Every voyage begins and ends at the shoreline, unless one is lost at sea.
Right now, it feels like we are stuck between Scylla and Charybdis with shredded sails and a broken tiller; powerless to avoid the whirlpool ahead.
Never fear, all is not lost.
Shoreline Earth will guide us out of the maelstrom, and back to safe harbor.
EARTH AT NIGHT...
Keep this image in mind.
Note that the brightest lights are along the coastlines.
Now, let’s take a moment to think of what we know about the unstoppable force of the tide as it rises and falls like clockwork on every coastline, every day, everywhere on Earth.
The tide is a bulge on the ocean's surface, constantly circling the planet, in synch with the gravitational pull of the Moon.
When we see the tide rise at our favorite beach, it’s because the bulge is being drawn closer to shore.
Then the orbiting Moon pulls it away and the tide goes out.
Picture the force needed to drag the ocean around Earth’s surface.
Imagine the power contained in that tidal bulge.
Incredible energy, created by the Moon’s gravitational pull, is stored in the rising and falling tide.
We can harness that energy and turn it into electricity.
If it’s that easy, why haven’t we already done it?
Some have, to varying degrees of success, but never to the point of Tidal Power being economically feasible.
That was before Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.
Of all the problems stemming from our changing climate, Sea Level Rise presents the greatest and most immediate threat.
Look again at the view of Earth at night.
Coastal cities already use the most electricity as evidenced in the image.
The Global Economy starts and stops at the shoreline.
With the advent of Sea Level Rise and the need for coastal remediation, the demand for electricity will increase.
Tidal Power can provide the supplemental energy required without straining local grids, many of which still rely on fossil fuels to produce electricity.
By developing Tidal Power we can augment the grid, and cut back on the use of fossil fuels, the root cause of Climate Change.
That’s a Win/Win.
We need as many Win/Win situations as we can get right now.
Tidal Power is a great beginning.
Think of how good it will feel to turn the biggest problem into part of the solution.
Time's awastin', let's get started.
Solutions For Both
A Natural Source Of Perpetual Energy
Sea Level Rise
Friend Or Foe
Cannot Be Stopped
True Since Day One
Even Truer Now
Make Tidal Power
Sea Level Rise
Is A Heads Up From Nature
Absorb What's Here.
Follow The Links.
Check OutThe Archives.
Travel Back In Time To 2007.
"There's A Seachange A'comin', Comin' For Us All.
We're Bound To Get Swept Up In It, All Ridin' On This Ball."
Let's Embark On A Voyage Toward A Brighter Horizon.
Stay Tuned, There's Much More Still To Come.
For the record...
Everything we do, good or bad, smart or dumb, is part of The Natural Course Of Events.
The idea of Climate Change being either natural or man-made is ridiculous.
WE ARE NATURE!
Earth's climate is changing.
The argument over who is at fault is a waste of precious time.
Now that we have settled that foolishness, let's get down to business, take an old school look at the biggest issues standing in our way, and start solving the problems.
TRUMP...can be stopped by simply being nice in the face of all the stupid, nasty crap he projects...ignore the fool...without the constant spotlight, he and his outlook will soon be forgotten.
CLIMATE...we can neither save nor destroy Planet Earth...but we can destroy our niche by continuing to dither over who is to blame for Climate Change...
FORGET SAVE THE EARTH...SAVE THE EARTHLINGS...
BACK TO THE REAL SKINNY...
It's my great good fortune to have spent much of my adult life working as a boat carpenter.
I first heard 'make a mark not a scar' in the early 70s, from an old time wooden boat builder who taught me the ropes, the real skinny if you will.
We were laying out a new Mahogany plank for a very fancy yacht.
I was tasked with marking and cutting said plank to length.
It was an honor for a young guy to be trusted with this crucial part of the job.
After measuring to his satisfaction, the old timer handed me a steel straightedge and a scriber.
A scriber scratches the plank with a sharply cut line along the straightedge, rather than using a pencil which blurs and leaves graphite residue that might be visible once finished.
The wise old gaffer then said 'make a mark, not a scar', meaning 'hey rookie, it's all yours, don't hack it up'.
That's old school.
I've taken that shared wisdom and applied it to life in general.
It's good advice for these times.
As is the following.
EARTH LOVES CHANGE...
This planet has gone from molten rock to verdant paradise.
What’s not to love?
As for us, not so much.
Change is confusing, frightening, and very costly.
But it is never going to stop.
If it did, the party would end faster than you can say no more beer and nachos.
Let’s take this from there.
Today’s debate over Global Warming/Climate Change leading to environmental catastrophe, versus ‘no big deal it’s all a hoax’, is just that, debate, a reason to exercise our tonsils.
The debate over change provides jobs for commentators, presents fodder for further discussion, and leaves us all hot under the collar no matter which side we are on.
There is not one person alive who knows exactly what is happening, or if it is a good thing or a bad thing.
The scientists reporting on their findings would produce thorough reports on said findings even if only ten people read them for peer review.
Science is a publish or perish world.
In recent years those scientific papers, primarily intended for peer review, have become the hot topic of the day.
The pols and pundits reading and commenting on these reports have absolutely zero understanding of what they are reporting.
If they did, they’d be scientists not politicians or talking heads.
That said, why am I wasting my time writing about it.
I am neither a scientist nor a talking head.
I have no dog in this fight.
But, I despise BS, anger, pompous declarations from either side, and the tension it generates in those around me.
My environment is being damaged from both sides.
At age 71, I’ve been there, done that, and been confronted by this same debate for decades.
It was not that long ago that Earth was cooling dangerously according to the talking heads.
So you say, “Hey man, if you don’t like it, turn it off”.
Retreating to the hills and living off the grid amounts to quitting, that’s why.
Progress is human nature.
We have no brakes, no reverse, and to be honest, it’s pretty friggin’ exciting to be a part of it.
Sometimes terrifying indeed, but always exciting.
Let’s get on with it.
TIDAL POWER RULES...
The Problem Becomes The Solution.
Our future on planet Earth is all about the the rising tide.
The biggest and most immediate threat from Climate Change is Sea Level Rise.
With the impending 2’ increase, ports will be inundated.
Global Maritime Commerce, the driving force behind today’s economy, will be greatly affected.
Enormous construction projects will need to be undertaken if ports are to continue functioning.
Shipping costs will skyrocket, as investment gets diverted to coastal remediation.
This will require electricity, lots of electricity, more than local grids can possibly handle.
Now comes the solution, Tidal Power.
Electricity generated from the force of the same rising tide that threatens us can be used to fix the problem.
As of this writing, Tidal Power is considered too costly and inefficient to pay off for investors.
I can change that in less than the time remaining before Sea Level Rise goes critical.
Right now, confusion reigns as agenda driven leaders generate doubt and fear, while offering nothing in the way of solutions.
One thing is certain, for better or worse, Sea Level Rise will change our lives forever.
We can sit idly by as coastlines are inundated, or we can harness the awesome power of the tide.
The choice seems obvious to me.
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