized generation plants would become forfeit.
It’s relatively simple, really. All you need to do is commercialize a home-based generator. Standardize the attachments to the meet the gas regulations already dictating what pipes go where, so that it can simply replace an old water heater, or hook into someone’s basement. Then, put a capacitor in there somewhere: Boom, electricity on demand.
You would be powering your own home. Sure, your natural gas bill would be higher. But you’d pay zero in electricity costs. Meanwhile, national emissions go down across the board, and coal and nuclear become obsolete.
The only problem with this is CH4 is STILL a fossil fuel. So this can only be recommended as a transition technology. It’s a bridge to the other side, something that will ultimately make itself obsolete. That’s nothing new, your DVD player was built with planned obsolescence in mind years ago.
(Did I hear Blue-Ray, anyone?)
But natural gas is (sadly) quite abundant in Colorado. And all those wells? I bet there’s significant temperature increases at the bottom of most. You could build geothermal generation in Rifle, I’d bet. (Just ask the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, though, to give you that data. It’s a maze of closing doors.)
The ultimate point must be this: there are in hand great and overwhelming incentives for some people to control our energy delivery. If they can hang on a bit longer, they might get to invade another country. What we need to do to make America secure is make your home energy independent. Get off the grid!
So money becomes the problem. That’s the other delivery of great social control. The Central Bank is the most inimical idea to personal liberty. The founding fathers knew it. That’s why they wrote into the constitution that all money must be backed by gold and silver and regulated by congress, not some shoddy central bank with private interests that stretch back at least 13 generations. How did we get to this point? The same way we crossed the tipping point – greed, ambition, vanity, futility, and a egoic minority set at social domination.
Did you know that Nikola Tesla had already devised a way to get free, wireless power across North America in the 1930s? Sounds ridiculous, but read on. Tesla was building a giant Tesla coil (an electrical resonator that most people still don’t understand, exactly) that would connect with the ionosphere, the electrified plasma which surrounds the earth. Powered renewably by Niagara falls the energy would be limitless. Bathed in a massive potential difference, induction motors (another Tesla invention in every appliance in your home today) would just start spinning. He was 98% complete with his partner, Westinghouse, when principal financier JP Morgan uttered this shadowy statement:
“Wait, if this is wireless, and it’s free, where do I plug in the meter?”
So he pulled the plug, literally.
This just shows how money and energy have always been about the same thing: Making some shadowy, miserable old man more money. And more miserable. And Morgan was distinctly miserable. Just look at some of the pictures of his latter life. That frown had burnt out his heart and etched lines of horror around his face long ago. It’s easy to pity these fools. Making money doesn’t take much skill, ultimately. Just control. And power. And that’s what it is all about, ultimately, power.
Renewable power is a new power model that will bring about great social change. It’s already happening. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a change for the better. But it can’t get much worse.