For the last forty years or so, the trend in American politics, culture and the intellectual elites of the country has been to ignore the deindustrialization of the country. In fact the elites have been enablers of the process through polices and behaviors that strangled the industrial companies and their business.
Or the realities of life on the beaches of Southwest Asia.
Recently I created a post about the history of machine tools. Here’s that post.
Since I did that post I’ve found some great pictures, links and videos of the tools and how they changed over the years.
A while back the EPA produced a draft report that said that fracking a well doesn’t pollute ground water. So the final report has come out and surprise, the wording has been changed to say that fracking could harm water supplies even in the absence of data. Here’s how the Wall St. Journal wrote about the report.
This showed up in my twitter timeline recently.
Now I don’t actually believe that the Maldives are being submerged by rising sea levels caused by global warming. Still the idea of repurposing old drilling platforms as seasteads is interesting. They might interesting places to live. Though living would be, by necessity, be confined in some ways. Larhe apartments and spaces are going to be rare, for instance.
Still there aren’t really any showstoppers. Huge ocean structure are already being fabricated for oil drilling and production. People live on them for long periods of time. It’s likely that offshore structures for various activities are going to get larger in the near future.
Not just oil and gas, but mining as well
New technologies are making possible to grow vegetables very efficiently.
People are also developing new ways to farm the ocean.
Who knows where it’s going to lead. Even without the supposed AGW catastrophe seasteading might become no different than any other minerals town. It might even move like the town in Gargantia.
With advancing genetic and regeneration technologies they might even reinvent themselves to better suit the ocean environment, though I doubt that they would turn themselves into giant space squids.
Living at sea has some exciting potentials and the possibility of a new kind of living. Only though if we create the fertile ground that lets pioneering like this happen. Otherwise we risk the kind of world like the one that Poul Anderson came up with in Orion Shall Rise.
On their side.
A long time ago, a good friend of mine tried to get me a job in Corpus Christi TX. It didn’t work out, but I got a good look at some of the largest structures ever built, the giant oil rigs for the Gulf and other locations. I found some old photos that I took a while back and them some Youtube videos.
The gigantic rigs are fabricated at Gulf Coast Marine.
And Keiwitt Offshore Fabricators.
Here’s a bunch of links and videos to put these amazing structures in perspective.
Making large forgings.