Sunday, May 25, 2008

Peak Oil is expanding into mass consciousness

Ben Stein has an article in the new york times about oil, check out his solutions to maintaining the american lifestyle... coal to oil and drilling on the coasts !

Also, my local paper, the Tribune has an article on Peak Oil this sunday (reprinted from the Associated Press). It's been on CNBC often and also Kunstler was on CNN with Glenn Beck. Even President Bush (who does a great Dr. Evil impression) is talking about limits to world oil supply, even though he doesn't come out and mention the words peak oil. Atleast Bush gave us the straight talk of two options. Increase supply or reduce demand by changing our lifestye, which is a breath of fresh air compared to his boss, Dick Cheney who said "The American lifestyle is non-negotiable".

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R), who created a peak oil resolution in congress, thinks of our oil reserves such as ANWR as "money in the bank" and doesn't want us to waste it. But now with oil at $135, he now supports drilling in ANWR, but only if the profits fund renewable energies. Maybe that is a good compromise. But, what if we didn't need to drill in ANWR, and we instead chose efficiency as a short term solution? How about instead of getting your food shipped from 1500 miles away, maybe buy locally instead. Carpool and double your cars gas mileage. Walk and ride your bike, get some exercise, get to know your community and lose some weight in the process.

Please, let us realize how precious this resource is and to use it wisely? We need to use these resources to transition to a clean, sustainable new energy economy. Let's not forever ruin our beautiful backyard and waste the last reserves of oil for short term gain. It's time to grow up and think about the long term consequences to our actions. Being shortsighted is what has gotten us into this mess. We've known about peak oil for decades and nothing has been done. It's time to think about sustainability.

And maybe it's time to listen to our wise and fearless leader of the free world? Maybe we should take his advice to think about changing our lifestyle to reduce demand and dependence on oil. Maybe Bush is on to something, after all, his crawford ranch IS off the grid....

So, let us use the law of attraction and imagine a world without oil. The solutions are out there. Which is probably better for another post or website, but the most exciting one to me is to retrofit our existing investment! There are ways to convert existing cars to run hydrogen and ways to make hydrogen from water and solar power!! We can do this!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

1977: President Carter's advice

In 1970, when U.S. oil production peaked, instead of being energy independent, the U.S. became increasingly dependent on foreign oil.

President Carter warned us of this dependence and outlined a plan to solve this unprecedented problem. Unfortunately he never mentioned the words "peak oil," or the fact that the US had peaked a few years earlier and the world would eventually peak as well.

There is however some great advice and wisdom here that we can learn from, I hope our next president can step up to the plate and really tell us the truth like Carter did.

In a televised televised speech on April 18, 1977, Carter said:

Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you about a problem unprecedented in our history. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly.

...The most important thing about these proposals is that the alternative
may be a national catastrophe. Further delay can affect our strength
and our power as a nation.

Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war" -- except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not destroy.

After our second oil crisis in 1979, President Carter told us the truth and proposed goals for energy independence in his 1979 speech "Crisis of Confidence":

Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny.

In little more than two decades we've gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries, at prices that are going through the roof. Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on our economy and our people. This is the direct cause of the long lines which have made millions of you spend aggravating hours waiting for gasoline. It's a cause of the increased inflation and unemployment that we now face. This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation. The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.

I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977 -- never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation

...To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation's history to develop America's own alternative sources of fuel -- from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun.

I propose the creation of an energy security corporation to lead this effort to replace 2-1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day by 1990. The corporation I will issue up to $5 billion in energy bonds, and I especially want them to be in small denominations so that average Americans can invest directly in America's energy security.

Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war. Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to Congress calling for the creation of this nation's first solar bank, which will help us achieve the crucial goal of 20 percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.

These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans to Americans. These funds will go to fight, not to increase, inflation and unemployment.

And I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism.

You know we can do it. We have the natural resources. We have more oil in our shale alone than several Saudi Arabias. We have more coal than any nation on Earth. We have the world's highest level of technology. We have the most skilled work force, with innovative genius, and I firmly believe that we have the national will to win this war.

I do not promise you that this struggle for freedom will be easy. I do not promise a quick way out of our nation's problems, when the truth is that the only way out is an all-out effort. What I do promise you is that I will lead our fight, and I will enforce fairness in our struggle, and I will ensure honesty. And above all, I will act. We can manage the short-term shortages more effectively and we will, but there are no short-term solutions to our long-range problems. There is simply no way to avoid sacrifice.

Also in the same speech he asks us to take a look at our way of life:

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.

The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of all other people in the Western world.

We remember when the phrase "sound as a dollar" was an expression of absolute dependability, until ten years of inflation began to shrink our dollar and our savings. We believed that our nation's resources were limitless until 1973, when we had to face a growing dependence on foreign oil.

These wounds are still very deep. They have never been healed. Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation's life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

In closing his speech he asks us to look to our achievements to realize we can solve this problem!:

First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this nation. Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.

One of the visitors to Camp David last week put it this way: "We've got to stop crying and start sweating, stop talking and start walking, stop cursing and start praying. The strength we need will not come from the White House, but from every house in America."

We know the strength of America. We are strong. We can regain our unity. We can regain our confidence. We are the heirs of generations who survived threats much more powerful and awesome than those that challenge us now. Our fathers and mothers were strong men and women who shaped a new society during the Great Depression, who fought world wars, and who carved out a new charter of peace for the world.

We ourselves are the same Americans who just ten years ago put a man on the Moon. We are the generation that dedicated our society to the pursuit of human rights and equality. And we are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process rebuild the unity and confidence of America.

We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I've warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure.

All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our nation and ourselves.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Fluoride in toothpaste = Good
Fluoride in water = Bad (and ineffective!)

If you live in North America your water is probably fluoridated. A toxic byproduct of the aluminum industry is being put in your water to supposedly help your teeth from decay. While fluoride does have an effect on tooth decay, it is only when it touches your teeth. So fluoride in toothpaste is effective, fluoride in water is not. Plus fluoride is harmful when ingested. If you read the label on the back of your toothpaste they warn that you call poison control if you ingest it!

Most of Europe has already stopped using fluoride in their water and many studies have shown no positive effects from fluoride in water with many possible negative effects - such as spots on the teeth, inhibiting the thyroid (metabolism/energy) and lowering IQ.

The fluoride action network is a great resource with many doctors and dentists and other professionals signing on to stop fluoridation worldwide. Here is a list of who has signed on to date.

• 241 PhD's (includes DSc, Doctor of Science)
• 223 Dentists (DDS, DMD, BDS)
• 212 MD's (includes MBBS)
• 207 DC's (Doctor of Chiropractic)
• 202 Nurses (RN, BSN, ARNP, APRN, LNC)
• 95 ND's (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine)
• 46 Lawyers (JD and LLB)
• 32 RDHs (Registered Dental Hygienist and RDHAP)
• 29 Acupuncturists (LAc - Licensed Acupuncturist, and, MAc -Master Acupuncturist)
• 28 Pharmacists (Pharm.D, B. Pharm, DPh, RPH)
• 18 DO's (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
• 10 Veterinarians (DMV, VMD, BVMS)

One professional dentist made a short video talking about his story of 30 yrs of experience in dentistry and recommending fluoride. But after reading the studies and learning the facts, he now opposes fluoride in tap water.

And to know the real story behind fluoride and how this toxic byproduct became added to our water, check out the video "The Fluoride Deception" (29minutes):

The most effective method at removing Fluoride from your tap water is through Reverse Osmosis. I suggest getting a Zero-Waste system as regular systems waste anywhere from 3 to 5+ gallons of water for each gallon of drinking water. The Zero-Waste systems put the waste water back into your hot water pipe. Check out the Watts Premier Zero-Waste ($330 through Costco)