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Denial and Failed Energy Projects
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 22:38:40 EDT by vlad

The Elephant Under the Rug: Denial and Failed Energy Projects
by Thomas R. Blakeslee, Clearlight Foundation

At the World Renewable Energy Conference in Glasgow I recently witnessed the strange phenomenon of group denial first hand. After a paper about hydrogen-fueled cars, some embarrassing questions were asked about the practicalities of storing and delivering hydrogen to the cars. The questions were dismissed and the questioners meekly backed down. I wanted to jump in and set them straight but keenly felt the group pressure to not ruin the party. I couldn't do it!



Groupthink is a strange phenomenon resulting from our deep genetic programming as herd animals: If our peer group is ignoring the giant lump in the living room rug, we will naturally imitate their behavior and walk around the elephant hidden there. We tend to be drawn into a sort of mass hallucination where everyone conforms to an unspoken agreement to ignore the inconvenient but obvious truth. We walk around the lump without consciously seeing it.

Group denial can be dangerous. The housing bubble and the dotcom bubble are recent disastrous examples. The loan officers, realtors, journalists, investment bankers and regulators that caused the housing bubble were all blind to the developing problem as they rationalized and convinced themselves that every thing was OK. It is now painfully clear that they were unconsciously caught up in a fantasy world of denial. When you're making lots of money, it's natural to think that you must be brilliant. Your peer group supports you and nobody wants to spoil the party. It's not intentional, just human nature....

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/reinsider/story?id=53467



 
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Re: Denial and Failed Energy Projects (Score: 1)
by malc on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 01:22:24 EDT
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Hence the need for rules and the law.  This bypasses the group herd mentality. Unfortunately depending on your political bias (left/right etc) the rule of law is made out to be a hinderance depending on what you are trying to control  or rather prevent from being anti social. No one can deny that the consequences of the group herd approach to credit has caused an awful lot of harm to society.

The rule of law enforces safety protocols which must be met in order for a hydrogen car to be viable.  In this case group avoidance will cause group poverty as they ignore the law that prevents them from being granted a licence to build!



Hydrogen fueled cars, ludicruous (Score: 1)
by Rob (rob@zpenergy.com) on Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 06:56:27 EDT
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The whole idea of hydrogen cars is so utterly ludicruous:
http://www.metricmind.com/data/bevs_vs_fcvs.pdf [www.metricmind.com]




 

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