Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Green Energy That Might Actually Work

What follows is a mere sketch of ideas that preceded a more thoughtful treatment of the environment in 24:15 Stewards Of Creation. I recommend you read that one first. Now that I've lost the bubble on that subject, I'd hate for this post to go to complete waste.

Without hanging my hat on any one technology in particular. the concepts behind TDM and CDP are actually really interesting once you separate the green-hyperventilating from the possibilities.

I'm not against burning up a few dinosaurs. I've never been a big fan of offshore drilling even long before the BP spill, especially since we've got enough ground oil in Alaska, Texas, and the Rocky Mountains to last us a good long while. In fact, a study from the US Geological Survey estimates that there are 3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation—25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate. How about burning those dinosaurs first, yes?

That having been said, I think that there are a few alternative energy sources worth pursuing. The reasons for pursuing them are not the same as those of environmentalists although many of them may be complimentary.

1. TDM (Anything Into Oil) Thermal Depolymerization Method
2. CDP (Green Power  catalytic pressure-less depolymerization process (CDP)
3. Methane capture from landfills
4. Solar drapes, battery improvements (kinetic energy capture, e.g. floors)

1. Religion (stewards until new heavens and earth)
2. Good citizenship (making localities independent power producers)
3. Economics (recycling cheaper than finding new reserves) -- this one has been problematic
4. Synergies between producing power and reducing existing waste (carbon sink)
5. Reducing land fills and effectively dealing with toxic waste
6. National security (energy independence vs foreign policy)

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