The specific challenges that we must all address are A) the production of foodwithout petroleum
there were approximately 100 million Americans in 1915 and21.5 million horses (
5:1) to help us to produce food. Now we are 304 millionAmericans with only 6.9 million horses (
44:1), few of which have ever seen a plowlet alone pulled one! How will we produce food without their help, no petroleum andwhen much of the best farmland in the country has been paved over? B) Where dowe get energy from when more than 40% of our total energy demands and morethan 99% of the fuel we use in our cars, trucks and farm equipment that iscurrently provided by oil is gone? C) Can we do anything to slow down and reversethe global climate change that we have created, largely by burning fossilized carbonthat has been removed from the atmosphere for at least 61 million years?Can we create the worl
d’s first 100% sustainable infrastructure, knowing that
everything that we make, use and do within the next 60 years must be 100%
sustainable, including stabilizing the world’s climates, if we want to maintain theworld’s populations at their current level
s?! My project is one of the first tocomprehensively address and design for all of these globally life threatening issuesusing currently available technologies!2.
Before the age of the automobile in 1900, 60.4% of the American populationwas classified as rural, and were reasonably able to walk into fields to cultivatetheir own food. Now, only 4% of rural residents make their living farming, the lasttime most Americans lived on farms was in 1880 and the last time the majoritylived in rural communities was in 1920. We will have an enormous challenge tofeed, clothe, employ and transport Americans when there is no more oil! We mustuse the most energy efficient transportation, trains, the only feasible long-termenergy sources, the renewables that run from the nuclear fusion in our sun, and theclose proximity of all residents of new buildings to food production areas,
which isonly possible using linear-form cities!
We have long tried to generate power from nuclear fusion, almost by ignoringwhere it works so well close to us on Earth, in the sun! The containment of thenuclear plasma, so difficult here on Earth, is taken care of by the space thatseparates us
all we have to do is to create the most efficient infrastructure forcapturing the energy, while also providing both food and transportation!Solar technologies are advancing as we speak, live and sleep, and they alsooffer something that is predictable in the long-term
very similar amounts of solarenergy fall on the earth every year! So, the disruptions that are often created in ourconventional energy supply, from conflicts to weather, need not affect thedistributed production of solar energy!With such a predictable supply, we can both gear our use of energy to theannual supply, and design technologies that take advantage of this uniformity!
We will see the end of petroleum within 60 years, the most critical fact forthe lives of our grandchildren, which our media has avoided despite itsimportance! It may also be noted that Iraq is the country with the greatestremaining reserves of petroleum. Could our absolute dependence on oil fortransportation (99%) and food production explain why we are there, and whythe president did a U-turn to stay there once elected? We need to face the