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Impacts of Establishing a Breakthrough New Energy Economy  
Brian O’Leary and Wade Frazier, June 1, 2009  
Reply to the U.S. DoE/DARPA-E New Energy Grant solicitation

Over the past century, the world has witnessed hundreds of demonstrations of a variety of breakthrough clean energy concepts, whether it be energy from the vacuum (“zero-point”), cold fusion, or special hydrogen and water chemistries in the presence of catalysts. Any one of these concepts, if properly developed, promises a world of clean energy abundance. Yet mainstream scientists, corporations, governments and media have ignored and suppressed these proofs-of-concepts before they’ve been put to practical use. Most decision-makers and public spokespeople deny the very possibility that a breakthrough clean, cheap and decentralized energy culture could ever evolve, because this would appear to violate existing scientific principles. But we have witnessed many demonstrations of the viability of these possibilities. We believe that many of these concepts are viable if the required R&D and deployment were carried out under public sponsorship. If responsibly managed, the adoption of these concepts could lead civilization to a culture of abundance.
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Action on Climate Change is Needed Now - and Here's the Plan
George Monbiot, October 31, 2006 | Published by the Guardian | UK Drastic
It is a testament to the power of money that Nicholas Stern's report should have swung the argument for drastic action, even before anyone has finished reading it. He appears to have demonstrated what many of us suspected: that it would cost much less to prevent runaway climate change than to seek to live with it. Useful as this finding is, I hope it doesn't mean that the debate will now concentrate on money. The principal costs of climate change will be measured in lives, not pounds. As Stern reminded us yesterday, there would be a moral imperative to seek to prevent mass death even if the economic case did not stack up.
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What Kind of Energy Sources Do We Want?
Dr. Brian O'Leary, May 2004
*It's a matter of debate. But at the very least they must be reliable, cheap, clean, safe, decentralized and publicly transparent. We must transform our institutions to facilitate the transition of energy technology into the 21st Century rather than back to the 19th and 20th Centuries. The old ways won't work anymore.*
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Opening to New Hydrogen Energy Technologies
Prepared for the World Congress for a Hydrogen Economy, November, 2001
Brian O'Leary, November 2001
Abstract: When we talk about a hydrogen economy, we generally refer to the generation of energy from the combustion of hydrogen or from its conversion to electricity through fuel cells. These approaches have been with us for well over a century and have wide appeal because of their nonpolluting nature and cost-effective operations in the long run, when compared to a fossil fuel economy. But often missing from the discussion are more advanced technologies which could make a hydrogen economy all the more appealing and avoid the large expense of creating energy intensive hydrogen production facilities and infrastructure.
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Developing Non-polluting Energy
Excerpted from Re-Inheriting the Earth, Chapter 2
Brian O'Leary, 2003
"Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall.
He will end up destroying the earth." -Albert Schweitzer

AS A NASA astronaut appointee in the Apollo program in 1967, I felt proud to be on a team with a positive and focused vision: to land a man on the Moon and return him to Earth safely by the end of the decade. In those days I felt a sense of technological optimism, that in our enterprising wisdom, if a problem came up, we would find a solution. We in fact got there ahead of schedule and within budget. It all was a great success.
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