Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Some Way Out Of Here - 3

In this day and age in the U.S., characterized primarily as a deceptive era, sometimes people wonder if there is any way out of the state of affairs.

On this date in 2009 Dredd Blog posted "Some Way Out of Here."

That post was later moved from Dredd Blog over to the Ecocosmology Blog.

For your perusal, since it is a fundamental subject, Dredd Blog now posts that information once again:
It isn't often that I can see a path that fits what the Joker said to the Thief: "There must be some way outta here said the Joker to the Thief ..." (All Along The Watchtower, by Bob Dylan).

I mean some way out of the energy crisis.

A device has been built by University of Michigan scientists and students.

It takes water current (e.g. wave motion) and converts it into electricity:
A revolutionary device that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire world, scientists claim.
(Ocean Wave Electric Generator). A technical discussion of the physics and mechanics of it are discussed here.

The electricity produced by the generator can then be used to convert earth atmosphere into methanol.

This process actually takes the "green house gas" carbon dioxide (CO²) out of the atmosphere during the process. Yes, green house gas is converted into clean energy in the form of methanol during the process.

Another positive in this approach is that methanol works in current internal combustion engines, including gas and diesel versions. Methanol is not ethanol.

See, there is a way "outta here". Several ways.

The next post in this series is here.


  1. Has the bomb gone off at the U of M science lab yet? That's the best and only way to determine if their creation has merit.

  2. Anonymous,

    Well, that seems to be a cynical statement.

    Gilda Radner once said "comedy is truth, only faster."

    Her statement can apply to cynicism these days as well.

    There can be no serious doubt or debate that very powerful political forces are aligned against clean energy.

  3. Yes, unfortunately the forces who have convinced themselves that global warming and climate change are not caused by civilization's use of fossil fuels, but rather that those scientific declarations are a hoax, will go too far in their struggle against the implementation of clean energy.

    See The Exceptional American Denial for an example.