|Posted by Zane Hunker on March 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Zane Hunker on March 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
Transportation is now the biggest consumer of fossil fuels, more than agriculture and manufacturing. Transportation presents unique energy challenges to electrification and alternative fuels by virtue of the fact that vehicles move. It’s much easier to reconfigure power to a machine that is stationary as opposed to a machine that has to move and meet various speed, range and capacity requirements.
Oil is a miraculous substance for its energy potential which was built up for millions of years under the Earth’s surface crushing so many dead plants and animals for humans to extract it, refine it, and then burn it off quickly soon after. Once located it takes only about 2% of oil’s energy to pump it out of the ground. An equivalent of a teacup of oil can lift a ton 9 feet. When John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil was first refining kerosene for lamps, the byproduct of gasoline was thought of as merely a dangerous, useless substance. Rockefeller saw that danger as energy potential. Today many industries use oil as well as cars, trains, ships and airplanes. Plastic uses around 10% of all oil extracted. We are living in the oil age.
Hummankind will need to diversify its energy portfolio, for environmental and economic reasons. As the more easily extractable oil disappears, the more drilling and shaking will be needed to extract the remaining sources. Earth will never run entirely out of oil, it will only get prohibitively expensive to extract.
Trees and plants consume Co2 and release oxygen. Even if Co2 produced climate change were to warm the planet somewhat, those trees and plants would enjoy it as much as they did at a time when the dinosaurs roamed a warm earth before they perished and turned into this thing called oil. A rainforest full of trees and plants produces a lot of oxygen, though it also uses a lot of that oxygen. It is the mineral and material discharge from rainforests into the oceans feeding plankton that really produces a lot of oxygen consumed by humankind around the world. If the ocean warms up, then we’ll have to rely a lot more on those dwindling trees and plants for our oxygen. Less polution is needed as much as less de-forestation.
Cars, trains and ships will be more easily converted to electricity than airplanes. The mere principal of a jet engine doesn’t exist without fossil fuels. In the future, high speed trains will carry more people and goods on the ground. Short range electric propeller planes will continue to connect us to nearby cities and otherwise inaccessible locations. When we do need to hop over to the other side of the planet, space planes will be launched upward quickly by magnets and deliver us to our destination within the hour. For that short time in space we will be able to look down on our big blue planet full of trees and plants and feel good about how we’ve preserved life for ourselves and progressed as well. Then we will brace for re-entry, land, depart our globe hoping craft and go on with our lives.
|Posted by Zane Hunker on March 8, 2013 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
At one time, investment fostered inovation that then created long term, widespread prosperity. Nowadays, short term gains create prosperity for a dwindling hyper-rich few. Out with innovation, in with consolidation.
2 main factors have taken us to this point, outsourcing and big online business.
Outsourcing has made products cheaper while creating massive job losses in the USA. Efforts to justify this practice have been made through spreading words like "free trade" and "global economy" don't be fooled, all these words mean is "Exploiting cheap labor in rural corners of the world to sell things cheaper is wonderful!!!"
Big online business is a godsend to the greedy, it allows maximum exposure, high volume, minimal physical assets and few employees which all means high profits and low risk. In terms of manpower and physical assets, Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook are tiny. Many people consume the products of these companies while few are actually employed by them. While the economic opportunity created through the innovation of these companies must be considered in its own right, much greater the world be if more people were employed better.
Outsourcing and big online business are sugar highs for the plutocracy. Meanwhile, folks are struggling. It doesn't have to be this way. We must realize the symbiotic relationship between good people, and a good economy. They aren't just units of consumption and productivity, these are people that want to build a better world.
In this world, people need to go places, they need the jobs that build the vehicles to get them there. This is a world that values strength, integrity, hard work, risk, inovation and a real physical presence. Big factories, tons of steel and thousands of workers are all wonderful things. Many good people can go to jobs that take care of their families. These workers can afford to buy what they build. The company cares about them so they then care about the company. Profits generated by this kind of company go back into the inovation that once again creates long term, widespread prosperity.
|Posted by Zane Hunker on February 25, 2013 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
In nature you see an ecosystem functioning harmoniously. There is a deep desire among many people to bring that ecosystem functionality into transportation. Here is a world full of vehicles to fulfill that kind of vision.