Most of us have seen first hand the effects of burning coal, but when it comes to natural gas what you can’t see is what will kill you. Carbon Monoxide is the bi-product of natural gas, coal and wood. It is colorless, ordorless and very deadly. Nuclear Power has a bad reputation for a few reasons. Accidents like Chernobyl and Three Mile Island gave us an idea of just how bad it could be. Or did they? Although it is one of the more efficient ways to generate electricity it is also dangerous. It has a radioactive bi-product that can stay in the ground (if buried) for over a thousand years.
We need to lose the idea that being self-sufficient means sacrificing comfort. That to embrace the idea you have to produce everything you need yourself. That you can’t get started unless you have all the space, funds and desire to just drop out of society and isolate yourself. That the philosophy is, and can only be, embraced by “hippies”. Who have become so idealistically green that they have forgotten that the world is so over populated that it is impossible for it to be sustainable for all of us to join them, and have made the idea unpopular by the way they look down their nose at the rest of us.
In order to do more than just barely survive, first we have to simplify our lives. We must learn to need and want less. We can learn to get our enjoyment and entertainment from lower cost or free sustainable sources. We live in a time of unbelievable over consumption of all kinds of goods, including expensive food from all over the world. We will need to rely on local products and local food sources. Part of the change that will be coming has to do with the transportation of goods across the world. We will see that slow way down and goods from far away will be extremely expensive. At least until new power supplier sources are implemented that change the cost and environmental damage from worldwide transportation of goods.
Shop locally. Clothing made in the United States or, better yet, your hometown, reduces the amount of energy needed to ship that garment to your neighborhood store. And you’re supporting the local economy.
China is front and center when the future of our planet is discussed. The country may still be communist from a political perspective, but it has taken a strong capitalist approach to economic matters. In fact, it is only a matter of time till the “communist” label is dropped as a whole. While China is experiencing massive economic growth, many see future problems.
Compared to other energy platforms, hydropower is very efficient. Energy conversion rates are in the 80 to 90 percent range. The plants also have a long life as you can see with any dam, and maintenance costs are relatively low. Cost of energy production, thus, is lower or on par with other energy platforms including oil.
In order to meet this demand, we will have to focus on research and then development of energy technologies that are not only sustainable, but profitable.
Short and sweet, get this phrase into your subconscious. With a little repetition you can build up a mindset habit that your body won’t be able to argue with. It will be no time at all, and your actions will be reinforcing this simple “mantra”. Energy knows no bounds when you change your mind and see yourself glowing with good health and a positive attitude. This easy to use, low tech, get tough phrase will revive you when you’re feeling low.