We optimists like to bathe in the possibility for positive change. We dream of a better eCat-driven world where oil-wars are a thing of the past, abundant clean energy cures the planet and the poor of the world are propelled to prosperity. We wait in hope that our savior has come.
And we wait.
In the spaces of the day where hope lives, I like to imagine a military organization smart enough to buy the first eCat and then order more. Since October last year, the mystery customer has known without doubt that everything is about to change. Privileged members know that the gears of finance will soon accelerate, that theater-feeding supply lines will reshape themselves, that it makes no sense for their country to build another nuclear power station or long-distance power line, that their nation is in the enviable position of being at the head of the queue for the new order.
It is important to stress that – for the people in question – we are no longer talking about science and what-ifs but absolute proof of a working, scalable, clean, safe, inexpensive, inexhaustible, compact replacement for oil that will do all of the above and build a road to the stars. We also know that – being a rank based organization – the boss has been informed.
And his boss.
In the story I tell myself, I find no logical scenario where that country’s president or prime minister does not now know the truth of the eCat and probably has for the last eight months. Here is a clue to figuring out which nation is the lucky winner. Italy? The USA? Greece? A major strategic, top-level, decision that has not taken this gem into account would indicate a lack of knowledge. If any should swing towards building more nuclear power plants, we can rule them out. A plan to fill the deserts with mirrors or the hills with spinning blades on a massive scale or a treaty signed that makes no sense would be the smoking gun that tells us that they have not been chosen.
My crystal ball is cloudy. The optimist refuses to die. Big ships are slow to manoeuvre, the arms of government semi-autonomous. The lucky leader is playing the long game, insider trading for the changes to come.
In that story, the boss knows and in another the eCat does not exist. We are all detectives.
In President Obama's State Of The Union speech which has just been aired, Obama described a "clean energy industry that's never been more promising".
In obvious reference to the control and supply of Iranian oil he looked to the future energy needs for the US "A future where we're in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren't so tied to unstable parts of the world".
As well as natural gas and other conventional energy, Obama made a commitment to dump oil company subsidies and proceed towards a clean energy future.
"We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that's rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising." - President Obama
Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy. Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I'm directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight years. That's right - eight years. Not only that - last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.
But with only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy - a strategy that's cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.
We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.
The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock - reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.
What's true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.
When Bryan Ritterby was laid off from his job making furniture, he said he worried that at 55, no one would give him a second chance. But he found work at Energetx, a wind turbine manufacturer in Michigan. Before the recession, the factory only made luxury yachts. Today, it's hiring workers like Bryan, who said, "I'm proud to be working in the industry of the future."
Our experience with shale gas shows us that the payoffs on these public investments don't always come right away. Some technologies don't pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not walk away from workers like Bryan. I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here. We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that's rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.
We can also spur energy innovation with new incentives. "The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change. But there's no reason why Congress shouldn't at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation. So far, you haven't acted. Well tonight, I will. I'm directing my Administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes. And I'm proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world's largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history - with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year".
Reading between the lines, Obama has clearly been briefed on the fact that LENR is rapidly coming of age as a replacement for polluting energy sources such as oil, coal and traditional nuclear power. This is the biggest signal yet from the US administration that we are moving to a new era of clean energy where oil subsidies are gone and replaced with incentives for clean energy developments.
Energy from LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) although not directly referenced in the speech, will no doubt form one of the core clean energy technologies for the future. This speech (just like the recent Zawodny NASA video) is just another part of the drip feeding process, preparing the public for the inevitable transition to LENR.