20121008 – The Alternative Energy Hour with Joel Garbon
Originally Broadcast LIVE on October 8th 2012 at 8:00pm eastern US time
Tonight’s topic of discussion: Unintended Consequences
As new technologies are introduced, there are always unintended consequences. If you had tried to warn people about Fukushima back in the 1950′s as many countries were implementing nuclear reactors you would have been laughed at. Nuclear power was going to make it possible for each of us to have a flying car and robot slave. It would make electricity so cheap to make that metering it not be cost effective.
Just 20 years ago if you had warned of brain tumors and cell damage due to cellular telephones you would have been laughed at. Cell phones have been adopted by more people faster than any other technology released. Today many people wonder why anyone would have a hard wired land line telephone when cellular technology can deliver so much more convenience and flexibility.
With each technological advancement, there are consequences. Today we giggle about the buggy whip manufacturers who failed when the automobile became predominant. Some wonder if the automobile would ever have been allowed to exist if the buggy whip manufacturers had strong lobbies on Capitol Hill.
Tonight we will consider this scenario. What might be the unintended consequences should some unforeseen exotic energy technology become readily available. What might be the economic and social impact of such an event. Some would say that such a thing will usher in a new era of prosperity and share a Gene Rodenberry vision of a Star Trek future world. Others are somewhat more guarded in their expectations. Either way, this is a topic that should be considered as a hand full of such exotic energy technologies seem poised to enter the market place in the near future.
Tonight’s guest: Joel Garbon will join host Gary Hendershot to consider the issue
Joel Garbon serves as President of the nonprofit The New Energy Movement (www.NewEnergyMovement.org), which educates about breakthrough energy technologies and their implications for human society and our imperiled planet, while also serving as an advocate organization for inventors of these technologies. He is a founding member of New Energy Congress (www.NewEnergyCongress.org), which maintains a publicly viewable database of the most promising breakthrough energy technologies.
Garbon is the author of an historic legislative draft titled Energy Innovation Act of 2007 which serves as a template for new energy legislation on the federal, state, local, and international levels. The legislation’s provisions call for urgent and serious public support for research and development of breakthrough energy technologies, and was presented to senators and representatives in the United States Congress.
Garbon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He has worked for nearly 30 years as an international industrial science consultant and educator within the chemical, pulp and paper, water treatment, and building products industries. He is the inventor and developer of several successful commercial technologies used within these industries.
Garbon is co-author with investigative journalist Jeane Manning of the award-winning book BREAKTHROUGH POWER: How Quantum-Leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World (www.breakthroughpower.net) which chronicles the challenges, opportunities, and progress in the new energy technology field. The authors make the appeal for a “tidal wave of wisdom” and the concurrent evolution of energy technology and human consciousness as foundations for a new era on planet Earth.
About the Alternative Energy Hour
The Alternative Energy Hour is a weekly audio only presentation that is broadcast as the first hour of a two hour program called Wide Awake News. The broadcast is carried by the Rense Radio Network and is syndicated to a number of other venues. Live broadcasts are typically recorded and made available for on demand listening from SmartScarecrow’s YouTube channel.
The live presentation is simulcast from http://smartscarecrow.com/live/
Live Chat – http://www.wideawakenews.com/chat-room.php
Choose your player and listen live!
To stay up to date on show times, topics and venues, please follow SmartScarecrow on TWITTER.
If you have a project or product you would like to feature on one of our presentations, please send an email to SmartScarecrow@gmail.com.