Obama if you’re reading this – here’s the answer to your call for alternative energy.
The spill in the gulf… only underscores the necessity of seeking alternative fuel sources. We’re not going to transition out of oil next year or 10 years from now but think about it… we’re not going to be able to sustain this kind of fossil fuel use. This planet can’t sustain it. – President Barack Obama, May 26, 2010
Sure, it was the brute force of having the ugly truth of our thoughtless consumption of dirty energy thrust upon us instead of it being hidden from TV cameras and newspapers in the third world, but finally we’re talking publicly about the real costs of our energy use and where it’s taking us. Since a disaster of this scale was bound to happen anyway, personally I’m thanking God it happened where it did and when it did.
But am I sorry for using dirty oil to get where I have to? Not really. This speech sounded promising but Obama contradicts himself – “We’re not going to transition out of oil next year or 10 years from now….”
A few sentences later Obama says what the ‘crazy peak oil doomers’ have been saying for years. “We’re not going to be able to sustain this kind of fossil fuel use, This planet can’t sustain it.” As in, on our current path the end is near (environmentally and economically) yet we do not have the political will to get off the thing that will ultimately destroy us.
I repeat: Why Not?
The reality is at this point in history, the peaceful transition to true sustainability is a joint venture between educated individuals, responsible businesses and bold governments. Efforts at the individual’s level are hampered when profits and growth mentality rules. A lack of commitment to clean technology commits us to a turbulent return to pre-industrial life. There is no need for this.
We have the technology to transition now
Look at what we’ve achieved so far, it’s amazing proof that we are brilliantly creative, inventive, adaptable creatures. Better than that we can see the problems we’ve created and have the tools ready and waiting to transition us to a society where more people have access to first world comfort without the environmental destruction.
Yet if you think about what’s really being said in Obama’s speech, rather than acting swiftly to give the public access to existing alternatives, our governments’ and businesses’ lack of innovation and leadership are committing us to a bleak future where we are forced to use dirty oil to get around cities that are designed for cars, until life on this planet can no longer be sustained.
Solar, wind, ocean, geothermal, the energy is there for the taking but we also need to look at how we use the energy and our attitude towards it.
The world runs on motors
The Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) changed the world forever and is still changing our climate! However while it’s changed everything, at the heart of the change remains the same obsolete polluting technology from over a hundred years ago. It’s run its course.
To me, Angelo Di Pietro is a knight in shining armour and his compressed air motor is nothing short of amazing. I turned up on Angelo’s doorstep a few weeks ago to speak to him about the motor. To my surprise he let me in and made me a coffee. We talked for hours about the motorization of the world and this motor’s place in it. Then he agreed to let me make the above video.
Not to focus on the car, but people identify with this most – this motor is 94.5% efficient where a car’s ICE generally uses around 20% of the energy it consumes for motion with the rest exiting as wasted heat and noise through the exhaust and radiator. Similar waste occurs in most of the motors that do all the behind the scenes work such as in agricultural equipment and transport. This air motor is light, easy to produce, pollution free when the air is compressed from sustainable sources, inert in dangerous environments and with further development should be able to replace any motor in any application.
Most importantly it’s not an over-unity water engine with questionable claims that disobey the currently accepted laws of physics. Instead, it’s using patented technology which has had its efficiency verified. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and you can see it in the video as well.
It really is heartening to see this regular bloke from Melbourne spend every waking hour working on something he believes can change the world even though he seems to be getting limited interest from the very people that are making ‘bold’ statements about the urgent need for these solutions. Permaculturalist world-wide should be able to identify with this – in fact isn’t that where all real change has come from?
With full respect to the people that have lost lives and livelihoods from the Gulf oil spill disaster, I’m glad there is finally a spotlight on the reality of a fossil fuel economy and I truly hope Angelo’s technology gets the attention it deserves from the people that make the decisions that affect change.
Engineair is looking for financial partners to progress this technology further and make it a commercial reality. For more information please see engineair.com.au.