Stuck Between the Impossible and Unthinkable

Stuck Between the Impossible and Unthinkable!

That’s where we are today. We need to address greenhouse gases, which appears to be all but impossible, in order to avoid extinction, which is unthinkable. I have talked about the need to develop a completely sustainable energy delivery system since long before beginning this blog and have been shown that the world doesn’t seem to want to listen to reason. I say “reason” because any reasonable person would agree that business as usual cannot go on indefinitely. Fossil fuels will run out and are becoming uncomfortably expensive to extract, even today. I avoided “global warming” or the lesser euphemism, “climate change” as there seemed to be such controversy about the subject that I figured “logic” would be enough. Boy was I wrong. It’s been petal to metal all along. Even in the face of dire warnings from the scientific community. I’ve posted some of those warnings already and here are a few more logs for that fire: Here, in a TED TALK  David Roberts explains that climate change is simple.

 

David Roberts: Climate Change is Simple

 

Here is a more scientific look at why Methane is such a big deal:

You might recall (or you can read it just below this post) that last time I left you all with the admonition from Malcolm Light, that if we fail to address the Methane that is now emanating from the arctic, that we are looking at a Permian-Triassic Level Extinction event on this planet in as few as 18years (in the northern hemisphere) and by 2047 globally. Needless to say that is an unthinkable outcome. However, the science is hard to refute.

What to do?

Once I was able to “wrap my brain around” what was being implicated I felt that I had to, at least try, to do something. But what can one person do? Since I live way out in the middle of nowhere and my connection to the world is my computer, I decided to spread the information as widely as I could with the tools available to me. First, I spoke with my family at Christmas time (yeah, I know, great time to bring up such a wonderful subject). I learned from that experience that people simply “glaze over” or “go blank” when the unthinkable is broached. For the last month I have been posting the main links to the information in the comment sections of blogs that address climate issues along with other, usually political. issues. The feedback has been mixed. Some readers “get it” and comment accordingly. Other readers, who mostly still deny that the planet is warming, have come back with mostly name calling and asserting that I am an idiot or some “liberal” troll spouting alarmist propaganda, like Al Gore. When talking directly with friends I am amazed at the responses. A lot of them just say that God will intervene, come down through the roof, and save the day. Sadly, most people don’t understand the science behind atmospheric chemistry and hide behind beliefs rather than even trying to comprehend.

I’ve tried to alert the media and government.

I’ve contacted “Democracy Now” as they have a place on their web site where viewers (which I don’t do as I have no TV) can suggest issues to cover. I got back an auto response that said that due to the amount of suggestions it was impossible to answer any individual person. I’m not holding my breath. I also wrote to the Washington Post and still await a reply. Media, especially main stream media, appears to wish to avoid “sticky subjects”.

Before that I sent both an email letter and a hard copy letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu thinking that it might be the quickest way to get to the President. I’ve written to the President before and realize that his mail is finely screened. Appears that Secretary Chu’s is too. (silly me) anyway here is a copy of the missive that I sent on the last day of 2012.

December 31, 2012
F.Edward Kerr
1791 Schellsburg Rd  Apt#1
Claysburg, PA 16625-8728
814 239-2277   Email leeo10@yahoo.com

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585

Dear Secretary Chu,

I am contacting you to raise an issue of great concern to all of humanity. As a person who is truly concerned about our energy dilemma (which I blog about at energyquicksand.com) I constantly review news articles that have any relationship to the energy issue. For the most part I have avoided addressing the situation of climate change (global warming if you will) preferring to focus on the technologies that I believe have the best chance of leading us to a carbon neutral energy future. Recently, however, I viewed a lecture that Professor Guy McPherson (Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) is presenting to anyone who will listen. It has changed my outlook entirely. You can review it here. {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ina16XSJQvM} The first 20 minutes wherein he lays out the claim that the latest science on the global warming issue predicts a Permian-Triassic Extinction level event in as short as 18 years is disquieting , to say the least. I have waded through as many of his references that I could find and the science appears solid to me.

One of the scientists that Dr McPherson bases much of his talk on is Malcolm Light who reported his findings on the Arctic News web site in February 2012 {http://arctic-news.blogspot.co.uk/p/global-extinction-within-one-human.html} In his report he notes the release of methane has gone exponential and consequently, global warming will diverge from it’s assumed linear progression. Even you spoke of this in a short video that was posted in 2010 { http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHqKxWvcBdg } where you laid out the potential problem in laymen’s terms and ended with the admonition “we cannot go there” Ironically, the process had already begun and appears irreversible. Though it would seem hopeless it appears that there is a method by which this methane can be degraded. At the end of his report Malcolm Light gives three suggestions as to what needs to be done to avoid an unspeakable catastrophe. They are:

Number1. Developed (and some developing) countries must cut back their carbon dioxide emissions by a very large percentage (50% to 90%) by 2020 to immediately precipitate a cooling of the Earth and its crust. If this is not done the earthquake frequency and methane emissions in the Arctic will continue to  grow exponentially leading to our inexorable demise in 2038 to 2050.

Number2. Geo-engineering must be used immediately as a cooling method in the Arctic to counteract the effects of the methane buildup in the short term. However, these methods will lead to further pollution of the atmosphere in the long term and will not solve the earthquake induced  Arctic methane buildup which is going to lead to our annihilation.

Number3. The United States and Russia must immediately develop a net of powerful radio beam frequency transmission stations around the Arctic using the critical 13.56 MHZ  beat frequency to break down the methane in the stratosphere and troposphere to nanodiamonds and hydrogen (Light 2011a) . Besides the elimination of the high global warming potential methane, the nanodiamonds may form seeds for light reflecting noctilucent clouds in the stratosphere and a light colored energy reflecting layer when brought down to the Earth by snow and rain (Light 2011a). HAARP transmission systems are able to electronically vibrate the strong ionospheric electric current that feeds down into the polar areas and are thus the least evasive method of  directly eliminating the buildup of methane in those critical regions (Light 2011a).

Obviously, Number one isn’t likely. Number two, I believe, is ongoing (but not necessarily in the arctic) but without much success. Number three looks to me to be the only practical way to mediate the situation to buy some time to address the underlying problem, the burning of fossil fuels.
Malcolm Light references the science behind methane degradation. {https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10b1VGrbysjL4GDyQVldwFXtrd7xJgq89XzJNueqVkks/edit#slide=id.p} It’s an interesting read. He also suggests harvesting arctic methane for energy purposes.  Music to the industries ears, I’d wager.
{https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vOw215pGuiob9qu0VRrc2Uumfxr8xU3s4Q2k_YNdsE/edit#slide=id.p45}

At this point you are probably asking yourself, “why has this person contacted me?” The reason is simple. You are one of the few people in the upper levels of the administration who is sure to have an understanding of the information that I have sent and, more importantly, you have the presidents ear. After President Obama’s first election I wrote him a letter outlining my ideas as to how we might, as he said, “heal the earth and stop the rise of the oceans” by ramping out wind (my estimates put us needing about 3 million generators) along with solar to provide electricity. And, to provide liquid fuels for transportation the building of greenhouses to grow algae. This will require a lot of land but the southwest has ample land. Water will be a problem but in a greenhouse environment water loss will be minimal compared to an “open pond” system.  I still think that , in the end, should we avert disaster, that a system that resembles what I envision will develop. Of course, there are the “zero point” advocates (which would be really nice) but until something develops along those lines I look for the existing nascent technologies that we already have to solve the problem. Several months after sending the letter I received a reply (form letter) that made me realize that my letter had simply been “filed”. That didn’t really surprise me but this situation is too important to leave to chance.

What I am asking you to do is to have your staff investigate this information and that if it turns out to be true (as I believe it is) that you approach the President and/or the parties who can actually do something to address the methane issue. If Senator Kerry is confirmed as the new Secretary of State he might also wish to address this matter.

Finally, I may be way behind the curve here and that the government is well aware of the situation and is already working toward mitigating the problem and are not making it public knowledge. I realize that the govt, nor the media, would ever tell the population that business as usual will lead to humanities extinction in a few short years. The fallout of doing so could be uncontrollable and we can’t have that! But I would ask this question, of myself, of you and the President: “In the near future when the evidence of our demise becomes irrefutable how will anyone, who had knowledge of this and didn’t do everything within their power to avert this disaster, be able to look their loved ones, or themselves, in the eye?”

Thanking you in advance for your time, thoughtfulness and consideration, I am and will remain,
Sincerely yours,
With warmest personal regards,

F. Edward Kerr

Additional references:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10b1VGrbysjL4GDyQVldwFXtrd7xJgq89XzJNueqVkks/edit#slide=id.p
Project Lucy-proposal to address atmospheric Methane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBTh-nmauww
Methane Siberian lake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN4OdKPy9rM&NR=1&feature=endscreen
Permafrost in Siberia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXuvQQt9YY&NR=1&feature=endscreen
Davis Wasdell

http://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/155651/initial-ipcc-predictions-global-temperature-rise-remarkably-accurate
(linear thinking)

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-09-04/game-over-or-overtime
Albert bates on methane-fracking and some politics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permian%E2%80%93Triassic_extinction_event

http://thegazette.com/2012/04/15/the-time-to-attack-methane-is-now/
(Harold Hensel  4-15-12 article on M.Light and his method to attack methane)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=br8BOnCkjd4#!
Methane in the arctic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tsyXKT-gYgA
Arctic Warming: Risks for Methane Emissions  Dr. Ronald Prinn TEPCO professor of atmospheric science at MIT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=NqN38WyOfMY&feature=fvwp
SWIPA snow water ice permafrost in the arctic   (social impacts of GW on native peoples)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn_2BwlmtOw
The global warming effect of Arctic methane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJp3_DcN1i4
Dr. James Hansen: Facing the Truth About Global Warming

http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/
IEA World Outlook    Nov 2012

http://www.copenhagendiagnosis.com/download/CopenhagenDiagnosis_Powerpoint_COP15.pdf

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2012/10/state-of-climate-change-october-2012.html
Paul Beckwith Oct 2012  on Arctic News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xwpnmsLwinI#!
Climate Change 2012 by Peter Sinclair

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/327/5970/1246.full.pdf
Extensive Methane Venting to the Atmosphere from Sediments of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6017/554.full.pdf
Amazon drought

http://science.time.com/2012/08/29/antarctica-a-greenhouse-gas-hotspot/
Antarctic Methane

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/view.php?id=43083
NASA arctic methane

http://www.ameg.me/
Arctic Methane Emergency Group

PS. I will also send this in an E-Mail so that you can access the references more easily.
Again I thank you for your attention and request that you send back and E-Mail (leeo10@yahoo.com) just so that I know that you have received this message.

Wishing you and yours a Safe, Prosperous and Happy New Year
Ed

Retort from DOE

Thank you for your email to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.  Your message has been received by the Office of the Executive Secretariat on behalf of the Secretary and will be reviewed by the appropriate Department of Energy officials.

Thank you.

almost three weeks later I await a reply..

So, that’s where it stands for me today. Realizing that we have probably killed ourselves out of what?…idiocy? unwillingness to give up our toys? disbelief that a problem exists? laziness? not wanting to spend the money to change? not wanting to lose income (fossil interests)? of simple ignorance? what???,,,,  has made my life feel like a dream that I can’t wake from. I walk about and look at people and think, “they’re just like the dinosaurs, a meteor is soon to extinguish them and the can’t see it coming” It’s almost too much to bear but my morbid sense of curiosity make me want to live long enough to see how this is all going to “pan out”? Will we find Gold in the bottom of the pan or something else?  Unless mankind soon realizes the gravity of the situation and takes the necessary actions, I don’t think that it will be gold that we find.

So, for now, the ball is in your court. What will you do? I will continue to do everything that I can to have something meaningful happen, while trying to “be of good cheer”… Will you?

Regards to all,

Edward

 

 

 

 

About Edward Kerr

male, aged 66, lives in Pa, main interests: family, environment, politics, gardening,cooking, music, golfing and watching the rat race(caring about humanity)
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  • Linda Jansen

    Happy New Year, Ed. Your entry here has really shaken me up. I’m still pondering what to do, but will be doing something to spread this word, at least. Thank you for opening my eyes. Ball’s in my (well, yours too) court.

  • roblightyeah

    Edward… Malcolm Light is my father. Firstly I’d like to say thank you so much for doing all that you have done. I’m so impressed with your determination. Please do keep doing what you are doing. I will tell him about everything you’ve been up to. Please contact him through my Facebook, he is listed there under my ‘friends’ – He will be glad to meet another person who want to help.

    My father had decided that he couldn’t let (his grandson) my 3 year old son’s future be destroyed, along with every other child in the world. And as pessimistic as that may sound, he’s not scaremongering and he has no agenda. He’s not after money or fame. He’s just trying to find people who can help to avert this crisis.

    I genuinely hope he’s wrong, but it looks to me like we’re all in big trouble, especially my little boy.

    • http://www.energyquicksand.com/ Edward Kerr

      Sorry to be so long in responding. I haven’t been able to post anything for a long time as things have become quite painful for my old brain. I never once thought that Malcolm had anything but the welfare of humanity in mind. Like him I have no desire for anything but the truth.
      Is your FB name “roblightyeah” as I would like to correspond with your father.
      Anyway, thanks for writing. Look for a friend request from me soon.
      Ed

      • roblightyeah

        That’s great news, I will look out for you on FB – roblightyeah is me. Maybe if there’s enough of us, we can create the momentum needed!
        Best,
        Rob

        • http://www.energyquicksand.com/ Edward Kerr

          I tried to find you on FB but drew a blank. Maybe you can find me. I use my real name.

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  • shastatodd

    you do not need a tv to watch democracy now! http://www.democracynow.org/

    • http://www.energyquicksand.com/ Edward Kerr

      Todd, thanks for the info…Ed