The following post by JD Sweeney is reprinted here with permission. It was originally published on his Londont website here
Readers following LENR posts on EcatWorld and on Londont know that Industrial Heat and Brillouin target their initial reactors at the heating sector. These are transitional applications in retrofitting coal-fired electricity and heating plants’ They will immediately impact CO2 emissions. BlackLight Power, with its novel plasma/photovoltaic technology goes directly for electricity generation.
Our readers also know that writers often make use of “selective quotations” to support their point of view. Therefore, without much ado (or original content), here is a selection of excerpts from a November 2014 article in IEEE Spectrum by a couple of Google engineers, Ross Koningstein and David Fork. Their title: “What it would really take to reverse Climate change”.
They begin with the assertions, “Climate scientists have definitively shown that the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere poses a looming danger. Trying to combat climate change exclusively with today’s renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.”
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Koningstein and Fork suggest reforestation for carbon sequestration and “exhort scientists and engineers to seek disruptive technologies.”
They write: “We’re not trying to predict the winning technology here, but its cost needs to be vastly lower than that of fossil energy systems… A disruptive fusion technology, for example, might skip the steam and produce high-energy charged particles that can be converted directly into electricity… disaster can be averted if researchers aim for goals that seem nearly impossible.”
“So we’re issuing a call to action. There’s hope to avert disaster if our society takes a hard look at the true scale of the problem and uses that reckoning to shape its priorities.”
Given, the UN just extended its climate change summit in Lima, Peru, these excerpts might have put pressure on delegates to identify and agree on affordable solutions. As usual, the emphasis seems to have been on getting commitments on emission reductions (posturing) rather than means of funding research to accomplish goals (action)
The Google engineers neglected to touch upon nuclear’s radioactive issues or the emerging LENR solution; perhaps their editor wanted to leave that to the UN’s Ban Ki-moon -and to Messrs Harper and Obama.