Konstantin Josef Jirecek
"We the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible, for the ungrateful. We have done this so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing."
He was a mid-level civil servant in a still Royal-elite time that was being slowly dragged into the classes leveled 20th century. Results: 1914 to 1918 war. With old-class leveling revolutions. And it still took a follow up war, or two, three, to put Colonial-elitism finally to bed.
“I am so smart that you need to support ME, to do all of the heavy-lifting thinking, planning, governing.” then the new evolving elitism. Fully evolved now.
In ~2013 I had been reading studying wood-for-power heavily for six years. I went back through my notebooks and reading and totaled up the declared valuations spent from ~1992 to 2013 on Big Top-Down sponsored ALL-Biomass projects.
1/2 billion dollars US. Yes. At least $500,000,000. USD.
Where were where working systems?? Idled. Scrapped out. Sold-off. Boned-out.
$63 million on the Connecticut “bio-mass” electrical power generating station. $13 million on an Alaska coastal CHP project. $7-8 million on a Hawaii project - (showed up as Lab and advanced filtration equipment on an Industrial sell-off site).
Many, many more. The World bank Tech Paper 296 has a very thorough analysis of why their sponsored 1990’s, all failed. In fact they state awareness of only TWO at the time of that reports publication wood-for-electricity operations were still functioning. One at a Micronesian island Christian religious High School where the director was determined to cut their diesel fuel dependency. Overcome all problems.
The other was two, Mennonite communities in Uruguay who wood-milled for their incomes. They would not allow on-site inspections by the banker-engineers.
In this same time periods it has been the getter-done individuals been making up and using the four major woodgas types systems. Hundreds now.
Betcha’ all total been only a few hundred thousand spent to put all of these private-initiative wood-to-shaft-power systems into existence.
Ha! I’m out ~$20,000 cumulative myself 2007 to now for all woodgas activity expenses.
Others a bit more. WayneK, Jim Mason, Ben Peterson, VesaM, JohanL, MaxG . . . fill-in-your-own-names.
When you have given all that you got . . . had to wait/earn to be able to do more . . . that is really caring for the future.
tree-farmer Steve Unruh