Between 1930 and now, the US built 75,000 dams. Way back in the 1930s, hydro-electric power was the green energy of its day. Coal smog was choking cities, and the new fangled autos were choking city streets. In order to sell the new hydro-electric dreams, we were told that damming all those beautiful rivers would make the world a healthier, more beautiful place. Dams would reduce coal smog.
What we found out instead was that the coal fired power stations didn’t shut down and that the new hydro-power was just added to the economy as fuel to power growth. This means that hydro-power was “additive” and not as “disruptive” as sold to us. What did shut down was a lot of domestic coal furnaces replaced by oil, which was cheaper, easier and more powerful than coal.
We are sold solar and wind power as something disruptive, when it is actually additive. It still takes one ton of coal to make 6-12 solar panels, and it still takes coal and gas fired power stations to run on standby to keep everything running. To close one fossil fuel plant, you will need 10 times as much solar and wind power. We need tons more land, water, minerals and battery energy to run renewable energy systems. These systems also have short product life-cycles and require continuous replacement and high maintenance.
Hope = Hype = Bullshit
Right now, the only hope we have for our green dreams is the new breakthrough battery technology made from lithium metal batteries. These new batteries last longer, charge faster and are cheaper. Let’s forget that they require more copper and minerals, and pretend we will have all the resources we’ll ever need to manufacture them. So what are going to do with this miracle technology? We are going to build millions of flying cars that take off straight up and land straight down. Uber wants flying cars in Texas and Dubai by 2020, if it can hold itself together that long.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. How can we be so magically optimistic when all we see is death and destruction on the nightly news? If you are interested, read this: Is the world really better than ever? Answer: Yes, if you believe in your dreams.
This is where the dream magic comes in because flying cars will be both additive and disruptive. Did I say cheap? No I didn’t, because if you make less than $100,000 per year, then fuck off and die – flying cars aren’t for you. Since 50% of Americans live near poverty, I don’t expect a lot of applause for this statement.
You may be surprised to learn Chrysler doesn’t actually build cars in the US anymore. The new Chrysler, top-of-the-line, mini-van costs $50,000 and comes with a 3 video screen child pacification system. So while fast foods send your kids into a tizzy, video screens will re-render them zombie-like. Most Americans have trouble coming up $500 emergency money, let alone for a $50,000 “bimbo box”, pardon my French ladies.
You may wonder why I’m so offensive in my writing. I guess it’s because I don’t want readers who are easily offended, or too triggered to understand what I’m really saying. Collapse ain’t pretty, and neither am I. I’m not looking for “likes” or friends, I’m trying to tell you the ugly unvarnished truth.