Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"Schumpeter's incremental innovation of an emergent techno-economic paradigm in real time"

"We're talking about the most important and exciting structural change of civilization since the beginning of the industrial age," he says, with another chuckle. "The benefits and ramifications are huge. Not only do renewables mitigate climate change, they also give us cleaner cities, improved health, revitalize the agricultural economy so that the farmers of today will become the oil sheikhs of tomorrow, and fight underdevelopment and deprivation in the developing world."

One of the most exciting aspects, he says, is the boost given to the freedom of individuals as they become less dependent on conventional power and its providers. "You give people energy independence and you get social commitment - you only get that with renewable," he argues.

Even national security issues could be overcome, and wars over energy become obsolete. "Look at all the political support there is for oil and gas," he says. "For a start, you could get rid of the British costs for military commitment in Iraq which belongs to the oil bill. Think of the savings!"

At some point, Scheer believes his ideas will become commonplace. He lets the 19th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer make the point for him. "There are three stages to a new idea," Scheer says. "At first, it is ignored. Second, there is strong opposition against it. And finally, those who once opposed it set about introducing the initiatives themselves as if they'd been theirs all along."
Hermann Scheer has called most energy experts "part of the problem, not part of the solution," at an awards presentation in Brussels.
This man is going to change the world for the better, if you are interested in the alternative energy world I highly recommend his book "Energy Autonomy"
Alternative is going to free consumers not only to cheap energy, but also cheap food and water, as the altenrative costs fall dramatically it will allow anyone to produce there own food anywhere in the world.
It is interesting that Japan and Germany are leaders in this field as there consumption of oil and gas falls.  The US could be the leader, but it seems on protecting the old toxic use of oil and uranium.  I guess much higher oil and gas prices will force change on the rest of the west!!  You would think that sending over 600 billion dollars annually to  many countries that they consider there enemy would accelerate
this process, hopefully the public will realize that there is a much better way to spend there energy dollar every year!
When I first started looking into alternatives three years ago, I would have never imagined the bewildering creative destruction of the alternative energy world.
A good email friend has called  one of the these great trends,
"Schumpeter's incremental innovation of an emergent techno-economic paradigm in real time"
Here's to a green future!


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