NEM advisory board member Jeane Manning, author of "The Coming Energy Revolution," interviews British author and award-winning aerospace journalist Nick Cook.
More than twenty years ago, Cook joined the staff of the world's leading military affairs journal, Jane's Defense Weekly, while also writing for the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and other international media. He is routinely invited to speak on topics such as the future of aerospace and defense technology or global energy and science, to audiences that include major aerospace corporations, government think-tanks, schools and universities. In this interview, Nick answers questions about how citizens can best make a difference, speaking about the push toward sustainability and the higher levels of awareness that show signs of hope for humankind... if we can make it through the coming transition.
The Hidden New Energy Debate: Will We Want to Use It, Abuse It, Not Use it or Continue to Deny It?
Dr. Brian O'Leary, July 19, 2006
In a world gone mad with mendacious domination and greed, how can we as a species possibly get a grip on the problems that threaten our very survival? How can we truly solve global warming, global dimming and catastrophic climate change? Clearly, we must drastically curtail our incineration of fossil fuels and research viable alternatives.
Platform for a New Energy Movement
Dr. Brian O'Leary, June 2003
The world is addicted to fossil fuels and America leads the way. With 5% of the world's population we consume over 25% of global energy, most all of it in nonrenewable resources. The U.S. now uses up as much energy as the entire world did in 1950.
Remarks to the California Energy Commission
Dr. Brian O'Leary, June 2003
Public Hearings on Reducing California Petroleum Dependence July 23, 2003
I thank you for this opportunity to make an appeal to consider robust new energy options that could save the planet. After receiving my Ph.D. in astronomy from UC Berkeley in 1967, I served as a NASA astronaut, after which I became a professor at Cornell and other universities, teaching and researching planetary physics and energy policy, for almost thirty years. Over the past ten years, I have been an author, researcher, futurist and teacher of new energy concepts. I am president of the New Energy Movement, a nonprofit whose purpose is to cut emissions to zero by 2020 through innovation.
The Energy Crisis
Global Salvation or More of the Same?
Dr. Brian O'Leary, October 2003
I ask a hypothetical question: say that a new energy source which was clean, cheap, renewable and abundant were being researched. Would you chip in a little to push it along towards its being a practical energy source for everyone on Earth? Or would you support a political candidate who endorsed new energy research? If your answer is yes, read on: many such sources are being researched, any one of which could solve the energy problem once and for all. But the work is being actively suppressed from public discourse.
Narrowing of the Energy Policy Debate
How We Must Transcend It
Dr. Brian O'Leary, 2001
What a difference a few months make! When I was writing Re-Inheriting the Earth late last year, people seemed oblivious about our energy problems and now it's in the headlines every day. Yet the press omits any mention of the inevitable demise of the fossil fuel age, which will become necessary because of dwindling supplies and increasing pollution. In the long run, the issue will be joined between two opposing forces. The one now in power will certainly lead our culture into a state of such disarray, there may be no way out. The other offers sustainable solutions.
Is New Energy the Holy Grail of our Time?
Dr. Brian O'Leary, January 2004
Yes, and accessible soon if we choose wisely.
I just enjoyed reading Dan Brown's best-selling novel The DaVinci Code, certainly a thriller and mind-bender. Without giving away the plot, the book concerns the quest for the Holy Grail, inspiring deeper questions such as, should culture-shattering secrets be revealed? Do we have any business tampering with anything that threatens vested interests? In our hearts we yearn for truth and justice, but the real world can make that shift difficult if not impossible--yet eventually necessary for the greater good, for the upliftment of humanity.
* Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest *
Exploring the Myths of New Energy
Dr. Brian O'Leary, May 2004
Exactly one decade ago, in May 1994, about fifty new energy researchers gathered at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado in the hope of forming a team to pursue our common interests in new energy development. We had hoped that this think tank would give us a chance to get smart about a new energy policy, to found a skunkworks to bring energy research into the 21st Century. But we have little to show for it ever since.
Energy Breakthroughs in Progress
The New Energy Revolution
Stephen Kaplan, February 2002
Arthur Schopenhauer once said,
"All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
What I am about to discuss has been ridiculed by governments and the media for more than fifty years. In some instances it has been violently opposed.
Escape From Gravity
Jeane Manning, Spring 1997
Do we live in a magical era at the same time as we are experiencing stressful days? I find that awe and wonder are very much alive, as paradigms (worldviews) are being stretched. Individuals say their expansion comes not only from spiritual experiences, but also from exposure to scientific breakthroughs.
The Fear of Free Energy
Andrew Mount, Winter 2005
We have been measured in the balance of the Ages and found wanting. What is missing is our willingness to surrender to the inevitable gravity of human need. And Free Energy, the equally abundant availability of resources to all, is the pre-requisite to our transcendence as a species.