Rewrote a few of my solutions pages

I de-cluttered my REZONE to New Urbanism page as the Principles section was very messy and needed extreme pruning.

Then I rewrote some of my REFUEL on RENEWABLES page and edited the section on a Worldwide grid to include the following, and I hope it is clearer.

3. Many dream of a worldwide renewable energy grid
There are a few reasons I support a world-wide grid, including stable power supply, ending poverty, and increasing geopolitical co-operation.

Stable power supply.
Many scientists and sustainability campaigners take the view that a worldwide energy grid is the most efficient way we can use often intermittent renewable energy. Terrawatts.com and Geni.org both cover the emerging technologies and strategies for a world-wide renewable Super-grid. I love the sound of it, and hope it can happen soon, while we still have some oil with which to build it!

A grid of this size means that somewhere the wind will always be blowing and the sun will always be shining. Mix in a diverse energy grid also using 24 hour CETO wave energy, 24 hour Solar thermal power, 24 hour geothermal power, micro-hydro, smaller biomass power and even some energy storage methods, and we have the potential for a stable base-load renewable energy source!

Super-efficient High Voltage Direct Current transmission systems (HVDC) offer the hope of super-regional and even a global energy grid! These extremely efficient transmission lines are so good that “Losses are quoted as about 3% per 1000 km.” (See HVDC Wiki) This would allow us to transport electricity longer distances from a variety of sources. We are looking at image from the Australian TREC website which illustrates the shape of the future power grid in Africa and some of Europe. Note the multiple sources, but scattered over vast distances. The TREC Australia division have even written a piece on how HVDC could allow a 100% solar & geo-thermal economy by 2050, in a vision remarkably similar to Tim Flannery’s “Geothermia”. Just being able to extend a grid across a few time zones will drastically improve peak load management, let alone the ability to shunt power across continents! Indeed, Herman Scheer clearly argues that there is a conspiracy of misinformation by Big Oil, gas, and King Coal to deliberately misinform the public about the potential of renewable energy because hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake! (See Big Picture TV — about 3 minutes).

Ending Poverty.
Imagine Africa supplying power to Europe, poorer Asian nations sending wind up to central Asia, and the United South America trading across its own continent renewed energy and economic independence. It can happen. The Dymaxion map of the earth (below) illustrates the possibilities. Much of it is already built, we ‘just’ need to connect America to Eurasia, and Australia to Indonesia. Now imagine a steady trickle of wealth slowly infused into the poorer southern nations rich in solar energy. It would provide sustainable industries, a great source of jobs, and good money.

Geopolitical co-operation.
Indeed, will the international energy agencies needed to set the international energy standards bring around a global economic agreement that gradually transforms the world into a global Federal Union? Imagine a global currency simplifying all trade issues and ‘runs on the dollar’, a global energy grid, global economic security all resulting in a stable global population? We could nudge these humble international renewable energy agreements along and gradually build upon them economic agreements, legal agreements, fostering universal human rights and democracy. How do I know it’s possible, and not just another case of beauty pageants mouthing ‘world peace’? Because it has happened before. Modern Europe evolved from the extremely basic foundation of the 1951 European Coal and Steel Community.

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2 Responses to Rewrote a few of my solutions pages

  1. morrisonbonpasse says:

    The creation of a single global currency would, indeed, be a valuable example of “geopolitical cooperation” and its time is now.
    The Single Global Currency Association promotes the implementation of a Single Global Currency, with a Global Central bank, by the year 2024. With the successful use of the euro and other common currencies, more and more people and organizations and nations are seeing the advantages of monetary unions. Our website is at http://www.singleglobalcurrency.org.
    The Association recently published the 2008 Edition of my book, The Single Global Currency – Common Cents for the World. A copy of the 2007 edition is available at the Munchen personal archive at http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/5879/. and on the Association’s website.
    The goal of 2024 is only 16 years away. If one looks at the world before the 2002 distribution of the euro to the people of the EMU, you would have seen in 1986 a Europe with a Soviet Union, an East Germany and a Berlin Wall. At that time, most Europeans would have scoffed at the idea of a new monetary union.
    The benefits of a Single Global Currency include:
    – Zero transaction costs to exchange currencies. Presently, $3.2 trillion is traded every trading day and all this trading and its associated costs, approximately $400 billion annually, can be eliminated.
    – The end of currency fluctuations and currency speculation.
    – The end of “Balance of Payments”, “Current Account” and “global imbalances” problems for currency areas. There will, of course, still be trade and wealth inequalities, and more visibly; but they will not be compounded by the problem of foreign exchange transactions and reserve requirements. There would be no need for countries to maintain international reserves of other currencies.
    – Zero manipulation by countries of their currencies, and thus no more need to cajole and jawbone any particular country or currency area about the value of its currency.
    – Zero risk of national and regional currency crises such as occurred in the 1990’s in Mexico, Argentina, Malaysia, South Korea and Russia.
    – Minimal inflation, assuming that the future global central bank sets and achieves a low inflation rate, just as the European Central Bank has done. It’s not clear that a zero inflation rate can be secured, as that would bring an economy perilously close to deflation and a deflation spiral, but certainly a low rate of inflation would be better for the world than the current rates.
    – Worldwide asset values will increase by about $36 trillion due to the elimination of currency risk. Such an increase in asset values will cause annual worldwide GDP to increase by about $9 trillion.
    – With no currrency risk, worldwide interest rates would be lower.
    – With zero risk of currency failure and zero manipulation and minimal inflation, the Single Global Currency would satisfy the moral obligation that a stable currency should be considered as a fundamental human right, as is the right to own property. A Single Global Currency would be far more stable than the currencies presently used by billions of human beings
    While all these benefits are expected upon the implementation of a Single Global Currency, considerable benefits will also come during the implementation processes which will see the reduction of national currencies as predicted and welcomed recently by Benn Steil in Foreign Affairs.
    Of course, not all economists agree with the goal of a single global currency. For those who would label the single global currency utopian, we call their attention to the euro, which began as a plan only about 30 years ago. Who would have thought in the 1970’s that Europe would not only adopt a common currency, but also that its member countries would discard their old currencies?
    The single global currency might be an enlarged transformation of one of the current major currencies (dollar, euro, yen), perhaps with a new name such as “dey”, “eartha”, “geo”,”globo” or “worldo” or it might be a new currency with such a name. How we get to that point is, of course, a major challenge, but there are several possible routes. One is to continue the trend of creating and expanding regional monetary unions, and then combine those monetary unions into one. Another is for smaller countries to continue to “ize” their nations’ legal tender, as in “dollarize” and “euroize”, as has been done in El Salvador and Monaco. Compatible with all these and other routes is the need to convene an international monetary conference of nations, monetary unions and related organizations, and begin planning for the implementation of a single global currency.
    Organizations such as the IMF and the Bank for International Settlements, and individual economists should begin to carefully research and write about the benefits claimed above for the Single Global Currency, and about the costs, too. When the vast benefits become better known, the people of the world will demand a Single Global Currency and ask why we have been burdened so long with the existing multicurrency system, which Robert Mundell describes as “absurd.”
    Morrison Bonpasse
    Single Global Currency Assn.
    Newcastle, Maine USA

  2. Dave Lankshear says:

    Wow, thanks for that comment! I’m going to put it up as a post of it’s own and refer to it — and your website — from my summary page on Global Governance.

    That’s exactly the kind of ‘big’ thinking we need in the bizarre age in which we find ourselves!

    Cheers!

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