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Noodmaatregelen tegen Klimaatverandering

Niemand in de tweede kamer in Den Haag kan meer ontkennen dat er iets vreemds aan de hand is. De temperaturen breken alle records elke maand weer. Iemand die niet de mening van de overgrote meerderheid van experts als uitgangspunt neemt liegt hierover of mist de intelligentie die van iemand in zijn ambt mag worden verwacht. Van de armste buurt tot de rijkste wijk weet iedereen dat er iets niet goed gaat met onze planeet.

Wanneer is het dan tijd voor noodmaatregelen? Waarom de schade hoger laten oplopen als experts ons vertellen dat de situatie zo ernstig wordt. Wat maakt dat iedereen zich als orkest op de Titanic gedraagt en niet reageert op een serieuze bedreiging? Het leeft bij de kiezer, al betekent die uitdrukking meestal dat de kiezer ook iets vindt. In dit geval vinden veel kiezers dat er een probleem is en dat daar wat aan gedaan moet worden.

Shell heeft niemand gechanteerd nemen wij even aan, of klem gezet. Alle mensen die blindelings voor fossiel zijn willen dat omdat ze er iets uit halen, of misschien omdat ze geen bal geven om wat er over twintig jaar gebeurt. Wat echter zeker is is dat deze mensen datgene wat hun pro fossiele houding hun geeft (inkomsten, levensstijl) ook op een andere manier kunnen bereiken, zeker als de politiek bereid is dat te faciliteren. De olie industrie kan worden uitgefaseerd.

Het is waanzin om te zeuren over banen enz. die verloren gaan. Je kunt blij wijze van spreken de pensioenen van mensen die door de fossiele vervuiling vroeg overleden verdelen over de fossiele werkelozen. Daarbij is er zo veel te doen, zeker als we besluiten daar speciale actie voor te ondernemen, dat dit veel werk zal veroorzaken. Een ding dat zeker is : Een beetje meebobben op de economie en verwachten dat het goed gaat is geen optie.

Net als Erdogan de Gulen leden uit zijn ambtenarij probeert te drijven, of net als de VS communisten achterna zat (en zit) moeten we de pro fossiele klimaat actie vertragers uit ons overheids apparaat gaan weren. Er moeten offers worden gebracht tov het bedrijfsleven dat niet meer alles zomaar mag gaan doen of promoten, zo’n beetje als met sigaretten. Geen vleesreclamen, geen vliegvakantie reclame, en actie actie actie.

Er is bijna geen nieuwe technologie nodig om het probleem te bestrijden, en het zal blijvend veel banen creeren, maar we kunnen het niet op een beloop laten. De klimaatzaak verplicht Nederland al veel meer te doen dan het nu doet. De kiezers moeten de business-as-usual mentaliteit niet langer tolereren. Het is tijd om te erkennen dat Nederland en zijn bevolking ernstig bedreigd worden, en dat we de middelen hebben om daar iets tegen te doen. Wanneer beginnen we de situatie serieus te nemen?


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Roboeconomy Technology : TreeRover

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Yanko Design developed a walking tree planiting robot which we don’t think has been build. The challenge of tree planting is huge and it seems people are still the best way to quickly plant trees. However in the Roboeconomy remote regions with next to no people suddenly become viable for building resource buffers using renewables and robots. For now as CO2 needs to be sequestered, remote new forrests won’t be buffers, but simply a way to increase carboncapture and provide habitats for animals (thus protecting species).

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The Threat of World Peace

Putin makes an attempt to break through to the public. The media in the US seems to follow a political agenda that demonizes Putin. Putin explains that US demonizing of Iran has resulted in it placing weapons systems close to Russia that can be switched from defensive to offencive (nuclear) in a heartbeat.

It is clear since the cold war started (by Donald Rumsfeld ao) that the US has part of its political system driving the perception of a russian threat to justify arming itself. This was great for the US military-industrial-complex who’s budget is still bigger than that of any other countries defense industry. The so called Neoconservatives, or Neocons still have a lot of power.

For a young person with superficial knowledge of the world it is easy to develop a sense of global politics the public will believe, but which makes no practical sense..

There have been two occasions in the 80’s that a nuclear war could have started (Russian computer glitch and a solar flare causing alarms on the US side), and before that the Cuba crisis. Since that time scientist found that the systems responsible for launching nuclear rockets are sensitive to errors, so that welding the silo’s shut would be a good measure (creating a delay in deployment allowing for detection of the false alarm). These arsenals are super dangerous even if nobody wants to use them, because they operate at a hairtrigger detection system, in which time is critical.

Russia deployed a system to scramble electronic systems in a wide area, as protection against a functioning US missle defense shield

It is not everyday that the biggest opposing superpower to the US says it considers itself in ‘Grave danger’. That means Russia is on alert because it views US actions as offensive, and wonders where that offensive strategy will end. Question remains why anyone would push Russia in this way. Why move the world to the point where some random accident can cause global thermonuclear anihilation. Its like the US has gone insane.

“We have no choice but to re-instill in our foes and friends the fear that attaches to any great power…. Only a war against Saddam Hussein will decisively restore the awe that protects American interests abroad and citizens at home”. (PNAC fail)

What are the motives of the Neocons, and have they changed over the decades? Probably not. The goal was to secure US supremacy by any means, for the next century, even if it meant nuclear war. This is the goal according to the unreliable ‘conspiracy type’ channels. It could be in light of the above statement of the Neocon think tank PNAC and its follower the FPI.

There are people that like to solve problems for humanity and those that see humanity as the problem. They say “Less people, more to share”

The idea that disciplining someone will permanently instill paralyzing awe clearly failed. That’s because there is no real audience to a impress, it is not paying attention really, it is not homogenous, it has other things to worry about. What Neocons drive is like someone at the table hitting it hard to get attention without saying anything. Useless. We read that the Neocons have influence on Hillary. Trump they could simply buy. It is a question of time when a networked ideology which has been very succesfull finds someone to act out its fantasy.

World Peace and cooperation based on a renewables powered future is a threat for those that want to ‘stay on top’

The main question is why? Why war? The main answer is influence, fossil fuel sales and fossil fuel resources. The middle east is no treasure trove of interesting products or people for the US, but it has oil and it will both consume little of it and be forced to seel when it is either fighting or recovering from a war.  All the while the region is heating up and becoming uninhabitable. Solving the problems there would lead to a solar boom and growth of wealth and control over the environment (so desert farms, tree plantations) that would put many other regions in the shadows (even though that is thinking globally).  We are close to such a peace driving development or it will be prevented by a major world war. We may be seeing the last gasps of the war mongers, while renewables, removing global resource imbalances are making people more focussed on their local industry and lives..


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Maximizing Life on Earth

Our world is facing a fossil fuel use induced extinction unlike we have seen in 250 million years. This one is happening so fast, and the cause is so singular it is beyond obcene how well the perpetrators are treated. The trick is that we are still existentially dependent on fossil fuels, for food and as a source of heating mainly. The banks, who ensure the fossil fuel resources are distributed optimally (for them, not in the light of efficiency, because then they would promote renewables a lot harder), do not want to lose this cashflow cow.

Lives are lost. Of people, animals, plants on land and in the oceans. Not only the use of fossil fuels brings a lot of life in the oceans and on land in reach of human destruction (call it consumption), the emitted CO2 raises the acidity and temperatures of the ocean, which means less can live in them, and the atmospheric temperatures, so more forrest fires, drought and heavy rains (as it takes more water to break out of cold clouds to a hot sea level surface). All this again because we can’t discipline the oil/gas/coal companies and leaching banks.

How much are those lives lost worth? The thought is triggered by an islamic recruiter of soldiers to fight in Aleppo, calling on them to ‘sell their soul to god’ in return for a place in heaven. Other places you get reminded of the value of a life is in medical insurance, which increasingly amounts to horse trading, where a life is about 70.000 Euro (no absolute amount) and if it gets more expensive it should be considered lost. If we look at premeditated murder in Holland, where we have no death penalty, we still look at 25 life years lost (because most get out after 25 years, or earlier).

Our lives depend on the lives of trillions of other creatures, literally, because the algae in the oceans make our oxygen, as do the trees in the Amazon. We can’t lose those lives and keep ourse, or we will be living on an Earth Mars style colony for at least a million years. Why? Because dead oceans become toxic and make our atmosphere unbreathable. So we have a stake in keeping our ecosystem alive, in the long and thus in the short term.

This will wake people up : Peak timber has been reached, timber cruch comming!

Interestingly you could say that people who don’t care about all of this because they know they won’t be burdened by it, also play with the concept of life and death, concluding that what happens after they die is of no concern to them. The biggest problem we face is thus the lack of immediate feedback from a system we (people who do have a sense of what happens after they die) need to protect. It is also a basic good to try to protect that which is today, so a parent that ignores calls for vegetarism, using EVs, solar panels etc. (where they could do something) is simply saying to their kids : “screw you”.

Climate irresponsible parents basically don’t care what happens to their children

Lets say all lives have a price, but price is counted in days of our lives lived in freedom. There’s a lot to say about freedom as wel by the way, because some people use their freedom for good, others use it to damage other lives (like trophy hunters or drug dealers). The ‘utility’ angle towards people however has been tried and resulted in the invention of the term ‘euthenasia’, it is also of decreasing relevance because of AI, robotics and renewables, which combined can provide us with most the things we need, without anybodies assistance.

Say we want to device a control scheme for humanity so we move back towards our 1800 ecological environment. We would like to see :

  • No logging of pristine forrest
  • No hunting or trade in endangered animals
  • No degradation of land used by wild animals
  • No warming of the oceans, no acidification
  • Restoration of forrests, removal of dams
  • Return to 1800 CO2 levels through multiple approaches
    • Use of automated systems for planting/development
    • Use of carbon storing soil techniques
    • Use of renewable energy on land and oceans

Already there are many rules in place that will penalize people for doing damage, but usually it is against economic interests, so you can’t log without a permit, you can’t fish beyond your quotum. Laws are lobbied for and against things by people who do and who don’t give a damn about our futures. A truely active approach in securing life on this planet would involve much more direct intervention in what people try to do when they are either hungry or greedy.

Pricing of resources is not communicating the true cost. They do not regenerate spontaneously

It seems that the economic incentive has to be removed in most cases, and wierdly enough this is again tied in with fossil fuels. This is because if people need money they don’t have their own land to sustain themselves, and they depend on trade to get their food. This involves remote production of what they need, logistics, point of sale, and all these things are fossil fuel dependent (especially in poor countries). So in a way the damage done to nature is fossil fuel induced on every level.

As long as we are locally dependent on remote resources we need money to aquire those resources, and we need to extract that from others through trade

Besides incentivising or disincentivising the activities mentioned above, one should look at developing local support systems that have no fossil energy or banking component. So a solar basic income, communal or owned land for food production worked by people or machines. This removes the need for destructive economic activity.

Help to poor countries now comes as an indirect subsidy to EU or US or Chinese companies. It also means fossil fuel colonization, because once you sell a motorcycle in Africa, the gasoline sales will follow for quite a while. This in turn forces the owner to work for money, and this introduces the western economic system in every activity. The balance between owners and traders is pused to the side of the traders until there are no debt free owners anymore. This maximizes the control of the biggest traders, the banks.

The goal should be to push back from this ownerless situation to one where all things are owned by either local communities or individuals. Those that don’t benefit from or depend on a resource can’t own it. Those that do must own it. We earlier proposed the horizon rule, that no company could be owned by someone living beyond the horizon as seen from its office, or could serve customers beyond the horizon.


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Free Solar for All or the Canary in the Roboeconomic Coal Mine

The world is transitioning to renewables. Anybody who fully owns their solar panels discovers a strange thing : The price of their electricity drops to zero, even if they reserve income from the sale of it to the grid to buy the replacement panels. The renewable economy has different properties than our present fossil fuel driven economy. This has surprising implications.

Imagine a factory for solar panels, in the desert of Nevada for instance. It can produce silicon needed for the cells from sand using solar panels on its roof. It has a deal with Iceland for refining the aluminium with geothermal, it has deals with wind parks to generate the plastics from water and CO2 (for instance an offshore windpark). It has deals with glass melters in Mauritania that use solar energy to melt sand, mix it and create glass panes (or better still, it doesn’t use glass at all, because the glass pane is not necessary for solar panels to function or be durable). In short, there is renewable energy input in a production system that takes raw materials and turns them into solar panels. Even the delivery and logistics can be all electric/wind (maritime) powered.

Production chains can lower cost by integrating renewables in every step

A scenario as painted above has a surprising proprety, namely that it requires very little money to run, after all, all processes need to be maintained and protected against breakdown, but otherwise they run on their own. A road truck with a 40 foot container driving in the sun can generate about 6 kWp on its top, which is quite a lot of power for either its batteries or electric drive train. Once you have such electric trucks your logistics cost will be much less than with diesel trucks, let alone the lower maintenance and repairs. A solar electric truck combination will also not only earn enough money to pay for itself, but will continue to earn money out of a fossil fuel economy.

Renewable powered products and service pull carboncredit out of the economy, causing problems for banks

We have written about the incompatibility of the fossil fuel (carboncredit) economy and the new Roboeconomy (we are not Rifkinites or Kurzweilites because they use to much hyperbolic words and inspire a passive attitude). One of the fundamental incompatibilities is that the Roboeconomy will suck up money from the carboncredit economy which destabilizes this economy and makes it harder to control by the credit sources (banks). The only way the now dominant fossil fuel based economy can deal with renewables is by making sure they are in debt, they are written off (and destroyed) a the end of their economic life (so within about 15 years or so) and that as much of them as possible are forced to trade their energy into the market in which prices are still largely determined by fossil fuels. Even then the current economic system can only survive a modest percentage of renewables until the shift in paradigm becomes problematic.

The current economic system depends on fossil fuel consumption so it can only survive a modest % of renewables before the paradigm shifts

The shift in paradigm between the ‘Carboncredit’ and Roboeconomy lies in the logical source of credit. In our present fossil fuel dominated economy this source is the banks, who hide the fact that the credit they create has value due to the availability of fossil fuels in gas stations, gas grid, as coal electricity everywhere. A factory can not produce if it can’t pay its energy bills, no logistics company, no mining company, no airline or shipping company can operate. It has to earn money to pay for its operation, and if it earns more than it needs to pay for its energy needs, which includes salaries (which turn into food, products and services from the same factories) it makes profit. Banks like to drive the desire for profits because it increases the need for credit. It increases their control of this well oiled machine.

Now take a ammonia fuel generator, so a plant that turns N2 out of the air and H20 into NH3, a diesel like fuel that can be used to run farm equipment. If the farmers buy this installation out of their cash reserves it is a debt free source of farm fuel (CO2 free). This happend in the US with the Freedom Fertilizer project. Then obviously all the farmers can work their land and grow crops, irrigate (if there is a natural water source) and sell their produce without needing a Dollar in credit.

Ammonia is the safest fuel

This is how farming becomes free of any cost. If the NH3 generator is owned by someone else, say an investor, it can sell its NH3 to the farmers at a price lower than diesel, and this would still be a good thing. As the Wind to NH3 plant needs very little input (wind, air, water) it would accumulated dollars from the carboncredit economy. People would pay for something that was essentially free.

A renewable energy producer can become a bank, creating a mini-roboeconomy, or it can simply support the community

But the Wind to NH3 generator owner could also decide not to ask for dollars, but simply create its own currency, the NH3 coin, that farmers have to buy to get NH3. The Wind to NH3 generator owner could become a bank, that gave credit to building companies that wanted to build using heavy equipment, which also needed the diesel like NH3. Soon the NH3coin would circulate in the economy along the dollar as a hard currency, with some provisions, like a limited duration for use. The latter would not have to remain the case if the generator had adequate storage for NH3 and build up reserves. The fossil fuel banks already use the reserves of fossil fuels, which like NH3 is stored energy.

Farmers buy diesel and dump manure, while they could use NH3 and harvest it from the manure

In short, with renewables, and especially stored renewables, the credit function and economic role of banks is eroded. They will matter less and less as energy and thus the engine of local economies becomes more owned and more local. Eventually all the basic functions will become free (als due to increasing automation) because the community owns and maintains them themselves. Because the cost of everything have dropped the people doing the maintenace also don’t require much if any money. 3D printing and automation will play a large role in making this happen.

With renewables our machine, robotic environment gains autonomy to produce the things we need, as if the dead planet comes alive

The renewable transition can be seen in a romantic way as the evolution of the physical world, where it gains abilities now only present in the biological world. Living organisms maintain themselves by collecting energy from the sun mostly (directly or indirectly and in many different ways). The lifeless, dead, material world now gains this ability, and if we create systems out of raw materials that integrate renewable energy harvesting then these systems can become autonomous and self perpetuating. We can make it so that these systems support our lives, restore our ecology and create the best environment for us, and this will have no real cost other than humans using their lives to bridge the gap between the vision and it being reality.

Free solar panels for all will be an international intitiative born out of two considerations : The need for the solar transition and the fact it creates no losers

The first system that should experience this ‘augementation’ is the solar panel manufacturing sector. It should go 100% renewables, including the company building the factories, so that the cost will drop to near zero, and this system can become a self sustaining, growing industry. This is going to happen, the question is which company will make it happen. The role that you can play in this is to look for leaders that understand this, that see that the financial sector and energy markets will eventually die, that any location with renewable resources is roboeconomically viable, and that allowing natural resources (like from mines) to be used in return for the products instead of offering it to the market can create a low cost shortcut.

Solar City is doing this by getting power for it’s solar panel factory from Niagara Falls, one of the first places to use the idea’s of Tesla (which today Bought Solar City for $2.5 Bln)

The birth of a planet that sustains humanity and our coevolved animal kingdom can happen, and free solar for all will be the first sign.





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Met Shell gaat het Prima

De schrijvers van de FD stellen vast dat Shell 72% minder winst maakt, en dat zou een probleem van Shell zijn. We zijn het daar niet mee eens. Winst is sowiezo surplus inkomen, het is geld dat je als bedrijf verdient maar niet nodig hebt. Shell zit dus prima in de slappe was. Aandeelhouders van Shell zouden kunnen vertrekken, maar ook dat maakt geen bal uit. De aandelen zijn immers al door Shell verkocht aan de markt, dus wat er daarna met die dingen gebeurt zal Shell een worst wezen.

Aan de prijs van olie zie je niet hoeveel er wordt aangeboden of hoeveel er nog is. De prijs is namelijk ook afhankelijk van hoeveel geld er in omloop is.

De prijs van olie is niet iets dat een olie bedrijf in de hand heeft. Olie is zo’n universeel noodzakelijk goed dat de prijs ervan voornamelijk door concurenten en de hoeveelheid geld in omloop wordt bepaald. De prijs is de relatie tussen olievat aanbod vs. geld aanbod. Stel er zijn vijf vaten en er is 100 Euro in omloop, dan kost een vat 20 Euro. Stel er zijn twee vaten en er is 40 Euro in omloop, dan kost een vat 20 Euro. De prijs zegt dus niks over het aanbod, en niks over de vraag, alleen iets over de relatie tussen die twee absolute waarden.

Wat werkelijk interessanter is is de output in vaten per dag. Die is steady maar minder dan 2015 in non-OPEC landen zoals je hierboven kunt zien.

Ook de OPEC productie is redelijk vlak. Dat kan van alles betekenen. Want stel dat je geen landbouw machines hebt, en dus geen brandstof in deze machines kunt gebruiken voor de voedsel productie, dan zal de olie die je gebruikt veel minde welvaart teweeg brengen dan als je die machines wel hebt. De manier waarop de olie bebruikt wordt is dus van belang om te bepalen wat het effect op (oa) de geldhoeveelheid is. Maar banken spelen daarbij een veeel belangrijker rol.

Bovenstaand plaatje plus de groei van duurzame energie en de aanname dat de gebruikte fossiele energie door marktdynamiek steeds efficienter gebruikt wordt (plus de toenemende focus op effientie en andere verbruiks reducerende factoren) creert een beeld van groeiende welvaart. Een groeiende welvaart met meer zonnepanelen zal gepaard gaan met een krimpende economie, omdat de geldstromen voor bv. electriciteit zullen afnemen. Die groei zal (zonder oologen, klimaat rampen e.d.) nog vele decennia doorzetten.

Olie winnen kost steeds meer olie

Alleen een aandeel houder die divident zoekt en die voorstander is van het fossiel/bankaire systeem dat ons nu regeert zal zeuren over de winst van Shell. Shell zelf zal er ook over zeuren, om de illusie hoog te houden dat het er van afhankelijk is. Het zal zelfs doen alsof het in de problemen zit omdat banken die eigenaren van de assets en consessies zijn de magie van de gratis olie niet willen doorbreken. Maar olie komt zomaar uit de grond, en is dus zelfs als je tien vaten olie nodig hebt om een vat te winnen, gratis.

De prijs van olie vertelt ons niks, het vertelt ons niet hoeveel olie er wordt aangeboden, hoeveel er nog is. Wat interessanter is is de EROI ofwel de energy return on investment. De hoeveelheid olie die nodig is om een vat olie uit de grond te halen. Deze wordt steeds lager, dwz er wordt steeds meer olie verspilt bij het winnen van olie, of teer bij het winnen van teerzandolie, of gas bij het winnen van gas. Dit laat goed zien dat zelfs als er honder vaten olie verbrand worden voor er een vat op de markt verschijnt dit voor de oliemaatschappijen houdbaar is.

Als er geen olie meer is stopt alles. Tenzij we nu de beschikbare olie goed benutten voor het olie onafhankelijk maken van essentiele productieketens.

Op gegeven moment is de opbrengst zo laag dat de productie keten zich met de opbrengst niet langer in stand kan houden. Dit is als wanneer het in de boom klimmen om een appel te plukken meer energie kost dan het oplevert. Op dit punt zullen olie maatschappijen stoppen, en zullen banken op zoek moeten naar iets anders. De vraag is of de ons verblind door een betekenisloze prijs en onwetend over de werkelijke reserves naar zo’n rampsituatie moeten laten leiden. Het is niet alleen ongelofelijk roekeloos en gevaarlijk, maar bovendien volstrekt onnodig.

Exxon heeft ook geen enkel probleem.

Liever dan de FD en financiele markten door te laten gaan met kinderspelletjes met onze toekomst, zouden we de bank en fossiele sector tegelijk moeten reguleren, zodat investeringen in de fossiele exist de hoogste prioriteit krijgen, en die in spilzuchtig omzet genereren de laagste. Er is nog tijd, want er is nog olie, maar hoe lang willen we nog gevoelig zijn voor een catastrofale verstoring van de aanvoer? Hoe lang willen we deze hulpbron nog vrij laten verspillen?



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Roboeconomics Approach to Ecorestauration

The Roboeconomy is an economy adapted to both robotics and renewables. Today’s economy isn’t because the bankingsystem depends heavily on it’s ability to grant access to fossil fuel (stored energy) when they create credit, and industrial use of robots push people out of a job, as if production is not happening to serve the worker. In short, if the latter was the case then if all jobs would be automated nobody would have a job, or income to buy any of the products.

Renewables  + Automated systems = Infinite ability to survive and restore nature

The roboeconomy solves these two problems by applying renewables to create abundant resources that can be distributed through a basic income. It also aknowledges that now, with renewables any place on Earth that has enough renewable resources can become viable to live in. It also allows for the development (in terms of biomass, sylvopastural) of land that is uninhabited by people, out of reach of population centers, just because it can be done, and because it increases our evolutionary resilience.

We have places that are dry and barren, which don’t need to be. We have solar energy sources, we have drone technology for off road situations, drone digging equipment. We can thus remotely and automaticaly green our planet. The cost can be neutralized by making the system all renewables dependent, from steel mining, melting, maintenance to the semiconductors and satelites used.

Robotic excavator

  • Use global GIS data to find areas with sufficient precipitation
  • Map contours
  • Send solar drone diggers to dig contour trenches
  • Wait for one year of rain
  • Send solar drone tree planters to plant trees along the contours
    • Plant trees that are sure to survive but make the soil better suited to other life
  • Expand until the CO2 levels are back to where they where in 1850

A cooler robotic excavator

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The Amazing Potential of Lanzarote

Spain has an Island, part of the Canary islands, that is dry and barren. It’s vulcanic in origin, it rises up from the deep ocean as it lies just off the moroccan continental plat. What we write here on Lanzarote also goes for Fuerteventura, and the other Canaric Islands, but we focus on Lanzarote for it’s amazing qualities.


The so called tradewinds which blow over Lanzarote are above 4 Baufort more than 50% of the time, any month, and usually stronger. Usually from the same direction. Wind potential is thus serious and the yield can be well predicted. It has a windfarm with 9 850 kW turbines.


Lanzarote is mostly black vulcanic terrain, and the sun is beating down on it most of the time. So for solar it has amazing potential, we think if solar was used to generate fuel for ships, or to desalinate water, it could transform the island, also as a tourist destination.

It is a very dry place, bigger picture here..


“Several areas with surface temperatures of 100-180 C and of 300-600 C at only 5 meters depth have been studied recently.

So using the ocean as a cooling water source  you have geothermal energy without even having to drill. Island is growing vegetables in the middle of winter using its geothermal energy, what can Lanzarote do?

Wave, Tidal

“Significant resources (average wave power exceeding 30 kW/m and average annual wave energy of more than 270 MW h/m) are found to the north of the island, as well as to the west and the east (average wave power 25-30 kW/m). ” (source)

A constant current surrounds the island, which can be used to power underwater ‘wind’ turbines. These flows are very constant and predictable, and so is the power. They are a 24 hours a day reliable source of energy.


Because it is so close to the deep ocean Lanzarote can mimic the coastal upwelling process that causes rich fishing grounds near the coasts where the currents drive deep water to the surface. It can use renewables to do it, and farm fish with the algae grown on the nutrient rich deep ocean water. Hawaii does the same thing, it has spirulina farms fed with cool and rich deep ocean water.


Lanzarote can basically desalinate using the geothermal energy on the surface, combined with the sun, and thus potentially has enormous water reserves. This is the resource most lacking on the island, the wind is very dry and crops have to be planted in pits to be protected from it. Solar or renewable powered desalination combined with drip irrigation can green the island, which like any vulcanic island is very fertile.


Lanzarote does not have to be a boiling black barren island, it can become green, fertile and rich in resources. Apparently local inhabitants do not like tourism, and most of the island is a nature reserve (for the same tourists). If Lanzarotans thought about their options then obviously increasing its ability to produce wealth would be the logical choice.

Energy in the Canary Islands

Lanzarote study

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The Age of Microrevolutions

This is about the recent killings and terrorism, which we think is directly linked to our need for oil and gas, our arms industry. By adopting more renewables and increasing wealth and water security we may reduce these threats.

We are trying to understand the rise of shootings and killings in Europe and the US. The reasons are more complex than indoctrination of Islamic State. Depressed and innately agressive persons can at times decide to choose a course of action that ultimately destroys them. This is not always an accident. Today it is pretty easy to track down people with hurt feelings, in emotional stress, hatefull. Especially if social media are used to express these feelings.

We can group killers in different groups :

  1. Young people that get sucked into or raised in islamic ideology which turns extreme. Factors are
    1. Peer pressure
    2. Desire for freedom and adventure
    3. Continued indoctrination by a small social group
    4. Possibly sexually frustrated
    5. Antagonized against the world
    6. May have lost family members
  2. Violent people that see an opportunity
    1. These can be tracked and approached to use them for ideological goals
  3. Depressed people that turn violence on themselves
    1. These can be tracked and approached to use them for ideological goals
  4. Highly abstract thinking persons that can be easily influenced given the right approach
  5. People who want to act against a wrong they correctly percieve.

It is clear that in the islamic world there exist recruiters, who look for sensitive targets, which are then groomed following a recipy which usually yields succes. This shows there is an external system of people that will use an individual as a tool to turn extreme. It depends on the quality of this system, and the sensitivity of the individual whether this works. Examples of this go back to the times of Napoleon, who’s second in command in Egypt got knifed by a scribe who got indoctrinated by a arab warlord. He would fall in category 4.

“The suicide bomber in Ansbach had had contact with an unknown person that significantly influenced him” (source)

Today tracking people that are ‘vulnerable’ is easier than ever. Social media, phone locations, financial data can show what people live like and what they are interested in. I believe we underestimate the ease with which people can be influenced by the large army of coaches and motivators looking for work. These peopl I come across a lot at (government funded) renewables events, there to waste your time, to find out about you. We have the NSA, CIA spying, Google, Microsoft, Apple spying, and sometimes we have people just crossing your path to waste your time. This is no secret by the way, it can be readily confirmed that coaches are hired to organize and run citizen participation events, really to give the citizen the feeling of being heard so the government plan (run by some industrial lobby group) can be executed with expedience. What else are people with these skills used for?

Intelligence and secret services both monitor and can create threats

I think we underestimate the role of manipulations of political opponents in the current situation. People can be changed, impeded, by many factors, including pathogens (viruses that alter personality), financial unfortunate events etc. The question should be why? To what end? Most people are not in any secretive organization (like the CIA or other secret service) engaged in any activity that drives towards violence or some impulsive act. Who are these people that are?

This violent background of our society exists because of our dependence on fossil fuels, for which all nations compete.

One of the reasons in my opinion is that we don’t see our reality clearly, and one of the main topics in that respect is our assumption that money is something we can trust, that we can build upon and that the only thing we need to watch in life is how much money we make or have. Because we don’t pay attention to the volume of oil, gas and coal traded around the world, because we don’t pay attention who owns it first and how that state or company agrees to allow us access to it, we don’t see why people would be angry or fight. For example, Iran, delivers massive amounts of fossil fuels to the world. It doesn’t have to, it could be wealthy in its own right (expecially given its solar wealth). We don’t thank it, but we can not produce the oil, gas in the West. We get it out of some relationship we never analyse, perhaps of an imminent nuclear threat to Iran from the US?

If we don’t live in Gaza we don’t see our brothers and sisters die. No matter how wrong terrorism is, we may fear it, others live it on a daily basis. If such a person arrives in the free west, and realizes the free west is selling weapons, gaining oil and gas (Gaza has gas reserves), and playing fearfull of ‘terrorism’, this might agitate this person, and with reason. Simply said : If a US drone kills a syrian civilian then this means the relatives of this civilian want to destroy the drone, destroy the person controlling it. No individual has the innate desire to give up and die when attacked. A sane person wants to fight. Correct that : A sane person with no other options that give it a future wants to fight. Our best protection at the moment against sane people wanting to hurt western citizens is distance, opportunity and their overwhelmingly peacefull nature.

Because groups are well monitored, only individuals can start their own revolution, these micro revolutions are very hard to prevent. The individuals don’t even need to be crazy.

Ubiquitous surveillance can stop organizations that commit crimes, even though going full analog makes a group of individuals very hard to track. Lone individuals that decide to act are next to impossible to detect, even though you can scope out those sensitive to such diseastrous changes of heart. The killer in Munich was depressed, on antidepressants. Two big risk factors. The killer in Nice was known to be violent. He could have been monitored more closely. But even completely normal individuals that have emotional attachement to victims of US drone strikes, or that feel Islamic values are superior than christian values, can decide to commit a crime, just like completely sane military commanders can decide to kill an enemy combattant.

The book Crime and Punishment  of Dostojevsky is about a man who wonders why the state has the right to kill, but the individual does not. He goes through all kinds of weakminded torments, commits a crime, then gets tracked by a detective that doesn’t really know how to catch him. He wants to be caught, he doesn’t want to live in his guilty state. In the end he chooses to be punished. The book is about the weakness of normal people, who are supposed to be working in normal jobs, and should not develop the skill that is only necessary in extreme circumstances. The crime in the book is quite nonsensical really, very much a random result of the desire of the main character to commit it. The problem today is that we have a rational reason for some individual to retalliate against innocent people in the West. We also have people with the skills to commit crimes coming from the battlefields armed and funded by the West. It is a miracle  (and the work of our police forces) that we don’t see more attacks.

The people that do commit crimes in our names, the military, needs to be driven only by the desire to bring peace, not by commercial motives or a need to secure fossil fuel resources.

I think the best way to combat individuals going on killing sprees, when we have identified all groups that may turn violent, is to undermine all aspects that drive these people to these crimes. They are:

  1. Poverty
  2. Alienation, indoctrination
  3. Sexual frustration (not an insignificant factor)
  4. Access to weapons
  5. Random killing of family and friends
  6. Oil dependent countries committing crimes against them

The world needs to calm down and move towards a peacefull mindset, in order for all people emotionally involved in what happens in the Middle East building up motivation to commit a crime. We need to drive renewables, solar and wind, cheap water technology to help those communities, instead of subjecting them to suffering because we need the oil and gas. We need to make sure the reasonings toward hate are not injected into young minds by clerics, that the violent lifestyle are not advertised online or elsewhere. Only then we can prevent these microrevolutions which seem inevitable to occur on almost mathematically predictable intervals otherwise.