When the first Industrialized Revolution unfolded the fuel that ushered in a new found way of life was all based on fossil fuels. The gluttony that followed in the fervor frenzy of drilling and mining that ensued only created an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions today. Yet in the United States most of our government is in a state of denial that our industrial infrastructure that by the way is built all off of fossil fuels is the cause of all the environmental impact that global warming is having all around the globe. The continuing onslaught of more natural disasters which have been occurring more frequently with each passing year is a direct result of mans interference with the natural balance on this planet.
All civilization is at a critical juncture today. We have developed more technologies in the shortest amount of time than in any other period in the history of mankind. Sadly though in every society there are multitudes left with-out the benefits that these technologies could bring. More and more people are facing dire living conditions in practically every country in the world today. Over one billion people world wide are literally starving to death. The threat of Global Pandemics is as real as it gets. All of these can and must be eliminated if mankind is to survive. We now have the technology to make it happen, but the resolve to use the technologies that we have and develop more technologies for the betterment of the human experience is all predicated by relinquishing man’s own thirst for more power, control and wealth.
The scientific community all support that drastic changes in the earths delicate condition will cause events of biblical proportions if man continues on in denial and apathy in regards to not utilizing the technologies developed in eliminating the need and use of all fossil fuels. We are already on the brink of mass extinctions of marine life caused by mans destructive nature in pollution of our oceans. It is now more apparent than ever that the United States has to change direction, ideology, and attitudes if this nation is ever going to rise out of the ashes of our economic crisis. Like the Phoenix rising again to lead the world in green energy for all. Remember the opening to the Six Million Dollar Man ” We have the technology to make him better, faster, stronger” well, guess what we actually do.
The peak of the industrial revolution using fossil fuels happened around 1980. This is when scientists first really became concerned of the effects of all the carbon being released by the industrial complexes was having. For over one hundred years of mans indifference to the earths natural balance has now created a planetary crisis. History is a great teacher. In every economic revolution when new technology is developed it devises new energy systems. These new energy systems make it possible to create more independent economic activity. This in turn gives rise to providing more avenues to expand more commercial activity. Accompanying all this new technology are communication so called revolutions which become the foundations where mans ability to organize, manage, and control a newer more stable set of spatial dynamics. All from from evolving energy technologies.
In the last part of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century the fossil fuel technology of the time, primarily coal, was the technology that powered the communication industries which also contributed to rail infrastructure and all the other commercial markets of the First Industrial Revolution. In the 20th century beginning around 1910, electronic communications like the telephone, radio and television became the communication medium that managed and marketed the oil-powered auto age and the mass consumer culture of the Second Industrial Revolution.
By 1994 a new convergence of communication and energy was now infiltrating society. Internet technology and reemergence of renewable energies were about to merge in creating a powerful new infrastructure for a Third Industrial Revolution. This Third Industrial Revolution has already begun and will change the world. In the next 100 years hundreds of millions of people will be able to produce their own green energy in their homes, in offices, and in factories all over the world. Humanity will be able to share with each other an “energy Internet,” just like we are able now to create and share information online. The democratization of energy will bring with it a fundamental reordering of all human relationships, impacting the very way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic activities.
The United States has yet to capitalize on the emergence of this third industrial revolution. Government procrastination, denial, apathy and indifference have only confounded the American populace as to why the United States continually lags behind other industrialized countries in developing new renewable energy systems. In 2006 the European Union had laid the groundwork for further development of the Third Industrial Revolution. Green technologies have all given rise to a new medium of communications and infrastructure development. It is in Europe and in Japan that have taken hold of the idea that only with the development of renewable green energy will propel economies to greater heights of stability and prosperity. This while in the United States we are stuck with our antiquated energy policies and infrastructure that still rely on the fossil fuels of the first industrial and second industrial revolution.
Even with all the economic problems still facing the European Union it is the European Union that has the largest economy, not the United States or China. The gross domestic product (GDP) of its twenty-seven member states far exceeds the GDP of all our fifty states.The European Union is probably the only group of countries that are continually asking the bigger questions about humanities future viability as a species on Earth. All because of man’s unrelenting thirst for more power, control and wealth using the energy systems of he first and second industrial revolutions have created a world that has become almost inhospitable to man.