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Oil independence, sustainable and affordable food and halting climate change represent the most critical challenges of the 21st Century, not just for America but for all nations. 

 Oil Independence. American consumers represent 4% of the world’s population and use 25% of the world’s oil. The U.S. has 3% of the oil reserves so we import 64%. Oil imports for the next  decade will more than double the national debt — $10 trillion. American can afford neither the cost nor the fossil fuel pollution. We must become oil independent and transform energy production to green, carbon neutral fuels. 

Sustainable and affordable food. Half the 6.6 billion people on our planet are hungry and food insecure and over 60 million Americans receive food support because they are hungry. The deadly combination of climate change and increasing fossil fuel costs doo m conventional agriculture. There will be insufficient cropland, water and fossil agricultural inputs. We need a food source that does not use cropland, fresh water or fossil fuels and that can produce in spite of global warming.

Climate change. Searing heat, hot winds and drought destroy food crops. Warmer ocean surface temperatures become an energy engine that feeds fierce storms that destroy homes and agricultural infrastructure. Rising tides and storm surges cause salt invasion that ruins millions of acres of cropland and will cause millions of people to migrate. Higher ocean acidity from CO2 emissions dissolve the shells off shell fish and destroy coral reefs.

Our best hope for solving these crucial challenges lies in the oldest and tiniest yet fastest growing plant on Earth — the same plant that once saved the planet; algae.


The Tiny Plant that saved Our Planet:

Can Green Solar with Algae Rescue us again?

 

Algae saved the Earth 3.5 billion years ago with green solar — the first food and energy source on Earth.  

  • The Earth’s deadly CO2 atmosphere did not support life.
  • The first living cells evolved in the primordial soup — algae.
  • Algae used solar energy to convert CO2 to high-energy green plant bonds
  • And released the O2 to the atmosphere — one cell at a time.
  • Algae blooms in ancient oceans sunk through the water column into the muck.
  • Algae became the lowest rung on the food chain.
  • All kinds of critters ate algae and their biomass fell into the muck.

  • Geology sent the muck deep in the Earth with intense heat and pressure.                      
  • Nature took 400 million years to fossilize the carbon in the muck.
  • Man discovered fossil carbon served his many needs.
  • In 150 years we burned the first trillion barrels of fossil fuels.
  • We will burn the next trillion barrels in 25 years
  • Diminishing supplies of fossil fuel will drive up energy prices.
  • Higher energy prices combined with climate change will be catastrophic.
  • Energy and water prices will destroy food production and cause mass starvation.

               Can algae rescue the Earth — again?

               Green solar may represent our best hope.

 

Algae may be our only hope.

This humble plant stands ready to rescue the Earth again but his time it needs help from friends because rescue must happen quickly or climate change will devastate human societies. Algae offer energy independence, a halt to global climate change as well as an end to  hunger in America and the world. These objectives are achievable but we will have to work  together to help our fabulous friend.

 







Green Independence aligns public and private sector actions to free all citizens from high food, energy and transportation prices and halt climate change. Green Independence engages the energy and ingenuity of all Americans to create sustainable actions that:                                                                                                                             

      Action                                                                                 Time line

1. End U.S. dependence on energy imports                     3600 days (about 10 years)

2. Displace fossil fuels in America                                         25 years

3. End fossil fuel use globally                                                  50 years

4. Recapture the carbon released from fossil fuels          100 years

5. End hunger in America                                                        10 years

6. End hunger on Earth                                                             30 years

7. End smoke death from cooking and heating fires          20 years

8. End ecological destructive subsidies for corn, ethanol and Big Oil.

9.  Appoint and Cabinet level Chief Sustainability Officer to assure that each next generation has sustainable food, energy and transportation and a clean, verdant environment.  

10.  Shift the U.S. culture from disposable to sustainable consumption.  

11. Create useful new sources of food, energy, pollution solutions and novel products such as medicines with green solar — algaculture.

12.  Share our knowledge globally with Green Masterminds who will have the knowledge and capability to grow sufficient food, fuel and other products for their needs locally.

 

Three different green solar  algae  production models

Algae have promise to provide extraordinary solutions using different biomass production strategies.

1. Displace oil imports. Large scale algal farms will displace oil imports, enable energy independence and eventually end to the need to use fossil fuels with extensive help from other forms of carbon neutral fuels including wind, waves, tides, solar, geothermal and other green energy sources.

2. Recapture fossil carbon. Growing algae in large areas of the oceans will sequester the CO2 released from fossil fuels and halt global climate change.

3. Defeat hunger and smoke death. Micro-scale green solar gardens will serve for ending hunger in America and the world and stop smoke death from  fossil fuel cooking fires.



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