I am very impressed to see your LUCA article. I have been immersed for decades following the "metabolism-first“ school of origins of life (vs the traditional "RNA -first" school long considered a key part of biology's Central Dogma story).

The key citation of this article is William Martin & Michael J Russell's On the origin of biochemistry at an alkaline hydrothermal vent. It was Russell, in the wake of the 1979 discovery by Jack Corliss et al of high-temperature, ultra-low pH, acidic hydrothermal "black smoker" vents off the Galapagos Islands [shown in the photo of the giant red and white…

NOTE: In recent years, thousands of cities, colleges, and companies have joined with states and nations in pledging to achieve deep (net zero) reductions in GHG emissions. Global GHG emissions exceed 45 billion tons (or Gigatons) annually — the equivalent of a large volcanic eruption occurring every 10 hours throughout the course of a year — and has been called a super-wicked problem. The social cost of atmospheric emissions (referred to as SCARs) is estimated to exceed $5 trillion per year. Many institutions have yet to make the pledge, and even among those making the pledge many are falling short…

National Critical Mission for the Decade

NOTE: The following win-win-win initiative focuses on one of the top priorities that should be immediately pursued by the President and Congress: strengthening homeland energy security against a surfeit of 21st century vulnerabilities, threats and risks to our nation’s economy and social stability. It is presented here as an urgent action to be taken, in the form of an issuance of a Presidential Executive Order, followed by additional Congressional actions essential for the timely success of this national security infrastructure transformation.

Microgrids Boost Energy Resilience and Independence at Military Installations


New Security Perils

America’s economic and national security faces a looming tsunami of risks and…

What it got right, and mostly got wrong


Michael Moore’s recent film, Planet of the Humans, is, sad to say, unnecessarily bleak in tone, content, and conclusions. One fully expects a Moore movie to be in-your-face contentious, provocative, and highly controversial. Exposing some bad actors doing bad things, whether politicians or corporate executives. That it certainly is, but this time unexpectedly turning up the heat and focusing the spotlight on the actions and advocacy positions of climate and environmental organizations, renewable energy companies, and political leaders on climate and environmental actions.

This has left these advocates and leaders, typically fans…

Military Strength Civilian Energy Systems for Real Homeland Security in this Century of Risky Uncertainties

Climate of Fear

For nearly two decades since the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. by al-Qaeda extremists (15 of the 19 were Saudi Arabian citizens), the U.S. has been mired in a “war on terrorism”. Appropriations for national security are now $1.1 trillion per year. These wars have been overwhelmingly financed on credit by increasing the annual federal deficits; a tax liability now estimated at $6 trillion, or ~30 percent of the national debt.

Yet, as the citadel conservative think tank, The Cato Institute, found…

Abraham Lincoln famously said, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Truer words have never been spoken.

Take the case of the United States’ 95 large nuclear reactors operating in 29 states. According to the 2011 detailed review by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “subsidies to the nuclear fuel cycle have often exceeded the value of the power produced. This means that buying power on the open market and giving it away for free would have been less costly…

Michael P Totten

CEO, AssetsforLife. Nearly a half century training as a planetary physician. Yale degree in life-long learning, specializing in curiosity. Native of Milky Way.

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