Jay Warmke came to our congregation to day to tell us about what he has learned living in his passive solar home he calls Blue Rock Station. He has written a book titled When the Biomass hits the Wind Turban.
Jay and his wife have interns who come to learn about sustainable living. He says they often come with glum attitudes about the future of the planet. Young people perceive that there is not any ability to change. Jay says that the history of humanities use of energy in the past is quite dynamic. Our energy solutions change pretty often. Afterall, before the invention of the steam locomotive, most travel was accomplished using muscle power. The biomass accumulated by the use of so many horses forced a change to the internal combustion engine.
Buckminster Fuller said Pollution is nothing but resources we are not harvesting. Jay said that when everything is used up, then the garbage will become the resource of the future. We are entering an age when water is the resource that people will fight over.
The worlds supply of coal and of oil is about half used up. We are now going to get technologies of desperation. Mountaintop removal and fracking are technologies of desperation.
The price of fossil fuel is going up, meanwhile the cost of producing renewable energy is coming down. Pure economics will soon favor the renewable s, but they will not com without a lot of resistance. Humans resist change, particularly change in their lifestyle. But, Jay said, like Washington in the revolution, you don’t have win all the battles, you simply have to remain standing, so that you are still there when the other side begins to surrender.
Jay predicted much change in t he electrical grid will change like Cell phone technology. We used to make phone calls from location to location, now we make them cell phone to cell phone. If electricity starts to act cooperatively, then they will sell it as a service… the authority to use energy will follow us around whereever we go.
It is likely that we will see a cooperation on the local level that those local cooperatives will manage the energy grid one local area at a time.