Laughing and Crying about the Future of Energy

Last weekend I filled my vehicle with gasoline three times while driving almost a thousand miles to my home town. Will driving that far for a fun social event be feasible in 10 years?

The Laugh: In 1973 Art Buchwald laid the blame on the Harvard Business School.

Almost every sheik now in charge of oil policy for his country was trained at Harvard. Everything they learned there they have put into practice to the detriment of the Free World. The Harvard Business School taught the sons of Arab potentates how to sell oil, raise prices and demand outrageous profits for the black gold they have in the ground. Had these same sons been sent to the University of Alabama, Oklahoma or Texas, they would now be involved in developing football teams instead of putting the screws to everyone. (Link: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2206&dat=19731220&id=SMwlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tPMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6000,3995298)

The Reality: Many more people want to live the good life. (Read on if you want to know why we need a breakthrough that provides clean, inexpensive energy – soon.)

Link: Common Sense in Energy Storage Investing

We live on a planet where six billion poor live in squalor and deprivation while 500 million of us enjoy relatively comfortable lives. As long as the poor didn't know that there was more to life than mere subsistence, they neither contributed to nor demanded from the global economy.

For better or worse, the information and communications technology revolution gave half of them cell phones so the cat's out of the bag and the existence of a better life is no longer a secret. For the first time in history, we live in a world where more than half of the population knows that a better life exists and they all want a small slice of the economic pie. Human nature being what it is, their first natural response will be to work harder and compete for a place at the global economic table. If that doesn't work, their second natural response is likely to be far less pleasant.

The challenge of our age is not changing our carbon footprint because every ton of coal we don't burn in developed countries will be burned somewhere else. The same holds true for oil and natural gas. The inconvenient truth is that global consumption of these energy resources will continue apace no matter what we do and if anthropogenic global warming is more than the latest in a long-string of frightening but profitable alarmist theories, it's already too late to change the future and humanity will have to do what it's done since the dawn of time – adapt.

In the final analysis, our only challenge is finding relevant scale solutions to critical shortages of water, food, energy and every imaginable commodity. Whether we like it or not, the days of plenty have already passed and we must turn our attention to eliminating waste now, because if we don't make room at the table for six billion new mouths, the only possible outcomes are catastrophic conflict and horrific environmental devastation.

Living with the Seasons

Last winter, in the abnormally cold conditions, I felt bad for the critters and plants outside who were enduring some very windy, cold nights.

Today, on a beautiful spring day, I envy the singing birds, playing animals, and blooming plants who get to be outside all day.

Those who live outside experience the risks and joys of freedom of the natural world.

Cherry Blossons; photo by CATeyes on Flickr 

Our front yard.

Politicians and Temptations

Giving politicians the ability to print money has always eventually been a disaster for any nation that did so. The temptation is just too great. Down that road lies inflation (maybe hyperinflation) and currency destruction. Just as Congress had good intentions to make home ownership more attainable, the good intentions of printing money to help pay for programs that help the poor or education or whatever is just too much for politicians to resist.John Mauldin

Link: http://www.frontlinethoughts.com/article.asp?id=mwo040910

Who Is Really Responsible for our Health Care?

I read this and thought I would share. It suggests that we are responsible for our own health care – not our doctor, not our insurance provider, and not our government.

Simply stated – doing all you can to stay healthy is your best protection against disease and getting full enjoyment from life. Wellness is your best option. This is accomplished everyday through your choices regarding nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Even most doctors will agree that the body (when functioning properly) has the extraordinary ability to heal itself.  The fact is that our immune systems are continuously destroying viruses, bacteria, fungi and even cancer cells, to keep us disease-free. When we fail to supply that system with vital nutrients, it fails to protect us, not only from disease, but from premature aging as well.

Too much health emphasis today is on the magic bullets advertised on television to fix sickness. Although you may have been fooled into thinking so – Drugs Don't Cure Disease. Even with drugs – the body does the healing. Drugs are designed to offer symptom relief by blocking or intercepting natural biological activity until the body fixes itself. The medical profession will openly admit they have no cure for any autoimmune and other diseases, and only treat to offer relief to its victims.

Make no mistake; western medicine may be the best in the world at handling emergencies and prolonging life. Drugs and antibiotics can be life saving tools in our medical arsenal when used properly, but they should not be used for health maintenance and disease prevention.

Fortunately many people are also turning to non-drug alternatives such as exercise, improved diets and nutritional supplements. JAMA reports that 50% of Americans have gone to alternative care physicians and that 50-70% of Americans are taking nutritional supplements. Even when disease does strike, quite possibly the best solution would be medical intervention with extra nutritional support.

Both health and disease begin at the cellular level. Our bodies are simply an agglomeration of cells that must work together in harmony. Each has its own structure, function, and duty to perform. There are many factors we do not totally understand that lead to disease. But one thing we do know: if our cells, the basic building blocks of life, do not receive the right mix of nutrients, they do not stay healthy. This leads to a cascade effect, which ultimately ends in some disease condition.

Healthy Cells = Healthy Tissues = Healthy Organs = Healthy Bodies

Excerpted from the Golden Keys Mentoring Group.