Breakthroughs to Energy-resource Justice: Interview with author, by Chester Ptasinski
Jeane Manning is an award-winning Canadian author. In 1981 she learned about a network of inventors, engineers and scientists who research non-conventional energy generators with the goal of giving humankind clean energy abundance. Since 1986 she has traveled extensively – interviewing these people and attending energy conferences about breakthrough energy systems that could replace oil and nuclear fission reactors.
Her books are published in six languages. The most recent, co-authored with industrial scientist Joel Garbon, won a silver medal in the international Independent Publishers’ 2009 Outstanding Book of the Year competitions. Its title is Breakthrough Power: How Quantum-Leap New Energy Inventions Can Transform Our World.
Q. The subtitle of your new book covers a broad scope. What do you mean by ‘how quantum-leap new energy inventions can transform our world’?
A. That refers to the implications of breakthrough energy-converting inventions — for people, ecosystems and the economy. Sweeping changes become possible. So the subtitle refers to social, economic, cultural, financial as well as environmental transformations.
Transformation in this context means democratization of creative scientific exploration.
Today there’s energy apartheid on Earth. The “haves” can power electronics, appliances, homes, greenhouses and workplaces and buy fuel for transportation without hesitation, while “have-nots” don’t have access to fuels and reliable electricity or can’t afford them.
However, the disparity can be eliminated by turning toward radically different energy sources. Experimental devices show that tapping into ambient background energy or other sources for low-cost, clean energy abundance is possible. These possibilities open the door to new energy systems that can be fairly accessed by all.
Furthermore, the emerging science underlying “new energy” and new propulsion technologies can also be applied to fields ranging from architecture to health. Understanding the background energy of the universe will open us to vast heights of knowledge.
Q. Your book begins with the down-to-earth here and now, so let’s do the same. What does ‘new energy’ mean?
When my co-author and our colleagues use the term to describe an invention or an area of research, it means a leap forward to a new understanding of how to tap into a clean energy source – usually a previously unrecognized source.
“New energy” is defined by the advocacy group New Energy Movement as a class of innovative and super-efficient low-cost, clean, decentralized energy systems that includes a variety of quantum-leap-new inventions. They have the potential to replace today’s polluting energy technologies and clean up Earth. New energy systems are practical and can be developed with relatively low research and development budgets, but have usually been unacknowledged by mainstream scientists and their followers in the media.
New energy does not refer to incremental improvements to existing technologies; we’re not talking about solar, wind turbines or geothermal, (although we encourage their use). Nor are we talking about standard technologies of the hydrogen fuel cell industry. Standard energy alternatives are expensive, intermittent or unwieldy compared to the potential of outside-the-box “new energy” alternatives.
The New Energy Movement is not aligned with industry advertisements that frame the expansion of the nuclear fission industry as clean or “new energy.” That’s dishonest propaganda, and nuclear fission being sold as clean energy technology drives me up the wall. The problem of disposing of radioactive waste has not been solved by that industry.
Building nuclear power plants is expensive and involves using nineteenth-century technology – consuming fuel to create steam to drive turbines. Not new.
Meanwhile, we have an opportunity to go in a fuel-less direction. There’s compelling evidence for a variety of clean local approaches arising from original thinking and experimentation with working prototypes. The best approaches work in harmony with nature. Unfortunately, much of the research is languishing in underfunded laboratories.
Q. How about some examples?
A. To keep it simple I’ll mention just a few of the many types of innovations that we write about. They include:
– Energy converters which innovatively manipulate magnetic fields to create electricity;
– “Crystal Converter” type of inventions that convert background energy to electricity without using moving parts or batteries;
– Water-as-fuel inventions that resonate water molecules, with hydrogen released super-efficiently at point of use to provide power;
– Breakthroughs in “cold fusion”, now known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions;
– Solid-state (no moving parts) devices in which electronic circuitry and materials resonate with cosmic background energy;
– Sonofusion – using sound frequencies to create tiny bubbles that implode and release an excess of energy;
– Vortex technologies — working with nature’s favorite motions instead of against nature.
Q. Hasn’t cold fusion been dismissed as junk science?
A. The class of tabletop experiments that twenty years ago were labeled “cold fusion” may be something other than standard fusion of atomic nuclei. But not junk science.
Whatever they’re named, those experiments have been replicated internationally, which is a scientific success. However, the disinformation campaign against that field has been even more successful. So yes, it’s dismissed by hot-fusion establishment physicists who count on the millions of dollars they’re collectively paid for working on their expensive particle accelerators. Their dismissal is glib, because they expect fusion in a metal lattice (palladium) to act the same as fusion in hot plasma and release radioactivity as happens in their accelerators.
Elsewhere, tenacious scientists continue cold fusion research. Japan, Israel and Italy have the most advanced programs, and Russia, China, France, South Korea and India are spending on cold fusion too. Their successes involve real outputs of excess energy, unlike the huge particle accelerators. It’s quite a contrast.
Transmutation of elements happens in some of these experiments. That could possibly be applied to cleaning up radioactive waste. We don’t know how cost-efficient it would be, because none of the new-energy scientists have been able to get funding to pursue it further. Vested interests are instead committed to encasing the wastes in glass or some other established method.
Q. You mentioned a wide spectrum of research and you name many more types in Breakthrough Power. Do the various inventions have anything in common?
They are parts of an exciting creative field whose time has come. Underlying many of the inventions is emerging science that’s evolutionary in contrast to materialistic, reductionist science. We see it as science of a higher mind. Many of the new approaches involve a study of how the universe really works. Examples are the work of Nassim Haramein, seen at www.TheResonanceProject.org, and the rediscovery of concepts of past thinkers such as Dr. Walter Russell and John Worrell Keely who was perhaps 200 years ahead of his time with his “sympathetic vibratory physics”.
(Interviewer’s note: Helena Blavatsky discusses the occult significance of Keely’s work in her 1888 book The Secret Doctrine, Volume 1).
The energy revolution will eventually be seen as part of a revolution in consciousness. The old paradigm is about competition, and belief in energy resource scarcity. The new paradigm is about cooperation. The new worldview will have to be about laying down arms — an end to the days of physical conflict. It can be the biggest revolution in human consciousness ever — from warring to caring.
Q How could that happen?
A. I hope that as the new science reveals the incredible interconnectedness of all life, that understanding will be the foundation for humankind’s new story.
And energy-resource abundance itself can be a powerful tool for building a higher civilization. It’s not a cure-all, but it is a levering and leveling tool that’s becoming available at the right time.
Q. A higher civilization — on Earth?
A. Does it sound too idealistic in a time of increasing violence? Consider this: our era is changing fast, and while something is in motion you have the opportunity to change its direction. You can’t turn a parked car without forcing it, but when it’s moving swiftly a mere tug on the steering wheel can result in an entirely different destination.
Q. Quantum physics talks about “zero point energy”. Is that a basis for the energy revolution?
A. Zero point energy experiments sometimes deal with a force called the Casimir force which pushes things together at the very small level – billionths of a meter. But tiny machines aren’t likely to convince us to support a new-energy revolution.
The mainstream view of zero point energy usually limits the concept to something like “vibrational energy retained by molecules even at a temperature of absolute zero”. Not very inspiring, just a jittering movement of atoms, and that definition doesn’t cover the unknown source of extra power that pours into some of the experimental apparatus. Perhaps zero point energy is just one indication of something bigger — a primordial and more powerful field underlying physical reality.
Q. In that case what would be a better phrase than ‘zero-point energy’?
A. That question hasn’t been settled yet. In Breakthrough Power we list thirty phrases from among the confusing array of names researchers use to describe the inexhaustible energy that pervades all matter.
The first inventor I encountered, in 1981, was searching to understand what constantly replenished the strength of powerful permanent magnets that were doing work in his innovative magnetic motor/generator. He settled on the Eastern concept of “prana” as the source of magnetic power and named his company Pran Technology. So terminology choices relate to whether the researchers’ overall worldview exists within the old reductionist / mechanistic paradigm, or within the new paradigm embracing the holistic / vitalistic viewpoints.
Perhaps there’s a continuum of subtle energies, and the new energy research will shed light on holistic health modalities.
Another name given to the background energy is “orgone”. The word was coined by the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich. Part of my own journey included study of the fringe science called orgonomy; in the 1980s a persistent researcher of that worldview relentlessly phoned to educate me. When he told me that everyday nuclear power plant emissions sicken the life force in the atmosphere, my gut reaction indicated this is true.
I predict that in the future life-oriented scientists will acknowledge the reality of such a life force and how it’s negatively affected by today’s radiative technologies. Perhaps the orgonomists are correct in their model of the movements of this force in the atmosphere – stagnated or vitalized — and how weather and climate are affected.
I began by being interested in energy inventions that were said to tap into orgone, but soon realized that the implications of that area of study go far beyond the orgone motor. The website aetherometry.com is a source for some of that knowledge.
Q. Are these unusual classes of inventions seen as ‘sustainable’ by the environmentalists?
A. Generally the environmental movement has shown little interest in truly game-changing breakthrough energy technology. Perhaps that’s partly because icons of the movement are vested in promoting solar and wind and preaching the gospel of energy scarcity.
Environmentalists are doing a wonderful job, but in some ways have a limited vision that doesn’t address the whole picture for the whole world. We believe there are better answers for global energy needs than the limited palate that’s usually presented.
Investment of money or reputation in standard technologies such as biofuels is only one factor keeping environmental leaders away from the revolutionary approaches. Other factors include fear of ridicule by established science icons, fear of change or fear of being seen as embracing technology – which doesn’t make sense, but that fear and that political correctness exists. One Canadian environment ministry official told me he is “against technological solutions”!
Regarding sustainability, the enviro-community doesn’t acknowledge that revolutionary energy breakthroughs offer the possibility of going beyond sustainability to restoration. I mean that instead of merely sustaining today’s scenarios, we could clean up our environment. Some of the water-as-fuel systems have the potential to clean up pollution in rivers while they produce electricity. Power-dense new energy systems could also make extensive recycling feasible. Currently, recycling certain metals is too energy intensive.
When abundant energy resources are shared among the human family, it will free up human ingenuity, energy and time for projects such as reforestation of Earth.
Q What sector is most interested in energy breakthroughs — the military?
A. Unfortunately yes, military activity is the biggest consumer of fossil fuel, and the military sector displays intense interest in sequestering energy breakthroughs. Military interests get first look at patent applications related to revolutionary energy systems. Inventors (for their part) are often swayed by patriotism, and list defense applications when describing their inventions.
However, we insist that any of the new-energy discoveries are for the common good, not for any one institution. The good news is that there’s a growing spirit of sharing among new energy researchers — a determination that science, technology and other forms of learning and culture are meant for everyone to use, wherever they live on the planet.
Q. How could these breakthrough inventions transform the economy?
A. The high cost of fuels, oil wars and aging power grids are economic challenges that would disappear with a changeover to new energy systems.
In recent decades new energy inventors have been warned that “free energy will wreck the economy”, but people now see that national, state and municipal economies are faltering on their own without any help from “disruptive” technologies.
Breakthrough energy systems could indeed be a shock for society, so they should be introduced at a rate and in a manner that ensures that everyone is on board and is asking for them. A changeover wouldn’t happen overnight anyway, because of the great inertia of familiar energy systems.
Q. You and your co-author, Joel Garbon, say that people can get involved and make a difference in society’s energy choices. How?
As a first step you can educate yourself and be open to new ideas. Question the status quo and be alert to the way energy topics are framed in the mainstream media. Recognize that vested interests would prefer that you remain confused, fearful of ridicule and apathetic.
After reading an introductory book such as Breakthrough Power or researching on your own, speak out to whomever you can. You can write letters to editors or contact politicians. Show that people want more than what the energy giants are offering. Tell politicians they need to acknowledge serious breakthroughs in the energy field, not just incremental improvements to well-known alternatives. The human family faces crises and needs to progress faster than those slow steps would allow.
People will be more likely to make a difference if they catch the excitement about new energy research being part of a bigger picture.
Q. As a final question, can you reveal something about the ‘bigger picture’?
A. I’ve seen ample evidence that the human family aspires to become more than what it is now. And anyone tuned into a source of inspiration intuitively knows that a higher civilization on Earth is possible. I expect it will flourish first with energy justice – peoples everywhere having access to low-cost heating and cooling, irrigation, clean drinking water, communication technology, education opportunities.
A more peaceful world can result from energy abundance and equality of opportunity. In such a setting, availability of leisure time unleashes human creativity in the arts and sciences. A new field of education can start, with vital parts of the curriculum being knowledge of subtle energies and how to live in harmony with nature.
Architecture can be transformed with new materials resulting from processes in research areas such as fractional hydrogen. Cities anywhere on the planet could be aesthetically pleasing cultural centers with quiet streets – no noisy fuel-burning transportation — and soaring translucent buildings. Any excess heat can be converted into electricity and cooling with the new technology. And conversely no one needs to shiver in a cold apartment.
A reprieve from the struggle for survival could give beleagured humans a chance to find out who they really are – a most gratifying lifelong process.