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About Barry A.F.

Barry A.F. I've had an interest in renewable energy and EVs since the days of deep cycle lead acid conversions and repurposed drive motors (and $10/watt solar panels). How things have changed. Also I have an interest in systems thinking (or first principles as some call it), digging into how things work from the ground up. Did you know that 97% of all Wikipedia articles link to Philosophy? A very small percentage link to Pragmatism.



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The Rules Of Acquisition & How They Apply To Climate Change — Part Two

August 17th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

I suspect, being a progressive bunch, at least a few of us are Star Trek fans. Climate denial is mostly funded by oil company greed and oil company actions are meant to maximize their profits. So, the idea of this series of short (somewhat satirical) articles is that climate change denial will be analyzed under the lens of each stated rule, how it applies, and what we should consider for our strategies to achieve climate victory over oil company greed


The Rules Of Acquisition & How They Apply To Climate Change

July 28th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

I suspect, being a progressive bunch, at least a few of us are Star Trek fans. Climate denial is mostly funded by oil company greed and oil company actions are meant to maximize their profits. So, the idea of this series of short (somewhat satirical) articles is that climate change denial will be analyzed under the lens of each stated rule, how it applies, and what we should consider for our strategies to achieve climate victory over oil company greed


Did Douglas Adams Explain The Roots Of Climate Change Denial & Cleantech Backlash?

June 26th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: 1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. 3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things. —Douglas Adams


Tesla Should Advertise, Part Deux

June 24th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

Last week I wrote about why Tesla should advertise. That stimulated plenty of discussion, some pro, some con, and a fair amount of pushback. This article is meant to address the many points raised by commenters and add extra perspective to the first article


Tesla Should Advertise

June 17th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

At this point, Tesla has awoken the giants to the need to transition to electric vehicles (EVs). They are slowly [&hellip


Curtailment Is The Easy Answer

June 15th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

In a recent article, we found that curtailment of renewables may be cheaper than grid scale energy storage. Sometimes, the [&hellip


China Is Eating Our Lunch While We Watch

May 20th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

One way or another, the future is coming for us. While we have not yet "decided" whether it will be climate disaster or climate saved, time will tell.The developed world's recalcitrance is not only costing us time in preventing the runaway effects that are coming, it's allowing China to gain a foothold and increase its influence, wealth, and power on the world stage


Are We In Danger Of Abandoning The Age Of Enlightenment?

May 14th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”Sun Tsu



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