Financial Racism in America’s Building Trades
What truly happens when a country finds itself on the edge of its’ industrial past?
What happens when all the men and women who have worked for decades in the building trades building homes for their American neighbors find themselves and their skills diminished to nothing when the economy they once depended upon no longer supplies these trades with the dollars they need to pay the weekly bills? What happens when master tradesmen such as myself who can get onto a project and get it done in record time without missing a single beat and in doing so train younger men our skills as well as our historic love for the craft of building beautiful buildings are confronted with owners of either residential and commercial projects and told that because of the economy, we must all work for wages that won’t pay those bills while in the same breathe told to take shortcuts for the singular purpose of saving that owner money?
What happens is that the few owners that do have money and are hell bent on getting their project built at the expense of the men who build the project, come to the conclusion that saving the little money they have is far more important than the greater good of the community that is supposed to be benefiting from that projects' holistic community oriented and successful economic completion.
As paying living wages becomes far less important than construction quality, as assuring continued multi-generational learning dialogue prospers within our nation’s historic and beloved building trades is left by the wayside, those who have money to build projects become entirely indifferent to the collective concept associated with building quality.
I’ve been on such a project(s) for the past four or five years.
As these projects are only a handful of projects going on in the entire town these projects are located in, needless to say the fact that I am working on these projects whereas so many other tradesmen and women are not has been met with a certain sense of envy, jealousy and anger by the men and women I happen too know in the building trades who are simply not working.
Doing what I do and loving what I do and in fact, having considerable knowledge in all aspects of the building trades as well as the financial aspects that go into making a project successful, I have watched owners of these projects in this period of time(2013) in our nations' bewildered economic climate turn from visionary dreamers to a miserly penny pinchers even though everyone of them have extraordinarily kind and community based loving hearts.
As the owners of these projects have valid visions of what they want in their homes and businesses, over the years of living in our constantly political muddled mindset, that vision has been confronted with the fact that a valid personal financial portfolio or even a simple savings account is entirely lacking. As my projects stumble along and are rife with financial inequities, the largest of all inequities is the fact that the people who are now building in America and who are barely able to do so range in age from their mid twenties to their mid sixties. Working for wages barely capable of providing them with food, they are as well working in an nationwide economic environment devoid of any form of national leadership.
Not only are my clients working for a minimal wage, they are as well expected to work on the constant restoration and perpetuation of insanely obsolete definitions of "American Corporate Profit" building in the process the equally insane false hopes that once the corporation is safe and secure, the owner(s) will have rebuilt a corporation of historical significance from which others like my impoverished clients will once again be proud to congregate in. The problem of course is that young men of twenty with no knowledge of what they are doing other than the knowledge their devoted fathers instilled in them about "stick to it ness" have, just like their fathers' absolutely no knowledge of their personal finances due to the fact that the corporations they work for have absolutely no knowledge of how to reinvest corporate profits into the homes their corporate employees live in.
As the owners of the projects I am currently working on are clearly not in a healthy financial situation, the fact that experienced tradesmen like myself could build, and, in doing so teach younger tradesmen "all the ropes" of a truly advanced 21st century infrastructure based, mixed energy use industrial American economy belies the fact that the project of "Global American Corporate Expansion" has compressed the dreams of American tradesmen and women into the wrapper of a multi-national hamburger sold worldwide for nothing more than a few pennies.
Our America is living through a very difficult financial time right now and as those difficulties are affecting all of us, it is of course imperative that whatever work is indeed out there to be done, is done within a clear and conscious sense of community participation. As the projects I am working on are being done within that sense of community consciousness, and, I bring to my client base a broader industrial, economic and environmentally conscious knowledge base and an expansive encyclopedia of contemporary 21st century technologies that can and should be applied to the architectural environments they call their private homes, universal knowledge of the scope of these technologies, none the less escapes the vast majority of not only home owners and tradesmen, but multi-national American based corporation CEOs as well.
In the same breath, our political leadership here in America, that is most certainly filled with arrogant defiance, is as well, hopelessly entangled in an argument unfortunately encapsulated as "Global Warming".
As the global "Environmentalists" argue incessantly with the global "Industrialists", and, because of this argument every human being world wide is cloaked in a wax coated hamburger wrapper, our world is most assuredly heating up. But, it is not heating up because of anything other than the fact that "jobs" in the hamburger wrapping industry must coincide with the house wrapping industry. As the house wrapping industry is in fact the ultimate core industry of Americas' historic capacity to reconcile labor related differences, and, in that reconciliation process, new advanced technology homes are built and new advanced technology corporations are built, according to my research of the Standard and Poors 500 Industrial Index, it is the old American Corporations that take the time and have the patience to become the new American Corporations that will in all probability make this happen.
We are not as Americans, wrappers of hamburgers.
Thanks for stopping by.
Mike Patrick Dahlke
Let me begin part two of this essay.
First of all, global warming does not exist. The reason it does not exist is that it does exist. Everything that Al Gore has been saying for years does not exist, yet it does exist, is very real and of course is crucial for all of us to understand.
Climate change, or, more specifically, climate fluxuation on the other hand does exist, and, the reason I know this is that I have a thermostat on the wall of my house that tells me so.
Unfortunately, the thermostat on my wall that responds to climate change in my house does not respond to the climate change that is also going on outside of my house. As climate change is air borne and something that all of us can relate to, it is also earth borne and as it is cannot be recognized by either the thermostat on my wall or the heating system that thermostat is supposedly designed to protect me from both interior and exterior climate change.
As anyone who has ever wrapped themselves up in a blanket on a cold winter night can attest to, even though they may have turned the thermostat up, their body still reacts to the fact that cold or cold moist air permeates the home supposedly protected by that thermostat and whatever heating system that thermostat controls. Regardless of the heating system that is supposedly designed to keep the human body warm, the reason the human body needs a blanket is that its’ thermostat is not responding to climate change as much as it is responding to global warming or global cooling (Oh, I guess global warming does exist).
If you have ever felt the sensation of being chilled to the bone, then you’ll understand that our bones respond much more to the conditions of the earth than they do the conditions of the climate that surrounds the earth.
Global warming then which begins in the geothermal layers of the earth beneath our homes does by simple interaction with the air located two feet above that earth, serve to either enhance or diminish the overall “climate” inside of our home. As the thermostat that controls the temperature inside of our home senses temperature fluctuations, it does not sense geothermal climate fluctuations beneath our home and as it does not and as the bones in our body do, we reach for a blanket.
Given the fact that I am an idiot visionary as well as home grown environmental scientist, let me pose a question.
If we know that the earth below are homes and the environments inside the basements and crawl spaces beneath our home exist in a separate world than the room that holds the couch we sit in when covered with a blanket, would it not make sense to take the scientific research we as a nation have developed in regards to geothermal heating and restrict the management of those heating systems to those basements and crawl spaces?
If we were to do this, if we were to legislate through the development of comprehensive national building codes that the subterranean environments beneath our homes have separate heating systems attached to them, would we not create an entirely new set of industries that once again employ the men and women of our nation’s building trades?
If indeed we were to do this, would we not as well create a whole new national geothermal public utility grid that would continuously create public revenues while in turn continuously generating industrial competition between those involved in manufacturing these systems? Why should we conclude that harnessing geothermal energy to heat a whole house is viable when in fact just two feet above the surface around any house anywhere in America, another energy source far different from geothermal energy exists?
As within the geothermal structure of every basement and crawl space of most homes in America run natural gas pipelines that fuel furnaces that are designed to heat entire homes, would it be in our nation’s best industrial interest to restrict the use of natural gas to only heat the first floor of that home?
If we were to restrict geothermal to basements and natural gas to first floors and in doing so create highly disciplined and separate public utility structures, would we not again create new jobs in the housing sector? Would we not as well create new second and third floor heating and cooling industries?
If our acknowledgement and management of global warming were fully harnessed at a geothermal basement level, and our subsequent knowledge of natural gas was fully harnessed on a first floor level, would not our acknowledgement of climate change be better addressed if we posed equally compelling arguments for energy efficiency on the second or third floors of our homes? If we get out of entirely the psychological and economic blanket mindset that hinders our nationwide fear of being cold physically, could we as well become warm economically? If the second floor of our homes were heated by a combination of passive solar technologies would not the third floor of our homes be ventilated by vertical axis wind turbine technologies that along with active solar technologies produce electricity that supplements the natural gas technology powering our first floors while supplementing as well the geothermal technology of our subterranean basement environments? Would all of this collective environmental consciousness produce an equally collective industrial and economic consciousness? Is there then a valid rationale that would clearly state to both American manufacturing corporations and American labor leaders, not to mention American energy providers and American Building Code Officials and American regulatory agencies that there are actually four floors of new economic growth found within the most wonderfully dynamic architectural footprint of virtually every single home in our United States of America?
If in fact we were living in areas of America where natural gas was not abundant and as any geologist would clearly attest to, the intelligent use of something like fully articulated advanced technological management of coal would be more than justified due primarily to the fact that as a nation we have simply come to the greater understanding of how to finally manage our entire natural management of regional organic based, in ground natural resources, then due to our collective national building code regulations, first floor restrictions of residential heating supply authorities would simply and profoundly enable us as a progressive 21st century American nation to create substantially different and diverse regional public utility infrastructure.
Regardless then of how one chooses to characterize our American architecture as that American architecture is defined as how we collective deliver our public utilities to that American architecture, none the less, within that American architecture are the husbands and wives who want nothing more than to be a and integral part of our most exciting and emerging 21st century American energy efficient blueprint. In the simplest of terms, an expression of what we as Americans have the capacity to create as that capacity has historically been linked to our constantly evolving sense of ourselves intermingling with the fuel sources that have throughout time kept us warm while in turn serving to power the factories that enable our capacity to produce state of the art products we install into our architecture, creating multi-dimensional public utility grids that continuously reflect our ability to reserve our greater power sources to the manufacturing of products for the home, the home itself should constantly reflect the fact that we have been able to do so.
Unfortunately in our America today, not only are our factories dormant and our homes getting colder, the brilliance of what we are capable of producing is lost in the fact that we are not quite sure how to proceed within the broader realm of advanced 21st century management of our entire collection of fuel sources
Having said this and noting that geothermal might very well be capable of addressing the ground level energy requirements of the homes in any given community and natural gas might just as easily address the first floor energy requirements of every home in every community, above both of these levels are additional levels of physically built space that have the potential to co-mingle with even more forms of energy.
Take a moment to find your winter jacket, put it on inside of your home, wait until your body starts to get heated up and then go outside of your home. Once outside, head to the north side of your home and specifically to an area where you can bend down and touch your home’s foundation and the earth next to it. As you are doing so, spend enough time being conscious of the “global cooling” that is taking place where you are squatting. Take note of not only the cooling but the relevant humidity of this area.
Once you have done this, get up and go around to the south side of your home and do the same. What you will be able to acknowledge to yourself almost immediately is the significant difference in both temperature and humidity in these two distinctively separate “global architectural regions of your of your whole home”. Whether you do this in the day time or night time makes no difference and whether the sun is shining or not makes no difference as well as no matter when you do this, clearly noticeable “global activity” is indeed constantly taking place in both of these regions.
At any point in time during this entire environmental discovery process you are experiencing outside of your home, take your winter jacket off, set it on the ground, look at it carefully and become completely aware of the fact that the winter jacket you purchased from a global manufacturer of clothing that supposedly keeps you warm is the same manufacturer that wont hire you because you don't speak Chinese and you wont work for $12.00 a month in a factory filled with hamburger wrapping 19th century industrial and economic slaves.
As it is taking place and always will be taking place, “global energy” is constantly being produced which of course means that harnessing this passively occurring energy is indeed possible. As on the south side of your home you will find the heat of “global warming” rising, on the north side you will find the draft of “global cooling” falling. Subsequently, on the south side of your home you will find the humidity rising where on the north side you will feel the dampness falling. This again explains why people have a tendency to have blankets they can wrap themselves in not only on cold winter days and nights but on cool summer days and nights as well. Noting these facts, would not harnessing this energy and using it to carry passively heated air up into your second floor and in turn mixing it with the actively heated air on the first floor produce not only heat but advanced levels of energy efficiency as well? Of course it would as it always does and always has and always will.
Keeping the above mentioned air system in mind, consider the fact that as the warm air rises it ultimately collects and whether we want to address the issue or not this warm air in summer causes problems inside of our home whereas as in winter it causes problems inside of our minds. As the problem in the summer is how to get rid of excess heat, the problem in winter is wondering why the heat of summer could not have been stored for the cold of winter.
Well in fact, that heat can be stored or more to the point, the air that carries that heat can be managed, compartmentalized and of course “super climatized” as it can as well be directed to move energy that is not needed in one area of your home to another area where it is needed. As doing all of this requires little energy to realize, it does as well enable new energy management technologies to materialize. As these technologies are active solar panels, they are as well active wind generation systems that should all be incorporated into the physical structure of the home as mandated by national building codes.
As the end purpose of all of this energy management is to address global warming and climate change, within the context of this end purpose is the larger purpose of producing new manufacturing sectors, jobs and tax revenues that support this thing many of us like to refer to as our US economy.
Once we effectively address the fact that global warming and climate change is a house by house naturally occurring fact of life, the energy we no longer waste inside of our homes can be transferred to energy we require to manufacture the systems we need to cover our homes with truly advanced 21st century blankets.
As Americans have over the course of the last several decades come to term any form of regulation as an infringement of personal rights especially as those rights pertain to what actually goes on inside the home, regulation is indeed what creates an economy that enables Americans to afford and constantly update their homes. As the systems I am suggesting are indeed new public utilities, isn’t it precisely these new public utilities that we are seeking to create? As these utilities can only work if every home (and building of every type) is indeed interconnected with every other home, aren’t localized public utilities that serve entire communities that much more capable of being connected to regional public utilities that serve to power our nation as a whole?
Of course they are.
As we in America have become accustomed to living with kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, mud room and laundry room sinks, could we not as well become accustomed to living with “heat sinks” inside of our homes as well? As for the most part a “heat sink” is simply a term or a description of an area of a home that is passively collecting stored solar heat during the day, aren’t we as a nation of inventers failing to realize the potential that could be found in calling this device an ordinary American household plumbing fixture? Could the manufacturers of these new appliances find a future home on the New York Stock Exchange?
Mike Patrick Dahlke