Wednesday, June 14, 2006

As the Romans Say

In the black is white reality of the POTUS and the PRESS,

Where a non indictment is characterized as innocence

even though the actual commission of the crime

is a matter of record,

Where the POTUS arrives in a "sovereign nation" without notifying

the leaders of that country of his plans,

until the Emperor is safely behind the walls of his Castle,

Where Reporters are kicked out without cause, (Gitmo)

It is a breath of cool clean mountain air in the crisp new day,

when you see something that makes you think that maybe,

just maybe, just maybe everyone in power is not

a nuke lobbing, gas guzzling, gun toting, demagoguery delivering,

hate throwing moron.

Here is the story.

The Club of Rome heard from a Jordanian Prince yesterday.

Jordan does not have oil.

Most of Europe does not have oil.

Club of Rome
wants deserts to become source of renewable energy
June 14, 2006

HANNOVER, Germany, June 14, 2006 (Refocus Weekly) The world’s deserts could serve as an “overabundant source of clean energy through solar thermal power plants,” according to the president of the Club of Rome.

“With the accelerating energy demands of China, India, Brazil and elsewhere, a huge demand for energy will be unleashed which simply cannot be met by gas and oil,” says Jordanian prince El Hassan bin Talal.

“Reserves of these fuels are limited, while its accessibility is threatened by social and political risks” and the risks to climate demand reduction in the use of fossil fuels.“We need a concerted effort to increase energy-efficiency, and we must move our dependency to renewable energy sources,” he said in his welcoming address to the ‘World Energy Dialogue’ in Germany.

“It is ironic that people around the world impose on themselves low-carbo-hydrate fat-free diets for their health but the environment also needs a low-carbon emissions-free diet to recuperate its supporting capacity.”

“In our part of the world, we look around us and we see deserts drenched in sunlight,” he said.

“Can the sun-belt, in tandem with the technology belt, make solar energy the fuel of our civilization and the basis for a secure, affordable and attainable energy system?”

Every day, deserts in North Africa and the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) receive 2,000 times more energy than is needed by the global population, and technologies can convert “at least 10% of solar light into useful energy such as electricity,” he explained.

“It is astounding that a desert area as small as the total area of Hamburg and Berlin would be sufficient to generate enough electricity for all of Germany; it is also reassuring that the sun-belt and the technology belt, when coupled together, can turn deserts into clean and inexhaustible powerhouses for the world.”

The U.S. Apollo space program was launched four decades ago to fulfill a dream, but “today we have a bigger dream, to restore the balance between man and his home planet, Earth,” he said.

“I challenge you to put technology (the work of man) and deserts (the work of God), to the service of mankind and nature,” and he proposed that Europe, Middle East and North Africa launch a EUMENA Apollo Desert Program.

“The export of clean and affordable power from the excellent solar fields in MENA to the huge power markets in Europe would support global climate stabilisation, the technological and economic development in MENA, and could establish an economic and political partnership for sustainability between the two regions, Europe and MENA,” he explained.

“The project also proposes desalination for MENA as a sustainable and unlimited source of fresh water to facilitate the establishment of a ‘Community of Water & Energy in the Arc of Crisis.’


“As president of the Club of Rome, I would like to say that it is with some sadness that the ‘Limits to Growth’ study produced in 1972 should be so dire in its predictions and so accurate even to the present day,” said the Jordanian prince. “In the past three decades, this sombre warning has been ignored.”

And we ignore it at our own Peril.

The Club of Rome issued a Declaration in 1996.

Here is the first part of it.

We, the members of the Club of Rome, are convinced that the future of humankind is not determined once and for all, and that it is possible to avoid present and foreseeable catastrophes—when they are the result of human selfishness or of mistakes made in managing world affairs.

It is important to emphasise the signs of hope and the progress accomplished. We must also combat the threats to humankind, and be aware that these issues of survival are becoming ever more urgent.

We believe that every human being can choose to take charge of his or her own future rather than be a victim of events. Imagination and creativity of every individual, combined with a greater sense of social responsibility, can contribute to changing our attitudes and making our societies better suited to cope with the multifaceted crises that trouble the world. We believe that the information society that is evolving, although it involves clear risks and constraints, offers considerable opportunities for building this better future.

The world is undergoing a period of unprecedented upheavals and fluctuations in its evolution into a global society for which people are not mentally prepared. As a result, their reaction is often negative, inspired by fear of the unknown and by unawareness of the global dimension of problems which seem no longer on a human scale.

These fears, if not tackled, risk driving people to dangerous extremism, sterile nationalism and major social confrontations.

(read this)

We should, as the saying almost goes,

Do as the Romans Say.

and forget about our silly Emperor.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a great post, hurray for the club of Rome and to the Prince of Jordan.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a terrific post. Hopeful.

Perhaps the answer will come from the part of the world where they have the most to gain by holding on to the old paradigm.

Hurray for the prince of Jordan.

7:01 AM  

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