Solar energy without storage

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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.

    1. An article (never published) written about 1972 during the Nixon administration.

    2. A letter in both English and Russian I sent in 1986 to all members of the U.S. Senate, the major TV networks, leading U.S. newspapers, and several top Soviet leaders.

    3. The only intelligent response I got to this letter, which came from the USSR State Committee For Science and Technology, in Russian.

    4. My translation of this letter into English.

    5. An op-ed I wrote for the Ann Arbor News which came out in 1988.

    6. A letter I sent near the end of the Reagan administration to Dr. Simon Serfaty at Johns Hopkins University.

    7. A letter responding to my inquiry (which I have no copy of) to the Stanley Foundation in 1989.

    8. My letter to Yukinori Kuwano in Japan in 1992.

    9. Mr. Kuwano’s response to my letter in 1992.

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 College

Adrian, Michigan 49221

Now living in Corvallis, Oregon

May 2016