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Do we face a World Energy Crisis, or do we face an endless energy-rich future? The answer is yes, on both counts. The final answer will be determined by the direction of our commitment. It determines our action in the present, and with it, our future.
The intentional use of energy to create a civilization has been the hallmark of humanity from the beginning. The use of fire defines us as being human. No other form of life on this planet has this capability. Over time, we have learned to use this capability well. However we have also discovered that the more we use our capability to use energy, the more we deplete the resources for the production of the energy that we use.
We have been big energy users for only a few hundred years. In a sense, we have barely begun on this path, and already a massive depletion of our resources has occurred. At the current rate of usage, our energy reserves will be gone in short order. They will be gone in
300 years for Nuclear power,
250 years for Natural gas,
112 years for Coal,
64 years for Oil, and
30 years for solar and wind power.
While solar and wind power do not consume their resource, their resource limit is determined by how long the Sun remains active. That's the point when the ice age begins. The point may be reached in 30 years. We face a high probability that the Sun may go inactive in the near future, possibly 30 years from now. I have explored the details in my video presentation, "Ice Age of the dimming Sun in 30 years." With this potential on the horizon, the depletion of our energy resources comes a critical factor in the present, especially as we need to prepare ourselves for the challenging times to come.
Are we trapped then by the terminal factors of our energy resources?
The answer depends on us, and it depends on what we regard as the human future.
The human species have lived on the Earth for over two million years, but what we call civilization is relatively new. It developed during the last 6000 years. The large-scale use of energy to advance our civilization hasn't really started until just a few hundred years ago, and already, we see the resources being depleted. The known reserves might last us for two or three more centuries, or maybe five if extreme conservation measures are applied. But no matter how we slice the pie, stretch the reserves, and utilize inefficient reserves, our energy future has a terminal quality, as energy is presently used. Our most optimistic estimates for available energy resources won't get us far into the next ice age, much less through the next 90,000 years of deep freeze conditions that cannot be avoided. And beyond that we aim to survive and prosper through many more successive ice ages, until the epoch of the ice ages ends, and hope to have an infinite future lasting many millions of years into the future.
If this is how we see our future, we need to have a new type of energy resource that is not subject to depletion. That's what the future dictates for the present. This is what we need to develop, or else we won't have a future all. And this is precisely what we can develop. The resource exists in space.
All the evidence that stands before us today, that we see and explore, suggests that a ready-made interface exists between the Earth and the vast cosmic electric energy resource that surrounds us in space.
The interface exists well within our reach, and exists as a type that is far greater in scope than our human needs for energy will ever require it to be. And in addition the amazing promise stands before us even during the coming Ice Age environments.
We are no longer strangers in space. We have developed great space capabilities and tools for research. What then would hinder us to develop the most critical resource on which our future existence depends? What is holding us back?
The reason why we haven't developed the cosmic energy resource already, is fairly simple. We are trapped into a conflict between two schools of perception, regardless of the evidence, of which the entropic school is dominant. The conflict is one of perception. The stage is divided between two contrary views of the nature of the universe. In one view it is actively powered and developing. In the other view it is self-consuming, with every sun burning by its own fuel towards its depletion and eventual death. The conflict is artificial. It keeps churning. And keeps the field of science in the dark.
For numerous reasons the resulting tragic state of darkness is maintained at great cost to us all.
Ironically, the key-factor in all that, is a conflict of ideology about the nature of the universe that has large political and economic implications, especially on the energy front. Thus astrophysics is maintained with two faces in conflict with each other.
Two schools of perception rule the queen of the physical sciences today. One school of astrophysics regards the physical universe as a sea of electrically interconnected, and electrically powered, elements. On this platform the most perplexing phenomena become readily understandable, and explorable in the laboratory.
The other school of astrophysics regards the universe as ruled by gravity, with the electric force playing no role at all as if it didn't exist. This is the entopic view of the universe where everything is deemed to be decaying by energy depletion, and is winding down like a wind-up toy is running down as its energy is spent, towards its inevitable zero-energy 'death' when it stops.
In the entropic school of astrophysics our sun and every star in the universe is deemed to be a nuclear fusion furnace that consumes its own resources, whereby it collapses itself to its death.
In its self-consuming state, while it shines for billions of years and burns its fuel, our Sun is regarded as a constant factor that is applied to all the climate equations.
While the observable evidence doesn't support the assumption, great epicycles have been invented to overcome the paradox of the evidence defying the theory without having to change the theory in compliance with the evidence.
The existence of the ice ages, and of the Dansgaard-Oeschger oscillations within them, for example, is impossible to rationalize on grounds of mechanistic theories that assume the Sun to be an invariable constant.
Whatever rules the schools of entopic astrophysics stands on a platform of thinking that is purely imaginary and often irrational. For this reason, it is also inherently dangerous. It is dangerous, because on this default train of thinking, where reality doesn't matter in the light of fantasy, the real causative elements become completely omitted in the conclusions as if they didn't exist.
This scholarly commitment to something that is but a dream, is what keeps humanity in the dark and latched to diminishing resources as if they were humanity's only hope.
All this means that the difference between the two schools of thinking, which appears to be purely philosophic in essence, is far from being trivial in the practical world. In real terms, the existing difference, which is a difference of opinions, is central to human living and to the very future of humanity.
If humanity remains trapped inside the school of entropic thinking in astrophysics, so that it cannot see a sun for what it is, humanity will largely cease to exist in the very near future, because humanity will die when its entropic energy resources are consumed and the development of the infinite resources that do exist and can be utilized - the cosmic, anti-entropic energy resources - remains blocked, as it presently is.
In the dead-end school where the cosmic-electric energy resources are being denied to exist, a few irrational attempts are being made to develop 'renewable' energy resources, as a measure to conserve the dwindling conventional resources. While such attempts, wise as they seem, like building solar energy collectors, they are too feeble in energy density to meet the needs of a growing civilization.
Windmills are slightly more-efficient, and they actually do produce a greater share of the word's electric energy, but they likewise, are far too feeble to meet the energy needs of a developing civilization.
For operating wind farms, the strength of the wind is a key factor. This factor limits the placement to a few areas that are marginally useful, which are also prime food producing areas. The best wind conditions are found off-shore. Of course, off-shore systems are several-times more expensive to build and maintain.
In spite of the cost, the offshore wind farms have become popular for a number of reasons. While the power production is relatively low in comparison with nuclear powered generators, the greatest danger inherent in wind powered systems is that they foster a dangerous illusion.
Both the wind and solar power systems are built on the theory that the Sun is a constant factor on the global energy scene at all times.
In reality the solar factor has been a fleeting phenomenon during the last few million years of the ice ages when the Sun becomes inactive for long periods. When the Sun turns off, both the wind and solar powered systems become useless junk.
Whenever the cosmic electric input density falls below the minimal threshold level that is required for the electric-sun system to function, then the active state of the Sun can no longer be maintained. In such a case the Sun simply turns off. This off-state has been the normal state of the Sun throughout much of the ice age glaciation cycles.
The dynamics behind the Sun becoming inactive, has been explored in a previous exploration video. The evidence is convincing that the next ice age transition will begin with the Sun turning off, becoming dim yellow spot the size of the moon.
In the face of an inactive Sun, as the Ice Age begins, windmills and solar panels will simply be of no use.
The danger is that by going the solar-powered path to develop new energy resources, the cosmic-electric energy resources that have no inherent limits will fall by the wayside and remain undeveloped.
By the universal nature of cosmic electric energy resources, these resources will continue to be available to us no matter what the next Ice Age may bring, and promise to be even stronger then. This is what we should develop, instead of playing with toys that become a death trap.
No real imperative is forcing humanity to submit itself to the death of energy starvation that is assured on the current path, when our world is surrounded by vastly greater energy resources in the cosmic domain than humanity may ever care to use.
In the school of electric cosmology, every galaxy and its hundreds of billions of stars within them, including our own solar system, are powered by vast electric-energy streams. The evidence literally is in the stars, in their string-like formations, as was already noted. But being electric in nature, the cosmic energy streams are affected by resonance phenomena. The resonances vary by their interaction , and overlap. At times they vary dramatically by the particular nature of their resonances. But even while they vary, they will never vanish completely or become consumed. These electric energy streams are the lifeblood of the universe - the blood that powers everything. The electric energy carriers in these streams are likely for this reason, appropriately, named, 'plasma.' The plasma streams in space, all carry an electric charge.
The plasma streams consist primarily of electrons and protons, the stuff that atoms are made of when they are energetically held together into atomic structures. The difference between atoms and the plasma that forms them, is, that the plasma particles are 100,000 times smaller themselves than the atoms they created.
The plasma particles, therefore, as small and invisible as they are, furnish the entire mass of an atom, and by implication the entire mass of the tangible universe. Except, the tangible universe, the part of the universe that we see, no matter how far we look, contains only a minuscule fraction of the mass that actually exists, which we cannot see, but can discern by its effects by reading between the lines.
Plasma scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed a revolutionary concept of the cosmos.
The researchers recognized that 99.999% of the entire mass of the universe exists in the unbound, invisible, electrically charged form of matter that is called plasma. This means that our telescopes can only recognize one thousands of a percent of the mass that actually exists. The rest is in too small a form to be visible. However, this invisible portion that looks like empty space between the distant galaxies, contains up to 99.999% of the mass of the universe.
It is this huge invisible part of the cosmos that carries the electric charge that is the lifeblood of every galaxy, small or large, near of far, and lights up every star in the universe.
Obviously the plasma streams reach far beyond the limits of what our finest telescopes can see of the cosmos, like the limits of this view across 500 million light years of space.
This means that there exists plenty electric energy in space.
A minute portion of the cosmic energy streams also flows into and through our solar system, fed by the great intergalactic cosmic resources streams.
If the plasma streams that flow through our solar system were dense enough to be visible we would likely see them in shapes similar to that of the planetary nebula shown here. While our Sun is just a mediocre star, it evidently attracts enough plasma to light it up brilliantly, with more than enough plasma flowing through the solar system unused for meeting our needs too if we care to tap into this readily available cosmic energy resource that surrounds us. It is a ready-made energy resource that is available to us as our resource for a boundless energy future.
Without the utilization of the boundless cosmic energy resources, humanity has no future.
We have tragically limited ourselves, in our small-minded ways, to the use of consumable resources that diminish by our consumption. However, we don't have to go this route when other options are available. We have no need to tied ourselves to diminishing resources that we deplete. We can have a boundless future if we step out of this trap, a kind of earthbound grave. We have the option to begin today to utilize the cosmic resources that, unlike oil, nothing in our world can deplete.
The ice age video series that this production is a part of, is designed to demonstrate that the boundless cosmic electric-energy resources do exist, and that we can have an inherently bright and rich future with the use of these resources that we have within our reach right now, and have the capability to develop, even at this 'late' hour, provided we care enough to reinvigorate our diminishing humanist energy.
If we fail to meet the humanist challenge, the ice age challenge then cannot be met either. In this case the human presence will diminish from the current seven billion people, to maybe just a few million.
This means that our meeting the ice age challenge depends entirely on us meeting the humanist challenge. The ice age challenge is not basically a physical challenge, because we have the physical and technological resources to make the coming Ice Age a non-event. But will we do it? This unanswered question renders the ice age challenge, primarily a human commitment challenge. If we fail to meet the ice age challenge, we do so purely on the grounds of having lost our qualification to live as human beings.
I like to believe that we will not fail in the humanist arena. We will get ourselves off the ground in this arena, and we will fly. We are after all, the highest form of life on this planet with great capabilities in creative and productive endeavours. We are the supreme being on this planet. We are in essence 'the hand of God' - the hand of Love and Truth - the executors of the 'will of God' that cannot be blocked in principle.
We are the discoverers, creators and producers in this world, with a scientific genius that opens the door to the energies of the universe. We are not born to die on the default train, but we will die there if we don't get off.
So let us explore almost from the beginning as it were, in this series of videos related to the dimming Sun ice age, why we are not tied to the ground, but truly have an open door to infinity before us, and with it the greatest incentive to step away from the dead-end of energy entropy that would keep us tied to the ground where we would die in the near future without a resource left for our living.
This particular video, which is focused on our energy future, has been produced as the first sequel to the video, 'Ice Age of the dimming Sun in 30 years.' The sequel is needed now in the present, to lift us out of our small-minded thinking, because we face a huge crisis on the energy front if we don't snap out of our self-denial in the short term. We face this energy crisis already, even without the Ice Age coming up, and its consequences. The coming Ice Age only adds a somewhat more-ominous dimension to the challenge. We have a severe energy crisis looming on the horizon no matter how we look at it. We are running out of resources on every front on the spectrum of energy production.
We face a severe crisis when the dwindling oil reserves run out. The world's oil reserves are presently estimated at about 1.3 trillion barrels. This gigantic-seeming resource, however, adds up to only 64 years of supply at the present rate of production.
When the resource is used up, then what will power our economy for the remaining 90,000 years of the coming next Ice Age will be upon us without fail?
In the long sweep of universal history humanity's presence on this planet has been brief, comparable to a blink of an eye.
In this 'blink of an eye' the development of what we call civilization occurred within a blink of a blink, spanning the last 6000 years. We learned to use energy in a big way, in this timeframe, primarily in the last few centuries.
Now we have come to the point were the depletion of the energy resources that we have learned to use, that civilization depends on, will be upon us in 50 to 200 years. Where do we go to secure our energy future? We face the task to bring a highly developed civilization all the way through the next 90,000-years glaciation cycle, and of course way beyond that too. The power for this absolutely critical feat to be possible can only be derived from anti-entropic energy resources that do not diminish with use, which thereby can never be depleted. Not a single energy resource that we have been using on earth qualifies for that.
Sure, the world has large recoverable oil reserves of a different type that it can draw on, like oil from oil shale and oil sands. These are large resources sitting on the ground that have been estimated to yield around to 3 to 4 trillion barrels of oil.
While those resources are somewhat more difficult to recover, whereby the depletion takes a bit linger, they will nevertheless give us only an additional 200 years of supply. This means that no matter how we look at it, our greatest resources are nevertheless insignificant in comparison with the 90,000 years of the next Ice Age that we need increased energy resources for, which may be upon us in possibly 30 years time.
A 200-year supply, even a thousand-years supply, such as nuclear power might offer, compares as nothing in the long time frame of the coming Ice Age that will last for 90,000 years, which will impose additional energy requirements.
Since we expect our civilization to survive on this planet far beyond just a single ice age, or even a few of them, and expect to prosper for millions upon millions of years yet to come, we need to to recognize that our future history stands in the balance presently, in the shadow of the unfolding energy crisis that has been left unaddressed, as if closing one's eyelids would cause the challenge to go away.
Do we have no hope then? Is humanity going to fizz out into nothing by the death of our energy resource depletion? Oh yes, we would fizz out into nothing if we continued on the present course of doing nothing to develop the necessary higher-level energy resources that cannot be depleted.
Sure, energy applications from oil and gas can be replaced with electric energy development. Indeed, enormous amounts of electric energy are already being produced around the world.
However, while large amounts of electric energy are being produced, the bulk of our electric energy is derived from oil, gas, and coal, with a small portion coming from nuclear energy. Since these resources are all of a type that is being depleted by the utilization of it, the electric energy production that we may hail as the savoir of our future, especially nuclear power, is nevertheless tied to the same depletion process that places a finite limit on its availability.
Of all the resource sectors that are presently utilized for electric energy production, the nuclear power sector has by far the largest resource-base available. But even nuclear power is ultimately a resource that is limited by depletion.
Uranium for nuclear power is in relatively short supply, of which only half a percent is actually fissionable for power production. While breeder reactors can activate the unusable uranium, the process is messy, highly radioactive, and is likewise limited by the depletion of the resource for it.
Activated thorium is ultimately the world's most abundant nuclear fuel available, of which up to 90% can be made fissionable. The presently known recoverable resource base is sufficient for the production of two million gigawatt years of energy, conservatively. The utilization of this resource would offers us almost a thousand years of nuclear-powered electricity at the current rate of worldwide electricity production.
The bottom line, however, remains the same. Even this most gigantic resource for nuclear power production, stacks up as nothing against the background of the long sweep of the ice ages and the distant future that we expect humanity to have, spanning billions of years to come. We simply cannot exist for longer than just a 'blink of eye' in this vast expanse of time on a platform of energy resources that are depleted by their use, whether they last two hundred years of a thousand years.