Friday, January 29, 2016

Painting a Typical American Town Green

Painting a Typical American Town Green

If one were to look at the typical residential block of homes in any given town in America, it would be a study of American architecture that for the most part is at the very least some sixty to eighty years of age. Within that typical block you would see homes that have, over the course of time, been upgraded on the outside with perhaps new siding or new windows, perhaps a new roof, maybe some fresh landscaping, maybe a new fence and that’s about it.

On the inside of these homes you’ll see maybe a modern kitchen, a remodeled bathroom, perhaps an exercise room or library, maybe some new flooring or new tile, a fresh living room paint job, perhaps some new window coverings, some new lighting and of course, the people who live in these homes and occasionally go outside to mow the lawn, shovel the snow or walk the dog.

When you think about this and then think about the fact that for the most part a given block is filled with homes built in different architectural eras that evolved around the technologies that were available to the building trades during that particular era, it is relatively easy to conclude that for the most part, the residential blocks that make up the vast majority of American neighborhoods have virtually no modern architectural rhyme nor reason attached to them. When you think a little bit more, it is just as easy to conclude that the people who live in these homes have decidedly different points of view on the way in which they either use or conserve energy inside of these buildings. As one person will use natural gas to heat the home and another will use electricity, another will use fluorescent light bulbs as yet another will use LEDs, whereas one will have a natural gas fired hot water heater while the other will be electric, whereas one will have a huge modern energy efficient refrigerator while another will have an old and reliable and quite smaller unit, whereas one will have a water purification system, another directly connected to an old city water line and another connected to a well, the fact of the matter is that the more closely any block in America is examined, the more obvious that our nations neighborhoods have about as much uniformity attached to them as our nation’s public utility and transportation infrastructure has to it.

No matter how one looks at it, our America is at best a shambles of multiple generations of housing stock connected to multiple generations of public utilities and multiple generations of attitudes as to what it actually means to live on a given block here in our American 21st century. Adding to all of this reality is the fact that for the most part here in 2015 America, very few of the people who live in these homes on these blocks that make up our towns and cities work in industries that have anything whatsoever to do with the industries that built the infrastructure and the homes that created the neighborhoods to begin with.

Going into this thought a bit farther, not only don’t the people who live in these homes not work in the trades that originally built the industries that built the homes that built the towns that built the roads and built the economic strength of the town originally, they work in industries that for the most part don’t even acknowledge that such industries actually play a vital part in America’s entire national economic momentum. Whereas a computer engineer will sit in a lab some several miles away from the home he or she lives in and once that engineer gets home he or she continues to work on yet another computer, the notion of taking the time to look into the condition of the wiring in that home that brings power to the computer is as about as distant to the computer engineer as going out and harvesting eggs in the chicken coop before the sun comes up.

With little to no real thought going into the actual architectural or engineering integrity of either the home or the neighborhood the software engineer lives in and where in every other home in the neighborhood other professionals in equally unattached industries express the same level of basic architectural ignorance, the notion of “Painting a Typical American Town Green” is of course somewhat of a monumental task or goal to convey to those who actually live in our American towns today. But, as this notion is absolutely crucial to convey, as this notion is paramount to our nations’ overall industrial and economic future, we probably should be considering the fact that things really need to be readjusted.

When considering the notion of a truly green town, the list of issues needing to be addressed is indeed monumental in scope. As it is, discovering a realistic starting point from which every home in America is intelligently retrofitted not only for the whole energy management of the individual home but for the capacity of that individual home to integrate its’ energy footprint with that of the homes that reside on the rest of the block is of course the benchmark from which whole green mixed energy retrofitting must start.

As such a starting point is clearly municipal in scope, in other words such retrofitting can only be accomplished with comprehensive blueprinting of the whole set of infrastructure needs as those needs are disbursed through municipal management, another crucial starting point is financial in nature. How does a town go about developing a master retrofitting plan and make it affordable to virtually everyone in a community?

Local Building Code Design

The logical starting point that assures controlled, measured and sustainable retrofitting of a community’s housing stock is to establish a set of building codes that redefine the basic functions of every building system and part. From the ground water drain lines that need to be installed or re-installed along the concrete footings that support the concrete foundation walls to prevent damage to the foundation, to the foundation that needs insulation and waterproofing, to the fresh water and waste water lines coming and going to any given house, a host of new technologies that if introduced in a cohesive manner community wide would serve to not only upgrade the condition of building foundations but serve as well as launch pad for the new building trades and companies that will be required to do the work and grow the community’s economic base as well as tax base is of course step one.

As the nature of the above technologies serve to grow new community construction industries, they do as well serve to define and grow new municipal services that will be required to maintain the systems that manage the water that flows into, out off and around any given residential dwelling.
Whereas the historical nature of municipal code enforcement departments has been to write a set of ordinances that affect only new construction of buildings or the remodeling of existing buildings, the nature and the urgency and the scope of water utility retrofitting needed in virtually every American community is so enormous that the historical function of these building code departments which essentially can only demand of a homeowner that improvements are made when and if the homeowner undertakes renovation work all but ignores the fact that while one home on a given block might be upgraded, the rest of the homes simply will not be. This piecemeal approach to code enforcement has for several decades now virtually ignored the fact that everything that exists below the ground and is in fact a public utility must at some point in time be fully upgraded not in small parts and sections but holistically and all at once on virtually every block in every home in America. 

As this is true of our municipal water system, it is just as true with every other system that goes into either the upgrading of an individual home or a block of homes or an entire community of homes.

Local Sources of Revenue and Funding

Using just the above example of our nation’s clearly large need to retrofit our entire water based utility infrastructure, it becomes fairly obvious that multiple sources of revenue will be required to indeed accomplish this enormous task. As these revenue sources have historically been divided between a host of federal and state regulatory bodies, and, as these revenue sources have consistently dwindled over the course of several decades, with the advent of so many new water management technologies, just as many new revenue sources are making themselves known as today as well.
Thinking strictly of rain water run off technologies that are either above or below ground and that need to exist beneath, under or attached to every home, the revenue sources required to accomplish this task are abundant.
·         Consider rain water collection and monitoring systems attached to or adjacent to any given residential dwelling. (private sector investment)
·         Consider rain water filtration and dispersing systems dedicated to a specific residential property. (private sector investment)
·         Consider the above systems fully integrated into a larger municipal rainwater collection network. (municipal tax revenue)

Thinking of below ground and surface water run off technologies that need to exist beneath the foundations of every home and that also need to channel all surface water to specific municipal locations located adjacent to local residential neighborhoods.

·         Foundation drain tiling, the subsequent excavation of earth from foundations to install drain tiling. (private sector investment, building code inspection fees, municipal ground water taxation fees)

·         Surface water channeling via irrigation canals, underground cisterns, and controlled inlet and outlet surface level retention ponds. (private sector investment, municipal tax revenue, parks and recreation revenue)

·         Ground water irrigation of private property gardens. (private sector investment, building code inspection fees)

·         Ground water irrigation of public park gardens. (municipal tax revenue, parks and recreation revenue, private sector/municipal garden space leasing)

Thinking of fresh water supply line upgrades.
·         City water main block by block replacement planning. (federal and state funding initiatives, municipal bond letting)
·         Residential water supply line replacement up to water meter. (municipal water bill fee attachment)
·         Residential water supply line “in house” water supply line upgrade. (private building trade licensing fees, residential building code inspection fees)
·         Residential fresh water garden and lawn irrigation systems. (private building trade licensing fees, residential building code inspection fees, municipal lawn and garden water bill fee attachment, municipal/residential garden water dedicated metering technology. (private sector investment, municipal meter monitoring, integrated parks and recreation funding fee attached to water bill)

Thinking of residential sewer line upgrades.

·         City sewer line block by block replacement planning. (federal and state funding initiatives, municipal bond letting)

·         Residential solid waste sewer line replacement up to municipal sewer line. (private sector investment, private building trade licensing fees, residential building code inspection fees)

·         Residential gray water filtration systems. (private sector investment, private building trade licensing fees, residential building code inspection fees)

As it is relatively easy to see how the inoculation of a vast array of water management technologies not only grows a diverse and substantial network of new manufacturing and service sector industries while in the same breath accomplishing the larger task of bringing entire communities up to par in quite the dynamic “Green Way”, the financial avenues available to both the citizens and the municipalities is just as diverse. But of course, many more benefits emerge for the community as well.

When one considers the need for the community to become educated as to the extent these water management technologies can improve the overall quality of “Green Life” found within any given neighborhood, “Green Education Mandates” unfold as well particularly atthe community college level.   

In the essay I’ve linked to above, I define the community college as being key to the exchange of all educational matters that are “Green in Nature”. Whether a homeowner is considering the installation of a rooftop solar array, a geothermal heat pump or any one of a number of water management technologies, the only logical place to go to acquire the knowledge needed to design, operate, monitor, get an education for or a job in any of the “Green Fields” that go into making a community environmentally and economically sustainable is the community college. As this environment should serve as a clearing house for quality environmental knowledge, it should as well serve as a clearing house for quality economic development, investment and regulatory based information that directly pertains to the overall economic momentum of the community it serves.
As our entire nation is more or less comprised of communities that are divided up into blocks upon blocks of houses that are for all practical purposes, entirely technologically obsolete, as those who live in these houses are for the most part employed in industries that have virtually nothing whatsoever to do with either the reconstruction of our American homes or our American communities, once a true “Green Energy Management Dialog” is brought into the community via the combined efforts of private industry and municipal government, the likelihood of finding neighborhood homeowners who actually do work in housing related industries will improve exponentially as the neighborhood does as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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

Building Green Community Banks With Green Building Codes

How To Build A Green Community Bank

If we were to ask ourselves the real reason why our nation’s economy is in such a shambles, what would that reason be?

The obvious answer would be money and the fact that even though we are the wealthiest nation in the world, nobody has any money. That’s right, even though there are all kinds of people who do have money and an awful lot of these people have all kinds of money and even though there are all kinds of people who have some money and many people who have very little money, the fact of the matter is nobody really has any money at all. As this is surely the case today in our America, this obvious answer, is then, not the answer at all. So if money is not the answer, what is?

As far as I’m concerned the real answer to this question is threefold.

1. The first part of this answer is that we do not have a mechanism in place that allows for the intelligent disbursement of money.

2. The second part of this answer is that we do not have a mechanism in place that allows us to properly invest this money.

3. The third part of this answer is, of course, we do not have a mechanism in place that allows us to earn the money that is supposed to be invested and disbursed.

Even though we have literally thousands of new technologies ready to come on line and even though these technologies will clearly benefit the growth of virtually every industrial sector within our remarkably diverse economy, that diversity is not manifesting itself in any manner whatsoever. As it is not, it is imperative that we put a tangible face on the three answers to the above question.

As the first part of this answer is to create an intelligent mechanism that allows for money disbursement, that mechanism is The Local Community Bank.

As the second part of this answer is to create a mechanism that allows for investment of this money, that mechanism is also The Local Community Bank.

As the third part of this answer is to create a mechanism that allows that money to be earned, that mechanism is as well, The Local Community Bank.

No matter what it is that we as a nation are trying to figure out, until we figure out the role of The Local Community Bank,  all the money in the world is useless as that money has virtually no where to go. As this is clearly the case today, a model of the perfect The Local Community Bank  should probably be brought forward and as I have a tendency to think of such complex things, this essay will be about how in fact, the notion of The Local Community Bank might be structured and indeed brought forward.

To put this essay into context with everyday American life in everyday America, I think it would be appropriate to give the bank I‘m suggesting a name. As that name should reflect the continued and on going educational, industrial and economic evolution of the community that will utilize the services of this bank, it should as well reflect the historic character of the community this bank operates in. As this is the case, let me start this essay.

The Green Community Industrial Bank of Riverside, Illinois –
“Serving Our Community, Serving Our Nation”

A community bank historically has been a place in which members of the community have gone to do basic banking functions. Within those basic functions, one will deposit money into a checking account, a savings account and some sort of investment account set aside for retirement or for education or for a vacation and so forth. While these are all more or less traditional functions of a community bank, today in 2012, none of these functions have any bearing on the fact that nobody has any money. Community banks exist, some are doing better than others, some are successfully competing with national bank chains, some with international mega banks but by and large, none of our traditional community banks are doing very well anywhere in America.

When we look at the reasons why these community banks aren’t doing well, the most obvious reason they are not is that none of them feel comfortable lending money. As they do not, the whole concept of using community money to make more community money has more or less either flown out the window, or, much more likely, that money has been dumped out the window along with the bath water of ancient industrial factories that once employed millions and millions of Americans from a previous, and, of course once remarkably prosperous, industrial and economic age. While the above statement is 100% accurate and as community banks across America are extraordinarily cautious, the underlying fundamentals of this cautionary reasoning must be addressed and until these fundamentals are addressed, we might as well forget about any form of traditional economic recovery. But, as we are not in any manner whatsoever looking at traditional solutions to extraordinary financial challenges, it’s probably best to throw tradition out the window along with the money that has also flown out the window at least for awhile or at least for the sake of this essay.

Building modern community banking models, re-instituting traditional banking services, re-establishing the community bank as a true mirror of and financial anchor for thriving 21st century  technologies? If indeed a community bank is to ever again get into the business of loaning money, that money loaned should reflect the community’s collective knowledge of how new technologies serve to not only expand the growth of the local grocery store, but in turn, expand that community’s capacity to invest in the companies nationwide as well as locally that produce the technologies that grow local economies and create diversified pools of educated labor forces.

To put this into perspective, let me begin with a description of a relatively simple home improvement procedure.

Installing Rain Gutters.
" An Essay on Community Wide Rainwater Industrial Mismanagement"

Most houses in America have, at one point in time or another, been rained upon. No, I’m not being funny here, I’m being serious and I’m being serious to drive home a profoundly serious point. As this is the case, rain gutters have, over the course of time, collected and channeled rainwater away from rooftops and homes. Very basic, very simple and very much expected, the gutter is the gutter just as rain is rain and just as the person installing the gutter and the person cleaning the gutter are in fact called gutter installers and gutter cleaners and the person selling the rain gutter is a gutter salesperson. This goes on virtually every day in America, has been going on for literally centuries and in every bit the manner in which all of this has become a tradition, with the advent of so many new technologies, this historic and common sense collection of rain water industrial processes have become an absolutely useless waste of time, investment capital and, much more to the point, these processes have become what I choose to call " An Essay on Community Wide Rainwater Industrial Mismanagement".

None the less, community banks throughout America are being seriously under capitalized due exclusively to the fact that nobody in the town will go to the bank and ask for a loan to start up a company that will bring 21st century rainwater management technologies into the community and into the local economy via serious and in depth community based rainwater management conversation. Even though a small handful of people in the town might be aware of the fact that far more advanced rainwater management technologies do exist, the fact that the vast majority of the people who live in any given American town do not is the issue. As a forward thinking community bank, or, much more than likely, perhaps only one employee in the entire bank might recognize this fact, the bank as a whole will only be able to capitalize on the growth of new rainwater management technologies if its’ own investment bankers, and, indeed its entire employee pool are educated in the vast array of companies that indeed do manufacture these technologies across America. As these rainwater technologies are designed to improve the overall environmental conditions of the homes they are installed in, they are as well designed to improve the overall environmental conditions of the land the house is built upon. As the land the house sits upon is of course connected to the land of the entire community, residential rainwater technologies are of course tied to municipal rainwater technologies.

Having stated all of the above, how then, does the community bank get involved with the funding of both private sector residential and commercial sector rainwater management technologies and companies while also getting involved in the development of municipal rainwater management?

The Holistic Structuring Of True Green Municipal Bonds

A municipal bond is a municipal bond for a reason. That bond assures the community at large not only rainwater management will improve, but in the process of doing so, all local business sectors having anything at all to do with the manufacturing, sale and installation and continued maintenance of rainwater technologies will improve as well.

As one can see here, there is no rocket science to this scenario, green oriented rainwater management technologies really do exist and there is a substantial need in virtually every American community for such technology to become fully integrated into all aspects of a communities holistic public utility infrastructure. Yet before any such infrastructure can be put into place, there is quite obviously a substantial need to teach green rainwater management rocket science to the entire community before this scenario can be actualized, just as there is a tremendous need to regulate the application of these green rocket science rainwater systems. As regulation appears to be something that an awful lot of Americans don’t want, those same Americans are the ones that meet friends at the community bank every Saturday morning to talk about the ideas they read about in home improvement magazines and wish they could some day afford. Unfortunately in our America today, this ultimate love hate relationship between progress and tradition has been falsely expressed for far too long as a war between government and the people. Whereas once the entire community saw quite clearly the need to collectively improve the whole municipal infrastructure of the community, in today's remarkably awkward, if not altogether socially dysfunctional mindset, the advanced notion of technologically managing rainwater, which of course, has been managed both environmentally and economically by civilizations for literally thousands of years, has simply escaped the "economic mind fullness" of the banker, of the tradesman, of the homeowner and gardener, of the industrialist and of the municipality in which all of these otherwise ordinary and mind full Americans live in.

While people across America would love to have these technologies installed on their homes in every bit the same manner that they would love to have these technologies installed into the earth surrounding their homes, the collective lack of holistic rainwater management mind fullness breeds hatred for and contempt of new green technologies. As this hatred is not about the technology but about the fact that they live in communities that do not foster progressive, community wide architectural and economic development education, this hatred is really not hatred, but instead a collective frustration over the fact that no form of regulation exists that if it did exist, would clearly enable these technologies to be applied to the whole economic and environmental blueprint of the community.

As the notion of The Local Community Bank  does actually include the larger notion that The Local Community Bank  is aware of the fact that an advanced residential rainwater management system could easily cost a homeowner thousands of dollars, the failure of a community bank to lend the homeowner such money is then a significantly larger portrait of collective educational failure for the community as a whole. As I have described just one potentially quite lucrative, green lending concept here, there are indeed thousands more, all of which, when introduced properly, holistically engage the entire community in the larger dialog of house by house and neighborhood by neighborhood revitalization of virtually every home and every green industry that has the clear potential of making that home the economic magnet that attracts 21st century green industrial factories, service sector industries and retail industries back into the communities across America that have been abandoned by the 20th century industries that simply died.

The Holistic Structuring Of True Green Municipal Building Codes.

At the core of the entire community banking scenario I have described above is what I consistently write about on my blog. Having said this, the establishment of comprehensive mixed energy use national building codes that allow a mechanism of continued architectural and construction trade industrial dialogue to flourish will be the only rescue of our nation’s hopelessly stalled 21st century mixed energy use industrial economy. There is no more pressing issue than that of reconstituting our nation’s entirely collapsed housing, commercial and light industrial real estate sector. As community banks are crucial to the success of this endeavor, they are because they represent the only common sense link to global investment capital seeking the strategic fulfillment of the progressive investor's "Grand Green Global Industrial Investment". Unfortunately, today in our America, as every wealthy investor has the grand green dream, as every down home investor has the grand green dream, as every banker has in fact, the grand green dream of being the ultimate financial manager of both immense and modest investment portfolios, our American rain gutters just continue to rust.

Without clearly defined, federally regulated industrial parameters that every American can look to as the benchmark for local growth of advanced rainwater management technologies, virtually anyone with any sense that perhaps rainwater can become a substantially new area of industrial investment, remains out of work, pathetically under financed, and, quite sadly, undereducated. Establishing true green, regionally adjusted national building codes is then, the only way for local, scientifically advanced thinking hardware store owners, grocers and local bankers to meet and greet nationwide manufacturers of rainwater management technologies who may just find a very real investment opportunity in opening a new factory in a town whose old factories died decades ago from an ancient industrial draught.

Thanks for stopping by.


Curriculum vitae

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

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

Solyndra, Brilliant Technology Lost in the Abyss of Poorly Structured Federal Energy Legislation

The fundamental truth behind a truly expansive industrial free market economy is the realization that all industrial mechanisms needed to fulfill the total obligations of that market economy must be clearly known, fully understood and actually put into place before that whole economy can expect to  work as a whole economy.

As market based economic development today in 2011 must include a most comprehensive understanding of all aspects of "emerging 21st century advanced energy management technologies", unfortunately today in 2011, none of this is actually taking place. In scattered bits and pieces, in disjointed, politically one sided arguments for one type of energy technology and against another, the much larger and all conclusive non-argument must ultimately be acted upon. As all of these technologies make up the core mechanisms that must control and coordinate the growth of our whole 21st century, mixed energy use industrial infrastructure, they in turn make up the core mechanisms of the economic infrastructure that needs to be in place for that industrial infrastructure to be built in the first place. Simply put, we as a nation cannot, will not and should not expect any form of sustained economic growth until a broad and comprehensive re-industrialization initiative is put in place.

As what we are now learning about the Obama administration is that in spite of it's otherwise very positive intentions pertaining to the development of alternative energy technologies, pursuing the collective growth of these technologies has been done through a very narrowly focused environmental and economic lense. Unfortunately, as that lense has been embellished by unnecessarily complex and one sided federal funding regulation, the vast array of new energy ideas that should be free to flourish unhindered by such over bearing economic constraints sit hopelessly dormant. Yet, regardless of whether those ideas are related to the advanced technological harvesting of energy from oil or the sun, the fact that any form of political or federal favoritism towards one energy sector as opposed to another exists, belies the larger point that all of these energy sectors must coexist at the very same level of advanced environmental and economic thought. We simply cannot have one without the other.

The failed upstart company Solyndra, funded almost exclusively by federal loan guarantees, not only did not produce the economic momentum clearly needed to launch our nation (and this company) into the forefront of global leadership in the "green energy sector", but in turn, served to continue the great interpersonal political rift between democrats and republicans nationwide. As this rift is primarily about the role the federal government should play in nurturing the growth of new, green national energy policies, hand picking certain technologies (and companies) to fund while ignoring the potential of other technologies goes to the much larger issue that the federal government should not be in the business of selecting technologies to invest in but instead, be strictly and creatively and solely in charge of assuring that all technologies related to energy production are balanced in and of themselves so that "everyone else can invest in them".

This essay is one of a series of essays designed to impart a rather complex nationwide industrial, economic and educational set of conversations. As these conversations are most certainly about assuring green energy technologies enter into our whole mixed energy use industrial marketplace, the manner in which they are able to do so is crucial to understand. Thus my essay on developing nationwide mixed energy use micro-public utility grids while at the same time developing mixed energy public transportation grids is part of this larger national conversation.

As public education is perhaps the most crucial aspect of our entire national energy dialogue, outlining and defining the framework of this public education dialogue is another essay.

As refunding (or refinancing) our national public education system is clearly needed, how mixed energy use, regionally based industrial regulation will allow for this funding to materialize is yet another essay. Finally, with our entire nationwide stock of homes, commercial and industrial buildings in need of substantial, highly technological, mixed energy use retrofitting, how will the establishment of truly substantive nationwide mixed energy building codes not only support a most sustainable/substantial nationwide building reconstruction initiative, but in turn create an unprecedented redefinition of both real property valuation and progressive mortgage lending based upon that 21st century real property valuation? You can find a link to this combined essay here.

As what must come about immediately in our whole national economic growth dialogue is an accompanying whole industrial dialogue as well as a whole public and private sector funding dialogue, I attempt in these essays to put something quite complex into definably less complex terms.

As the brilliance of Solyndra's (CIGS) thin-film technology has been its ability to successfully convert energy from direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity over its 360-degree photovoltaic surface and that brilliance enables a broad spectrum of architectural applications throughout America, the unfortunately wrong conclusion on the part of the government was to place the economic potential of this particular technology into direct competition with the economic potential of flat silicone panels that fundamentally have an entirely different technological function as that function is applied to the same or different architectural applications throughout America.

In other words, just as oil is refined to meet the consumption needs of a vast array of industries and associated technologies, solar energy technology must also be refined to successfully compete and grow within its own energy sector as well as effectively merge with other energy sectors. Thus, for our government to be involved in any manner other than assuring these technologies are regulated for "basic truth in advertisement" within the much broader framework of how all energy technologies must be regulated to assure environmental and economic cohabitation is, in our 21st green industrial century, a virtual assault on the intelligence of all (corporations) who could and should be free to build and weave their multi-faceted (corporate) technologies into complex and highly sophisticated, regionally and locally based, multi-energy source public utility grids. As the only (and I might add substantially diverse) federal level regulatory control of these multi-dimensional utility grids is to assure a tremendously accurate, reliable rate of clean production, delivery, end use and recycled use and perpetual maintenance of the end corporate energy product and accompanying corporate service(s) related to such corporate product(s), the federal governments role must be solely that of a manager.

Getting back to Solyndra for a moment, and its' brilliance in creating 360 degree solar generation and in turn viewing the brilliance of flat panel solar technology. The fact of the matter is this simple; virtually every home in America has a spot on its roof where 360 degree solar technology could be applied. In the same breath, virtually every home in America also has a spot on its roof where flat panel solar technology could be applied. This is not only true of solar technology, but it is equally true of natural gas technology as it is true of vertical axis wind turbine technology as it is true of horizontal axis wind turbine technology as it is true of multiple applications of geothermal technology. Regardless of the technology, virtually every home in America has a physical space within its architectural footprint that enables multiple uses of multiple energy technologies to interact collectively within that footprint. As this is true for every home, it is equally true for every retail storefront, every office building, distribution warehouse and every factory housed within any piece of architecture existing in our collective United States of America.

Having said this, If a virtual kaleidoscope of energy based public utility architectural technologies were applied to every piece of American architecture, an equally diverse kaleidoscope of new building trades would emerge to expand these public utility technologies into the private sector marketplace in the process. This is not a fanciful (or fantasy filled) statement. As at the core of this statement lies the root cause of our nations' current housing and building industry economic collapse, it is perfectly clear to all who have any association whatsoever with these industries that American architecture by and large is at the very least, a redundant essay on the failure of our federal government to establish an advanced set of public utility blueprints that truly allow the building professionals of America to compete globally with their European and Asian counterparts when it comes to building state of the art, technologically advanced American architecture that wholly integrates 21st century energy management technologies into virtually every single one of our buildings.

As the dialogue here is about moving the technologies of a vast array of energy management theories into the realm of actualization - into the realm of the average American - into the realm of tangible investment potential - into the realm of doing as opposed to talking about doing, it is important to understand that micro-public utility models applied to American architecture or clusters of architectural buildings found in thousands of existing American sub or micro-neighborhoods that comprise larger towns or cities be understood as being the benchmark from which full and comprehensive mixed use energy infrastructure has the only real chance to grow and prosper.

With the great failure of the Obama administration to move virtually any form of green energy legislation forward and towards a relatively commonplace national economic dialogue and at a time when it is obvious to virtually every American that such legislative dialogue must indeed move forward, one has to ask why a supposedly intelligent collection of environmental, legal and financial experts have had virtually no impact on igniting the flame of free market excitement over the growth of green or indeed mixed use energy infrastructure here in our America in 2011.

An answer to this puzzling, mixed use energy policy conundrum is really quite simple.

As virtually every aspect of our nation's energy/public utility infrastructure is now and has been growing more and more obsolete for the past fifty years, the notion of applying the technology Solyndra manufactures or the technology any other solar manufacturer offers to this utility infrastructure is most certainly doable and quite valid, but only within the constraints of it's isolated technological capacity.

At the top end of our monolithic national energy/public utility pyramid remains of course an expected and (somewhat) reliable dependency upon fossil fuels, yet even with the most sound environmental, technological and economic management of fossil fuels, there are tremendous constraints on these energy sources as well. Yet attempting to integrate the green nature of solar, wind, geothermal and the like at this top end does virtually nothing to either environmentally or economically advance the greater potential of either fossil or green energy sources. Thus, the perpetual argument of all who represent a specific energy source as one that must compete with another energy source altogether fails to realize that within our collective 21st century industrial evolution, entirely new and dynamic economic opportunities arise when all energy sources are purposely isolated from one another and each energy source has very clearly defined parameters from which that energy source must function economically on it's own before it is allowed vivid, technologically managed cohabitation with all other energy sources.

As the above model of deliberate isolation of energy sources has as it's end goal the immediate and significant potential of creating wide spread and indeed massive consumer demand, the overarching reality of what today is being put forth to the American consumer via the Obama administration, which is the notion that eventually highly complex, federally funded and constructed public utility infrastructure will help them economically is entirely pointless.

Unfortunately, the reason why this incredibly narrow federally funded viewpoint is fundamentally pointless is the failure to realize that  as all of the additional components that make solar (or any other energy technology) work by itself or in integration with all other forms of energy production, generation, distribution and usage must first be installed not on a few acres of worthless California desert test grounds, but literally on the homes of  homeowners who live in virtually every environmental region of our United States of America, not only must this be done nationwide, but it must be done on a mass scale that includes virtually every piece of architecture located within that region before any industrial and/or economic and/or job growth in any energy sector and on any viable or measurable nationwide economic scale can or will be realized..

In other words, as the Obama administration has become obsessed with inventing the perfect green infrastructure model, it has done so on the premise that federal money will continue to fall quite magically from the sky and in doing so award the likes of upstart companies such as Solyndra with a set of wonderfully half ass federal funding initiatives and an equally half baked industrial recipe as to what Solyndra might actually be able to do with the meager amount of federal dollars the federal government actually has in it's hopelessly in arrears, federal savings account. While this might sound humorous, the fact of the matter is infrastructure is infrastructure and with every generation of new technological invention that broadens the definition of infrastructure, the definition of how to finance whole infrastructure improvement becomes equally broad. But as we are now a nation poised to integrate a vast array of technologies that manage an equally vast array of energy sources, the manner in which we as a nation bring these technologies on line does not have to be as complicated as either futily waiting for two to three decades before solar cell technology is priced competitively with any other form of energy management technology or foolishly expecting the federal government to subsidize a particular energy sectors' economic growth if and when either member of two redundantly opposed political parties agree. When all energy technologies are essentially public infrastructure technologies, they are as well public infrastructure utilities that when fully and properly structured can be invested in by the stockholders, employees and homeowners who are involved in the ultimate manufacturing, use and maintenance of this whole body of energy technologies right now, today, here in 2011 as opposed to some hopelessly obscure time in 2033.

In order to actually activate all of these energy technologies simultaneously, a strict code of multi-use energy discipline must be applied uniformly across the entire spectrum of energy sources now available to us in our whole United States of America. As no singular expert who works in any of multiple and varied and cumulatively dynamic energy sectors has ever really taken the time to actually look at how coal per se can interact with wind energy for the mutual benefit of both industries, the question becomes; what would such an ambitious 21st century energy blueprint look like if in fact someone actually did?

To tackle the question above, consider the possibility that such a scenario is really not all that difficult to figure out especially when we take the time to understand one basic engineering principle - "every energy source has it's "economic melting point" or perhaps more precisely, it's "environmental merging point with other sources of energy".

The technology of solar can only go so far in it's capacity to sustain "collective energy co-efficiency" before recognizing it's need for help from a much larger family of energy sources.

As it is virtually impossible for solar energy technology to produce enough electrical generation to consistantly provide all of the power needed to truly operate all of the electrical devices found within a truly advanced technology 21st century home, it is economically counter productive to assume that natural gas or any other individual fossil fuel source can or should be able to do the same. As it is (due to constantly fluctuating temperature) virtually impossible for solar energy to provide the year round passive or active heating needs of a home in Vermont, it is economically redundant to assume that natural gas or fuel oil or propane can do any better in and of itself(s). Yet once the two energy sources are combined, they immediately produce a much more non stressful energy and economic environment for one another as well as the consumer who lives in that home. If natural gas knows that solar will relieve it's energy load and vice a versa within the architectural footprint of any given building, excess capacity from either energy source can be diverted to other buildings that are perhaps experiencing either more or less energy stress. This economic cohabitation of multiple energy sources is then the measure of where each energy source reaches it's negative economic melting point and thus meets it's proactive economic and environmental merging point with other sources of energy.

As the greatest industrial and economic as well environmental calamity in our nation's early 21st industrial century is clearly thus far, the obsessive socially oriented bickering among our collective experts in hopelessly separated and nationally estranged environmental and energy fields and as the cause for such bickering is fundamentally about who is bigger and better, who is environmentally conscious and who is not and/or who (in quite the absurd fashion) is more morally bound to idealisms that mean virtually nothing to our nation's much larger and urgent 21st century industrial imperative, who or what ideal (they represent?) will get the most federal funding to improve their or its' isolated vision of individual infrastructure is then, meaningless.  But, as single source energy infrastructure development is proving quite clearly to be well beyond the funding capacity of either the private or public sector, multi-source energy infrastructure development simply eliminates our national counter-productive and indeed industrially negative emotional response to these funding problems while at the same time, generates an enormously broad social momentum devoted entirely to multi-source energy sector job creation.

In both the manufacturing sectors charged with producing and the on site construction sectors associated with installing "multiple energy sector technologies", the greater and historically positive and progressive American industrial social principle of "economic co-habitation" or simple "United American Industrial Teamwork" remains as the benchmark from which we as all Americans can all actually turn our now misguided and negative industrial emotions into a vast array of clearly positive emotional and economic outcomes. In addition, this same cohabitating set of industrial principles leads directly to technological management of information technologies required to produce multiple energy sector coordination in every bit the same manner as it leads to the direct establishment of both public and private sector education and training models.

To put the above paragraph into perspective, please consider this:

While natural gas is clearly one of the cleanest fossil fuels on (or inside of) our planet, getting that natural gas via pipeline from where it is drilled and where it is used is quite costly in and of itself. But, the moment the cost associated with the installation of that pipeline is shared by the cost of installing the infrastructure of solar, wind and geothermal, multi-capacity infrastructure development turns immediately to multi-capacity job creation and multi-capacity investment and investment return in and from the multi-capacity infrastructure being installed.

When one really thinks about the above statement for awhile, it is easy to realize that the capacity we as a nation have to benefit financially from such infrastructure co-development is virtually astounding. Thinking just for a moment about the single goal of installing the single infrastructure for a single source of energy all across America, think about this. How many household appliances actually require the consumption of natural gas? The answer is relatively simple, there is the furnace needed for heating our homes, the dryer for drying clothes, the hot water tank we retrieve water to bathe in and the stove and oven needed for cooking our food. That's about it. Yet, the very moment we place an entirely new technological need for natural gas into our broader national mixed use energy equation, an entirely new definition of mixed use energy infrastructure emerges.

Obviously in our nation's current economic environment, very few homeowners can either afford to replace their old energy inefficient furnace anymore than they can afford to replace their ancient clothes dryer or stove and oven or water tank. Even if Americans nationwide were living in an economy that was thriving, the fact of the matter is that upgrading the furnace or the clothes dryer does not justify the cost associated with constructing a nationwide natural gas infrastructure to supply the fuel needed for these appliances to actually do their job. The simple math of diminishing returns simply applies and as it does, in no time, it becomes abundantly clear that natural gas development does not in the end, pay for itself without enormous federal government subsidizing. As too much government subsidizing of virtually every energy sector(including green as in "Solyndra") has already brought our nation to a virtual economic halt, it is fairly obvious that buying furnaces and clothes dryers designed to operate solely on either natural gas or electric probably won't solve any of the varied and massive structural economic problems facing our nation here at the close of 2011.

So, if federal funding of separate or "single source" public utility energy infrastructure isn't working, what might be the outcome if instead of a too narrowly focused federal policy on public utility infrastructure funding, federal regulation of a truly mixed use national energy policy were to be put in place?

If, instead of the federal government buying into or showing undue favoritism towards a particular new energy technology all energy technologies were properly placed into new and dynamic micro models of public utility infrastructure, what would the overall economic outcome be on the one hand, and, on the other, what would such an advanced 21st Century Industrial Infrastructure Blueprint actually look like?

Let me suggest the following:

If we know (and we do) that production and distribution of natural gas has a limited economic shelf life within the constraints of our twentieth century single use industrial and economic infrastructure model as that model pertains to supplying this gas to our nation's immense collection of buildings that make up neighborhoods, towns and cities, what happens when within our 21st century infrastructure model, natural gas is freed up to leave home?

The answer to this question is really quite exciting.

Knowing (as we do) that virtually no one in America can continue to afford to purchase appliances powered by natural gas without also being employed in the industries that manufacture natural gas appliances, the answer to the question above clearly becomes a threefold question in and of itself;

Question Number One

When and how does a stationary natural gas appliance grow wheels?

Question Number Two

When that natural gas appliance leaves the homeowners garage on wheels, does that vehicle enter into the realm of new public utility transportation infrastructure?

Question Number Three

If the infrastructure is on wheels, then doesn't it appear somewhat obvious that we as a nation have created a substantially new public highway improvement funding mechanism?

I will explore my version of these questions in my next essay entitled:

Our Next American
Public Utility
Infrastructure Model

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