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On U.S. Coastal Cities Face Increased Risk of Flooding

I have a show called the scannell agenda, channel 99 local access on Cape Cod.  I do fisheries and aquaculture R&D, as an amateur.  Good drainage is a first to capture and use flood waters. (see the tripe system on www.environmentalfisherman.com  Fast pumping of mass quantities of drainage water is a utility we can have using cheaper compressed air pumping systems, short run to temp reservoirs within fifty miles. 

Now the storm surges can be buffeted by good artificial reef systems (one of my specialties) which can be fixed in place, portable and semi portable.   System such as these do double duty as fishery (see market quota system) productive bio-mass tonnage producers.  Some of my mega system designs in this area would have prevented the flooding of the bight during Sandy.  Yes, it is possible. We have days to bring in reef systems of this sort, grandiose?  I call spending on insurance and rebuilds sort of crazy in the flood plane. 

We do need to bring back eelgrass beds, and kelp beds, and their natural buffering abilities.  Less coastal erosion using mother nature is great for fisheries especially.  Yet we have homeless and unemployed folks ... oodles of folks ... they need jobs, and these systems are perfect for that. 

"action action: we want action."      What to do?   I don't have this problem.  I've been working on these designs for forty years.  I'm on youtube with my show "The Scannell Agenda"   There is a lot of detail work here.   But it's generally true our costs will be very high with no efforts to curb the floods. 

August 26, 2015    View Comment    

On Talkin' 'Bout Cogeneration: Prospects for 2015

I think the key to co-gen is to have hydrogen on tap. My system can do this, and to me this is the long term answer.  The Hydrogen economy is to me practical.   I have a report on it (by me, a fisherman) and I do think it's the answer.  Wind and wave to Hydrogen.   The pipes and plumbing needed can also serve to be monorail systems.   www.environmentalfisherman.com   I have a TV show, "the scannell agenda"  which I explain the system, but it's mostly fishery work I discuss.  

The new "GREEN GRID" is for compressed air and hydrogen, and oxygen rich compressed air. 

January 6, 2015    View Comment    

On Keystone XL Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: GHG Analysis & Next Steps

Looking at the photo it seems to me quite like my track pipe monorail design.  But of course we're looking at just a nice steel oil pipe.   My pipe would service wind mills on the great plains that produce hydrogen and compressed air.  The infrastructure we need is on www.environmentalfisherman.com.   Be warned: I'm a fisherman and not an engineer, although I did work on a few boats as the "engineer".   Please look at the concept and not so much at the quality of the presentation.   Thanks.   

February 28, 2014    View Comment    

On US East Coast Oil & Gas Exploration Could Start in 'Coming Months'

I am for oil and gas drilling as long as the best available safety systems are also used.  If they are not required by law, then I am oposed.   The last Gulf disaster we didn't have the best available systems working, and why not?  So some dumb asses could save some money, same old story.   We need oil and gas.  I use oil and gas.  I'm also a fisherman.  I think we can drill anywhere safely.  We have the technology.   I insist we require the best systems.  I insist also that we increase clean up systems.  

February 28, 2014    View Comment    

On The World's Number One Fuel Source Isn't Even a Fuel

For another look see at my centralized RE system, called the Tripe, short for track pipe, go to my new TV show called the scannell agenda on youtube.  Put the energy in a pipe.  The pipe stores and ships horsepower.   I am making complaints that my system is not formally considered or critiqued.  Thanks. 

November 12, 2013    View Comment    

On The Hydrogen Economy Revisited

I believe in the Hydrogen Economy.  I have a system to facilitate that and it's called the Tripe System.  That's short for track-pipe.   I have a little show called The Scannell Agenda local access, and it's on youtube.  I think hydrogen is best shipped and stored in pipe rails for monorail, and wide gauge train systems.  www.environmentalfisherman.com  I'm a fisherman.  Thanks. 

September 26, 2013    View Comment    

On The Hydrogen Economy Revisited

I believe in the Hydrogen Economy.  I have a system to facilitate that and it's called the Tripe System.  That's short for track-pipe.   I have a little show called The Scannell Agenda local access, and it's on youtube.  I think hydrogen is best shipped and stored in pipe rails for monorail, and wide gauge train systems.  www.environmentalfisherman.com  I'm a fisherman.  Thanks. 

September 26, 2013    View Comment    

On Vicious Cycle: Climate Events Release 11 Billion Tons Of CO2 Yearly

Great article Joe,   I say we can turn it around with better systems design.  www.environmentalfisherman.com   I believe we can turn it around.  I can see it and feel it.  As a fisherman I can tell you that life begets more life, and death begets more death. The momentum feeds on itself.  When systems start to crash, it's too late?   I don't think it's too late for us yet, but I may be wrong.  We need, and I have the systems to green the earth.   Time and tide wait for no man.     

August 30, 2013    View Comment    

On The Future of Energy: Why Power Density Matters

If nuclear power were safe then it could and would  be properly insured.  The high end astranomical risks are the worry.  I think we should study the feasibility of US Navy owned and opperated nuclear plants. Security is my main worry especially with a private companies ability to defend a plant.  

There was also an earlier comment about the "either or" situation with wind v nuclear.  Nuclear OR offshore wind?  Let's check ourselves here.   This is not the case.  Nuclear and wind are congruent IF wind to CAES and hydrogen is a concentration, as I believe it should be.   Wind then CAN boost steam production of any steam plant.  Using compressed air also lessens the need for electrical because refrigeration and air conditioning can be run with compressed air.   www.environmentalfisherman.com

Offshore wind and wave does make sense from a fisheries angle, which is almost never discussed.  The hybrid wind and wave "Georges Banks Mega Mill"  of my design uses a unique intergrated energy and fishery management approach.   I say we need to grab any cash flows we can on the way to saving the world.  

August 13, 2013    View Comment    

On The Future of Energy: Why Power Density Matters

Robert Wilson, you said, "A simple thought experiment can demonstrate why power density needs to be a fundamental consideration when evaluating renewable energy. Here it is: Imagine a world where all energy comes from bio-energy. What would be the requirements?"

I have a system design that uses wind and wave (or any other) to hydrogen and compressed air.  This system would be green in the extreme, with negative carbon, I believe.  We could model it (the tripe system www.environmentalfisherman.com), but the numbers have not been modeled up as of yet.   Using a wind and wave to hydrogen and CAES scenario, energy densities become factors only limited to the smart grid realm.  My system designs are not in the electric grid frame, as you are so locked into.

 Electric grid inputs have had little and small gains with all the decentralized toys which is why I think I share your tendancy towards centralized systems.   Energy must not be ignorantly seen only as electrical.  There are so many forms of energy.  We have self limited to the (electric smart) grid based thinking. Hydrogen can be manufactured with wind and wave hybrids of my design, far offshore, and cities can use this in low pressure low density, but yet high volume forms.  Compressed air can power air conditioning and refrigeration, all from renewables.  Why put energy toys in the city?  I think I agree with you if you are maintaining that centralized plants work out better.  But I do feel your discussion is limited to only electrical forms of energy, that is smart grid centered thinking?   Is this correct?  This is a question.  Is your thinking electric based?    


August 8, 2013    View Comment    

On Ireland Looks to Be A World Leader in Wave Energy

I believe there is plenty of horsepower in the waves.  Any fisherman or mariner can tell you this.  I have many designs for wind and wave hybrid systems.  These systems I call the Georges Bank Mega Mill.  I just did a little local access TV show here on Cape Cod explaning some of my system designs.  I hope to put this on you tube soon, so you all here can access it.  But my reports are on my web page.  I believe in using a green grid for hydrogen, compressed air, and oxygen rich compressed air. This green grid of pipes double duty as utility and transportation or monorail etc.   With a green grid we are not trying to fit the square peg into a round hole.   The smart grid is the wrong page to be on for sustaiable inputs, as they are incongruent to the immediacy of electrical grids.  Yes the fossil fuels did work well with the electric grid systems, but that was in another time?  Is that about right? 

www.environmentalfisherman.com  I could present in Ireland, to all my cousins.  I'm on Facebook.  Look me up and we'll chat.   

August 8, 2013    View Comment    

On Low-Cost Hydrogen Breakthrough Uses Solar Energy And Rust

My Tripe (track pipe) system is the answer to hydrogen storage and shippment.   www.environmentalfisherman.com    The system is monorail and wide gauge rail lines, with many utility conduits and various other uses, such as natural gas, broadband, water, CAES, sewage, much more and of course hydrogen. 

July 15, 2013    View Comment