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CLEAN ENERGY

Solar, Wind, Wastes, and Water

          Clean Energy is paramount to reversing Climate Change,

                             and Building-integrated Energy is best. 

"Energy, like Food, is best generated closest to where it is delivered."

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SOLAR

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Solar

CLEAN ENERGY MEANS CLEAN AIR, CLEAN FOOD, AND CLEAN WATER! 

Solar has become less expensive than coal. A local eco-economist calculated that if 28% of the rooftops were covered with solar panels, the entire City of San Diego would be energy independent. Solar and wind "farms", and hazardous power towers, are unnecessary.

Solar rooftops are many, as a patio awning, on carports, on homes and buildings, big box stores, and convention centers. They are quite versatile. There are even solar roof tiles.

    

"I'd put my money on the Sun and Solar Energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until Oil and Coal run out before we tackle that." - Thomas Alva Edison, 1931

Solar rooftops, and helix wind and water turbines, can make us energy independent at warp speed. We can electrify the planet with clean energy. Imagine a "fill up", charging your car while you sleep, for the cost equivalence of $1.00 a gallon.

 

What is a solar power purchase agreement (PPA)? Financing a solar panel system with a power purchase agreement, otherwise known as a PPA, is similar to leasing or “renting” a solar panel system. Simply put, a solar company or PPA financier covers all the costs to buy solar equipment and install and maintain it on your roof for 10 or 20 years. 

At a cost of 10% less than your average monthly bill - per month.

     It's easy being green.

 

Climate Change & Solar Energy | LetsGoSolar.com
https://www.letsgosolar.com/consumer-education/climate-change-solar
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), one gigawatt-hour of solar generation can prevent the creation of 690 metric tons of CO 2. As it currently stands, solar capacity installed in the U.S. alone can be expected to offset nearly 81 million metric tons of CO 2 annually. 
– See the Helix wind turbines.

 

Magnetism is another clean source of clean energy,

especially for railway lines.

Let’s Electrify the World!

Solar

A local eco-economist calculated that if 28% of the rooftops were covered with solar panels, the entire City of San Diego would be energy independent.

Solar Transportation

Solar transport is catching on -

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Solar Truck

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Solar Bike

Solar RV

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Bioplastics was born over 80 years ago Henry Ford taking a sledgehammer to his new lightweight car! Hemp and soy plastics were 10x stronger than steel. They were also used for parts and fuel. We can revive this concept and use it today. Meanwhile the all-electric Squad Car from Europe is now available in the US for $6.500 to $7,500.

Let’s do both!

Some bioplastics take as long as other plastics to degrade.

More emphasis should be focused on plant-based “edible “plastics and “compostable” plastics

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency or NACFE studied the benefits of solar panel installation on trucks. NACFE has outlined the benefits of using solar power for trucks:

                                  Cost Savings Could Be Key in Wider Adoption of the Technology.

Reduction of Idling- The solar power system helps minimize the idling of engines while parked, resulting in fuel savings. Minimized Jump-Starts- Solar power reduces the calls for roadside assistance for jumpstarting trucks. The solar power keeps the batteries charged, thus reducing the inconvenience and costs of both unplanned downtimes and jumpstarting. Long Battery Life- Having solar power helps extend the life of either the auxiliary or main batteries. Greater Driver Convenience- Having a refrigerator in trucks means added work for truck drivers. But with a solar system, the work is easier as it helps in eliminating the reloading and unloading of refrigerators during weekends and resets. Reducing the workload of drivers also helps in driver retention.

Climate Change affects national security.

 

Arctic US Air Base Has Its Eyes on Russia. But Climate is a Bigger Threat

The isolated Thule Air Base in Greenland is the only U.S. outpost that can monitor all of Russia’s missiles, but thawing permafrost is undermining the station.  -It is critical that military facilities go to solar and helix wind power, and perhaps BioPellets, as well. (Please see the BioFuels and BioPellets section below, and on the W2E2F page)

The US Navy’s base in Norfolk Virginia is also threatened with rising sea levels.

The bases can use a combination of solar and helix wind to power pumps and use BioPellets for the entire facility. Green building technologies can be retrofitted and use green steel and green cement for seawalls. (Please see the GREEN BUILDING page)

Birds and bats are also major pollinators critical to Agriculture, and we are losing them to killer propeller wind turbines (HAWTs) and chemicals. Even offshore wind is very problematic. Bigger is not better. These HAWTs are extremely inefficient and extremely costly to manufacture, install and maintain, when compared to VAWTs.

BUILDING INTEGRATED               HELIX WIND

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POWER

TO THE

PEOPLE 

The kit costs $260 to$300 each. Four can power the average home.

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Helix wind turbines run on ball bearings (not gas motors) and can be made of a variety of sustainable materials.
10 Best Vertical Wind Turbines Reviewed and Rated in 2023 (cleanenergysummit.org)  

 

"Energy, like Food, is best generated closest to where it is delivered."

Building integrated energy is best.

For Homes and Buildings, Gardens and Farms

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) run on ball bearings and can be made of sustainable materials. They can run in 5 to 180-mile per hour winds, and are the perfect building-integrated compliment to rooftop solar. When the Sun goes down, the wind often picks up. They are quiet and do not transmit Extra Low Frequency (ELF) waves which are linked to birth defects and cancer.

 

The structure of these helix windmills convert their circular motion into mechanical work and energy.  

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The horizontal placement of a helix turbine can also generate energy from flowing river waters and tidal flows. 

The structure of these helix windmills convert their circular motion into mechanical work and energy. Importantly, they also maximize it by containing the wind. Most important of all, is that they are bird and bat safe and do not destroy habitat or self-combust. 

https://www.nrdc.org/bio/noah-long/renewable-energy-key-fighting-climate-change

Good information can be found here, except for the propeller wind turbines. Helix wind is far safer, less costly, and far more efficient.

Wind and solar energy will play a central role in achieving the emissions cuts required, and carbon policies like the Clean Power Plan will be critical to ensuring that low-carbon resources are used.

 

Birds and bats are also major pollinators critical to Agriculture, and we are losing them to killer propeller wind turbines (HAWTs) and chemicals. Even offshore wind. Bigger is not better. These HAWTs are extremely inefficient and extremely costly when compared to VAWTs.

What's Wrong With HAWTs?

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The charter for a utility is safe, reliable delivery of energy. What could be better than an exchange to sell excess rooftop energy to the utilities for a far lower cost? ABCC strongly supports the adoption of bird and bat-safe wind turbine designs (Helix-shaped VAWTs).

The propeller wind turbines are decimating migratory bird and bat populations, and predator birds. We rely on these creatures immensely as they act as "Nature's pest control". Thus, the frequency for human infection of Hanta Virus, Dengue Fever, Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus (et al) is on the rise.

These turbines also require 30 to 50-foot cement cubes to anchor them, destroying habitats for endangered desert tortoise and burrowing owls. They will never make up in energy for the massive amounts of steel, requiring a massive use of energy (and emissions) to manufacture, install, and maintain them. Please go to www.nationalwindwatch.org to learn the truth about their noise pollution and Extra Low Frequency emissions (ELF waves).

Propeller wind turbines were an old ENRON energy fraud, purchased by GE and others. They were reported on March 12th, 2023, on CNN’s “Marketplace Europe” segment, for  the massive problems with the enormous Ventas propeller wind turbines - problems in both financial and energy losses.

Birds and bats are also major pollinators critical to Agriculture, and we are losing them to killer propeller wind turbines (HAWTs) and chemicals.

 

Residents of the Palm Springs area in favor of Solar rooftops and desert communities have been protesting the HAWTs for over  25 years. Please see the video documentaries, “They’re Not Green”, by Nettie Pena at www.nationalwindwatch.org.

 

These HAWT wind farms are placed in the Pacific Flyways and other currents for migratory birds and bats.

They are the wrong design in the wrong places.

Bigger is definitely not better.

BioFuels and BioSoils

ABCC's BioFuels & Biosoils Farm system (The B&B project)
A perfect transition fuel is BioPellets©.
Pellets have gotten a bad name for using illegally logged boreal forests. Our BioPellets© use only construction wood wastes and diseased trees removed from our forests

The Perfect Transition Fuel Source.

   

ABCC's BioFuels & BioSoils Farm projects take wood wastes of all sorts and produces BioPellets©.

 

Pellets have been used to convert coal plants and nuclear facilities in the US, France, The Netherlands, and Japan, to this fuel that has 80% less emissions than coal. BioChar© is another energy product available from the system. 

   

ABCC looks forward to joining with a leading BioGraphene© producer, also.

The BioFuel that can truly turn wastes into revenues - ABCC's BioPellets© and BioChar©.

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Wood debris from Hurricane Katrina. It's wasted in a landfill.

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If you are burning or burying wastes, you are burning or burying money! 

For a facility in Nevada, BioChar© for energy, and BioGraphene© (also known as “green steel”) instead of metals, are planned. Graphene from bamboo and hemp is stronger than steel and lighter in weight. Here, we can bio-convert a massive waste problem into a replacement fuel for coal (with 80% less emissions) and for nuclear power generation. (Please also see the W2E2F page for the B&B Farm system)

 

Worse than “forever chemicals” in our Air, Food, Water, and Medicines, are nuclear wastes and leaks. Spent fuel is sought by terrorists, and are a target in wars, as in Ukraine.

This too, is a national security concern.

WATER POWER

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A commonly available river turbine works well.

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A Double Gorlov Helical turbine

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A Gorlov barrier genrates power and controls river flow.

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There are numerous waterwheels, turbines, and rotors that can fit on drainage pipes to generate energy from water discharge from homes or buildings. 

Larger turbine systems can also be adapted to capture the energy from tidal flows, rivers, waterfalls, and rapids, and streams. 

River turbines generate power and deliver closer to where it is needed. 

 

Some hydroelectric dams may be rendered unnecessary with implementing turbines in waterways, closer to where the energy would be delivered.  We can then promote the migration of fish stocks, such as salmon and trout.

 

ABCC worked to impede the Three Gorges Dam in China for the generation of energy. China drowned thousands of years of history and culture and stopped the true, natural course of the Yangtse River. The “Yellow River” is considered the “Chi” of China and it is now blocked.

 

On a larger scale -

Hydrokinetic turbines (HTs) harness the kinetic energy of flowing water. This is an area in development.

Innovative companies are developing new technologies in this field.  The Cézanne Turbine is an axial HT, 18 m diameter installed in Strangford (Ireland) with a rated power of 1.2 MW and a power output of 6000 MW/year.

 

 

 

 

A swing dam in China, made of a double bamboo trellis and rocks has been operational for 2200 years. 

Swing dams can be employed to release water for crops and capture water for

flood control.

Chinese swing dam, still working after 2,200 years!

Verdant Power Turbine is an axial HT, 5 m in diameter, 35 kW of power, and has a power coefficient between 0.38 and 0.44. Installed 6 HTs in East River, New York, generate 70 MWh of electricity. The HT can also be used to power off-grid irrigation pumps, such as the axial HT in Nieva, Colombia, which is 1 m in diameter and 1.1 kW of power, similar to spiral pumps. Another example is the Darius Turbine, 3 m in diameter and 10.9 kW, installed in the Rosa Canal (USA).

 

On a national macro level, ABCC suggested to President George Bush senior, in 1992, that they could use their pipelines to capture and transport water from the flooded East to the drought-stricken West. They briefly considered it, then went back to oil, not realizing the greater revenue that application would produce.

We can still do this!

"Go Green to Make Green"

Can Technology Really Save Us from Climate Change?
https://hbr.org/2010/01/can-technology-really-save-us-from-climate-change
A workable equivalent for energy would have to predict innovation cycles and rates of abatement for the most important sectors -30% comes from industry, 23% comes from transport, 20% from buildings, 25% from food (agriculture and aquaculture). We address that in this website – Safe Helix wind, solar rooftops, biomass fuels from wastes, and carbon capture with kelp and bamboo and reforestation, rather than high tech innovations of carbon capture  which are not working and which will take too long to scale up. 

 

Nuclear Power and other Fossil Fuels

CLEAN ENERGY MEANS CLEAN AIR, SOIL, AND WATER

 

To paraphrase Einstein, Nuclear energy is the most expensive and deadly way to boil water!

 

There is now Green Hydrogen”, made with the electrolysis of seawater.

Hydrogen fuel emits only water when burned. New “Green Batteries” use this same process.

Fracking for Hydrogen “natural” gas poisons our precious (and limited) water supply!

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“Every dollar spent on nuclear is one less dollar spent on clean, and one more dollar spent on making the world a comparatively dirtier and a more dangerous place, because nuclear power and nuclear weapons go hand in hand.” “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.”   

-  Albert Einstein. Physicist.

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And Nature is no dummy.” - Sir Isaac Newton. British physicist, scientist, astronomer. 

 

We believe in using Nature to heal Nature.

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Can Technology Really Save Us from Climate Change?

https://hbr.org/2010/01/can-technology-really-save-us-from-climate-change
A workable equivalent for energy would have to predict innovation cycles and rates of abatement for the most important sectors -30% comes from industry, 23% comes from transport, 20% from buildings, 25% from food (agriculture and aquaculture).

 

We address that in this website – Building-integrated energy - Safe Helix wind, solar rooftops, biomass fuels from wastes, and carbon capture with kelp and bamboo and reforestation, rather than high tech innovations of “carbon capture” which are not working and which will take too long to scale up.

"Speculations, apparently the most unprofitable, have almost invariably been those from which the greatest practical applications have emanated."

“Every student who enters upon a scientific pursuit, especially if at a somewhat advanced period of life, will find not only that he has much to learn, but much also to unlearn.”

- Sir John Herschel. British polymath active as a mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, experimental photographer who invented the blueprint,  and did botanical work.

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The latest pitch to investors from the Nuclear energy industry is mini nuclear reactors. They claim they are “safe” and “clean”, and there is no radioactive waste as they recycle the uranium. This is not a proven process. And, they add they will place 94 of them around the country, guarded by the US military (because they would be the target of terrorists). This is unacceptable!

 

“This isn't about saving the climate, it's about saving the industry by repackaging old concepts," Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist for Greenpeace East Asia.

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Then there is AI -Artificial Intelligence. It is not intelligent at all, and robs people of

their intelligence.

 

About AI - No one will be able to tell the Truth from Deep Fakes. Another weapon of mass distraction to avert our examination of how the glitz and sizzle of new techs can destroy the planet for profit. ABCC.

High Tech=High Costs. Low Tech=Low Costs.

In TIME, materials, expense, and effort.

 

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, the Microsoft-backed AI research lab that is behind ChatGPT, and the so-called godfather of AI who recently left Google, Geoffrey Hinton, were among the hundreds of leading figures who signed the we're-on-the-brink-of-crisis statement.

"I thought for a long time that we were, like, 30 to 50 years away from that. ... Now, I think we may be much closer, maybe only five years away from that," he estimated.

 

What is AI and how will it change our lives? NPR Explains.

A statement from hundreds of tech leaders carries a stark warning: artificial intelligence (AI) poses an existential threat to humanity. With just 22 words, the statement reads, "Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war."

“Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.” – Albert Einstein

 

AI experts and creators, (over 350 of them) issued a dire warning on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023: Artificial intelligence models could soon be smarter and more powerful than us and it is time to impose limits to ensure they don't take control over humans or destroy the world.

Again - "Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war," a group of scientists and tech industry leaders said in a statement that was posted on the - Center for AI Safety's website.

 

Dan Hendrycks, director of the Center for AI Safety, noted in a Twitter thread that in the immediate future, AI poses urgent risks of "systemic bias, misinformation, malicious use, cyberattacks, and weaponization."

What is AI and how will it change our lives? NPR Explains further.

The call for guardrails on AI systems has intensified in recent months as public and profit-driven enterprises are embracing new generations of programs.

In a separate statement published in March and now signed by more than 30,000 people, tech executives and researchers called for a six-month pause on training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4, the latest version of the ChatGPT chatbot.

An open letter warned: "Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources."

 

Then, there is the enormous amounts of energy used, and losses, of volatile and vulnerable Cryptocurrency. We do read disclaimers, and Environmental  Assessment Reports. ABCC.

 

Cryptocurrencies have a dirty little secret that is very relevant to the real world: it uses a lot of energy. How much energy? Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, currently consumes an estimated 150 terawatt-hours of electricity annually — more than the entire country of Argentina, population 45 million. Producing that energy emits some 65 megatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually — comparable to the emissions of Greece — making crypto a significant contributor to global air pollution and Climate Change.

 

And crypto’s thirst for energy is growing as mining companies race to build larger facilities to cash in on the 21st century gold rush.

Huge data collection centers (unwarranted surveillance?) for these technologies use even more dirty energy. While there are a few good uses for these technologies, and they are working to mitigate their energy use, they are far to easy to be used maliciously and continue to add to Climate Change. They will need very strict regulation, as with nuclear industries.

 

This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights leader.

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“We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” - Albert Einstein 

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Of the 4 Filthy Fossil Fuel Folks (the 4Fers) - Coal, Oil, Gas, and Nuclear industries - the worst is Nuclear. It is not clean energy. Uranium poisons the miners, and the wastes are deadly. Those wastes are

unable to be remediated.

Oil and Gas poison water and emit CO2, and 20 times worse, Methane from “fracking”.  We must go to truly green energy and end our dependence on planet-killing

Fossil fuels.

These energy industries purposely cause inflation with their holding hostage their supply, raising prices, and trying to “greenwash “their industries.  All for the money.  

Please do not be fooled by “clean” Hydrogen fuel, as it still requires “fracking” – drilling and poisoning aquifers, emitting methane, and triggering earthquakes.

The primary merchandises of Oil are the products made by the Petro-Chemical-Pharmaceutical industries poison our Food and Water (chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides are now at harmful levels in everything from Ritz crackers to children's cereals) and also our Medicines. They smother our planet with Plastics which are especially deadly to marine life.

We reject Kathryn Huff’s rationale at the DOE that nuclear power is safe, viable,

and necessary.

If we can spend the same time, efforts, and money on Solar rooftops and Helix Wind, we could be energy independent at war-time speed.  Right now!

Worse than “forever chemicals” in our Air, Food, Water, and Medicines, are nuclear wastes and leaks. Spent fuel is sought by terrorists, and facilities are a target in wars,

as in Ukraine.  Japan has just announced it is releasing radioactive water into the Pacific.

   

ABCC's BioPellets can be used to bio-convert facilities to a low emission standard, and even that CO2 can be close-looped and sequestered.

Efforts at Nuclear Fusion are laudable but very far off in the distance for development and implementation.  We have no time left to turn things around.

It is time for the Teal New Deal.
It is way overdue.

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