Photo: (L) Western and Central U.S. at Night, Year 2000, (R) Western and Central U.S. at Night, Year 2012. In one decade, fracking in the Bakken has created an expansive industrial infrastructure.
NASA’s Earth at Night series reveals the landscape of the Oil Age. Hydrocarbons such as coal supply most power plants around the globe. The lights imaged in the dark correspond to high-consumption regions.
“Here are two pictures of the same area from space. The area marked Bakken on the right shows were huge quantities of natural gas are being burned as oil is extracted.”
“In other words, CO2 generation does not start with the use of oil. It also results from extraction of oil. This happens where oil is extracted when the pipe line to get the gas to market is too costly to build.”
“Of course, all the other lights result from electric power from power plants where coal is frequently burned. This and other events make any effort to cut back CO2 generation useless.”
“Cold fusion is the only solution, but it will come too late”, says Edmund Storms, author of Science of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction: A Comprehensive Compilation of Evidence and Explanations about Cold Fusion. “The consequences of this [CO2 production] will accelerate as time goes on, even with cold fusion now.”
No matter when the benefits come, an ultra-clean, energy-dense source of power is a requirement for a green technological future on Earth. Even as extreme, resource intensive extraction practices by the fossil fuel industry are increasing, so is the activism from a concerned community.
The Guardian covered an action against a hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operation by Cuadrilla Resources corporation at Balcombe, Sussex, in the U.K. The Telegraph reported Eva Ewajasiewicz from No Dash for Gas saying, “We cannot have a sustainable future, we cannot have a sustainable and cheap energy, if we go for fossil fuels.”
Fortunately, before leaving the country, Bob Greenyer of the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) spent the weekend there, offering a solution.
“I spent my last day in UK with my daughter at the anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, just a few miles up the road from where QuantumHeat CIC is incorporated,” says Greenyer. “There I met a lead writer for Greenpeace and put up a banner with my daughter for MFMP on a tent directly opposite the entrance to the disputed operation.”
“I was surprised that neither Greenpeace or the Green Party (only UK party to be against unconventional HCs) knew about LENR.”
“It seems that when we have a lot of simple infographics and materials available, we have a lot of easy wins to make in terms of education,” Greenyer commented. “If we give the crowd the materials to spread a clear and consistent message, then they can run with it with more direct community action.”
“This needs to be grass roots, as it is unlikely to ever come from the top.”
“We would need to come back after about 5000 years to see the eventual benefits of cold fusion to the human mind and society,” says Storms. “Where is time travel when you need it?”
What the frack is going on? with Suzy Williamsby