Thought it would be good to start off after my blog break with a positive news story. This is Dutch research on a technology being called Blue Energy that separates positive and negative ions in saltwater. It is hoped the technology will be commercially viable or production in the 20's. So long as they don't sell out to big oil who will sit on the patent to eliminate competition. Most of the Earth's population lives on the ocean so this would be pretty sweet.
With the insanity of the spread out power grid the majority of electricity is LOST in transmission. Check out this chart below from the US Department of Energy. Furthermore, most energy is used to complete bullshit like heated handsoap or industrial excess. I wonder how much is lost just sitting idling in traffic. Have bioregional power sources and more efficiently using electricity would certainly help pave the way for a brighter future.