The silly look on the Bush II face actually represented the state of affairs civilization was in.
Those of his ilk over generations had
These children of MOMCOM peddled and sold their ecocide inducing chemicals as "cheap energy".
They have left us to (now, a generation or so later) try to find some way out of here.
In the post Some Way Out of Here on The Ecocosmology Blog, two technologies or parts thereof were mentioned, as tools to be used on the path back to sanity, away from the current realm of social dementia.
That post mentioned methanol, which was first isolated in 1661 by Robert Boyle, as well as mentioning a tidal electric generator long ago conceived, but recently improved upon.
There are many forms of alternative energy generation and storage, but these two have formidable transitional characteristics, so without disrespecting any other clean energy, we focus on these two in this post.
The hope of methanol is that it can be produced from some of the green house gases, (e.g. CO2 and methane), natural gas, and biomass, just to name a few.
Methanol can even be made from (can come from) "thin air", by using electricity to distil it as CO2 is removed from the air in the process.
Ocean tides are billions of years old, are still working strong 24/7 around the globe, and can generate electricity constantly, wherever tidal generators are placed, for as long as there are tides.
With tidal electrical generators (yes, electricity can be produced in other ways, e.g. wind, solar, solar thermal) the oceans will generate electricity around the clock, around the globe, which can then produce methanol from the atmosphere, as well as give power to homes and industries at the same time:
A revolutionary device that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire world, scientists claim.(Telegraph, 2008). Since tides are as sure as tomorrow's "sunrise" and tonight's "moonrise", we turn to the experts:
... you can take carbon dioxide and water, and if you have electric power, you can chemically reduce it into methanol.(Technology Review, March 2006). A power point display is available, from one of the professors who wrote the book on The Methanol Economy, which touches upon many of the points to be considered, such as using existing forms of transportation, storage, and distribution.
Did I mention using methanol to make plastics is a reality, or that using weeds to make rubber is too?
There have been many backward movements caused by corruption of politics perverted by oil baron money:
... methanol was the required fuel for the Indy Racing League (IRL) from the 1960s until 2006 ...(Methanol's Allure, 2007). Politicians were pressured by MOMCOM minions to have the indy cars use a fuel with immeasurably less potential (ethanol) for their ever devious propaganda purposes ("ethanol eats up too much corn").
The technology for renewable energy has been around and abundant since the flex fuel Model T built by Ford early in the industrial revolution.
The problem is that there is a lot of Stockholm Syndrome & greed resisting against the better life that can and should replace the death addiction to fossil fuel.
The next post in this series is here.