Michael Riversong – Environmental Case for Breakthrough Energy Technologies
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Michael Riversong at the Breakthrough Energy Movement Conference, 2013 Boulder
Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CASE FOR BREAKTHROUGH ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Run time: 00:54:22 min
Speaker: Michael Riversong
Produced by: Globalbem
Environmental concerns came forward with a general spread of new ideas in America and Europe during the 1960s. Several environmental organizations began during that era, mostly designed to apply political pressure against one or more of the listed concerns. Most of those are still around and recognized today. By the late 70s it was clear to many environmentalists that political processes were slow and sometimes ineffective. A few broke away into militant radicalism, which didn’t last long in the face of improvements to law enforcement technology. Research and development of alternative or renewable energy accelerated during the late 70s and early 80s. This included solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuels. Small numbers of electrical engineers and concerned scientists started looking at more advanced technologies, including the work of Nikola Tesla and several research threads that had been left behind by independent inventors like T. Henry Moray and E.V. Gray. Many informal networks and structured organizations arose out of this research. Prominent among those was the International Tesla Society. Recovery of Tesla’s writings and compilation of his patents began in the early 80s. It became increasingly clear to those who handled his materials that many of his proposals could produce power generation systems that were free of pollution and possibly nontoxic. Several other research lines emerged in the same context. Now it is possible to assess each new energy technology in relation to possible environmental effects and develop specific profiles. By 1905 it was clear to Tesla that we would not have to burn another drop of fuel to get the energy we needed. He was at that time working on a comprehensive global electricity transmission system. Any type of generator could be used to feed the wireless transmitter, but apparently the energy sources to be used were hydroelectric and universal radiant or cosmic. Since 2006 several working scale model replicas have been built. These use common materials which have relatively good environmental profiles. We have not found any kind of heavy electromagnetic fields coming from these systems, which means they are not likely to generate those types of invisible pollution.Planning to do environmental assessments as new technologies develop is wise. We are in a position to prevent serious problems before they start.
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