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Thoughts on Alterative Energy

Due to obligations, I have been away from posting on a subject that is near to my heart.  That is the search for alternative sources of energy.  Looking at this planet from space, one cannot help but be awestruck.  Here sits a home to a vast array of species, oceans and seas of blue, land masses of green and brown, and the poles covered (for now) in ice, the gem of the solar system and perhaps our galaxy.  And yet, through greed or ignorance or nearsightedness, we strip that natural beauty wantonly for its resources.

Having been born in the eastern hills of Kentucky, the grandson of a coal miner on my mother’s side and a gentleman farmer on my dad’s, I frequently visited those mountains and hollers.  Hollers are the valleys between the mountains in Appalachia.  These Appalachian Mountains contain a magic and beauty that only ancient beings can attain.  For these mountains are alive.  But because of greed of large corporations, these manifest ranges are being leveled.

Fog in the Valley

Fog in the Valley-Beech Mountain-Gregory Colvin Photography

This kind of destruction continues throughout the planet.  Forests clear cut in Brazil to grow cattle.  Oil, its exploration and pumping have lead to massive leaks that soil our shorelines and disturb migrations of wildlife necessary for the existence of Native American tribes in the north .  This will lead to a path that will create a planet that our children will find hostile and uninhabitable.

Yet the answer to sustainable energy is so close.  There exists all the energy that we need in the nature that surrounds us every day.  It can be harnessed, harnessed without the need to destroy this precious gem orbiting in a vast universe. A nightmare that haunts me is one where the earth becomes another cold, barren rock circling the sun.

We must do what can be done to preserve this space capsule we live on.  It is all we currently have.

“This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth.  All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.  Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.  Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Chief Seattle  Suquamish Native Americans

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