A major cost of running a commercial greenhouse is the cost of heating or cooling. Fans run almost continuously. Massive heaters spew out a large amount of heat in the colder parts of the year while some type of cooling system keeps a greenhouse from burning up in the warmer parts of the year. The plants inside have to live in a temperature zone that is right for them or they could die or just not thrive. So the next few articles will be all about energy, the future of energy, types of energy available to us and so forth.
As we are currently headed over the cliff of peak fossil fuel energy and we are faced with some very though decisions – what are we going to replace oil, coal and natural gas with? I will not discuss just how long we have but I do believe in all my research that we don’t have very long and we should be following the lead Europeans have set moving toward a decentralized system of power production and distribution. What that means is all the old paradigms have to go.
Corporate control over our lives currently is what has lead us into a downward spiral we are currently heading in. Economic models aren’t working. Just look at 2007/2008 the start of the decline in world-wide economies that still haven’t fully recovered. Up to the very minute before it was announced and made public we were in a Recession many big name economists were cheering how good our economy was and how policies have made money for a lot of people. Then the truth of the Recession hit and they went silent. In fact many economist went into hiding because they could not explain the economic drop, decline in jobs, businesses going bust and so forth. They only play one tune, not necessarily the truth.
So, these systems for the coming future will have to have some radical surgery done to them and much of these current systems we use or are aware of can not survive past the current generation if life on this planet is to survive. All the old systems have to be cut out in a very radical manner, complete and in a permanent way. These systems have to thrown out and when mentioned we have to talk about how stupid we were and there is no going back unless we want to commit suicide once again. In other words, we have to face the truth of the manner and what we were doing was not in our best interests, or the planets.
As for energy the future will look very differently. Fossil fuels will be replaced with renewable sources of energy – wind, tidal, solar and methane being the primary ones. Current forms of energy – nuclear, coal, oil – will have to be thrown out. Conservation and energy storage will play a big part in the future too. I hope to go into enough detail to make what I’ve come to understand as our way forward understandable so everyone can see what I see. I make no claim to be 100% correct. This will be based on what I’ve learned and nothing more.
I’ll stop this article here and write the first one in this series now.