December 2, 2011 in World
This article continues my series where I go through the exercise of looking at the six pieces in Jane Evershed’s OccuPIE. They are:
- end all wars
- environmental responsibility
- free/real education
- healthcare for all
- release of free energy technologies
- an ethical economy
Today, I write about the fifth piece of the OccuPIE, release of free energy technologies.
I almost feel funny writing about free energy technologies. This is the area where societal habits, marketing, and philosophies influence me the most.
I enjoy the world that runs on petroleum products. The automobiles, planes, trains, and buses that transport us from one place to another give us greater mobility than ever before. The propane and natural gas that heats our homes, businesses, and offices gives us more control over our internal environment that ever before.
We have even developed methods of burning these products with almost no residue.
As a result, there is virtually no maintenance required like when we heat with wood or coal. There are no ashes to carry away and no chimney flues to clean.
The marketing for oil-based energy systems is so significant that when we hear of alternative energy sources, we automatically scoff.
Anyone who attends an event encouraging the use of alternative energy is immediately labeled a hypocrite because he traveled to the event in a car or plane run by gasoline or diesel or some other type of petro fuel.
Anytime I write about these technologies, I hear from readers who say something like, “I’ve heard about these technologies for years. No one has brought any to market. I don’t think they exist. I don’t think they will ever exist. I think they are scams to get people to invest in a pipe dream.”
The wording varies from email to email. However, the response is generally the same.
“Don’t bother me with new technologies. I’m getting along just fine using what I have.”
I understand the thinking because I’ve fallen into it myself.
The truth is I can no longer ignore the free energy technologies because I know they exist.
I’ve written on this site about Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat system.
There are scores of internet sites with diagrams for how to produce energy in non-traditional and inexpensive methods.
I have a client who set up a solar electrical system for his home last year. He generates enough power for his own use. He recently started getting checks FROM the local utility company because he tied into the local grid and the company purchases whatever power he doesn’t use.
A recent discovery through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shows a more efficient method of capturing sunlight by arranging solar panels like the leaves of a tree. One of my sources has seen a draft of the report. He said it shows that this new arrangement produces power even on cloudy days in Massachusetts. Imagine what it would do on sunny days in New Mexico!
There are other sources that are more esoteric. Some say it is alien technology or love or a light or sound system that produces usable energy.
A couple years ago, I was contacted by a man who had developed a free energy system. He had been offered significant money for his technology and he wanted to know the best way to manage his newfound wealth. He told me he wasn’t sure he was going to accept the offer because it was from an oil company executive and he was concerned they were going to squash his discoveries.
I’ve heard or read this type of story many times. I’ve heard it enough that I believe there is an effort, probably led by those in the oil business, to discourage the use of alternative energy. These technologies are suppressed because they would disrupt the financial system built around petroleum-based systems.
An ethical economy would resolve this issue.
I’ll write about that in my next article in this series.