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Renewable Energy

Any energy resource that is naturally regenerated over a short time scale and derived directly from the sun (such as thermal, photochemical, and photoelectric), indirectly from the sun (such as wind, hydropower, and photosynthetic energy stored in biomass), or from other natural movements and mechanisms of the environment (such as geothermal and tidal energy). Renewable energy does not include energy resources derived from fossil fuels, waste products from fossil sources, or waste products from inorganic sources.

“We should make use of the forces of nature and should obtain all our power in this way.  Sunshine is a form of energy, wind and sea currents are manifestations of this energy.  Do we make use of them?  Oh no!  We burn forests and coal, like tenants burning down our front door for heating.  We live like wild settlers.”

Thomas A. Edison, 1916    

Climate Change

As we talk with our clients we frequently find ourselves in discussions revolving around the cause and effect of Climate Change.

A random blogger entry states, “Science is not a popular poll”.  Science or more specifically for this discussion, the cause and effect in relationship to the accepted “Laws of Nature”, are in fact, what the majority of the well established scientific societies on the planet embrace and publish as science.  Most of the major scientific societies date back hundreds of years and while many have passed through their respected, “politically and religiously influenced periods”, by and large, they do embrace and publish “well researched findings” based on decades of scientific methodology and applied logic.  So, in fact, science is an extremely well honed popular poll.

Most of the “Climate Change” articles we read are actually a series of secondary target arguments to support the general concept that the world is going through a radical climate change.  The main issue in the press being bantered by the political parties is if man’s activities are the cause of this radical climate change and if any behavioral modification can in fact mitigate this climate change.

If you wish to delve into an emerging concept about global warming, ponder how long an oil filled space heater can maintain its temperature with no additional energy.  A large volume of dense fluid is an excellent temperature regulator.  The same general temperature control system is what has evolved in the human body and for all mammals.  The same holds true for much of life in our lakes, rivers and oceans, …, our entire global ecosystem.  Ah, but we have burned an amazing volume of the fluid that historically contributed to the regulation of our planet’s surface temperature – petroleum.  In addition, when petroleum is pumped out, water is typically pumped in.  Yet, the temperature regulation, gas (CO2) containment and the lubrication capacities and characteristics of petroleum are all rated at factors beyond those of water.

Then again, it is hard to argue with the fact that a single erupting volcano can emit more CO2 in a day than all the man made sources on the planet in a month.  Per Volcanologist, Dr. Stanley Williams, there are about 10,000 active volcanoes on earth today (surface and submarine).  Records show a significant increase in volcanic eruptions over the past few thousand years which is also in-line with the well established 640,000 year seismic cycle.  The Emerging Technology Corporation Aerospace Division recently designed a Lab-on-a-Chip sniffer mounted on a specialized UAV to detect higher levels of helium being emitted from seismic fault lines.

We are still pondering how ancient Mayan “science” was able to predict the proverbial end of their calendar cycle to the same 640,000 year cycle for the eruption of the world’s largest caldera (Yellowstone National Park).  It has erupted at least 3 times in our planet’s history on this approximate 640,000 year cycle and we are now past due for the 4th eruption.

One must also consider the solar cycles and our solar system’s planet alignment and of course the galactic alignment and 26,000 year black riff eclipse.  Then there are the various black hole theories and Milky Way galaxy astrophysics arguments that continue to show up in the publications.

It is very difficult to determine what is cause and what is effect and the scale at which the various forces are occurring.

Bottomline… we all need to be more sensitive to our environment for the simple reason it is the only planet we have.  Plant more trees and stop driving gasoline powered vehicles are certainly positive behavioral modifications that will not only help the human condition, but will help all life on this planet.  The ETC Staff planted over 20,000 trees last year and will plant about 100,000,000 more trees over the coming years (provided the Mayan’s were wrong). This effort will offset nearly 10% of the total CO2 emissions of the entire U.S. population each year going forward.  If you still need to drive a private vehicle we recommend you join the U.S. Migration to radically reduce both emissions and petroleum consumption.

Join the Migration – U.S. Migration

Of course coal and natural gas burning power plants need to be replaced with renewable energy technologies.  And the world’s population needs to decrease by an order of magnitude – from 7 billion to about 700 million.  Unless we “invent” our way out of our current “Peak Everything” situation, this population decrease will happen over the coming century one way or another.  In the mean time, we do what we can to mitigate the impact the backside of the Petroleum Era will have on all of our lives.

130 Years of Earth Surface Temperatures (Image Credit: GISS, NASA)

Explanation: How has the surface temperature of Earth been changing? To help find out, Earth scientists collected temperature records from over 1000 weather stations around the globe since 1880, and combined them with modern satellite data. The above movie dramatizes the result showing 130 years of planet-wide temperature changes relative to the local average temperatures in the mid-1900s. In the above global maps, red means warmer and blue means colder. On average, the display demonstrates that the temperature on Earth has increased by nearly one degree Celsius over the past 130 years, and many of the warmest years on record have occurred only recently. Global climate change is of more than passing interest — it is linked to global weather severity and coastal sea water levels.

Vice President Al Gore has released a new video and hosted the program, 24 Hours of Reality on September 14th, 2011.  The simulcast was broadcast across 150 nations in over 100 languages and on thousands of websites.  This program set the record as the single most watched broadcast in human history.

Below are links to a short list of documentary DVD’s which address the history, causes and projections of world climate change.  Readers may wish to pay particular attention to information pertaining to the temperature change of our oceans which has 1,100 times the influence over the earth’s weather events than our atmospheric climate.

If you reside in the southern Nevada area or are planning to visit the area and would like to discuss or debate Climate Change issues, we are happy to host such a debate around our conference table.  You will find our approach uses accepted scientific methodologies and our arguments are based only on peer reviewed data.  We have had the pleasure to host research scientists, engineers, legislators and others who leave the discussions with a more informed perspective.

Climate Change DVD’s:

The Fuel Film – 2008 Documentary – Benefits of Biodiesel

An Inconvenient Truth – 2006 Academy Award: Best Documentary – Climate Change

Crude – The Incredible Journey of Oil – 2007 Documentary

Little Ice Age: Big Chlll – 2005 (Nov.) Documentary – Climate History and Projections

Mega Freeze – 2006 (Nov.) Documentary on Climate Change

A Global Warning – 2007 Documentary – Global Warming

If you are skeptical about Global Warming – possibly about the data generally or whether caused by man, we recommend the above films to establish a base level of perspectives and concepts then view the following videos as well:

Great Climate Warming Swindle then watch Great Climate Warming Swindle Debate

The following document is reprinted with permission from the History Channel website.

What is Global Warming?

The Earth is heating up fast. Since the beginning of time, our planet has experienced warming and cooling cycles that happen naturally over thousands of years. What’s remarkable about the current warming trend is the speed at which it’s occurring. In the last 50 years, the average global temperature has risen at the fastest rate in recorded history, according to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Since 1900, the Earth’s average surface temperature has climbed by over 1 degree Fahrenheit. At first glance, an increase of that size might not seem like a big deal. However, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Even a modest rise of 2-3 degrees F (1.1-1.7 degrees C) could have dramatic effects. In the last 10,000 years, the Earth’s average temperature hasn’t varied by more than 1.8 degrees F (1.0 degree C). Temperatures only 5-9 degrees F cooler than those today prevailed at the end of the last Ice Age, in which the Northeast United States was covered by more than 3,000 feet of ice.”

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Industry News

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