To the editor of the Atlantiic:
Vauhini Yara’s interesting article about “The Energy Interstate” says that “over the past couple of years, researchers have come across another [alternative to storage] potential solution, one that seems almost too simple. The wind is usually blowing somewhere, and the sun is usually shining somewhere. If we could just connect the whole country to a special grid …. wouldn’t that get rid of—or at least lessen—the reliability problem.”
This is a great idea, but it is not a recent discovery. Beginning during the Nixon administration I tried to promote discussion of exactly this idea, not just for the U.S. but for the whole world (with a connection between East and West at the Bering Strait). And I have tried to promote the idea several times since then.
I am attaching scans of 9 documents indicating my attempts to get this idea studied.
I have done nothing with this idea since 1992. Apparently I was a bit too far ahead of my time, and I had other fish to fry.
Paul F. deLespinasse, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Computer Science
Adrian, Michigan 49221
Now living in Corvallis, Oregon