As I discovered the hard way, contrary to my business school indoctrination, there is little that resembles a free market in the USA, particularly in its energy industry, and there has never been a truly free market, a real democracy, a free press, an objective history, a purely pursued scientific method, or any other imaginary constructs that our dominant institutions promote.
They may all be worthy ideals, but none has existed in the real world.
In 1987, we moved our business to Ventura, California, where I had been raised, before the sledgehammer in Boston could fall on us.
I still held my energy dreams, however, and in 1986, eight years after that first paranormal event, I had a second one that suddenly caused me to move up the coast from Los Angeles to Seattle, where I landed in the middle of what is arguably the greatest attempt yet made to bring alternative energy to the American marketplace.
I have published this essay in other formats: format (10.7 megabytes) and format without visible links (the closest experience to reading a book), to honor different methods of digesting this essay, but this html version comprises the online textbook that I intended this essay to be. NASA recruited my father to work in Mission Control during the Space Race, and I was trained from childhood to be a scientist.
My first professional mentor invented as Nikola Tesla did, and among his many inventions was an engine hailed by a federal study as the worlds most promising alternative to the internal combustion engine.
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