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Global Green Laws
GGL #5

This GGL suggests that investment in "all weather sufficient" solar energy development takes priority, and that such solar, wind and similar units be operating as the primary energy source in all new homes and industry by 2015.

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About GGL #5

Power Today, Gone Tomorrow - Unlimited Fuel for Thought

Curiously, science and technology continues to draw blanks when exploring viable, alternative energy sources. Although regarded as institutions supposedly dedicated to the advancement of science / human resource, scientists and technological innovators are themselves entirely dependent on current forms of energy.
Little thought is reserved for what happens when depleting earth-drawn supplies are no longer available to run appliances, transport, towns and cities. It seems that as long as there is power today, a planet tomorrow without it is of no consequence.

Fossil fuels will one day be exhausted as the world continues to suffer from the worsening effects of pollutants due to their use.
Humanity is dependent on earth's depleted resources more than ever before. So why does the all important issue of developing a new, sustainable clean energy source take such low precedence, and why do technically advanced countries not direct their highest priorities towards its research and development?

The answer lies within a twisted infrastructure of world economies; a vicious circle of industrial interdependency around a deep rooted political / monetary framework covering the entire planet. All which is precariously balanced on just one commodity.... oil.
Every aspect of industry and most of society depends entirely on all derivatives of crude oil, (also known as "black gold"). Since the early 20th Century oil has steadily become a life essential and in turn, primary leverage in maintaining global productivity and a social order from within each nation... and strategic control from nations that supply this resource. Hence, a dangerous game of "monopoly", as each world player builds kingdoms, technology, transportation and global trade from a single limited resource, owned by a handful of countries. Oil simply runs the mechanics of society. If it's removed without any alternative provision, the world turns inside out.... and collapses.

Frightening fact ?.... Well, it certainly needn't be.

Any nation, rich or poor can look up to the sky and see and feel the most powerful and sustainable energy source available to everyone on earth.... and it's free. It's called the sun. Unlike fossil fuels nobody can "own" the sun or its potential energy. Solar power is what naturally sustains all life on earth.

As with many of these GGL's, the issue of a natural energy source blends with many of the other proposals put forward. But here are some thoughts on solar energy to consider when voting:

Over-hyped - Under-developed

Politicians might argue that "cloud cover" in many temperate countries prevents sufficient amounts of sunshine needed to provide efficient quantities of solar energy.... But these arguments are unfounded and contrived, purely for political motives. The solar non-efficiency argument is based on extremely slow paced R&D which began over thirty years ago. Because of economic dependency on fossil based fuel energy, development in solar power has always been nothing more than a whimsical side investment, just to try and keep the environmentalists (potential voters) happy. There are of course solar power manufacturers willing to provide a solar energy system to heat your swimming pool, for example, for extortionate amounts of money. These types of companies tend to target and hype solar technology to the rich, as if solar power should be considered a luxury rather than a means to conserve and provide free energy to the poorer communities.
Menial amounts of investment has caused such gross underdevelopment in what should, by now have been a thriving source of efficient, free energy.
The groundbreaking developments during the last century have only come about through massive investments based on sustained profit. Commercial investment is based on political time tables, therefore long term high investment into R&D of a new energy source is unattractive to governments. Ploughing money into solar power research is of no interest to fast turnover private companies, greedy for quick profits. Even the odd private companies (including oil companies themselves) put aside small amounts of their profits towards the development of natural energy, but do so mainly as a token gesture to promote a "green" image. Some oil companies even display ironic jestures by advertising that their petrol stations are run by solar power!
The amount of investment put into alternative, clean energy research is pennies compared to the billions spent on profit making communications.
If we can beam hundreds of digital channels to our TV sets from Earth's orbiting satellites, then we have the technical capability to develop efficient energy capture and conversion units to power those TV's and everything else in our homes.
With the constant emergence of new materials developed for other technical advancements, it is equally possible to re-channel such development and apply them to clean energy productivity. Commercially sustainable results could then be achieved, producing industrial strength, solar power generators and devices - and ultimately spawn a whole new revolution in solar and other clean- renewable energy development.
If the same amount of money had been spent developing a high performance solar powered small family car (or travel pod) as has been spent over the last ten years in new petrol models (and the accompanying advertising promotions), then the world could, by now be transporting themselves on free - non pollutant - renewable energy. (See also "ban oil powered combustion engine" GGL)

Energy and politics

In the UK an obscene amount of money was wasted on The Millennium Dome in the late 90's. Many said the money should have been spent on issues like health, education and other usual "down the pub chat" issues. But surely a more appropriate area to invest towards a brighter new millennium would have been to put all that grossly misspent Dome money into creating a new, unlimited natural free energy supply. Too late now, but if that had been the case, the economy and political priorities of the UK and the whole planet (since such a technology must be freely shared) would change so radically that today's public contentions on subjects towards the governments spending would also change beyond all recognition.
The day that an industrial strength solar powered energy source is developed for world use, every country gains an insurmountable level of economical independence. Countries who have been tied to such dependency based on oil prices and its availability will no longer live by such a threatening agenda.

Battles for a Brighter Future

Oil producing countries may still have customers for their produce, but less dependency from major world customers. With the strangle-holds of "oil power" eliminated, a safer and more trusting relationship between Middle Eastern oil nations and the rest of the world may ensue. No country, (including the US), will be holding the ace card, so to speak - which, at this time can make or break world economies.
With new solar power in place as the prime energy source for the planet, the amount of oil still being drilled and refined would be minimal amounts, and at levels which would have no significant effect on the environment. Besides, oil producing countries may well find alternative, cleaner and regenerative uses for their commodity. Solar energy could supply that option. (E.g. production of the materials from which solar energy units themselves are made - and then recycled)

All materials derived from crude oil such as plastics are now so wide spread across the world, thanks to consumer waste. Humans may have unwittingly created their own "crude" material deposits.
Disposed items can contain enough material to potentially replace most of what we throw away. So new products would eventually contain plastics made entirely from recycled waste. With a free energy source to power recycling plants, many countries could sustain themselves indefinitely, and if necessary afford to turn such a "mining" industry into an exportable commodity. (See also "waste disposal methods" GGL)

Third World countries would of course benefit greatly from an unlimited source of solar power. Their lives would be transformed in many ways, but in drought areas, the issue of water supplies would need to be dealt with first or simultaneously (see drought and water supply GGL)

In post war Iraq, coalition forces showed no environmental initiative when resolving the supply of electricity to Iraqi communities.
They used archaic fossil fuel powered systems to provide electricity instead of realizing this unique opportunity to establish both solar and wind power as Iraq's primary energy source.
A golden opportunity wasted.
Iraq could not only have been rebuilt free of a regime, but also as an ecological / environmental template to inspire other countries.

Solar Energy in Action


Smiling children after a solar energy system is installed in their village

In Nepal the charity Swogun distribute and install solar energy systems in remote villages, which provides power to schools, hospitals and homes etc. These communities are also taught how to be self-sufficient as part of the installation program. (more on this ...)

Coastal areas can also benefit from the world's second most powerful natural energy source... the sea. The same principle applies here as with solar energy. Serious investment must be forthcoming to research optimal methods for capturing the oceans unlimited energy.

Wind power is of course another important source of clean energy and should be considered inclusive of this GGL. Wind power also needs to be developed further, with forethought to ensure that environmentally suitable areas for its use are considered carefully. The GGL suggests that wind power may have preferable benefits in cities, where units can be mounted on buildings (in tandem with solar power). Wind power has to be adapted in a manner that is aesthetically acceptable rather than creating an undesirable impact on countryside or coastal areas. As with solar power, city roof installations are highly recommended for wind turbines, provided that future generations of such products can be designed with suitable noise supression.

What you are voting for...

The GGL suggests that investment in "all weather sufficient" solar energy development takes priority, and that such solar, wind and similar units be operating as the primary energy source in all new homes and industry by 2015.

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