Living up to the words of Russell Means, the late Oglala Lakota activist and cofounder of the American Indian Movement, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota are leading an effort toward energy independence.
This effort, if successful, could serve as a model for how to slow anthropogenic climate disruption.
Their hope is based on a controversial clean energy technology, which is often discredited as conspiracy as it quietly moves into reality.
Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) is being considered by many to be the future of energy.
LENR is defined by E-Cat World, an industry site based on the work of LENR innovator Andrea Rossi, as "the phenomenon where anomalous amounts of heat are created when certain metals (e.g., nickel, palladium) absorb hydrogen or deuterium and an external stimulus such as heat or an electric current is applied. The reaction takes place at a relatively low temperature and sometimes results in transmutation of elements as well as the production of heat."
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I wish them well, but for some reason important details always are left out of such pie-in-the-sky stories. For example:
*What will be the source of the hydrogen or deuterium?
*How much energy is required for their production, and how does that change the energy balance?
*How long will the nickel/palladium matrix last? What are its production and disposal costs?
*Is this really "clean" energy? What happens to the radiation which is produced by the reaction?
Once again, I wish them well. Getting this to work may not be all that easy.