There’s something that has been on my mind for quite a long time, and I have touched on it from time to time here. It deals with the issue of how we transition from a world where the energy resources we use are scarce, expensive, hazardous, and difficult to obtain — to one where energy may become far less expensive, much more powerful, and cleaner.
While the end result of a new LENR energy source could mean abundance for all, the transition from the old energy world to a new one is not going to be easy. There are many interests vested in the current state of affairs with many peoples’ livelihoods dependent on the current energy sector — both directly and indirectly. The entry of viable LENR into the marketplace could lead to the contraction of many big industries (e.g. utilities, mining, drilling, nuclear) leading to the loss of jobs and income, and we could see poverty increase in certain areas as a result.
How will we deal with this problem? No doubt some in politics and government will try to soften the blow — we could see new welfare programs being proposed to help displaced workers. Maybe new levels of taxation will be proposed to deal with this issue. There may even be attempts to slow down the deployment of LENR to protect the status quo. It’s hard to say now what the reaction might be.
There could be another way to deal with the problem outside of the political arena, however. I think there is going to be an important place for philanthropic or humanitarian efforts to help get this technology into places where it is needed, and I expect that as awareness of a superior energy source spreads there will be people who will be wanting to help accelerate its proliferation in places where there is an obvious need could help many people in need.
We might find that if many people recognize the advantages of LENR there will be a new level of public-spiritedness on the part of individuals and organization who will be willing to voluntarily contribute to help the spread of the technology, since it will be in the best interest of everyone that the transition to a better form of energy goes smoothly. It could be that large foundations who already contribute millions to humanitarian efforts around the world would get behind LENR. It’s possible that promoting new forms of energy could become part of the many environmental campaigns that are an extremely powerful force today.
Here are just a few examples that come to mind where we could see humanitarian uses of LENR fairly quickly. There are certainly many more.
- Desalination projects in arid regions
- Power generation and heat in places of natural disasters, or in refugee settlements
- Power and heat for schools and hospitals
- Distributed power source in regions of the world where there is no grid
Early communications with Andrea Rossi have indicated that he is open to cooperating in some way with use of the E-Cat for humanitarian purposes.
If anyone is interested in more in-depth discussion on this topic, and perhaps exploring ways to get involved in some kind of humanitarian activity, I have started a group in LENRConnect as a place for people to discuss the issue in more depth. At the moment the group is open by invitation only so if you’d like to join please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.