As American cities and universities begin to divest from fossil energy, a clear opportunity for medium to large cities to develop municipal-scale higher mixed alcohol fuel projects is emerging. The substantial economic value of locally produced clean fuel from no-value garbage, trash, sludges, and biomass, as well as jobs and new related businesses is compelling.
“Nearly a dozen U.S. cities have announced their interest in withdrawing municipal investments from fossil fuel companies, joining a fast-growing movement among colleges and universities that supporters say is allowing citizens concerned with environmental degradation and global climate change to act in lieu of federal action from the U.S. Congress.”
NYT Environment blogger Andrew Revkin rocks it with a tune about America’s fossil energy addiction. This song, by “Andy Revkin,” relates the history of humanity’s dirty relationship with fossil fuels.
Homo Sapiens have a sacred duty to steward the natural environment and protect it from degradation or outright destruction. It’s a sobering thought that humanity might have better luck deflecting asteroids away from a terrestrial encounter than doing anything substantive to fix the atmosphere now being used as an open sewer by industry and society.
A coalition of the ready, willing and capable is forming at:
Posted today in the Opinion section on CNN’s web site. How ironic. As if there was any doubt that the writing is on the wall. If we don’t change the insane, delusional social and economic shell games we’re playing with the planet and each other, it will be game over in as little as 20-30 years. The evidence is all around you, even now. If you think humanity has it coming, you’re right. There’s a time of reckoning coming, and it will be horrific unless there’s a sea change, in you, your family, your neighbors, your community, city, state, country.
Watch the video. Think about what you’re about to see. Deeply. But don’t stop there. Come back from the pit of sadness you’re going to feel after watching and vow to take up arms against this hydra-headed monster called fossil energy. It’s the license we’ve used for 200 years to deny the immutable laws of Earth’s finite systems (air, water, lands, habitats, animals, plants, microbial life, etc.)
Are we making progress as a civilization in stopping this runaway train of progress and growth at all costs fueled by fossil energy? Hell no. In the word of Paul Guilding, “We’re not even slowing down.”
This future that Gilding sees is a dark one, where we are fighting a war, not between civilizations, but for civilization itself. But it’s a time when we will be able to solve problems, to innovate and recreate like never before. And maybe we’ll come out of it with a stable economy, with a mature civilization, better than the adolescent one we now live in.
When we feel fear, we are capable of extraordinary things. There’s no real technical barrier to turning the corner on eliminating CO2 emissions. None! We can do it affordably and sustainably, but we need to first change ourselves by acting as if we only have one planet. Not 1.5, 2 or 3.
Mankind has built a powerful foundation of science and technology. We can use this knowledge base to move past bumbling capitalist innocence and grow up. We can build a sustainable society which is stronger and happier, and built to last. We can choose life over fear. But it will take every entrepreneur, every artist, every scientist, every communicator, every mother, every father, every child.
Fossil energy zombie numbed into a life of slime? Or committed soldier dedicated to doing something while there’s still time? It’s a personal decision. Bioroot Energy is leading a coalition of the ready, willing and able to introduce a liquid fuel that strikes at the heart of the problem of progress at any cost: fossil energy emissions and pollution.
You can help Bioroot Energy begin to fix fossil energy. Or you can recycle cardboard and plastic and kid yourself that it makes any difference in the big picture. Or do nothing and hand over a lifetime of misery to your children.
You do have a choice to make. Choose wisely.
Link to CNN article
Link to TED Blog article
Sobering article linked above, and with good reason.
Fossil energy resource scarcity, rampant pollution, and accelerating climate change should all be driving a global transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy systems. Instead, a slow pace of change threatens global political stability and national economies. Most countries are not making transitions to alternative energy at the pace required by either climate science or that implied by resource scarcity.
Here’s an example: Corn ethanol, sugar cane ethanol, and biodiesel are the leading renewable liquid fuels and currently provide about 2.7 percent of global transportation fuel volume. That’s a fraction of the volume needed, and in the case of ethanol, “scaling” the use of corn and sugar cane further could cause huge land use and food pricing issues, and lead to political instability and conflict. 40 percent of America’s corn crop is dedicated to ethanol production.
Meanwhile, cellulosic ethanol producers using biomass wastes have yet to generate any meaningful volumes, causing massive shortfalls in our country’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) “Advanced Biofuels” volume mandates for the past three years!
There is currently no higher mixed alcohol fuel in the liquid fuel pool because none is being produced commercially yet. But we’re working on it. As the world discovers that ethanol isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, and that there’s a much better alternative, we’ll be ready with a clean, powerful and abundant liquid fuel to take ethanol’s place.
Link to Energy Bulletin article: Energy and peace: the dangers of our slow energy transition
Still think climate change is a left-wing crock? If so, you need more objective coverage of the problem and the solutions. Journalists aren’t up to speed on what can be done today. Neither are politicians. They’re busy fighting with other politicians about the country’s massive debt problems, while our environmental “thought leaders” in the media and environmental orgs pull down paychecks in comfy offices, blithely suggesting cutting-edge solutions like driving less, caulking windows and turning down our thermostats. Big whoop. Implementing these suggestions might cut your gas or electricity bill by a few dollars but it won’t make a dent in the real problem of carbon emissions.
Does this look like business as usual here in the heartland?
Climate change is already wreaking havoc. Epic storms, floods, and massive crop failures.
We need real climate solutions, not talk. More to the point, you and the rest of America need a cleaner liquid fuel that squarely addresses the problems of climate change and global warming in the marketplace where you live, not just more dialog (don’t call it bickering) in Washington.
All some enterprising journalist or media pundit worth their salt needs to do is slow down long enough to appreciate this clean fuel and tell the rest of the world.
Not only is global warming real, but the effects are already serious. What can our water-soluble, biodegradable fuel do to combat climate change? Our clean fuel can be made with methane and CO2, two of the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change.
Link to NYT article
America’s Climate Choices Report Brief (PDF)