Monday, November 25, 2013

How To Heat An American Sidewalk

How To Heat An American Sidewalk

Think about this for a minute.

According to, the best financially run state in the US today is North Dakota. The reason for this is due largely to the fact that ND is continueing to reap the benefits of fracking in the oil-rich Bakken Shale formation. As the state clearly has a significant economic growth rate and that growth rate is tied almost exclusively to fracking, it is also located in the snow belt meaning that despite the fact that an awful lot of people are reaping the economic benefits of fracking in the state of North Dakota, the exact same amount of people run continuous "snow belt based economic deficits".

Yes this is a serious economic and environmental essay, and, yes, because of my German Irish American ancestry, I do have somewhat of a wry, snow belt based sense of industrial and economic humor as it comes to both fracking and snow shoveling and the state of North Dakota. Let me get to the real point of this essay.

When one thinks about the notion that virtually every American city, town, village or hamlet located north of Saint Louis, Missouri is located in the snow belt, a number of financial realities become apparent. Perhaps the most obvious reality is the rather simple economic fact that per capita, many more snow shovels are sold north of Saint Louis than are sold south of Saint Louis.

Knowing this, and knowing as well that not only snow shovels are purchased but so to are chemicals designed to melt snow that accumulates on sidewalks north of Saint Louis, there is the larger fact that every home north of Saint Louis more or less has a private sidewalk leading up to its front door and off that main sidewalk are walkways leading to both side and back entrances as well as side patios and back decks not to mention driveways. And, of course, traversing the property lines of most private sidewalks located north of Saint Louis are public sidewalks.

Having stated all of the above, and noting the fact that the state of North Dakota is benefiting from the economic development of oil shale, let's just forget altogether about North Dakota in every economic aspect but sidewalks and progressive northern United States economic development as that development is related to 21st century economic and industrial management of snow removal.

The moment we do so, a number of quite viable domestic economic growth and domestic industrial expansion scenarios begin to emerge that positively affect every municipality and every state and every private sidewalk and driveway and every public walkway located  north of Saint Louis, Missouri.

In order to put what I have said into a modern 21st century proactive industrial and environmental setting (or perspective), let's look at the historic industrial function the sidewalk as well as the present economic dysfunction of "the snow shovel".

Considering the fact that there are undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of miles of paved private and public sector sidewalks installed in the snow belt north of Saint Louis and considering the fact that a significant majority of these sidewalks have long ago twisted and turned, cracked and heaved and to one extent or another made it virtually impossible for the homeowner to efficiently use a snow shovel to clear these sidewalks, or municipalities to financially afford either the shoveling or salting of public sidewalks, the sidewalks themselves remain, and, as they do the remain, they are a negative financial instrument even in North Dakota.

While all of the above scenario is clearly a negative financial given, the much more positive fact that the sidewalks remain is what this author describes as the potential to financially harvest an enormously dynamic stockpile of earth based aggregates not the least of which are at all dissimilar to the aggregates of North Dakota based oil shale that are also being harvested - meaning that as the state of North Dakota is clearly benefiting from the processing of oil shale, every state north of Saint Louis could be benefiting equally if in fact the aggregates found in sidewalks were reconstituted for the purpose of once and for all removing the snow shovel from the present anciently redundant economic equation of snow management in municipalities located north of Saint Louis, Missouri altogether.

As this essay is entitled "How To Heat An American Sidewalk", the question becomes what type of mixed energy technologies become integrated with reconstituted sidewalk aggregates once those aggregates are reprocessed and reused to re-pour the sidewalks of America north of Saint Louis, Missouri and how do those energy technologies keep sidewalks free of ice and snow all winter long in the process?

The larger question then is really not a question but rather a broader portrait of a rather unique and dynamic municipal, public utility and private sector industrial blueprint of how we in America can truly produce a true mixed energy use infrastructure model that illuminates in quite the positive economic manner the continued sustainability of municipal services, the outgrowth of new construction trades related to such issues as the progressive incorporation of geothermal heat technologies, the subsequent growth in the manufacturing, sales and maintenance of light industrial earth moving equipment, the subsequent growth of aggregate pulverizing equipment, the subsequent growth of aggregate transportation equipment, the subsequent growth of ground water and rainwater collection and runoff technologies that should be installed parallel to both our private and municipal sidewalks, the subsequent growth of solar powered low voltage sidewalk illumination technologies, and, the subsequent growth of both public and private sector jobs, taxing bodies and 21st century industrial investment portfolios.

Thus within this much broader portrait is not only the removal of a simple snow shovel from the entire snow removal question stated above but how such removal impacts the horizontal or lateral economic regulatory expansion of public utility grid blueprinting. As NAICS codes today define quite clearly the nature of the industries that make up our nations' public utility infrastructure, perhaps the most fascinating outcome of removing the snow shovel from the sidewalk snow removal equation is, from a regulatory point of view, the fact that once any form of electric or water service parallels a municipal sidewalk and subsequently connects to residential property from a public utility entity, such technology becomes a part of an existing public utility, meaning that every aspect of sidewalk replacement north of Saint Louis, Missouri is ultimately paid for in precisely the same manner municipal and public utility infrastructure improvements have always been paid for which is through monthly gas, electric and water bills.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Birth of 21st Century Housing, Transportation and Public Utility Infrastructure Corporations

In the past five years, we as a nation have stood by and watched as Washington DC has become nothing more than an essay on political futility. While there are clearly many reasons for this, unfortunately, the primary reason remains to be the fact that due to an entire lack of focused domestic industrial growth policy discussion, international discussion of corporate economic expansion and the subsequent discussion of international finance has put our real internal economic growth on the back burner.

Why focus on the development of new domestic industries when in fact there are still a number of foreign "global economies" that still need to be civilized via democratization and free market reform initiatives? And, as yes, focusing on the development of these global economies has the political familiarity of what we in America have been doing for decades, the political futility in Washington DC is most certainly all about the fact that those who live there and are supposedly masters of conquering the universes of foreign economies have all but forgotten how to become masters of their own domestic industrial and economic universe.

Unfortunately, as the rest of the worlds' industrialized nations are most certainly going through an entrenched and protracted period of economic re-evaluation of their own internal industrial and economic growth policies, America remains locked into the mindset that other countries actually still need our assistance. While I'm being somewhat factitious in the above statements, the fact of the matter is that if virtually every single American corporation doing business abroad with the help of the US Government were to have the same degree of governmental help here at home, international growth of that progressively subdivided American Corporation would grow exponentially in the global marketplace as a result.

I am an American Architectural Designer and an American Master Carpenter who has spent (or has attempted to spend) the entire forty years of my career incorporating advanced energy and energy management technologies, building systems and components and a long list of diversified building materials into the homes I have built predominantly for middle income (middle class) American families all of this time. As I have literally worked with thousands of products and pieces of equipment manufactured by hundreds of American manufacturing corporations I have in turn worked with hundreds of clients who used to work for those American manufacturing corporations before those corporations went global. In addition, I have worked with building code enforcement officials in several regions of our United States. As I have, one thing has become abundantly clear to me in my work with these officials.

If I may take my readers out the above conversation for a moment and turn to current events on this Sunday of November 24, 2013, let me turn to the recent Nuclear Reduction Agreement penned by the Obama administration and Iran. As this agreement is clearly within the greater interests of our whole global security, the outcome is most clearly dependent upon a tremendously complex set of global industrial and economic initiatives moving in unison with several international governmental and corporate entities. As everybody seems to be a bit angry with President Obama and John Boehner in America at the moment, no doubt these two guys are going to work together with their fellow republicans and democrats to put into order something that clearly needs to be put into order on an international level in order to deal positively with Iran

Getting back to domestic American Building Code Enforcement Officials, however, both John and Barrack are entirely oblivious to the fact that there is virtually no unity of Building Code Enforcement dialogue in America and subsequently have little knowledge of exactly how our modern and expansive industrial capacity can, should and must be incorporated into our homeland. Regardless of where I have done work, building code enforcement is at best interpreted by local good ole boy clans of predominantly undereducated and disconnected code enforcement officials on a local, statewide and regional as well as nationwide level. While I am fully aware of the fact that national building codes are clearly today being revamped, I am equally aware of the fact that the outcome of such revamping will only be achieved by an enormous expression of governmental and private sector educational unity.

If you can picture yourself as a national political leader living in Washington DC and going home on a weekend to relax and sit in your garage alone or with a few friends having a beer, does that garage have an electric or natural gas charging station for your vehicle? If it starts to rain, does your home have a built in rainwater collection, filtration and disbursement system attached to it? What part of that garage is being powered or lighted by auxiliary solar? What part of that garage is being heated or cooled by geothermal technologies?

As virtually every single one of the components that can be found in any American garage can be and are being manufactured by one American corporation or another, would the fundamental restructuring of not only municipal building codes but America's corporate tax codes enable these corporate entities to be that much more capable of competing nationally as well as globally if in fact those codes were restructured in a manner that more or less states that as Americans who have truly reinvented our entire infrastructure, we are that much more capable of reworking the infrastructure of foreign nations once again.

How do we finally un-collapse the collapsed residential, commercial and light industrial mortgage industry? How do we unbind ourselves from EPA regulation without doing away with the EPA? How do we seamlessly integrate a collective Environmental ProtectionNational Doctrine into our collective domestic corporate and community based economic revitalization philosophy?

How do we look comprehensively at existing NAICS codes for the purpose of expanding them "internally national" as opposed to expanding them internationally. Why did both Alan Greenspan and Robert Shiller refer to the phrase "Irrational Exhuberance" at the very same time in the mid 1990's as both of these men were referring to the pending collapse of the residential mortgage industry?

Have we as a nation improved either industrially or economically on a purely domestic level at all since the 1990s?

Is the dot com concept an entire farce? When one really takes the time to understand that the growth of information technologies in the mid 1990s was really and only about the rapid exchange of manufacturing information worldwide, it becomes quite clear that the outcome of such high speed information exchange has resulted in an almost flat lining of new 21st century mixed energy use industrial growth here in our United States of America. As that growth is clearly dependent upon the massive infusion of new jobs into old industries that utilized high speed information exchange to all but obliterate a massive volume of old jobs that were modeled after old and clearly wasteful labor practices, the need for new jobs in virtually every industrial sector, has never been more pronounced.

Having stated the above, and, acknowledging the term "Irrational Exhuberance", the term "Rational Non Exhuberance" must now have its day. As it must, the term "Responsible Exhuberance" must also have its day. As each of these terms characterize the fact that for one reason or another every American industry has in one manner or another managed to evolve away from now clearly obsolete 19th and 20th century models of domestic industrial based use of our natural resources, virtually all of our natural resources still exist as do all of our industrial bases, and, more to the point, all of our industrial labor force still exists. And, yes, while the boom of the mid 90s clearly enabled streamlining of global corporate expansion and it did as well enable streamlining of manufacturing and distribution processes, streamlining of social thought that was quite counter to industrial expansion flourished as well. In fact, and, due in large part to the fluidity of such worldwide exchange of "social babble", corporate industrial secrecy and national industrial economic security has all but been erased from our national dialogue. Having been replaced by an obsessively liberal culture of free spirited entitled people, our potential 21st century national industrial dialogue has for all practical purposes, been crushed.

While I could go on and on about the last sentence above, the issue of energy independence, corporate expansion related every bit to the expansion of geothermal energy, or solar or wind energy, the continued advancements in fossil fuel management, the subsequent continued use of intermodal rail and regional truck transport for the delivery of both raw materials and finished products to regional and local micro manufacturing and distribution centers, the subsequent use of light industrial and mixed energy use vehicles, the application of mixed energy technologies into the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors? Virtually every one of these initiatives requires truly substantive private sector industrial and public sector regulatory governmental thought in order to be realized.

As the only possible way this can occur is to fundamentally restructure our national building codes while subsequently embracing the now clearly and universally understood original mission statement of the EPA (after forty years, duh), the "Industrial What Elses" of what still needs to occur are equally apparent.

Comprehensive restructuring of corporate tax codes. Equally comprehensive restructuring of public utility use, regulation and rate structures. Comprehensive restructuring of industrial bank lending practices. Equally comprehensive restructuring of private equity investment banking. Comprehensive modeling of green community based best lending practices.

Comprehensive restructuring of NAICS CODES????????????????????? through a process I choose to define as lateral, multi industrial and subsequent building trade sector educational subdivision?

Think about this one simple fact for a moment.

As I have been an architectural designer and master carpenter for forty years, as I have spent that time renovating and retrofitting buildings that were built from 140 years ago to 20 years ago, the federal government via its assessment of my NAICS trade classification which is simply entitled NAICS 236118- residential remodeler, plucks me in all of its' innate stupidity, into this one, entirely non descript classification.

Given the fact that the American housing industry has historically been the anchor of virtually every aspect of economic growth in every other industrial sector, the fact that the housing industry remains virtually dead in the water economically should probably cause at least some alarms to be going off in the unfortunately non industrial mindsets that unfortunately inhabit Washington DC.

To drive home this point, and, in as much my federal government has chosen to refer to me as NAICS 236118, I have, along with literally hundreds of thousands of my American residential remodeling 236118 co-conspirators in quite the clandestine manner have secretly been working for and with dozens and dozens of other NAICS industrial partners over the course of the last forty years to hopefully resurrect the respect of our federal government for our time honored reputation of being the true industrial anchors and master carpenters who are constantly applying and re-applying to our domestic economy the industrial knowledge that actually enables this economy to flourish unrestrained by arrogance based liberal socialism.

Think about the typical economic and industrial relationship NAICS 236118 residential remodelers have with other NAICS classifications.

Here are three of these classifications:

NAICS 237110 Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction.

NAICS 237120 Oil and Gas Line and Related Structures Construction.

NAICS 237130 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction.

As I have never worked anywhere other than side by side with professionals within the above mentioned public utility NAICS defined industrial sectors, the evolution of technologies related to these NAICS public utility sectors are causing a massive nationwide re-interpretation of how the evolution of technologies related to these sectors affect the skills training level required in the NAICS residential remodelers sector. Thus, if these four NAICS sectors are ever again to work in unison with one another again, public utility based NAICS industrial sectors along with remodeling sectors and virtually all other building construction sectors need substantial and extraordinarily well integrated educational dialogue to achieve this clearly crucial nationwide economic goal. As there is virtually no cohesive dialogue in terms of national or regional or local application of educationally based building codes that would allow a seamless integration of all these technologies in the four above mentioned  sectors, proper nationwide code based training is paramount.

As I emphasize the word nationwide and a portion of our nation's larger cities are indeed incorporating advanced building codes, the learning curve associated with applying these codes to both suburban and rural areas surrounding these urban areas is simply not occurring.

As such outreach based industrial retraining has unfortunately been tied up with diminished funding for either federal or state based quasi educational industrial training initiatives what is overlooked entirely is the ability of private industry to regulate itself, go out into especially rural areas on behalf of the federal government to train a truly under educated workforce while simultaneously training code officials as well as local banks on the truly diversified concept of "Internally National Broad Spectrum Industrial Cross Training". As the fact of the matter is that the federal government has virtually no business attempting to teach advanced manufacturing principles in local community colleges, and, historically every attempt to do so has only resulted in the establishment of useless two year community based college programs that produce nothing more than emotionally and psychologically unbalanced generations of hamburger flippers, low level auto parts employees, and equally low level RNs who are employed in federally subsidized nursing homes while receiving unemployment subsidies from that same federal government?

Look at the following NAICS codes for a moment.

NAICS 221110 Hydroelectric Power Generation

NAICS 221114 Solar Electric Power Generation

NAICS 221115 Wind Electric Power Generation

NAICS 221116 Geothermal Electric Power Generation

NAICS 221117 Biomas Electric Power Generation

NAICS 221122 Electric Power Distribution

NAICS 221210 Natural Gas Power Distribution

NAICS 221310 Water Supply and Irrigation Systems

NAICS 221320 Sewage Treatment Facilities

NAICS 221330 Steam and Air Conditioning Supply

The above NAICS code classifications represent for the most part, companies engaged in the production of large scale nationwide public utility growth and expansion.

As they do and as they should, virtually all of the companies within the above mentioned NAICS code classifications associated with the updating of our national energy and utility grid are quite specifically, regional in scope.  Because of this fact, realizing how macro based integration of regionally based utility providers nationwide is indeed enabling our entire national energy infrastructure to become holistically separated from a more world based dependence on energy sources, realizing how micro based utility integration can and must do the same in order to fulfill our whole national energy independence architectural blueprint, is another issue entirely.

As micro based public utility integration again depends upon the ability of both the private sector provider and the government based regulatory agency to integrate the potential energy source into local economies that exist within a given region, public education of applied mixed energy use public utility infrastructure remains essential. And, as it does, an army of well trained, NAICS classified 236118 Residential Remodelers might very well be the answer as the ladies and gentlemen who make up this sector are in fact today, the very same industrial workforce that have brought forth throughout our nation's industrial history the momentum that assured at one point that the light bulb was able to be mass produced on one hand while on the other hand assured that their personal financial investment into the private sector industrial stocks (via the origination of the Standard and Poors 500 Index) paralleled their subsequent belief in the outgrowth of our nations' original establishment of the clearly protectionist S.I.C. codes way back in 1937 that our national industrial and economic history can clearly document as the architectural foundation of the industrial growth our nation experienced well into the 1970s.

Given all of what I have narrated thus far, taking a look at the following NAICS codes then, in my mind, and, if interpreted properly, simply fills out, or puts meat on the bones of our national potential to come full circle industrially here in 2013 in precisely the same manner as we did in the historical period defined as after the Great Depression, which included massive industrial output prior to and including World War II and the subsequent outgrowth of massive American industrial ingenuity that had, up until the late 1970s virtually assured our nation's place as the prime industrial and global benchmark for economic stability worldwide.

NAICS 482111 Line Haul Railroads

NAICS 482112 Short Line Railroads

NAICS 483211 Inland Water Freight Transportation

NAICS 484110 General Freight Trucking, Local

NAICS 486210 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas

NAICS 486990 All Other Pipeline Transportation

NAICS 488490 Other Support Activities for Road Transportation

NAICS 488510 Freight Transportation Arrangement

NAICS 439190 Other Warehousing and Storage

The above NAICS codes represent yet another crucial aspect of our nations' collective need to revaluate our overall industrial infrastructure as they do as well represent our need for extensive industrial cross training.

Referring specifically now to NAICS 486210 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas, understanding the dynamics of this particular classification while in turn understanding the dynamics of NAICS 486990 All Other Pipeline Transportation, it becomes perfectly clear to this author that natural gas is an essential and easily manageable natural resource. As it is more or less an energy source that can on one level heat our homes and power our micro based electric utility grid on very specific regionally as well as locally based heating and electrical generation needs, this energy resource has the most capacity to interact positively with other fuel based pipeline transportation initiatives available to us in America today. As one of those initiatives is geothermal heat as well as geothermal based steam generated electrical generation, both the processing of natural gas and geothermal energy are more or less constrained to our residential building sector.

As natural gas can and is used to fuel a growing segment of our personal and public transportation sectors in terms of how we can utilize this energy source to fuel the vehicles we rely upon for basic back and forth transportation to and from home and work, and, that same natural gas technology can fuel the light industrial earth moving needs of residential based building contractors who use light duty earth moving equipment to excavate the earth and install green based ground water drainage systems or install a variety of advanced public utility based integrated electric, water, natural gas, geothermal, waste water, communication technologies, insulated and waterproof concrete foundation products and so forth, the flexibility of natural gas is quite obvious.

Unfortunately in our America today is the fact that natural gas has been singularly classified as NAICS 486210 Public Transportation of Natural Gas as opposed to being much more broadly classified as either one;" Public or Private Sector Transportation Fueled by Natural Gas", or, "Light Industrial Construction Based Earth Moving Equipment or Building Erection Equipment Fueled by Natural Gas". Understanding today then that natural gas and the broader uses of natural gas are locked into the same narrowly NAICS based nondescript format as residential remodelers are locked into belies entirely the much larger fact that we as a nation can and clearly must effectively transform these codes.

Going to the issues of how residential remodelers get the materials needed to actually build drop dead beautiful, 21st century American architectural masterpieces that are filled with virtually every advanced energy technology we as Americans are capable of constructing?

One only needs to look at:

NAICS 482111 Line Haul Railroads

NAICS 482112 Short Line Railroads

NAICS 483211 Inland Water Freight Transportation

NAICS 484110 General Freight Trucking, Local

In looking at the above classifications and realizing that the successful delivery of either raw materials or finished goods from one regional industrial sector to another is crucial, again, the fact remains, that regardless of NAICS code classification of existing domestic industrial functions and fuel source consumption related to the same, much broader and much more articulate defining of these code classifications are absolutely crucial to our nations' overall capacity to simply thrive.

If you actually think about the fact that natural gas can be successfully re-segmented via the simple lateral expansion of NAICS codes pertaining to the whole potential use of natural gas, then you can equally grasp the fact that the heavier fossil fuel sources that power our nation's railroads that have collectively become a brilliant essay on our enormously efficient fuel source management of intermodal shipment of goods can find energy based regulatory relief  due in part to the fact that natural gas has had the same regulatory relief? That same intermodal shipment of goods is again through NAICS 483211 Inland Water Freight Transportation, quite capable of taking on yet another domestic energy use dynamic. But it can only do so if yet another NAICS code is integrated into the aquatic world of American industrial growth.

NAICS 221110 Hydroelectric Power Generation implies to us as Americans that the same hydroelectric power generated from the construction of The Hoover Dam several decades ago is as valid today as it was way back then. Although micro advancements related to hydroelectric power are probably, within our nations' constantly evolving EPA regulation of the use of low lying flood plain acreage, somewhat limited in scope, it is the upper river regions that ultimately drain into these low lying areas where micro hydro electric power generation will have its greatest impact. Thus as low lying acreage should for the most part be abandoned or removed from either municipal or private home real estate taxing bodies on a local lower river level, real estate evaluation or designation on "up river property" should of course be designated as advanced hydroelectric power generation zones which are of course managed by public hydroelectric utility providers.

As however, river levels have the tendency to ebb and flow, property owners within low lying river regions should retain the right of property ownership, even though such property ownership is quite restrictive in nature. Thus, as the nature of geographical regions located in flood plains has been defined by the federal government as more or less uninhabitable, the subsequent establishment of regional based and highly restrictive environmental economic redevelopment zones as those zones are characterized as either state or federal national recreation areas is well worth looking into.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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