'Oil Shock' Looming - What are the Alternatives?
We like to think that our way of life is "normal", that nothing will happen to force a drastic change in how we live, produce, move around, warm ourselves in the winter and light our streets and houses. Yet, we are using a highly vulnerable energy technology (the burning of fossil fuels) and we have allowed a commercial cartel to monopolize that energy technology while sabotaging any valid alternatives.
We can see the end of cheap oil, and likely the end of the "oil economy" and it appears to be just around the corner. The French paper Le Monde carried an article on 31 March this year, which was translated by Mark Jensen, a professor of language in Tacoma, Washington. It discusses Hubbert's peak oil prediction and urges us to act.
What to do about it? There is a whole field of research called "free energy" or "new energy technologies" that is carried along on the shoulders of people without financial means, without patent protection and without publicity. Let's bring that field "out in the open" and demand that governments change course, before it is too late. Thanks to Patrick Bailey for publishing this article in his "New Energy News", a newsletter for free energy researchers. To subscribe, you can contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is plenty of documentation available in the sites linked at the end of this post to show that these are not the ramblings of a few deluded greens. The threat is real. We better be prepared...
And yes - there ARE alternatives.
A friend recently asked a question about alternatives in energy production:
I listened to Michael Ruppert’s last interview, which FTW sells in CD form. Ruppert has discovered a new topic: Finite Oil Resources. And, he seems to be quite overwhelmed by the problem.
Now, Sepp, what are (could be) the realistic alternatives for our modern societies to produce energy other than splitting uranium or burning wood, coal, gas or oil ?
My reply was:
there are various alternatives in the works, some more progressed than others, and some in the research stage.
The most progressed and immediate seems to be hydrogen. It can be used much like natural gas to run cars, heat our food, or run generators or "fuel cells", which directly convert hydrogen to electricity. The great conditional on this one is that hydrogen could work, IF a way was found to make it easier to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. Current technology is electrolysis, using about as much primary energy (electricity) to do the separation so as you can then recover using the hydrogen.
Experiments are underway to use various systems to cut down on the amount of electricity needed for the separation process:
Bacteria sometimes produce hydrogen as a by-product of their digestive process.
Metallic catalyzers make the water molecules easier to separate. I believe that this was a Spanish experiment.
Ultraviolet light makes water more unstable, making separation easier.
High frequency electricity and various wave forms are making it easier to break up the water molecule.
There are various systems in different stages of development, but so far nothing is commercially available. This needs a breakthrough, after which hydrogen could be seen as a real alternative to oil and gas.
Lots of experiments are going on with magnetic motors, that use the properties of magnets in an innovative way. Magnets, once magnetized, make a "field" that could be used again and again, if one can overcome some technical hurdles.
Some real progress is going on in this field. Recently, a Japanese inventor has started producing motors (for air conditioning equipment) which are built with powerful permanent magnets and which apparently only use a fraction of the electrical input that normal electric motors use. I have an article on this on my site:
Contrary to popular myth, Pons and Fleischman did find a way to make a nuclear process happen in the matrix of hydrogen-loaded metals. This has been derided in the press for years, but the experiments were replicated and new experiments done in many countries. There is a yearly conference on Cold Fusion research, and even the US department of energy recently decided to review its negative stance on Cold Fusion.
This term groups a number of technologies that seek to tap the omnipresent energy of space itself, (magnets is a subset of this) by various means. There are "solid state", i.e. fully electronic means of converting that space energy, and there are some historical examples of workable technologies, which did however die with the inventors. Nikola Tesla had the problem solved, as had some other people later auch as T Henry Moray with his Radiant Energy device and Hans Coler during WW II.
Unfortunately these are all history, as the devices are not currently available and no one has been able to duplicate them with the means available.
Other, current research is ongoing in this field, but no one has anything ready for commercialization, as far as I can tell.
So for now, Hydrogen and Magnets seem closest to the real breakthrough, but Cold Fusion or a related technology (Blacklight Power comes to mind) could catch up, and there is always the possibility of another Space Energy breakthrough that could surprise us.
This is in addition to the officially pushed "alternative" power resources such as solar, windpower, waves and tides, geothermal and agricultural crops such as oilseeds or sugar cane to make combustibles.
There ARE alternatives. We just need to look around and start helping those who work in the field rather than putting up ever new barriers for them to climb. It's really a matter of deciding to do something and then doing it.
Here finally the Le Monde article:
TRANSLATION: The Mother Of All Oil Shocks Is Looming
Written by Mark Jensen
Friday, 02 April 2004
In a few years, the global production of conventional oil will fall, while the global demand continues to rise. The resulting shock of this structural oil famine is inevitable, so great are the dependency of our economies on cheap oil and, related to the first, our inability to wean ourselves from this dependency in a short period of time.
We can hope to soften the shock, but only if its imminence immediately becomes the unique reference point for a general mobilization of our societies...
Read the article here: TOWARD THE PETRO-APOCALYPSE
Sites and articles on peak oil:
After the Oil Runs Out - Washington Post
Life Without Oil
There are two possible scenarios for what will happen once the world burns up the last drop of oil...
The contrary view - could oil reserves be virtually unlimited?
Discovery backs theory oil not 'fossil fuel'
A study published in Science Magazine today presents new evidence supporting the abiotic theory for the origin of oil, which asserts oil is a natural product the Earth generates constantly rather than a "fossil fuel" derived from decaying ancient forests and dead dinosaurs.
The lead scientist on the study – Giora Proskurowski of the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle – says the hydrogen-rich fluids venting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the Lost City Hydrothermal Field were produced by the abiotic synthesis of hydrocarbons in the mantle of the earth.
The abiotic theory of the origin of oil directly challenges the conventional scientific theory that hydrocarbons are organic in nature, created by the deterioration of biological material deposited millions of years ago in sedimentary rock and converted to hydrocarbons under intense heat and pressure.
Peak Oil Theory vs. Russian-Ukrainian Modern Theory - by George Crispin
Earth's mantle can generate methane
Zeeya Merali - Untapped fossil-fuel reserves could be hidden deep within our planet.
"Stranded Natural Gas" Procedure Converts Hitherto Unusable Natural Gas to Crude
Geo Times: Raining hydrocarbons in the Gulf
Below the Gulf of Mexico, hydrocarbons flow upward through an intricate network of conduits and reservoirs. They start in thin layers of source rock and, from there, buoyantly rise to the surface. On their way up, the hydrocarbons collect in little rivulets, and create temporary pockets like rain filling a pond. Eventually most escape to the ocean. And, this is all happening now, not millions and millions of years ago, says Larry Cathles, a chemical geologist at Cornell University.
Michael Crichton's book STATE OF FEAR discusses global warming in the informal setting of a novel. He nevertheless does give documentation and states his conclusions clearly. Perhaps the essential concept he conveys is that "we know astonishingly little about every aspect of the environment, from its past history, to its present state, to how to conserve and protect it."
'Fossil fuel' theory takes hit with NASA finding
New study shows methane on Saturn's moon Titan not biological
NASA scientists are about to publish conclusive studies showing abundant methane of a non-biologic nature is found on Saturn's giant moon Titan, a finding that validates a new book's contention that oil is not a fossil fuel.
Peak oil theories wrong, says ExxonMobil boss
September 11, 2006
THE world has an abundant supply of oil, and high petrol prices are just the reality of a globally traded commodity, ExxonMobil Australia chairman Mark Nolan said today. Mr Nolan used his speech to the Asia Pacific oil and gas conference in Adelaide today to debunk the theory of peak oil, which suggests oil supplies have peaked and will dwindle over the next 20 years. Such predictions, he said, had been around since the 1920s, particularly at times of high oil prices.My comment: What Nolan does not say is that oil prices depend on production, which is very much under the control of his and other companies that are in the extraction business.
Some alternatives to oil-dependent energy in development:
Recycling Liquid Wastes and Crude Oil into MagneGas™ and MagneHydrogen™
Ruggero Santilli's invention - reclycing waste hydrocarbons into a gaseous clean burning fuel by underwater plasma-arc technology
Daniel Dingel's car running on water as fuel
Maker of water-powered car still fighting after 30 years
Motionless Electromagnetic Generator
Extracting Energy from a Permanent Magnet Replenishing Energy from the Active Vacuum
The Institute for New Energy
An impressive collection of links and articles about various alternative energy developments
Here is an interesting new view on the whole theme of oil shortage:
Damning Evidence of ‘Big Oil’ Conspiracy To Limit Supply
[T]he nation’s major oil suppliers have set out in a strategic effort to orchestrate a financial triple play, a coordinated effort that would reduce supply, raise prices at the pump and relax environmental regulations.
Vdeo: The Energy Non Crisis
This is one of a series of 8 videos about Peak Oil - interesting ...
You can find links to the rest on the YouTube page that has this video.
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Thursday June 24 2004
updated on Wednesday May 15 2013
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