Friday, July 24, 2015

American Housing, The Bird On A Wire In 2015

The housing outlook for the second half of the year is all about affordability—for buying and renting. How bad will it get, and how much will it hurt the recovery in home sales?
Home prices are still rising, but at a slower pace than this time last year. That cannot be said of mortgage rates, which are now on a straight trajectory up. The short supply of homes for sale shows little sign of improving, though, which is keeping prices high. At some point, however, higher mortgage rates will hit affordability and could trump that short supply in taking the heat out of home prices.
Read more here.

Sales of existing U.S. homes rose to the highest level in eight years, according to the National Association of Realtors, but that may be the peak for the year. One real estate brokerage claims consumer demand for housing took a sharp turn for the worse in June, as potential buyers balked at higher home prices.
American Housing,
The Bird On A Wire In 2015.

Here's the thing, the American housing industry has been in a steady state of economic decline since the moment people like Carlton Sheets started telling Americans how easy it was to “flip homes” and companies like Home Depot and Menard's started selling everything including the kitchen sink under one roof with the thinking that the homeowner could somehow do a better job of renovation than a professional who had several decades of multidimensional industrial based construction experience behind him. As the combined effect of both of these two terribly self absorbed and structurally ill conceived ventures has today more or less turned the building trades into something that can be found on either an orange or green powder coated steel industrial shelving system most likely manufactured from steel made in a foreign country and packaged in yet another, once the packaging is opened, out jumps yet another attempt to impress Americans that the value of their home will continue to increase just as long as they continue to purchase as many useless home improvement gadgets stores like Home Depot and Menard's continue to hack as the ultimate opportunity to once again increase the already absurdly over inflated price of the home to begin with.
As this vicious cycle has clearly not amounted to anything even remotely related to increased valuation of any form of private real estate property, it has done even less for the overall continued increase of property values in entire neighborhoods as it has done still less in the growth of high skilled and high tech construction related fields that in fact once thrived in those neighborhoods. In fact, as the American home has essentially been used by every Realtor, every banker, every tax assessor and every politician for the net financial gain of everything but the home and the homeowner, suggesting even for a minute that things will somehow change for the better in the latter half of 2015 belies entirely the fact nothing in fact will change because in fact nothing possibly can change.
Just a few days ago I was asked by the owner of a home located on West Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago to give him some sort of an assessed value for the house he had recently purchased as an investment property. As he is one of those people who inadvertently got caught up in the purchase of highly overvalued and hence foreclosed upon Chicago housing back in about 2010, now in 2014, he is being forced to assess whether or not in his opportunistic 2010 mindset, he may have been just a bit short sighted. With the now gutted house unveiling a broad host of problems that had been hidden from sight by years of home improvements done by nitwit homeowners, what he is seeing are problems that in essence have something to do with the overall integrity of the house he purchased, but much more so have much more to do with the overall poor quality of the municipal infrastructure that years ago began failing to serve the basic utilitarian needs of the house and the neighborhood the house resides in.
With the hopes of doing basic improvements to make the house “rent able”, he is on one hand, faced now with only one alternative, renting to those who like everyone else in this renters neighborhood exist on but paltry and insecure present and future wage growth potential. As a simple look down the street in either direction unveils a collection of privately owned automobiles that are on average 15 years of age, needless to say the garages that are supposed to house these cars are several decades older and that much the worse for wear. On the other hand, if he were to go a bit farther and upgrade the house to fit the needs of an upgraded tenant or possible private homeowner, his risk of failure rises exponentially. With upgrading comes the cost of additional material and considerable labor increases which in turn comes with the realization that one cannot squeeze a diamond into a pile of coal dust and expect anything more than more dusty coal. As this obvious reality is in fact a nationwide reality, the only real answer I can give this poor guy is to pray. As he can't afford me to do the job right, and, I will not work for wages that place me into the same income bracket as the other renters in this socially, environmentally and industrially useless and economically valueless Chicago neighborhood, both he and his brilliant real estate strategy are about to become the second stage of America's burst housing bubble.
With the onset of each bubble burst over the course of the last several decades, every Realtor, every banker, every tax assessor and every politician seeking net financial gain along with the self absorbed purchaser of the home on West Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago are left with a variety of not so tasty economic scenarios. With the first being simply giving up, shutting off the lights and walking away from the whole mess, such a scenario seems to be somewhat at odds with the basic premise of human survival as well as the much more evolved premise of human ingenuity. Yet before human ingenuity can indeed be addressed, the flaws of useless economic policy must be identified, reworked and rewoven into the whole concept of home ownership. As that home can only be defined as an abstract part of a whole and thriving mechanism, if in fact the home is not defined as such and instead is left entirely to its own making, it of course will die.
Whereas this scenario is of course manifested throughout the Chicago land area, perhaps no where can it be witnessed in such an obviously compelling manner than in rural parts of Illinois where after driving for several miles and seeing freshly painted farm houses, one will happen upon one that is grayed, withered and quite literally disappearing into the land that once provided the inhabitants of that home with both the nutritional and industrial based economic sustenance the family of course truly needed and once worked quite hard to achieve. When we take that rural portrait back into the city and try to place it into the context of an entire neighborhood beset with urban decay, somehow or another, the whole thing going on in rural Illinois seems almost entirely detached from what in fact is going on in neighborhood Illinois. Of course, it is not, and, of course, it is one in the same as both portraits represent the entire departure of a human culture from its own very simple and truly organic based industrial and economic roots.
If you can picture yourself pulling off a rural road and stopping in front of that abandoned Illinois farm house, you most likely can as well, picture yourself getting out of that car, walking across the acreage of once thriving farm land in front of that house and in doing so arriving on what once was most assuredly a beautiful covered front porch very much replete with an old wooden porch swing for two. Whereas the front porch swing has long since collapsed and the porch itself begs forgiveness as you cautiously sit, once settled, what you hear is profound silence while what you see visually magically interacts with what you imagine viscerally, all of which seems much easier to experience emotionally here in rural Illinois than it would be in urban Illinois. None the less, as you are sitting there you begin to notice things about that farm house that are oddly similar to the urban house on West Wrightwood Avenue.
The first thing you notice is the barn, and, the fact that the large rolling door to the entrance long ago rolled off the track only to reveal an oddball assortment of old cars, farm trucks and machinery that pretty much did the same thing. Then of course you notice the old fuel tank perched six feet off the ground, rusted and more than likely filled with a substance that was once capable of powering the equipment found in the barn. Turning your head in another direction, you notice an old hand operated water pump mounted atop a wooden platform that obviously covered the well pit beneath the pump. As the pit most likely had some water left in it, from the aroma wafting across the yard to the front porch where you were sitting, chances are it was as about as fresh as the fuel was in the tank next to the barn. Turning your head in yet another direction you spy what appears to be an old cistern that more than likely held rainwater that fell from the roof and was used to irrigate the vegetable and flower beds that had long since gone to seed around the perimeter of the house. Yes, in as much as the silence of the old country farmstead revealed memories of a time when life on that farm was indeed both simple and productive, sudden images of that same simplicity and that same productivity began to flash through your brain about the memories of the home on West Wrightwood Avenue in Chicago as well.
But as 21st century irony is perhaps the greatest irony plaguing every Realtor, every banker, every tax assessor and every politician, the net financial gain of everything but the home and the homeowner can unfortunately be summed up by the rotten fuel, the rotten water and the rotten vessels held over from the 19th century that has all but collapsed the economic momentum of the 21st century in both the urban and rural portrait of what indeed basic infrastructure actually is. In other words, until the definition of 21st century infrastructure is understood, the definition of home valuation won't be either. Until the American home is intricately tied to all aspects of that infrastructure, home valuation will remain every bit as putrid as the smells coming from that rural farm house or urban mold infested residential basement.
So, what actually is 21st century infrastructure? It is a fully functional, multidimensional, mixed energy based industrial mechanism with as many moving economic parts needed to insure there are no more old and obsolete motor vehicles being parked on urban streets or rusting away in decaying rural barn yards.
Think about this for a moment.
If we got rid of every single automobile that is either not operational at all or is so inoperative it is, at best, only used by someone to get to a minimum wage job at a place that demands of that individual that he or she drive that useless vehicle to get to that job, why continue to invest any form of energy into such vehicles? As for all practical purposes all forms of energy currently being used to keep that vehicle around have been entirely expended, if the vehicle is entirely decommissioned, won't all of the other entities that are equally as useless also be decommissioned in the process, including that minimum wage job?
Well, think about this for a moment.
If in fact this essay is about why the housing industry has completely stalled out across all of America, and in fact, this essay is also about the need to create entirely new parameter sets that will help us to both define and build new 21st century infrastructure models, most likely, it would be beneficial in the process to identify what in fact were the causes of the infrastructure collapse in the first place. Thus, as aging and energy wasting vehicles are one of the causes and companies that offer nothing more than minimum wage jobs are yet another cause, the crumbling roads that enable both of the items above to negatively interact are yet another cause, whereas, of course, the crumbling rural farm house and it's accompanying unused agricultural land that one can only get to by traveling several more miles on crumbling roads is yet another. Having said the above, and if you are hanging in there with me and beginning to see an emerging logic, that logic, which is of course crucial to grasp if in fact we are going to have new 21st century infrastructure, that logic is, in effect, the land all of this other wasted energy stuff skips about on over the course of our daily lives and goes for the most part, entirely unnoticed by everyone virtually every second of every day. Yes the land. The land out in front of the house on West Wrightwood Avenue and the land out in front of the rural Illinois farm house holds the key to the future use and future definition of use of our collective 21st century infrastructure model.
If one takes the time to quietly sit on the front porch of the house on West Wrightwood Avenue, and, in doing so look out at the surrounding land in precisely the same manner one does when sitting on the front porch of that Illinois country farm house, the land still exists. As it does, and for the most part it is mostly paved over, envision that land with the cars and the pavement gone, or perhaps a great deal of that pavement gone and a lot less cars. In fact, imagine all of the original pavement gone and being replaced by organically recycled pavement. Yet before the new pavement is put into place, all of the people who live on the block and work for minimum wage and who used to drive inefficient vehicles on inefficient streets and who now ride public transportation get together to redesign the infrastructure on their particular block before the new organic pavement is put in place.
Well, with nothing but dirt left where pavement used to be, the first inclination is to simply leave the dirt the way it is. But as such a notion is really not practical, many more most certainly are. There are the old household sewer waste lines, water supply lines and natural gas lines running beneath the dirt along the length of the street. There are the old storm water lines doing the same thing. All of these lines are shot anyway so why not replace them. Yet before all of these lines can be replaced, the notion of water in general should probably be addressed. And, as all things having to do with water are in general, listed under the heading of public utility infrastructure, we are now talking about infrastructure, and, in particular, 21st century infrastructure.
At the top of the list of things to discuss about water is of course, rain water and within the context of rainwater comes the rain gutter, the gutter downspout, the rainwater cistern (think old Illinois Farm House here), the rainwater cistern pumping station, the rainwater spillway, and, of course what to do with all of that rainwater both while it is raining and for days on end when in fact no rain is falling at all.
As this discussion is going on, another discussion is taking place. This discussion is all about landscaping, and, in particular flower garden, herb garden and vegetable garden landscaping along with discussions about such things as growing grass, planting shrubbery and new trees to perhaps replace old trees or to simply redesign the neighborhood streetscape entirely to accommodate yet even more public utility infrastructure.
At any rate, once the rainwater and gardening discussion has been concluded and such things as projected rainwater volume, displacement and storage capacity has been determined, the conversation shifts to fresh water supply, the updating of freshwater supply filtration systems to micro filtration systems that offset the load of mainframe municipal filtration systems and the subsequent placement of such micro systems into the block or the neighborhood of blocks surrounding that block from which such a system is finally placed.
Once this discussion has been had, the conversation turns to waste water movement and treatment with the same emphasis on micro waste water filtration system integration into the same neighborhood infrastructure. As the discussion of all such water management is concluded from a purely mechanical point of view, the emphasis now is on metering and regulating all water use activity for the stated purpose of producing altogether new municipal water billing rate structures, which in turn produces altogether new high tech water management industries which in turn produces entirely new high tech water management job categories all of which pay decidedly more than the minimum wage jobs that once put minimum amounts of gasoline into the obsolete vehicles that drove on the obsolete roads to the obsolete minimum wage jobs that are now really not needed any longer.
But, as the conversation thus far has only been about water, there remains those natural gas supply lines that need refurbishing as well as there remains the discussion of what on earth the natural gas is actually going to be used for. Considering the evolution of hybrid personal use vehicles as well as the evolution of a host of commercial use vehicles, placement of natural gas fueling ports for both personal as well as public use becomes yet another aspect of the discussion needing to be had before the placement of the organic road surface can be accomplished. Needless to say, as the now newly created streetscape is devoid of old stuff, new stuff, in quite the abundance starts to emerge in quite the dynamic manner. Just as in the case of contemporary 21st century neighborhood based water management and proactive regulation of the same natural gas is now the subject of regulation. Yet in a decidedly different manner the regulation of natural gas takes on an entirely new regulatory dynamic or infrastructure based responsibility. With the use of natural gas being now diverted in a rather substantive new manner to refuel vehicles it's regulatory functions shifts from that of being a residential based public utility to being a transportation based fueling utility that of course can and most certainly must be utilized for the stated purpose of purchasing, installing and thus, maintaining for the long term the organic road material that is at this point in the discussion becoming that much closer to actually being installed on that newly redesigned residential West Wrightwood Avenue block.
As everything is essentially looking up for everyone who lives on that block, one of the neighbor's who works at a minimum wage job spots something. What this person spots is the shadow of above ground electric utility wires as these wires sway haphazardly to and fro from utility pole to utility pole along the street line that once was filled with old vehicles and old pavement. In the same instant, this person also notices the abundance of old trees that have dotted the parkway and have been trimmed for decades in quite the unsightly manner to keep the electric lines from igniting the trees and burning the neighborhood down to begin with. With the issue becoming relocating those lines to beneath the ground and in doing so eliminating all types of historical and now cost prohibitive maintenance issues, the issue in turn becomes the discussion of whether or not to remove some of the trees as well.
Whereas the notion of tree lined urban streets has historically been as a valued personal real estate property selling point as the country farm house, the fact of the matter is that these trees over the years have served to essentially block normally occurring wind patterns from doing their natural job which is in part blowing away dirty, mold infested stale moist air away from the homes in these urban neighborhoods where such major health issues such as upper respiratory breathing ailments are overwhelmingly negatively affecting the physical health of a sizable amount of Americans nationwide. Needless again to say, the rather simple removal of a fleet of ancient vehicles and a pile of hopelessly economically redundant asphalt from an urban block brings to that block a rather dynamic new industrial, environmental and economic possibility all of which goes directly to the actual and real and sustainable valuation of residential property.
Of course, we are not done yet.
With the tree lined streets not so tree lined any more and with new breezes blowing, more sun is now glowing (no this is not my version of poetry here, but, it does work). As this is the case, micro solar arrays as well as micro wind turbine technologies now have a significant new venue from which to grow. While what I am stating here is not really a new source of knowledge, as companies nationwide are in fact gearing up for this inevitability, what might be new here is the manner in which truly integrated financial management of these technologies integrated with the larger electrical grid is in fact defined. As that definition essentially is the nature of long term funding for ongoing electrical grid improvement and maintenance, it is as well, the establishment of a rate structure virtually every homeowner, municipality, energy region and regulatory body can finally understand, agree to and finally after far too many decades of pointless politicking, finally getting on to implementing, creating among other things, mufti-generational high tech jobs in virtually every American energy sector and from within the manufacturing, installation and long term and ongoing service sector entities represented from within these energy sectors.
As the idea of simply taking a look at one given urban residential block and doing so from within a most comprehensive and multi-segmented infrastructure baseline is in fact what I am discussing here, the American housing industry will remain dormant until in fact this does occur.

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Curriculum vitae

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House Flipping, Gentrification and Gun Control in..... ..A Green America?

Transforming Redundant Affirmative Action To Green Affirmative Action In America

Interior Urban Networks and Sustainable Chicago 2015

The National Movement toward Green Urban Renewal Takes a Turn to the Country to Pick Up a Few Tomatoes.

COP21 Obama's Great Green Socioeconomic Blunder

Is The Great Recession Really Over? 

Connecting The Industrial Dots Of Neighborhood Based Economic Revitalization

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Wind Powered Solar Oil Wells

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wind Powered Solar Oil Wells

Solar Cities

The essay below has been written as
a response to
an essay published at the
and written by:

Here is Mr. Benfield's essay.

HouseholdSolar Is Becoming the New Normal, and That Makes Some UtilitiesUncomfortable

Wind Powered, Solar Oil Wells

The only problem with Solar energy is the fact that the technology behind solar is simply much more farther advanced than either those who conceived of it in the first place and those who appear to be opposing it combined are capable of understanding.

Essentially no one really has a depth of understanding as to what the true ramifications are to a public utility grid of which solar energy is fully integrated in to its entire electrical generation and distribution grid. In the same breath, the same is true for any other type of energy source that has the distinct capacity to interact with our nation's entire electric grid. As this is the case, as stakeholders in any of these electrical energy sectors are of course clamoring to get their foot in the door, the question I have examined for the past few decades is not getting one's energy foot into the door of some unattainable electrical kingdom, but rather installing various types of energy sources along the way to that door for the stated purpose of utilizing these sources only for what it is they were created and engineered to do in the first place.

I think that until the solar energy and the existing fossil fuel energy based providers of public electricity are brought to realize the tremendous task it is to literally rewire our entire United States of America, our nation is simply not going to be rewired, or at least not wired to the extent that when all forms of electrical generation are combined, not only will the mechanical infrastructure to do this be in place but the economic infrastructure will as well.

One of the most interesting aspects of Mr. Benfield's Article above is the amount of residential solar installations that can be found in the town of Washington DC where he and his wife reside. As this is of course, great news, the fact that solar is not everywhere in that neighborhood speaks precisely to the overall lack of systemic knowledge on the part of all stakeholders to rectify this fact entirely.

To put what I'm saying into some sort of perspective here, let me suggest that for a moment, picture a ½ square mile area in any residential district anywhere in America suddenly and quite remarkably being without any electrical power whatsoever. Going a bit further, consider that same area not only being without power, but, being as well, without as much as a trace of evidence that would indicate that even a single strand of electrical wire was ever in existence within that ½ square mile area. As remarkably odd as this whole scenario might just sound, go a bit farther here and picture the fact that every other ½ square mile area adjacent to this area was fully lighted and fully powered. Consider as well, that all of the houses and businesses and all of the roads and bridges and all of the trees and shrubs and flowers and grasses were there just as the creeks and rivers, but, there was virtually no electricity or electrical devices to be found anywhere whatsoever and all of the people who were living in this area where beginning to wonder what it was that happened to them and their homes and their neighborhood.

As this oddity continued for a while, and, those living within this area began to wonder just what on earth had somehow happened to them, and, only them, bits and pieces of information started coming in and as that information arrived, the people who lived in this northwestern neighborhood of Washington DC realized that an accounting glitch of all things not only shut off all electrical power to their area, but vaporized virtually every type of electrical component that was to be found in any manner within that ½ square mile area as well.

Needless to say, not only were the folks who lived in this area mystified, but the folks that lived in all of the surrounding areas were just as stymied. What on earth could have possibly occurred? More to the point, what was it going to take to get this electrical problem resolved?

As human nature is human nature, and, in fact such nature comes out perhaps a bit more dynamically during times of strife, tribal protectionism begins to take root and through this, leadership emerges. In the case of the missing electricity and electrical components, again leadership emerged. Yet due to the odd nature of the situation, a very rare form of tribal protectionism emerged in this particular ½ mile area. As the undercurrent of thought surrounding this bizarre situation was a mixture of befuddlement and concern, it was as well, a mixture of both suspicion and guilt. Yes, guilt began to surface more and more frequently as the parties who lived in this area began to congregate more. Yet the nature of this guilt was not about the notion that somehow everyone involved had been remiss in their care of the electricity and electrical components that were now gone, but, instead, an overwhelming sense that although everyone in this area had heard bits and pieces of news about alternative forms of electrical generation, for the most part, these people simply turned off the light and went to bed every night and forgot altogether about just exactly how electricity arrived at that lamp in the first place.

At any rate, the area geographically was an unusual mix of topographies. With a few rolling hillsides, a few meandering ravines with a few creek beds and streams, the usual amount of urban flatland and a variety of tree types that had over the years, grown to their matured heights. After several weeks of living without electricity, the people more and more began to congregate outdoors. In the process of doing this, they began as well, to rediscover both the naturally occurring elements and forces of mother nature that unfortunately had, for several decades, been entirely overlooked. With the first thing noticed being a relatively constant current of wind, people throughout the area began to walk seemingly in a somewhat aimless pattern often raising their hands and arms in a rather odd, slow motion kind of a way. While this was going on, another group of people were doing the same type of strange wandering. This group however, was at least not waving their hands and arms about as they meandered. Yet perhaps just as odd, all of these folks carried with them large pieces of cardboard that were painted a variety of both light and dark colors, and, for some strange reason, every piece of cardboard had a 2” round hole drilled into the center.

With still no electricity to be had and with now two groups of people constantly wandering about this ½ mile area, needless to say the overall social aura of the place was beginning to resemble a scene from some sort of an odd outtake of patients from an asylum assuming the authority of the asylum and wandering about freely in blissful celebration as a result. Of course, as time went on, more people doing more strange things began to show up. Yep, people with divining rods began to wander about. People with binoculars flitted here and there. There were people with shovels and post hole diggers. There were people with chainsaws and tree climbing gear. Then of course there were the people carrying, of all things, picnic baskets that were oddly enough, filled with lawn blankets and food, water, wine and an assortment of beverages and disposable eating utensils.


This is supposed to be an essay on why the public electric utility companies that are fueled by fossil fuel to generate electrical power appear to be somewhat unhappy about the fact that solar energy is taking away market share from that power grid. As this is clearly an issue here, and the issue is in turn the fact that electric utility companies are in the business of supplying power to virtually every ½ mile square area in America, the real issue here is not the type of power or energy source being utilized to create electricity, but the magnitude of scale required to deliver the energy to the consumer as well as the upkeep of an infrastructure that regardless, again, of the type of energy source, does in fact need to be continuously upgraded and maintained. As all of this quite obviously costs money, the notion of a single homeowner selfishly investing their own money to purchase a micro solar electric generating plant for their home only to sell surplus electricity generated by their individual system back to the public utility provider with indeed a substantially larger infrastructural footprint is at best, a stretch to either justify or rationalize, or, in fact, do both.

Getting back to the folks at the picnic then.

What all of these people are actually doing wandering around their little ½ square mile of earth is surveying virtually every element of what is either naturally growing or occurring on this property and observing the manner in which what is naturally occurring is interacting with everything that has over the years been man made, and has, as a result, had the affect of altering significantly the natural occurrences of either wind patterns, surface water drainage patterns and the actual patterns or paths the sun travels across this ½ square mile over the course of several seasons combined. Whereas to the passerby, these folks were presumably either wandering lunatics or participants in some sort of either ancient or entirely new outdoor sport, in fact, these people were making a conscious choice to never again fall victim to an electrical power outage that affected them in such the far reaching manner that it ultimately in fact did.

Knowing full well that they wanted to reap the benefits of solar energy, they in turn wanted to do the same with wind and geothermal energy as they in turn again, intended to do the same with natural gas energy. With the thinking being that with all of the above energy systems put into place, a rather dynamic mixed energy based utility grid would be at the core of their overall energy independence philosophy, in turn, so to would every technological and mechanical component while in turn once again, every job title and labor description would be fully documented as well. Armed with all of this knowledge then, the group set out to once again install electricity to their ½ square mile area of economically and environmental sustainable urban green.

As far as the people who were wandering around waving their arms or holding pieces of cardboard above their heads, or wielding chainsaws, shovels and post hole diggers, these people were actually assessing in a very initial or rudimentary manner, the likelihood of placing either vertical or horizontal axis wind turbines in key areas of this green space that would, once strategically engineered for the site, be placed to maximize the wind potential that was either already occurring on the site, or, through modification of the matured plantscape would be. The same held true for the placement of solar electric arrays as it did for the placement of wells for geothermal and new pipelines for new natural gas outlets for both home heating and vehicle refueling.

Due to the fact that virtually all of the existing electric utility infrastructure was somehow entirely removed from this ½ mile area, none of those who occupied this area had to contend with removing such things as electrical transformers, overhead transmission lines, service drops to existing houses or the utility poles that suspended this whole ancient hodgepodge of electrical gadgetry 30' above the land this acreage and the people on it called home. As this was the case, as essentially these people were left with a blank slate from which to install only the components required to activate a variety of energy technologies into the collective grid of this ½ mile area, it was soon discovered that to accomplish the above actually required the advanced skills of several seemingly or otherwise unrelated energy sectors. In the same breath, however, it was also discovered that all those involved could actually work quite seamlessly together and in doing so create something called a “combined, mixed trade and mixed energy public utility installation momentum” or, CMTAMEPUIM for short (just kidding).

At any rate, the point I am attempting to convey here is that any one electric generating entity cannot, in any manner whatsoever, be expected to provide the electrical needs for the entire grid of which this ½ square mile area is but a minute part of. Yet, with all of these segmented energy sectors becoming fully integrated with one another within this ½ square mile area, the electric burden is reduced tremendously whereas the burden upon the electric utility infrastructure is essentially subdivided into varying competing yet non competing energy segments that are in and of themselves, fully prepared to both install and service their individual grid segment while at the same time, find the capability of working again seamlessly with other energy provider segments for the purpose of affecting the 100% remodeling of or retrofitting of the entire grid itself.

Thus whereas there is a decided and measured growth in America's overall solar industry today in 2015, really nowhere is the larger picture from which all energy segments either separately or co-mingled are accurately being measured, at least not from within the same frame of mind that would state that these other energy sectors have the potential to experience the same rate of growth as the solar sector. As this is the case, what we as a nation can fully expect is a slowing of the installation momentum of residential and commercial solar electric systems due not to the fact that prices are dropping for such equipment, but to the much more obvious fact that none or very little growth in these other energy sectors is actually taking place on any level of combined uniformity from which if such uniformity were present, each of these energy segments would expand significantly. As essentially what will cause the slowdown in solar sales is the economy itself, without the even growth of all energy segments, of all industries associated with these energy segments, there is in fact, no economy to begin with.

As an interesting side to this whole discussion today is the fact that banks are now establishing a cautionary approach to energy lending as such lending is directed towards the future expansion of domesticwell placement in both the oil and natural gas markets, the fact that again public electric utility providers are complaining about the loss of market share as such loss may be related to the solar sector is in fact an admonition on the part of all energy sectors that there is simply not an overall mixed energy policy in place to begin with. As such a policy would in fact establish a substantial blueprint for truly comprehensive job growth in all of these energy sectors, it is in fact job growth or the lack of job growth that is in fact perpetuating the slow expansion of these energy sectors to begin with.

Thanks for stopping by.

Curriculum vitae

Please take the time to visit some of my other essays.

The Real Flint, Michigan Water Pipeline.

Restructuring Public Utility Industrial Demand Response.

House Flipping, Gentrification and Gun Control in..... ..A Green America?

Transforming Redundant Affirmative Action To Green Affirmative Action In America

Interior Urban Networks and Sustainable Chicago 2015

The National Movement toward Green Urban Renewal Takes a Turn to the Country to Pick Up a Few Tomatoes.

COP21 Obama's Great Green Socioeconomic Blunder

Is The Great Recession Really Over? 

Connecting The Industrial Dots Of Neighborhood Based Economic Revitalization

Pension Reform: Welcome To Illinois, If You Don't Like It, Leave

Wind Powered Solar Oil Wells

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprenticeship Programs/Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015

When legislators don't legislate.

Getting Them Out Of The Way.

Did you ever find yourself in the midst of a rather fascinating inventive process that if you were left alone to develop it completely it would more than likely be quite beneficial and fluid without any form of interruption?

Think about this for a minute.

You are in your garage on a Saturday afternoon putting the very final coat of marine spar varnish on the hull of the sculling skiff you and your crew have been working on over the course of a long cold winter. As you are doing this, someone out of the blue, walks into your garage and begins to talk to all of you about the notion of giving you a tax break if you would be willing to take on the task of hiring a couple of “apprentices” that you would be responsible for training in order for them to be able to learn the fine art of scull skiff building.

Knowing full well that you had indeed just spent the winter developing a product prototype you were certain was going to be received positively by those in the rowing market, part of the reason you were so positive was in fact that your team of “apprentices” had in fact already done the work, and, none of them or yourself, needed a tax break in order to build the thing in the first place, or, for that matter, bring the scull to market.

None the less, this person persisted with the notion of offering you a tax break if in fact you chose to hire “apprentices”. Stating among other things that doing so would guarantee the long term growth of a well educated job force, this person somehow could not bring herself to understand that in fact all of you were already quite clear of the long term potential for job growth in the scull skiff building business you guys were actually already in.

Much like a naive yet overbearing seven year old, she persisted to the point where you and your team of scull skiff builders began to realize that this child looked vaguely, if not comically, familiar. As she went on and on about the value of apprenticeship, one of your team members finally pegged who in fact this woman/child actually was or “once was”. It turns out she was once a junior high school psychologist as well as a “community activist” who more or less made her money from going around on Saturdays and lecturing unsuspecting garage based inventors on the importance of making sure that their children had the right type of psychological screening needed to prepare them to become leaders in the real adult world they would soon be entering into. She was a federally funded and federally paid school psychologist who knew as much about the human mind as she did about the notion of minding her own business on a quite Saturday afternoon. But, as she was trained also in the field of community activism, she insisted that in order to keep her federally funded job as an impertinent psychologist that meddled needlessly in the lives of adolescent children, she would as well have to diversify her career as a community activist by pestering the parents of these children for more money so that she could someday go to school and get training in the advanced field of scull skiff building.


Now here's the thing, this woman claims that if the people who are either already working in or would like to be working in an industry that more or less is based upon the concept of apprenticeship to begin with, went ahead and registered with the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency (or perhaps both), then the U.S. Department of Labor or a state apprenticeship agency, or, both, would then give the company who hires the apprentice a tax credit for the few years it would supposedly take for the apprentice to acquire enough knowledge to become something more than just an apprentice. In the process of doing this, somehow both an enormous educational void would be filled in our country while at the same time, employment would rise significantly as well. Given the delusional nature of this woman's mind however, what seems to escape her altogether is the notion that if either existing or new federal or state agencies are formed, chances are the so called tax credit being offered to those who are just minding their own damned business and going about the business of scull skiff building would, much sooner than later, find themselves paying for yet another needless agency charged with yet another needless regulation, which of course would tend to make them want to raise the price of their finished scull skiff to begin with while laying off workers once again as those prices rise. As this type of “Ill Industrial Logic” has become the benchmark from which American industrial growth has been falsely measured for way too long, suffice to say, the nitwit proposing this particular concept, has for years, become a master of American employer and American worker as well as American consumer deception.

Getting more to the specifics of this “apprenticeship thing”, there are currently two bills before Congress that are attempting to outline or frame, and, then actually put into federal law, the concept of what it is I described above. The first bill is called the “Leap Act”. This term is of course the shortened version of the much larger title known as Leveraging and Energizing America's Apprenticeship Programs (Act, S. 574) introduced by U. S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). A summary of this bill can be found here. The full text of this bill can be found here.

The second bill is entitled the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 (Act, S. 2792) introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mariah Cantwell (D-WN). A summary of this particular bill can be found here. The full text of this particular bill can be found here.

As these bills are essentially one in the same, the question of why four separate senators would be spending such an enormous amount of time essentially duplicating one another's work is of course, a twofold conundrum in and of itself.

Whereas on one hand, two men are working feverishly to produce a bill that is supposedly for the greater good of the country, why then are two women doing precisely the same thing? Taking this just a bit further, where on earth did these two men disappear to in order to draft this bill? In turn, where exactly were these two women at when they were doing exactly the same thing? As I can come up with a variety of scenarios that I think might explain this overall adolescent approach to drafting virtually identical legislation, the fact that this legislation begs to address the fundamental issue of American Apprenticeship, seems to clearly suggest that these four people were most likely locked in the separate his and hers senatorial bathrooms due largely to the fact that none of them had at their disposal mentors who from another age might have suggested to these four adolescent Senators that perhaps bathroom talk is just slightly less concrete than say the talks that would normally be had around either a kitchen table or, perhaps, a conference table where many others might be allowed to congregate as well.

Aside from these obvious expressions of amateur social redundancy, the meat of the issue which seems to benchmark a collective concern for the development of an apprenticeship bill is being brought forward to address the employment concerns of not every industry in America, but, only those that for the most part, would not possibly benefit from such a tax incentive in the first place. With both of these bills targeting such industrial groupings or “career fields” as manufacturing, health care and information technology, all three of these categories are currently, and, most assuredly, well into our 21st century industrial future will continue to be examples of industries that are wholly automated and therefore virtually devoid of a need for a human work force to begin with. With this type of automated industrial reality clearly staring our entire nation squarely in the face, again, one has to wonder just exactly what all of these elected senators and congressmen and women are actually doing with their time not to mention our future 21st century American industrial and economic life plans as such plans actually pertain to the everyday lives of all Americans.

Adding more to the redundancy of both of these bills is the fact that these “senators” have built into these “bills”, clauses that state that if in fact these bills prove to be absolutely worthless to begin with, the bills themselves will essentially be scraped anyway. Meaning that once again our America is being led by political nitwits who cannot for the life of their collective legislative bodies, sit down long enough together to craft a framework of a true mixed energy use, 21st century domestic American industrial growth policy that would perhaps last slightly longer than it takes to eat an order of fast food french fries that are themselves made by robots.

Think about this for a minute. I mean, really think about this.

I am a master carpenter. Within the definition of this term in my case resides a set of skills that if I were to take the time to either draw or write those skills out, could easily take up well over one hundred pages of a resume to both list and define as well as thoroughly explain. To put this statement into some sort of a tangible industrial context that hopefully everyone can relate to, let me reference what I reference often in my writings on this blog. North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes have, for several decades been the only practical and truly functional tool the federal government has utilized to literally keep both our domestic and global industrial mechanism working smoothly for the same amount of decades. As this system essentially blueprints every conceivable industrial function we in America are engaged financially, socially and industrially in, does as result, enable our nation to keep track of virtually every basic raw material as such material first comes out of the ground in its purest virgin form up to and including every conceivable industrial process that takes that raw material and transforms it into anything even vaguely capable of being thought of or invented to begin with.

Having said this and getting back to the statement I made about being a master carpenter, there was a time in our country when in reference to charting the entirety of our industrial capacity, “Standard Industrial Classification” codes were in existence. As I belief SIC codes were established for the first time in our America back in 1937, the singular and clearly crucial reason for doing so, was the fact that prior to the establishment of these codes, nobody in America really knew what anyone else in America was actually making. Long before the communication age, long before the age of interstate highways, someone in New York would be making one thing whereas someone in Ogallala, Nebraska would be making something entirely different. Whereas both of the things they were making had considerable brilliance and considerable value attached to them, due to this overall lack of information exchange, the industrial inventive process quite often was lacking in economic momentum due primarily to the fact that crucial industrial information was in fact not being exchanged, or, more precisely, not being exchanged fast or efficiently enough. Thus as someone in Nebraska was manufacturing a product that required the use of a certain raw material, someone in New York was doing something else but also required the same raw material to construct. Needless to say, as raw material is in fact a commodity, people from entirely different regions of the country were both mystified as to the fluctuation of price not to mention the lack of availability of the raw material in the first place.

At any rate, in 1954 (which is the year I was born) it took approximately 300 American industries to build the house I was born in. This rough figure is based upon the knowledge of industrial functions our federal government had at its disposal as a result of it's ability to refer to the very S.I.C. Coding system congress enacted into law back in 1937 in order to best serve both the short and long term industrial growth and expansion policy of our United States of America. So in 1954, the federal government new precisely what every function of every industry required to not only build my childhood home but provide every conceivable service, public utility, road, agricultural product, job description, tax base, wage, stock option, building code, zoning ordinance, hair coloring and nylon stocking it took to keep every one in America feeling pretty much “peachy keen”.

Fast forward to 2015.

Today the industries involved in building that same house have expanded into the thousands whereas the NAICS codes have essentially done the same. Unfortunately, whereas our industrial base has expanded significantly in the past 60 years, the homes we live in and the vast amount of infrastructure required to service both the human and industrial needs associated with the home have not. On one hand then, we live in the most advanced industrial nation in the world, but, on the other, the fast (vast) majority of what it is our industrial base manufactures is manufactured by the manufacturing process itself leaving the human element entirely out of the equation. As one of the promises of both of the above mentioned “apprenticeship” bills is that jobs will be created, it is again quite obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that the meager framework of both of these bills has virtually nothing whatsoever in common with the actual creation of jobs and everything to do with simply analyzing financial figures in much the same way as everything else in our America that is already manufactured is analyzed as well. But, again, I am a master carpenter.

As I am a master carpenter, I am as well, an entity or a category, or, a statistic that is not recognizable by either our nation's NAICS codes, our nation's building codes nor our nations working corporate culture, not to mention, and, most significantly by our nation's financial institutions and economic culture as well as overall legislative agenda. Someone who claims to have substantial knowledge of every industrial function required to actually build a truly state of the art 21st century home or existing home retrofit in any community in America, is simply not an entity that is actually recognized by any computer program in America due exclusively to the fact that that computer cannot possibly cross reference all of the industrial knowledge it takes to actually build or rebuild such a house and do so repeatedly and simultaneously to the point where the American industrial economy is thriving to the extent that it truly has the potential to do so here in 2015. For as long as I have been building homes, for as long as I have been documenting the vast array of advanced technology products and systems that are currently on the American market and are clearly designed to be utilized by other master American trades people like myself across America, I have witnessed the potential of those products being reduced to nothing by the manufacturing process in and of itself.

In other words, those who exist in Washington DC have in many ways legislated our industrial economy to such a point of absurdity, that it has become virtually impossible to actually put into place the vast majority of products our nation actually manufactures for our homes and into those homes in the first place. In the same breath, the very legislation that would serve to constructively expand our NAICS codes to include a significantly broader spectrum of labor based American industries goes in many ways, blindly ignored by the manufacturing based legislative process to begin with. As a master carpenter, I cannot in any manner be either legislated or enforced. Nor can I be expected to benefit from the legislative mindset that is currently functioning in an entirely dysfunctional manner in our America today. To suggest solely that the purpose of the American industrial economy is to manufacture for the sake of manufacturing when in fact the outcome of manufacturing must always be the capacity of the population to actually utilize what is manufactured for something other than a 401k investment plan belies entirely the fact that whole segments of what should ultimately be based upon a quite pure form of Apprenticeship, goes entirely wasted by the overall lack of true hands on and labor intensive 21st century, mixed energy based and highly educated based, labor intensive industrial and economic thought.

Put simply, the two bills having been brought forth by four senators to broach the subject of apprenticeship, are, for all practical purposes, simply adolescent expenditures of a federal budget ruled over not by long term rational planning but short term whimsical forays into “Let's Try This Scenarios” that effectively void one another out every four years which of course is the corresponding time of election cycles as well.

Having said this, what in fact would an industrial nation whose economic foundation is clearly based upon the notion of extensive, apprenticeship based economic growth actually resemble?

Well, for one thing, up until just a few short decades ago this foundation was firmly rooted to the healthy existence and truly logical function of labor unions. I don't know if anyone who is reading this essay recalls, but at one time in the history of the United States of America there was an organization entitled the AFL-CIO. This entity successfully represented the rights of workers in virtually every industrial sector in America. As it did, it did as well represent a certain standard of excellence as such excellence was conveyed in the quality of product union workers produced. As I am all but certain that virtually everyone in our nation has a rather substantial understanding of how the AFL-CIO began to melt away into the history books of our American geopolitical time line, the simple truth of the matter is that the leadership in the AFL-CIO became just as redundantly dormant as our leadership in Washington DC as well as our leadership in corporate board rooms.

I mean think about this for a minute.

The leadership in the AFL-CIO became just as redundantly dormant as our leadership in Washington DC as well as our leadership in corporate board rooms in every segment of every industry throughout America.

And, we're still surviving economically?

Not really.

With the exception of a few half ass multinational trade agreements, a hopelessly passive federal reserve monetary policy and the continued announcement of yet another generation of cell phones, our American economy is about as stable as the minds of those convinced that by the year 2016 our earth is going to simply melt away.

Perhaps that overall fear of melting is what is driving the leadership in these sectors to be so scantly passive and unimaginatively docile to begin with. Your guess is as good as mine.

At any rate, what would it look like if in fact the AFL-CIO truly took on the role of representing the American worker substantially once again? In the same breath, what would the political atmosphere be like in Washington DC if in fact all the guys and gals who worked there were actually involved in the day to day operations of a real functioning domestic American industrial economy? In turn, what would the make up of a typical American based multinational manufacturing corporation look like if in fact a substantial number of those sitting around the board room table were called in off of rooftops where their teams were busily installing the very advanced 21st century environmental technologies the corporation also manufactured?

As the question here is essentially “what is being manufactured?”; the larger question is simply where and to what extent the manufacturing is done at a particular facility before it is moved to another location for both the final manufacturing phase as well as the labor intensive and final installation phase? In turn, how is the whole life cycle of the product or whole product system being fully integrated or utilized to begin with? If one chooses to consider that in general, the product can no longer be assessed as something that can simply be purchased off of a shelf or a showroom floor and in turn such product is in fact only an articulated segment of the whole combined manufacturing and associated service sector process, it becomes much easier to envision the substantive nature of the domestic American industrial renaissance “Apprenticeship Modeling” has the very real potential for creating here in our America. Once a segment of a manufacturing process is spun off from the whole process, the whole process immediately undergoes substantial industrial diversification.

An example of this might be a solar collector.

The solar collector is something that of course generates electricity. While it does a remarkable job of doing so, in and of itself the solar collector has virtually no financial value. As it only becomes valuable when it is integrated into a far more complex energy system, it does as well, only become valuable when it is defined as a part of a far more complex manufacturing system. Considering the initial fact that a solar collector has to actually be mounted on something for it to be used to its optimum advantage, whatever it is to be mounted upon, more than likely has to be just as sophisticated as the solar panel itself. In the same breath, it must as well, be manufactured, shipped to the installation site in much the same manner as the solar collector and then installed as one part of a series of parts that goes into producing the whole effective economic and industrial dynamic of the solar manufacturing industry. As there is virtually no escaping this fact, as there is simply no simple way to install a solar panel or a solar grid, there is as well, no simple way of installing all of the components that bring the electricity to the building being provided solar electricity nor the utility that the solar array is connected to once the solar aspect is not beneficial, for example on a cloudy day, or, perhaps several in a row.

None the less, the solar collector is a movable or mobile manufactured and manufacturing entity needing tons of logistical support to reach its total economic capacity. Within this singular truth then lies the legislative benchmark from which “Apprenticeship Modeling” does in fact become the undeniable route for true and substantial mixed energy use manufacturing and installation procedure nationwide. As my essays are constantly benchmarked by both an insistence that our nation must rework its entire building code and zoning framework, and, in doing so NAICS coding will become that much more sophisticated and industrially all encompassing, these essays are as well clearly anchored in the very blunt truth that community education is at the grade line of every aspect of our nation's 21st architectural momentum. As the AFL-CIO is in fact the only rational source for systematic advanced industrial training as that training pertains to virtually every segment of our nation's industrial infrastructure, more than likely the facilities that currently hold our junior high schools, high schools and community colleges should be the places where these new aged, 21st century American union educational stewards congregate.

Towards the accomplishment of such a broad spectrum goal then, an alternative to the currently proposed “Apprenticeship Bills” might be worth discussing.

Let's try this.

Let's assume that virtually every industry in existence in America today can, should and, indeed, must establish an apprenticeship program for that individual industry as it exists in and of its own industrial sector and manufacturing discipline. Let's assume as well that it is clearly understood by all stakeholders the singular purpose for the establishment of this legislation is for the prolonged and sustained educational and employable well being of America's entire work force as well as America's entire manufacturing framework. Let's assume even further the establishment of this apprenticeship ideal is the sole guarantor of long term domestic American economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and America's overall socioeconomic performance in the entire global economy for the remainder of our 21st century and most likely well into our 22nd century.

With these assumptions in place, identifying and blueprinting the specific functions of existing industrial sectors becomes the next mandate. Within the framework of this mandate and using the auto and light truck industry as but “one small, 21st century industrial example”, the first question to ask of the auto and light truck industry is not what one would conventionally ask in terms of a certain style or purpose of the automobile or the light truck it was currently manufacturing, but instead, how diverse is the chassis and the drive train from which either the auto or the light truck is actually built upon? This singular question asked by the automotive and light truck industry, if in fact the question was directed towards the adaptability of that chassis and drive train to the needs of every other industry, a rather startling response would, in all likelihood, immediately unfold.

For myself as a master carpenter who has watched the technology of the tools I've utilized evolve over the past forty years, I have to say that a pick up truck is an essentially useless contraption that has long ago outlived its industrial usefulness. Having stated this and being fully aware of the fact that pick up truck sales in the US have been the mainstay of corporate automotive and light truck profits for more than the last few years, the only reason they have is that Americans in general are quietly waking up to the fact that a utilitarian vehicle like a pick up truck is much better suited for the industrial economy that America is ultimately heading toward and simply feel as if the pick up truck is the answer to their expected future utilitarian as well as economic needs. Whereas this sense of logic might help the child psychologist /wanna be scull skiff builder fantasize about boat building and rowing for a living, without the proper apprenticeship training, the pick up truck is as useless to them as it is to the master tradesman just as it is equally as useless to the pick up truck manufacturer, unless, of course, the manufacturer focuses on the true versatility of the chassis as well as the drive train, while in turn focusing on the mixed fuel source requirements of the equipment and trade specific component parts mounted to the chassis.

As the equipment and trade specific component parts mounted on the chassis are in fact the 21st century's definition, of in this case, pick up truck functionality, the true diversification of that functionality from one industry to another is in fact taking the time to both listen to and develop the multiple platforms that must in fact be attached to the chassis in order to allow a much more highly educated and clearly trade specific insight into both the transportational as well as on site equipment operational needs of a broad host of industries. As again, the discussion here is of apprenticeships and long term job creation, it is as well, an equally in depth discussion of true 21st century industry by industry diversification that comes about for the most part by simply having high level design and engineering discussions from within the framework of a truly dynamic, mixed trades industrial awareness. Thus, if the big three auto and light truck makers know the vehicular needs of the residential solar panel installation industry, the apprentices of the big three specializing in the manufacturing of the vehicular equipment suited for solar installs, learn not only the trades of the auto and light truck manufacturing industry, but the trades of the solar industry installer, accountant and scull skiff builder as well.

With the possibilities of customizing the sheet metal that sits atop the chassis of America's fleet of American made pick up trucks virtually endless, and, it is, so to is the possibility to expand the micro manufacturing facilities that would quite naturally be defined as needed to do this as well. From within the overall framework of this need then would emerge not only the birth of micro manufacturing facilities for the auto makers, but the same micro manufacturing facilities for the solar industry, or the residential painting industry or the retail baking industry or the commercial and residential welding industry and on and on and on it goes. Apprenticeship then is simply not as small minded as giving an employer a $1,000.00 tax credit for few two years, it is instead a cognitive recognition on the part of our legislators to finally begin to take seriously the notion that other nation's worldwide are simply walking away from future economic dealings with America due primarily to the fact that America seems to really not quite take seriously its own capacity to solve its own broad spectrum industrial puzzle for and of itself.

Again, what is quite crucial to understand here is the very simple fact that due to advancements in every aspect of both design and engineering, in every aspect of manufacturing, and, in many ways, every aspect of modern finance, America has manufactured itself out of the now fundamentally static manufacturing based economy it originally created for its own benefit. The irony of this is that when one chooses to view that manufacturing economy in the static and clearly non performing mindset it currently functions from, due to advancements in every aspect of both design and engineering, in every aspect of manufacturing, and in many ways, every aspect of modern finance, there is virtually no reason in the world for it to continue to do so other than the fact that legislation pertaining to virtually every industrial function is operating from a set of very much non fluid and therefore wholly castrating, industrial regulatory principles.

With NAICS codes today being defined in a more or less ancient manufacturing based mindset that essential states that if it cannot be built on an assembly line most likely the world doesn't need either it or the work force associated with building it, this lack of consciousness or entire lack of a much broader and more dynamic industrial consciousness, leaves out entirely the fact that the general poor condition of every single aspect of our energy supply infrastructure, every single aspect of our transportation infrastructure, every single building built any where in America needs to be aligned with micro-manufactured technologies that can only be applied to our market place via the sustained efforts of an incredibly well educated and labor intensive work force. Thus as NAICS codes expanded properly will in fact include this enormously more diverse listing of services trades, along with equally specific and equally diverse national building codes, these two virtually indispensable tools utilized historically to produce a highly relevant if not altogether indispensable industrial blueprint for virtually every manufacturer in America long ago will afford an even more diverse manufacturing sector to do the same again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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