We recognize the importance of taking care
of the environment. GDG practices responsibility in all we do and continually
seeks to better our membership as a green particpant.
Nowhere in our environment is a place quite like earth.
As you view earth from space it becomes clear that we are blessed. Imagine
being dropped off on the moon and having to live on a dust covered surface
with no breathable air or worse, underground where artificial accomodations
would have to bring you solace. There is only one earth and we are raping
her.Our nuclear plants are getting old and it becomes hard
to trust containment systems that once confined the radioactive waste
away from our ecosystem. Our factories have pumped massive amounts of
pollution into our environment. Even our suburbs are full of pesticides
as we attempt to control these supposed evil insects that are invading
The food we consume can be full of hormones chemicals, pesticides,
and even poisons from artificial preservatives. The question of how
long we can rape our planet before we start to see signs of danger is
no longer one for the future. Our fish are disappearing, our children
are getting sick, and despite empty promises, our environment is dying.We are left with the realization that we must demand
solar power, wind power, alternative fuels beyond oil, and renewable
resources that do not harm our envrironment. There are simple things
that we can do to start this process. There was a story told about a
man who bought a car from his local car dealership and it did not take
him long to realize he had bought a special car. He was getting over
100 miles per gallon! He thought something was wrong and he took it
back to tell them, of course they took the car back and told him it
was a sample version from the factory and they mistakenly gave him the
wrong vehicle.There would be no reason for this man to make up such
a story like this.
* Buy organic food- this sends a message to the mass farming system
that this is what we want.
* Stop using chemicals around your home. Simple rubbing alcohol or vinegar
can be used in place of harsh chemicals that naturalist claim cause
* Become actively involved in your communities where there are factories,
nuclear power plants, and energy stations. Become vocal about wanting
natural renewable energy.
* Ride your bike when you can instead of your car. most of us need the
* Read, read, read.
* Don't take the attitude that you will let another generation take
care of the problem.
* Stop buying junk that you know will end up in a landfill like styrofoam
* Take a new attitude about going natural. It is not weird, but neccessary.
* Remember that if you start seeing animals suffer, then it is only
a matter of time before we do as well.
* Plant some trees and learn how to garden.
* Know your chemicals, before they know you.
have many nuclear plants in the US and around the world. Simple common
sense tells us that these are very dangerous to our environment and
to human and animal life. Chernobyl should have served as a serious
wake-up call to the energy community. However, not much has changed
and they should be held accountable. In the days of grade school when
energy was introduced in science class, we were told about the sun’s
energy, fusion, fission, and if we were lucky alternative energy sources. If we
stop and think for a moment, why would we rape our planet? Even the
most skeptical of us would acknowledge that the food chain is affected
by environmental factors. Who would not want an energy source that
is free, non-polluting, and runs the least risk for environmental
concerns? The answer to this is simple. Our technological advancement
alone warrants our move beyond this ignorance.
to an analyst, who had extensive experience with energy sources, it
is time to change our energy sources or face serious consequences.
This individual explained that after years of experience with nuclear
plants, oil fields, and other energy related sources, his conclusion
was that we should convert the all plants to solar immediately. He
confided in me that radiation has leaked into the environment and
the water shed. He said that cancer would continue to rise. He said
that it may already be too late. He was also in strict opposition
to the oil companies and felt that there would be a day of reckoning
against them. We discussed
how solar could be used. In reality, we could take one of the western
states and set up a solar hub that would collect all the energy needed
for the United States. This energy can be stored and dispersed. This
could be a free energy source. Imagine little old ladies not worrying
about their energy bills! Now this should excite those that truly
are in the energy business to create energy. We also discussed water
and how it is very important for humans to use water that has been
cleansed by reverse osmosis. Creating clean sources of energy would
contribute to cleaner water for everyone. He indicated that our water
shed was in serious trouble.
taught math for one of the industries, I would have discussions with
some of the engineers. I became good friends with one such engineer,
who held at least one patent, and we discussed nuclear power. I remember
having discussion about why it was “wrong”. His argument
was that this advancement was worth the risk. I asked him if Chernobyl
was worth the risk. I asked him if it had the potential to harm human
life if it was worth the risk. I tried to be sensitive knowing that
he had worked on nuclear devices and had great respect for the intricacies
of nuclear energy. However, he did yield when we discussed the fact
that human life if far more sacred than scientific advancement. I
think he was taken aback by my less than nerdy stand on science. This
was something that he may not have been exposed to in our brainy circle
at the time. We had great respect for each other, and I often looked
at him as a father figure, so our disagreement on this issue did not
hinder our discussions on technological advancement. My stand
had been that if we can not contain the radiation then we have no
business creating the power. This is something that Einstein realized
before he died and regretted the harm that might come about from the
knowledge he was encouraged to explore. In his final days, he focused
on quasi-science and has been quoted as trying to understand the mind
Fusion (Current Cost- Billions)
fuels have often not gotten as much attention as fission. The only
acceptable form of fusion would be one that releases no neutrons and
thus would not be a danger of radiation contamination. Dr. Bussard,
a pioneer in fusion, indicates that the only proper fuel in fusion
energy would include 3 helium atoms and no neutrons released and where
the source would be heavy isotopes of hydrogen. He also indicates
that the Helium 3 could be recycled back through an exhaust system.
The molecules must be thrust together within a very small space to
get the fusion to take and a strong magnetic force have been achieved
using a magnetic confinement machine. The “bumping” of
particles need about 1000 “jumps” to create a fusion.
The current approach of fusion is highly radioactive, expensive, the
machines are giant, and unpredictable results are obtained. However,
in nature, fusion exists in the stars and the sun. By looking at this
process in nature, we can see that it uses gravity as the force to
bring the particles together in fusion. Nature does this in an efficient
way. Dr. Bussard wishes to use this as an example to create fusion
with an electric field force that would act like gravity. This “Electric
Fusion” would contain a core where the fusion would take place.
This space would be significantly smaller than current methods. It
would utilize quasi-spherical magnetic fields which trap the electrons
and then the ions would be oscillated across the “core”
until fusion takes place. Dr. Bussard indicates that this system would
be like a “spherical colliding-beam device”. The fusion
material would then form in the system walls while the fuel gas input
would be at well edges. He also
discusses another approach, using the ion fusion power generating
in the central region including the “wiffel ball” effect,
“magrid” effect with consideration of effectiveness. After
much engineering for a device, they created one that they feel would
take this method to more practical applications.
He feels that this
energy method should yield cheap or free electric power, be clean
“burning”, that ethanol would replace gasoline, it would
create a possible burn for nuclear waste, use fresh water from the
sea, and have many other benefits. Dr. Bussard feels that the third
world nations would then become an economic player by creating the
cane crops used in this process. He also sees that this would destroy
the gasoline market and eliminate the oil cartels. Desalination plants
would become cheap and clean water would then encourage agriculture.
He even credits this invention with ending the wars of the Middle
East which he calls, “Oil Wars”. He indicates that the
profit potential could also be as high as 100 billion per year. These
methods however, are still in development and not yet ready for commercial
use. Also, the production cost is extensive and concerns of raw materials that might be dangerous must be considered. While this discovery is good news to curent nuclear production, other forms of future energy production should be considered.
clean fusion method includes:
P + 11B--- 3 4He Output= 8.70 mgV
6Li +6Li --- 3 4He (p, 2He cycle) Output =10.44MgV *It should
be noted that all other combinations give off some form of harmful
radiation and should therefore not be considered.
free, renewable and stable. This source of energy is really better
for our environment than even clean burning fusion. There is no risk
of explosion and repairs can be made very easily. The maintenance
costs are even low once established. T. Boone Pickens advocates such
a resource and has recently stood against the odds to bring the discussion
of wind power to the table. He indicates that our use of oil is growing
at a staggering rate. In 1970, the US imported 24% and the import
is now in the neighborhood of 70%. A 2005
study conducted by Stanford University concluded that the abundant
potential for wind power would satisfy global needs at least 7 times
the current need. Pickens believes the investment to build wind turbines
in the high wind areas of the US would pay off and be worth the initial
investment. His campaign is growing and gaining national attention.
While there are many who have advocated this for many years, it just
might take a powerhouse individual like Pickens to get results. (http://pickensplan.com)
an ecological expert, has addressed the issue of the prohibition and
what he calls its true purpose. The model A and T car was a duel fuel
system and could burn both alcohol and oil/gasoline. With the push
for prohibition, the oil industry got an 18 year head start that allowed
its establishment to what we know today in the industry. The use of
alcohol is clean burning and can be made from numerous sources including
apples. This source of fuel could be made locally, is relatively inexpensive
in comparison to oil, and would make people independent of large corporate
controlled fuel sources. The idea
is that as long as we have the sun then plants would participate in
photosynthesis and then be able to be turned into a usable alcohol
fuel. A distillery was standard equipment on farms in the onset of
the agricultural movement. Farmers could them make their own alcohol,
to light the home, as a solvent, and as a fuel. The advent of gasoline
from oil first started in the cities and the duel fuel was necessary
for those traveling back and forth. With the push of the prohibition,
a switch to gasoline then became the only fuel source for vehicles. The first
cars using alcohol had 105 octanes and gasoline only had 50. Even
from the beginning, alcohol fuel was obviously superior, good for
the environment, and less expensive and less likely to be subject
to a monopolized control. Henry Ford once said, "if we can't
be the farmers customer, how can he be ours?" He was opposed
to the gasoline movement and is said to have had disputes with its
founder. Unfortunately, with a 4 million dollar donation from a private
donor, the Women's Christian Temperance Movement fought to pass prohibition.
This stopped the manufacturing of alcohol for any reason.
movement was attempted in France and Germany with no success. Perhaps,
this has even influenced our attitude towards alcohol today. In Germany
around the 1800's, they were using alcohol as fuel. They started cooperative
alcohol fuel distilleries. This aided in keeping the potato market
stable. In return, you would get 1/3 of the alcohol back. A mash byproduct
could also then be used as a fertilizer or feed. Germany could then
export this alcohol, get rid of their subsidies, and it was good for
the environment. They even produced alcohol burning vehicles. Paul
Federate, a representative of American farmers, went to Germany to
help learn how to build these distilleries. He came back to America
and the farmers gathered at the Washington Grange, but unfortunately,
the state police were called in by a private citizen. They arrested
the grangers as they sang the Star Spangled Banner. They were accused
of having dangerous German ideas. The plans were confiscated. It was
many years before the idea was revisited. Standard Oil was broken
up in 1911 accused of being a monopoly and tried in federal court.
The four successor companies were Exxon, Mobil, Amoco, and Chevron.Alcohol
can also be made out of waste "food". The sugar is a food
for the yeast that makes the alcohol. This method can produce 192
proof alcohol for about 30 cents per gallon. 1/3 of alcohol is oxygen,
requires less oxygen to burn, and may need an engine adjustment to
take advantage of an earlier firing of the fuel.
energy uses are heavily reliant on a costly market of dangerous and
often non- renewable resources. Exploration of alterantive energy
sources are both viable and essential to the environment, wildlife,
and humanity. The lack of development of solar, wind, and non-radiating
fusion have contributed to the lack of varietied sources for consumers.
Our environment has become a seroius indicator of our lack of tolerable
energy sources. It has become neccessary to address this issue with
more than discussion and to move to an action plan that will move
the culture of energy to a new era.