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The Fossil Fuel Industries need to evolve into cleaner alternatives. The possibilities will be explored here.
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Fossil fuels have worn out their welcome. The benefits of plentiful and cheap energy are coming to an end due to the effects of reaching peak oil limits, pollution, and green house gas emissions. The cry across the globe is to replace fossil fuels with cleaner alternatives ASAP. But does this justify throwing out the baby with the bath water? The Fossil Fuel Industries over a 100+ year period have accumulated massive resources both in terms of infrastructure and engineering prowess. It would make sense for the Fossil Fuel Industries to follow the path of Ma Bell and IBM which were forced to change their business models to survive. The result was greater wealth, job creation and innovation. The problem is that time is running out.

The obvious path is to a Hydrogen Economy currently being developed around the world. The transport, pipelines, refining, and distribution resources of the FFI could be applied to the use of Hydrogen at every layer of the energy pyramid. However, the Obama Administration is only backing the Smart Grid which has several critical vulnerabilities and will be used to track the energy usage of every man, woman and child in the nation. It makes greater sense to hedge the energy bets by also focusing on the the Smart Grid's energy carrying sibling, The Hydrogen Economy. The monitoring capability of the Smart Grid alone may lead to its rejection by the American consumer. Smart Meters are currently in the process of  being installed on every American home.

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The New Old Template

The New Old Template | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Ma Bell is stronger than ever as well as the innovation that has taken place since its transformation. This is the message to the Fossil Fuel Industry. New found wealth has been created for the shareholders, investing public and the managers who were caught up in the transformation. Innovation seems to be the big winner here as outlined in the last part of the article. Given Ma Bell's story, there is little to fear from reconfiguring the big players and helping them reach their true potential.

"A Look at Innovation

Ma Bell gave birth to seven regional Baby Bells in 1984, and the good news is that an era of competitive innovation began that eclipsed the sum total of the previous 108 years since Alexander Graham Bell completed the first telephone call.

Some highlights:

* Mobile wireless voice became a reality.
* Fiber optics and microprocessors became game-changers.
* IPTV and IP video are mainstream.
* The dot-com bust, the fall of Worldcom and the telecom winter of 2001 taught us the meaning of the term “irrational exuberance.”
* The line between data providers and voice providers has blurred beyond comprehension. IP services and VoIP have radically changed both the cost of delivering services and the types of services delivered.
* The back office, OSS and equipment vendor landscapes leapt ahead by light years in terms of technology, tapping into the network transformation opportunity.
* Ecosystems of third-party applications have sprung up, sounding a death knell to the traditional walled garden approach.
* Unified communications for the enterprise is a reality.
* Wi-Fi whet an appetite for wireless broadband that shows no sign of abating.
* Pervasive mobile broadband will be here sooner rather than later.
* Cloud and Web-delivered services for consumers and businesses alike appear to be leading the next communications revolution.
* Mobile broadband devices are ever more intelligent.
* The death of the desktop is coming."


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Oil Infrastructure

You can gauge the extent and importance of an infrastructure from the emphasis a society places upon its security. If its importance ranks at the top of the list, it is often viewed as irreplaceable or extremely difficult to replace. There is no question that Big Fossil Fuel must be replaced by cleaner alternatives. Even if the renewable sources of wind, solar and geothermal take up most of the load by 2030, they only produce electricity. For reasons already mentioned it may be foolish to count on only one of the two possible energy carriers to carry energy to the consumer. That is why the large players with the exception of the US are also placing their bets on a Hydrogen Economy. The only infrastructure that can be converted in time to this end is the one listed here. The tankers, pipelines, trucking and distribution nodes (gas stations) alone can support the transition to a Hydrogen Economy.
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1Sky And 350.org To Fight Fossil Fuel Industry

1Sky And 350.org To Fight Fossil Fuel Industry | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The Clinton backed 1Sky organization and 350.org founded by Bill Mckibben are merging to fight the Fossil Fuel Industry. This does not bode well for the FFI. A prudent strategy would be for the FFI to find supporters, develop a new vision and immediately begin investing in a new energy future. Why fight a war that can not be won? Why not use existing expertise and resources to satisfy future generations as well as the shareholders?
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Fracking, The DC Earthquake and Unclean Water | The Moderate Voice

Fracking, The DC Earthquake and Unclean Water | The Moderate Voice | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it

The now popular method of extracting oil and gas, Hydraulic fracturing or Fracking, may be stopped cold by consumer fears.  The internet went wild over the possibility that Fracking was behind the 5.8 magnitude earthquake starting in Mineral Virginia. Big Fossil fuel may need to look elsewhere for potential sources and revenue.

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Linde to feature hydrogen fueling technologies for commercial fuel cell vehicles at Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Conference

Linde to feature hydrogen fueling technologies for commercial fuel cell vehicles at Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Conference | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The R&D costs for fuelling system technologies has already been spent. All that is needed is government support and the markets that will evolve from it.
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Hydrogen Highway One Station Closer To Reality

Hydrogen Highway One Station Closer To Reality | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
A SunHydro hydrogen fuelling station has opened in a car park in Connecticut, the first in a network of hydrogen stations that SunHydro’s founder hopes will eventually line the East Coast of the US. With this kind of enthusiasm for a hydrogen highway network, why has the Obama Administration taken this option off the table? It makes no sense unless the decision is tainted by politics and greed. Betting solely on the Smart Grid is a bad decision for reasons previously mentioned. There is no guarantee that the American consumer will buy into the upgraded gird. They might well prefer the significantly increased mileage that hydrogen will provide them vs grid fuelled batteries. More importantly, the Smart Grid might be rejected out right by consumers due to the fear that the government and its grid possesses the means of tracking all of their energy use. Currently, their transportation-relying on anonymous gas pumps- remains outside of prying government eyes.
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British Columbia, Canada Hydrogen Highway

British Columbia, Canada Hydrogen Highway | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
British Columbia, Canada is in the process of building a hydrogen highway system from Vancouver to Whistler.
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Hydrogen Research In South Carolina

Hydrogen Research In South Carolina | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
If South Carolina can commit significant funds to bring hydrogen to the market as far back as 2002, why can't every state in the union do the same. Granted funds are tight these days, but in light of the increases in the price of gas such investments can spell the difference between a poor quality of life and one close to the one we experience today. This isn't much of a choice.
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Big Oil's Hydrogen Future - Forbes.com 2008

Big Oil's Hydrogen Future - Forbes.com 2008 | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
Three years ago, Forbes gushed about Big Oil's commitment to the Hydrogen Economy. Where does that stand now?
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From Smart Grid to Big Brother?

From Smart Grid to Big Brother? | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The clock is ticking on America's energy future. The Obama Administration is betting that the Smart Grid and EVs (electric vehicles) will carry the day. Backed by the principal American Smart Grid beneficiaries of GE and GM, Obama intends to roll out the grid in the very near future . However, there is a large obstacle that may prevent wide spread adoption of this vision, the American consumer.

Americans do not like to be monitored. Few husbands desire to negotiate with their wives over their use of home appliances. More foreboding is the prospect of telling their teenage children that they can only keep one media source on at a time. In other words, telling your kid they can only work at the computer to do their home work and leave the stereo, tv, smartphone off is a recipe for continuous confrontations. Let's definitely not talk about the family EV.

If the Smart Grid is totally rejected or set back several decades, where does that leave the nation and its need to control its energy sources?
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SMU Study Shows Geothermal Sources Have 10X Capacity of Coal Power

SMU Study Shows Geothermal Sources Have 10X Capacity of Coal Power | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it

On its face we have found the holy grail of energy independence.  However, the best problem solving strategy often is to break the problem down into its component parts.  Wouldn't it make greater sense for the FFI to invest massively into developing this resource-they have the money-and produce hydrogen near the source?  The hydrogen could be easily transported by rail or pipeline to the consumer.  The high cost of producing hydrogen fuel would quickly become competitive with current energy sources.  Best of all, it would be the cleanest energy available on the planet.

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Time Is At A Premium:Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production

Time Is At A Premium:Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The summary and attached comments represent an excellent analysis of the need to apply critical thinking and risk assessment to the approaching fossil energy shortages\problems. It is well worth ploughing through the large number of comments. Time is running out.
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James Krall's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:33 AM

I really like this article because it talks about the future of our planet and how it is going to be affected with our over-use of fossil fuels, which also fluxuates the greenhouse gases, giving soon to be major climate changes so to say. I think that this article really gives good insight of the risks and probabilities of our usage of fossil fuels. I think that us as a planet should really try and not use up so much energy, or at least switch over to a more efficient way of producing such. I don't really think that our planet is going to last very much longer so to say in the long run, and I think we should help clean up what we've caused as humans. I strongly believe we should switch to more efficient means of energy. 

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Automobiles And Oil Dominate The World Market

Automobiles And Oil Dominate The World Market | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
Is there any doubt that future solutions depend upon the two market segments of oil and autos? What is it going to take to wake these sleeping giants up? It is obvious that they can not be scrapped as many would have it.

The electricity producers have already captured the high ground with the Smart Grid. One can conclude that the Smart Grid is a successful competitor to the continued existence of the Fossil Fuel Industry(FFI). The car companies have already dedicated resources to producing electric fuelled vehicles. However, they are hedging their bets with the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles referenced earlier. Despite this, the FFI fights religiously to maintain the status quo. They don't seem to realize that there is only one path left to it, the Hydrogen Economy. It is logical to say that the remaining time for an orderly transition can only be counted in years rather than decades.

For an in depth graphic review of the global energy spectrum and the basic components of hydrogen development go to: http://www.hydrogenambassadors.com/background/facts.php#h2fromdirectsolar .
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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it

Bill McKibben writes that Big Oil is funding the Climate Change denial effort because they can not afford to write off their multi trillion dollar reserves.  In the case of the famous movie, "The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre", avarice led to the destruction of the treasure seekers and the ultimate loss of the treasure.  In current terms, the treasure is a world that can support future generations.

 

Read Dr Pedro Blas Gonzalez's analysis of the movie: http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2011/feature-articles/the-treasure-of-the-sierra-madre-or-socrates-in-the-desert-2/ .

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Production And Distribution Expertise

Production And Distribution Expertise | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The oil and gas industries have developed advanced and complicated production and distribution technology over a 100+ year period. Backed by their deep experience, they and their engineers could do the same for the hydrogen economy. Is there sufficient time to replace it? Or should we take a long look at the experience of similarly large enterprises that transformed themselves into highly competitive and innovative companies. What choice do the oil and gas majors have? Public opinion is dramatically turning against them. They have had to spend millions of dollars and Euros on advertising to prove they have socially redeeming value(see below). This money is better spent on a new future.
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Destiny Arkema's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:16 PM

This article is a

James Krall's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:49 AM

I think that this article has some good importance. We all want to switch over to better means of energy, but what do we do about the oil production and distribution companies that have been built up over the past 100+ years? I think that we should replace them with other means of energy, such as natural gas or something. I think that we definitely need to spend a lot more money on our planets future so that we aren't grieving in the future. I think that if we start to clean up the messes we've made as humans now, that maybe we can give this planet a chance. 

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MagneGas Makes Breakthrough: Hydrogen Production From a Renewable Source

MagneGas Makes Breakthrough: Hydrogen Production From a Renewable Source | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
Could this be one of the new hydrogen source breakthroughs? It has been suggested by several authorities that biomass whether waste water,raw sewage or other biomass types will yield hydrogen gas in quantity and reasonably cheaply. This is the type of thinking which could open up the Hydrogen Economy.
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Home Page: California Hydrogen Highway

Home Page: California Hydrogen Highway | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
California has put together a powerful set of resources in support of the hydrogen economy and highway. Why isn't the Obama Administration backing this liberal and technically advanced state? Someone should take a hard look at this issue. The key question to ask is who stands to gain the most from building the Smart Grid?
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Cheap Hydrogen?

Cheap Hydrogen? | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
Cheaply produced hydrogen will make America energy independent. American drivers will be able to reach their accustomed destinations. The American way of life will not have to be modified as drastically as predicted by the post carbon community. We need to embrace the Hydrogen Economy as quickly as possible.
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Sun-powered water splitter makes hydrogen tirelessly

The EU is working on their own variation.
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'Tall order' sunlight-to-hydrogen system works, neutron analysis confirms

'Tall order' sunlight-to-hydrogen system works, neutron analysis confirms | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
The ultimate energy conversion process would be the direct conversion from solar to hydrogen.
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Fossil Fuel Expansion Continues with New Coal Mining, Offshore Drilling | Climate Central

Fossil Fuel Expansion Continues with New Coal Mining, Offshore Drilling | Climate Central | Big Fossil Fuel | Scoop.it
It will take a national effort to encourage a Fossil Fuel migration to cleaner alternatives.
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H2 - South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance

South Carolina has positioned itself as a key Hydrogen Economy state.
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