There Is A Magic Bullet
Einstein recognized the need for science to outgrow the "flatland" of scientific fundamentals and move out of the dark ages of a flat world science concept. The radius of curvature encompassing natural law based on E=MC2 was and is the magic bullet that can both transform our concept and applications of energy while at the same time create unlimited ecconomic prosperiety for all.
It would even make cold fussion far more readily understood and applicable.
We have barely glimpsed the full scope of Energy evolution and applications.
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Remaining confined in a tiny, extremely micro sized Energy Definition Box will prove fatal to our and future generations. Otherwise, the following is good energy sumation from Cold Fusion, but for the disastrous perpetuation of the shallow belief that there is there is no magic bullet.
No magic bullet, just a clean energy future.
We are beginning to slide irreversibly down a curve of declining production of petroleum fuel. And as that fuel evaporates from our lives, all that was built from oil, gas, and coal will erode away along with it.
It was in physics class so long ago that I heard “things that can’t continue, don’t continue.” The world is racing to extract the last patches of oil, and we mortgage a precious chemical stock from which is manufactured communications equipment to medical devices, while the ecocide gets exponentially worse.
The BP oil catastrophe destroyed the Gulf Coast in the southern US, killing life in the ocean and the shoreline. “Collateral damage” continues to float in – dead. See http://bpoilslick.blogspot.com/ and Project Gulf Impact because you won’t be reading about it on the news anytime soon.
The abomination that is “fracking” assures honest folk that those involved in the current corporate-energy structure have no sense of decency whatsoever (if they hadn’t already known). See our recent post “What the Frack is Going On?”
The above mentioned geological facts are compounded by an overpopulated planet using up its store of resources, as economic collapse looms, as currencies inflate to worthlessness, price inflation drives hunger, homelessness, and war.
Nothing will stop the pain of transition, not even preparing for it, though prepare we must. Times are tough and getting tougher. Preparing can provide significant comfort, or even save you life.
But what about after? If humans are to exist on this planet with advanced medial scanning, satellite communications, solar cells, wind turbines, and batteries to store energy, all of these things need advanced engineering, precision manufacturing, and regular maintenance by skilled technicians.
And if you can’t get enough energy to support an infrastructure to make these things then, that’s it. Humans will live as we did hundreds of years ago, though without the abundant natural resources. Only, 7 billion people can’t live like that because there wouldn’t be tree left on the planet. Then we’d disappear soon thereafter.
So then, why prepare if there’s no future?
Because we will make a future.
In recent months, Cold Fusion Now has contacted various media entities just to drop the cold fusion meme out there in the Chip Body, from Energy Bulletin authors to financial news broadcasts. We sent Michael C. Ruppert the answers to his “Nine Questions to Ask About Alternative Energy” as answered by Jed Rothwell in relation to cold fusion. Mr. Ruppert’s response was posted on his Facebook page.
Read closely. There’s no magic bullet. Our civilization cannot function without transportation. And there isn’t the economic or raw material wherwithall to build 800 million new engines and retrofit them into land vehicles and ships. Aircraft would have to be completely redesigned because of fuel tanks that wouldn’t be needed. And that’s assuming cold fusion could replace jet thrust with steam. I doubt it. We’re too far into collapse economically for this to make a difference. I’m glad they went to the effort to answer my questions. But their answers themselves tell why this is nothing to get excited about.
While it’s true there is no magic bullet, this response reveals a misunderstanding about what cold fusion technology means for our planet.
This technology is often categorized “disruptive”, and there’s good reason why. Cold fusion, quantum fusion, low-energy nuclear reactions, all of this research is not an incremental development within a chemical-burning history that goes back to burning wood. Cold fusion is the kind of discovery that ranks with fire itself. The same way the discovery of fire radically changed human development, cold fusion will alter our existence in ways we can’t even think of.
When (and I am compelled to say when for the alternative is too horrific to entertain), this technology develops, there will be no more “aircraft with steam”. There will be no transportation system as it exists now.
Read closely: The entire rusting heap of the Oil Age environment will no longer exist, and a different relationship with our world will emerge.
How can this be said with such defiant certainty?
Marshall McLuhan dissected the anatomy of society and technology in books such as The Gutenberg Galaxy, Media: Extensions of Man, War and Peace in the Global Village, and Laws of Media, written with his son Eric.
The conclusion? Every new technology creates an new environment of services and disservices different from the previous technology. The cold fusion environment will be completely different than the oil age environment.
Oh sure, there may still be some cars around, like some people still have beepers, but not many. Cars will be antiques, the same way cars from the 50s are antiques, with a whole antique-car-network to service it.
Does anyone really remember what they did before spending hours a day on Facebook? Not many (except me – I’m not on Facebook!) Do you even know that phones used to be connected to walls, and you had to walk around your TV as a piece of furniture? Perhaps you remember when there was only radio? We could go on and on, and these examples are all from the same era just following the implementation of electric technology, baby steps in applications of electricity.
In 1995, my friends and I started a web page business in South Florida. I gave seminars describing what the Internet was, and how a webpage could help their business, and my two computer pals wrote the code. We had lots of people come to our seminars to learn about this new “internet thing”, but not one person bought a webpage from us. It was just too new, and people weren’t ready to engage in it. Fifteen years later, who doesn’t have a webpage?
McLuhan shows how the content of a new technology is always the old technology. It’s rearview-mirror thinking keeps us calling our computer screen “a desktop”. Most likely, we’ll be calling our cold fusion cells that provide power to our homes “water burners”.
Since the integration of electric technology, the landscape has changed drastically, such that our institutions of education, entertainment, justice, and economy have had the proverbial rug pulled out from under their feet. Our ideas of money have changed so that we don’t even recognize it anymore. Our ideas of friends have changed, our sense of time, our sense of reality.
A cold fusion technology won’t retrofit a jet with a steam engine (although that may be someone’s pet project for nostalgia), and it won’t be our dominant form of transportation. The designs of planes accommodate gasoline and are part of the oil environment of services and disservices. Cold fusion technology will see, perhaps, semi-ballistic sub-orbital flights, more efficient, faster, and greener.
Still, the digital revolution was built using cheap oil, and was yet another incremental step on the road to complexity that began when humans discovered fire, allowed only by burning higher energy dense fuels. Solar cells and wind turbines are great, but the amount of hydrocarbons and rare earth metals required to manufacture, ship and maintain these systems prohibits their widespread use as the dominant form of energy in a technological society. Will we be chopping all of forests down to provide a minimal, and temporary, supply of fuel?
“Breakthrough technology” jumps this track, and realizes a completely different associative power. Mr. Ruppert is right. There is no magic bullet. Lapband surgery may reduce obesity, but only the associative change in mental habits will keep it that way. McLuhan shows how, and why, our associated mental habits change along with our technology.
Cold fusion is a new area of energy research only two decades old, but already has proven advances that promise a new energy technology, perhaps sooner than we think. Inventor Andrea Rossi is claiming that he’ll be selling his ECat water heaters based on cold fusion technology in the fall of this year 2011. Many claims have been made, and only time will tell if Dr. Rossi and his Defkalion Green Technologies will become the richest people on the planet.
-or perhaps it will be someone else.
For there are a number of small, independent companies, started by new-energy entrepreneurs and young scientists, that don’t have the prejudices that the established institutions have. These groups have worked without support or recognition, with piecemeal funding from friends, family, and private angels who believe in them, and a clean energy future for humanity.
McLuhan tells us “obsolete technology is elevated to artform”. What was of this age, will be art, and what is not art, will be our shame.
Monitoring the landscape for collapse has value.
Helping people build lifeboats for a dark decade has value.
Creating a clean-energy solution for a peaceful future — priceless.
If you are interested in learning more about what cold fusion technology is, and what it means for our planet, read long-time researcher and author Jed Rothwell’s Cold Fusion and The Future for a glimpse.