The book Solar Gas (1980), Science Digest, Omni Magazine, The Alliance for Survival, the Green Party of Germany, the United States, and others put the total figure of our energy costs at 80% of the total dollar expense of living for each human being.
In validation, 82% of the total value of all issues traded on the New York Stock Exchange and other world stock exchanges, etc., are tied directly to:
Eighty-two percent of all you money means that roughly 33 of every 40 hours your work goes to pay for the ultimate energy cost in the goods and services you purchase, including transportation, heating, cooking, lighting. Americans5% of world populationin our insatiable drive for greater net worth and productivity use 25-40% of the worlds energy. The hidden cost to the environment cannot be measured.
Our current fossil energy sources also supply about 80% of the solid and airborne pollution which is slowly poisoning the planet. (See U.S. EPA report 1983-89 on coming world catastrophe from carbon dioxide imbalance caused by burning fossil fuels). The best and cheapest substitute for these expensive and wasteful energy methods is not wind or solar panels, nuclear, geothermal, and the like, but using the evenly distributed light of the sun to grow biomass.
On a global scale the plant capable of producing the most biomass is hemp. Its the only annually renewable plant on Earth able to replace all fossil fuels.
When hemp is grown for biomass as an energy crop, CO2 is breathed in by the living plants, then when the hemp biomass is burned for energy the CO2 is released back into the air. The CO2 cycle is balanced.
In the Twenties, the early Oil Barons such as Rockefeller of Standard Oil; Rothschild of Shell; et al, became paranoically aware of the possibilities of Henry Fords vision of cheap methanol fuel,* so they kept oil prices incredibly low, between one dollar and four dollars per barrel (there are 42 gallons in an oil barrel) until 1970almost 50 years. Prices were so low, in fact, that no other energy source could compete with it. Then, once they were sure of the lack of competition, the price jumped to almost $40 per barrel over the next 10 years.
* Henry Ford even grew marijuana on his estate after 1937, possibly to prove the cheapness of methanol production at Iron Mountain. He even made plastic cars with wheat straw, hemp, and sisal. (Popular Mechanics, Dec. 1941, Pinch Hitters for Defense.) (See photo; also see Appendix of the paper version of this book.) In 1892, Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine, which he intended to fuel by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils.
By the year 2000, the U.S. will have burned 80% of its petroleum resources, while our coal reserved may last 100-300 years longer. But the decision to continue burning coal has serious drawbacks. This high-sulfur coal is responsible for our acid rain, which already kills 50,000 Americans and 5,000-10,000 Canadians annually. In addition, the acid rains destroy the forests, rivers, and animals.
(Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1986.)
Conversion to biomass fuels should begin immediately to stop both planetary pollution and lemming-like genocide, and make us naturally energy independent.
the authorized on-line version of Jack Herers The Emperor Wears No Clothes
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