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Oil is the enemy of Mankind. Our destiny lies in space.
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Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential?

Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential? | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
Africa has plenty of sunshine, but many countries are plagued by power cuts. So could a recent wave of solar power investment solve Africa's energy problems?
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China to add 1,500 gigawatts of power capacity by 2030, study says

China will add some 1,500 gigawatts of power production capacity by 2030, or the equivalent of Britain's existing capacity every year, a study showed on Wednesday.
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Solar And Electric Vehicles Will Kill Industry Dinosaurs

Solar And Electric Vehicles Will Kill Industry Dinosaurs | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
Originally published on RenewEconomy. Several years ago, Tony Seba, an energy expert from Stanford University, published a book called Solar Trillions, predicting how solar technologies would redefine the world’s energy markets and create an...
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Oil Prices Headed for $200 a Barrel

Peter Schiff on CNBC Closing Bell (8/27/13) Listen to The Peter Schiff Show Live Weekdays 10am to noon ET on http://www.SchiffRadio.com Buy my newest book at...
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Masdar scientists in solar triumph - The National

Masdar scientists in solar triumph  - The National | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
Researchers working on a Dh6.6 million research project have almost doubled the amount of energy obtained from solar cells.
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Germany Proves Sunshine is not Necessary for a Booming Solar Industry

Germany Proves Sunshine is not Necessary for a Booming Solar Industry | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
Germany has the largest solar capacity per capita than any other country in the world, and it has just broken its old monthly generation record again, proving that a lack of sunshine is no obstacle
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This Satellite Could Be Beaming Solar Power Down from Space by 2025

If there's anything that's worth the wait, it's a satellite capable of plugging the Earth into the sun.
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Fukushima horror will be visited on U.S. unless we shift to 100% renewable energy

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Despite boom, higher costs push Big Oil into slump

NEW YORK (AP) — New troves of oil have been found all over the globe, and oil companies are taking in around $100 for every barrel they produce.
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America needs a basic income guarantee - The Hill's Congress Blog

This year, we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.
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This year, we mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963. But we are sobered by the fact that 46 million citizens are living in poverty and that we have become two Americas -- one for the rich and one for the rest of us.

 

Dr. King had a solution to poverty and to the bleak economic conditions faced by many Americans today.  "I am now convinced that the simplest solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a new widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income," he wrote in his 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? "A host of psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security."
 
In 1969, a Presidential Commission recommended, 22-0, that the United States adopt a guaranteed annual income, with no mandatory work requirements, for all citizens in need. The report was buried and forgotten, even though the National Council of Churches, by a vote of 107-1, agreed.  So did the Kerner Commission, the California Democratic Council, the Republican Ripon Society, and the 1972 Democratic Party platform.
 
Fast forward 50 years and the concept of a guaranteed income -- or Basic Income Guarantee -- is not discussed much anymore.  But it remains, as the late economist Milton Friedman always maintained, the most practical and sensible way to end poverty in America and provide economic security to all Americans.

 

Today we have more than 14 million Americans unemployed with no evidence to back up the claim that we can create jobs for everyone who wants one.  Machines are doing work people used to do.  Jobs are not coming back.  Some families are six months from poverty.    
 
To rely on jobs and economic growth does not work.  Job creation is a completely wrong approach because the world doesn't need everyone to have a job in order to produce what is needed.  We need to rethink the concept of having a job.  When we say we need more jobs, what we really mean is we need more money to live on.
 
Today there are more than 300 income-tested federal social programs costing more than $400 billion a year.  Much of that money goes for administrative expenses, not to the needy.
 
Charles Murray, conservative author whose 1984 book Losing Ground claimed that welfare was doing more harm than good, now agrees with the Rev. King's approach.  Murray calls for giving an annual cash grant of $10,000 -- with no work requirement -- to every adult over age 21.
 
"America's population is wealthier than any in history," Murray writes in his book: In Our Hands.  "Every year, the American government redistributes more than a trillion dollars of that wealth to provide for retirements, health care, and the alleviation of poverty.  We still have millions of people without comfortable retirements, without adequate health care, and living in poverty.  Only a government can spend so much money so ineffectively.  The solution is to give the money to the people."
 
Indeed, the state of Alaska has given an annual cash grant to its people for the past 30 years of between $800 and $2000. There are no work requirements.  The grant has reduced poverty and the inequality of income in Alaska.   The program is so popular that an attempt to kill it was defeated by a 4-1 majority.
 
The U.S. is a wealthy nation.  Our net worth is $58 trillion.  That's an average of $185,000 for each man, woman, and child in the country.
 
A basic income guarantee would establish economic security as a universal right.  It will give all of us the assurance that, no matter what happens, we won't go hungry.  
 
This year, as we celebrate the March on Washington, the adoption of a basic income guarantee would help to fulfill the Rev. Kings's dream of economic security as a universal right of all Americans... 

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40 Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean From Fukushima

40 Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean From Fukushima | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
Does G.E. bring good things to life? I think NOT. Right now, a massive amount of highly radioactive water is escaping into the Pacific Ocean from the ruins of the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan.
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Please share this article with as many people as you can.  The mainstream media does not seem to want to talk about this, but it is a matter that is extremely important to every man, woman and child living in the northern hemisphere of our planet.

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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
oritonic1 writes "Germany is rapidly developing a tradition of shattering its own renewable energy goals and leaving the rest of the world in the dust.
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100% Renewables (for Germany by 2050) | Foreign Policy Blogs

100% Renewables (for Germany by 2050) | Foreign Policy Blogs | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
I had the opportunity to go to a real stimulating talk the other day. Jochen Flasbarth, the President of the Federal Environment Agency of Germany, had just
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American Oil and Construction Corporations ‘Yet to Decide’ on How Best Destroy And Rebuild Syria

American Oil and Construction Corporations ‘Yet to Decide’ on How Best Destroy And Rebuild Syria | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
AMERICAN OIL and construction corporations have yet to make a decision on what is the best way to 'destroy and rebuild' yet another warn torn middle eastern country, the White House has confirmed
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Pentagon Awards Massive $7 Billion Solar Power Contract

The Motley Fool - Twenty-two companies will bid for the right to sell solar energy to the U.S. Army.
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Ford Develops New SUV That Runs Purely On Gasoline

Ford Develops New SUV That Runs Purely On Gasoline | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
DEARBORN, MI—The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that it has developed a new SUV that will be powered exclusively by gasoline, a 100 percent reliable, oil-based energy source.
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Nuclear energy in Japan: 'I hope we don't restart' - expert

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown the disaster is still causing problems and the Japanese Government is looking at new ways to address the issue. Fukushima may be eclipsing Chernobyl as
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Khannea Suntzu's comment, August 26, 2013 7:51 AM
The crux is the difference between nationalized (statist) log term policies and corporate (private) short term interests. I have the conviction that privatized interests and investments and policies will never yield an energy infrastructure that is appreciably safe or sustainable. Carbohydrates are a disaster and we find ourselves unable to back away from them. The rickover Uranium fuel cycle is a disaster and we find ourselves unable to relinquish it. The problem with capitalist, IP-centered, politcian enabled corporate interest is that once you adopt a strategem, all alternatives become dead-end roads.

There is one historical alternative, and that is to socialize (not socialist - I mean nationalize) costs, risks and benefits. There is only one way to do that (and yes, frequently that is the inefficient way) and that is by using statist force. A state collects taxes and dictates policies. And yes, I advocate collecting trillions of taxes and creating a space industrialization program for SBPS. We as a species have a few decades of wiggle room left. There will almost certainly not be some kind of "santalarity" come and save our asses. If we don't act now, by 2035 (and probably earlier) the attritioning will start as peak-uranium starts, just after peak-oil has run its course. Then we will have NO alternatives.

Maybe Thorium? Maybe Fusion? Not hedging any bets here. Pessimism.
Reno J. Tibke's comment, August 26, 2013 8:15 AM
Interesting points.
Human civilization and all its artifacts, both social constructs and the physical, now comprise a proper complex system; complex systems do not change much from without, and from within they either change but gradually, or crumble... barring some other cataclysm, of course.

Which is possible, but remember all those times throughout human history, amidst then contemporary understanding of the dire stakes du jour, when so many were convinced of impending doom?

You know, like why couldn't those who've predicted water wars for the past 60 years foresee solar-powered desalinization & Dean Kamen?

Might there not be some pretty huge stuff coming our way that we're just not seeing? Because that's kinda where the odds lie.

Technological pessimism is the hobgoblin of hobgoblindry.
Khannea Suntzu's comment, August 26, 2013 9:28 AM
I suppose there is some reason for hope. But do remember that civilizations did collapse catastrophically all throughout history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiNjHfGrY70
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It's the 21st Century. Where's My Fusion Reactor?

Enter one of 18 contests on what to do about climate change. Comment, collaborate, share, submit your ideas!
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Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered

Decentralized homegrown green energy is making power utilities irrelevant
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The Peak Oil Crisis: A Review of Richard Heinberg’s ‘Snake Oil’

The Peak Oil Crisis: A Review of Richard Heinberg’s ‘Snake Oil’ | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
The heart of Snake Oil is directed at countering the optimistic projections for production of oil and gas by hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
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3D graphene could replace expensive platinum in solar cells | KurzweilAI

3D graphene could replace expensive platinum in solar cells | KurzweilAI | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
A field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) image of 3D honeycomb-structured graphene. (Credit: Hui Wang/Michigan Technological
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Thorium put to the test as policymakers rethink nuclear - Telegraph

Thorium put to the test as policymakers rethink nuclear - Telegraph | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
Scientists are turning their attention to thorium, a cleaner and cheaper alternative to uranium.
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New drilling technologies could give us so much oil, the climate won’t stand a chance

New drilling technologies could give us so much oil, the climate won’t stand a chance | Carbohydrates are of the past, Space Solar the future. | Scoop.it
New oil drilling technologies could increase the world’s petroleum supplies six-fold in the coming years to 10.2 trillion barrels, says a report released today by market research firm Lux Research.
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