Power, Control, Wealth, The Third Industrial Revolution

When the first Industrialized Revolution unfolded, the fuel that ushered in a newfound way of life was 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 built all off of fossil fuels is the cause of all the environmental impact that global warming is having worldwide. The continuing onslaught of more natural disasters, which have been occurring more frequently with each passing year, directly results from man’s interference with the natural balance on this planet.

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All civilization is at a critical juncture today. We have developed more technologies in the shortest time than in any other historical period. Sadly, though, multitudes are left without the benefits these technologies could bring to every society. More and more people are facing dire living conditions in every country today. Over one billion people worldwide are starving to death. The threat of Global Pandemics is as real as it gets. All of these can and must be eliminated if humanity is to survive. We now have the technology to make it happen. Still, the resolve to use our technologies and develop more technologies to better the human experience is predicated on relinquishing man’s thirst for power, control, and wealth.

The scientific community supports that drastic changes in the earth’s delicate condition will cause biblical proportions if man continues in denial and apathy regarding not utilizing the technologies developed to eliminate the need and use of all fossil fuels. We are already on the brink of mass extinctions of marine life caused by man’s destructive nature in our oceans’ pollution. It is now more apparent than ever that the United States has to change direction, ideology, and attitudes if this nation will ever 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 do.

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The peak of the industrial revolution using fossil fuels happened around 1980. This is when scientists first became concerned about the effects of all the carbon released by the industrial complexes. For over one hundred years, man’s indifference to the earth’s natural balance has created a planetary crisis. History is a great teacher. In every economic revolution, new energy systems are devised when new technology is developed. These new energy systems make it possible to create more independent economic activity. This, in turn, provides more avenues to expand commercial activity. Accompanying all this new technology is so-called communication; the foundations of man can organize and manage a more unique, more stable set of spatial dynamics, all from evolving energy technologies.

In the last part of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century, primary coal, the fossil fuel technology of the time, 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 Second Industrial Revolution’s mass consumer culture.

By 1994, a new convergence of communication and energy was infiltrating society. Internet technology and the reemergence of renewable energies were about to create a powerful new infrastructure for the 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 green energy in their homes, offices, and factories worldwide. Humanity will share an “energy Internet,” just like we can create and share information online. The democratization of energy will fundamentally reorder all human relationships, impacting how 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 laid the groundwork for further developing the Third Industrial Revolution. Green technologies have all given rise to a new medium of communications and infrastructure development. Europe and Japan have taken hold of the idea that only the development of renewable green energy will propel economies to greater heights of stability and prosperity. In the United States, we are stuck with our antiquated energy policies and infrastructure that still rely on the fossil fuels of the first and second industrial revolutions.