The Future of Energy: Introduction (02:45)
Hazel Henderson and NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell examined automation, robotics, and biological advances for improving the Earth. Nearly 200 countries in the United Nations agreed to reduce their carbon footprint and rely on renewable energy sources. Climate change has caused hurricanes, droughts, a rising sea level, and global warming.
Issues with Fossil Fuels (03:53)
Conservation can reduce 30% of CO2 emissions; there are 200,000 "off-grid" homes in the U.S. and the number continues to grow. Mining is one of the most ecologically disruptive activities that humans perform. Large central power plants are vulnerable to security issues and solar storms.
Bushnell advocates plowing the Saharan desert, irrigating it with the Mediterranean Sea, and growing salt plants to create biomass. Dr. Carl Hodges, Bushnell, and Henderson discuss this concept in Ethical Market Media's episode "Desertcorps."
Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (02:50)
LENRs create heat and trace mutations without radiation. Henderson questions researching nuclear energy when renewable energy is cheaper and more efficient. Bushnell explains that LENRs would be even less expensive to maintain.
Alternative Energy Sources (05:34)
With small windmills, the jet stream can generate twice the amount of power the U.S. requires. Cyanobacteria produces massive amounts of energy; NASA is investigating growing biomass fuel in the Gulf of Mexico. Bushnell describes solar hydrogen, osmotic power, and geoengineering.
Transportation Alternatives (04:43)
NASA is currently working on electric airplanes and flying cars. Henderson explains how electric cars still use fossil fuels to generate energy and advocates the use of a solar panel array to charge transportation.
Economic Disparity (03:47)
Henderson and Bushnell examine how flying cars could create economic disparity and populist politics. The inability to mentally adapt to technological and economic changes would increase psychosomatic illness, clinical depression, and rage.
Credits: The Future of Energy (00:50)
Credits: The Future of Energy
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