Archive for the 'Writing' Category

15
Aug
17

Replacement

By 2030 the EU aims to generate 27% of its energy from renewable sources. However, the renewable-energy sector in Europe is heavily reliant on hydrocarbons for the supply of raw materials critical for the development of technology such as solar cells and wind turbines.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/chinese_supply_critical_raw_materials_pose_long_term_risks_european_wind_solar_industries_494na1_en.pdf

26
Jul
17

Myth 1

Renewables are renewable using renewable energy

Only by doing several (presumably fatal) experiments is it possible to know what will break the back of a camel.

Is it doubtful, based on the laws of physics, whether a battery or any other renewable source can be made without a surplus supply of energy.

Economics tells us we can increase our GDP simply by increasing our material wealth utilising such methods as increasing the debt coefficient inherent in the cost of housing, by increasing the velocity of money or by using concentrated solar energy to capture diffuse energy by the means of other physical infrastructure such as ‘renewables’.

This growth in GDP does not mean the GDP fueled economy is energetically sustainable and in fact, logically, it points in the other direction. From a purely economic view, things tend to get more expensive as scarcity increases.

From an energetic viewpoint, using the stored solar energy of a few hundred million years, to create a storage system, with hugely negative environmental side effects, that lasts for 15-20 years is the height of folly.

A focus on maintenance rather than growth would quickly disabuse the market of the ‘renewable based on an Infiniti supply’ myth.

The myth of the energetically sustaible economy is popular and strong because it tells us everything will remain the same, only better.

Which is of course what we want to hear, imagine someone telling you that half of the worlds stored energy had been used to create an infrastructure, with a 50-70 year lifespan totally dependent on being recreated by the half we have already used.

Next time you ride under that freeway, wonder how it will be recreated in 30 years or so, from a a solar panel that wore out 10 years ago

23
Jun
17

Value V2

As capitalism slowly triumphs over all of the ethical and moral values of society it might be worth reexamining the 7 deadly sins in a new social light.

Historical note: moral imperatives were thought so judicious to social cohesion that the public display any of these behaviours was considered punishable by eternal damnation.

Wrath- the military industrial complex sponsors war, counts it as GDP, and loudly protests and laments the terror this encourages in the victims
Gluttony- you are most likely either fat, or rich, or getting there, increasing your desire to consume more is the highest goal of the market
Avarice- personal greed is good and has no consequences, you believe in ceteris paribus despite the logical fallacy
Sloth- you don’t accept that the work behind the global just in time economy is not done by you but by stored hydrocarbons, and worse, you think the hydrocarbons become renewable when we make solar panels from them
Pride- you think your app enables everything to exist, you feel so much better about your superiority that you post it online so that everyone can see and either protest or support your own personal bigotry,
Envy- Encouraged to want what everyone else is, you increase your pride, gluttony, sloth and avarice in order to become the market ideal
Lust- some things remain the same, although worth noting that the externaliti s within the sustainable market for lust extrapolate with the ability to purchase control of another human being

The seven deadly sins are, in a large part, the values espoused in the market democracy. The modern person’s eternal soul does not matter, or is at least no more important, than the number of likes on their most recent post.

09
May
17

To the corporate mind

Saudi Arabia is virtuous

those with all the money

tell the others what to do

 

buy bombs and guns from

the military industrial complex

to keep the status quo

 

With enough surplus

in bombs and guns

to create another war or two

 

To the corporate mind

profit

Justifies war

28
Apr
17

Blah again

Let us argue with fact since my truth cannot be yours

First world society is absolutely dependent on a limited supply of liquid fuel

just in time is the very definition of unsustainable once it reaches a Liebig limit

your facts assume this doesn’t matter

24
Mar
17

Waves

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-point_energy

I liked:

In Wolfgang Pauli’s 1945 Nobel lecture[64] he made clear his opposition to the idea of zero-point energy stating “It is clear that this zero-point energy has no physical reality”.

Seems to me the wave equation couldn’t exist without energy?

24
Mar
17

Seven years of fat

Exposing the fossils

of a hundred million years

to combustion

we turn them into an infrastructure

that can only be supported

by an infinite supply

 

without turning our minds

to the concept

of the finite nature

of everything

 

sure

nature may

in one hundred million years more

recreate what it created

one hundre million years afore

but not before

 

60 years until concrete cancer

eats a building

that took 30000 years of energy to create

5 years until the obsolescence

built into an ipad

destroys another 2000 years

 

Should we really be basing our productivity

Our survivability and collective ingenuity

on the ability

to burn fossil fuels

into substitutability