Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You have help at hand!

New visitors to the chronicles from the future may first wish to visit the past, by reading the earlier hologramletters. (see the older listings on the right, go to the bottom and click the link to the earlier hologramletters)

NOTE The following is an adaptation from the soon to be released book ‘Letters From 2030’. To register interest on its release, or to order a copy email Bob Williamson via this link.

January 8th 2030

You have help at hand!

He pondered how he could encourage the brilliant Katey to take Anthony into her confidence.

He knew as an ally she would prove one of his strongest supporters. If he could jog her memory from 21 years ago when he wrote of her research into methane releases in the Arctic regions, that in 2008 were equal to all the man made emissions from the entire United States of America a staggering 20% of total greenhouse gases back in those days, she would realise she now had regained the support and respect she so rightfully deserved.

To Anthony - You have help at hand!

Anthony my friend, I have exciting news for you. I don’t know how to put this subtly. You have brilliance and a legendary environmental warrior in your midst. The person you know it be Patricia is no other than Katey Walter.

You’ll remember her from my book. She was the person who warned the world back in 2007 of the thawing permafrost in Siberia and Alaska. Do you remember?

I suspect she is hiding under the name Patricia now as she may fear the same ostracising from you or others as she received in 2010. The conservative science community viewed her as too outspoken about the potential of accelerated methane releases as the Arctic warmed, at 3-4 times the global average in the first decade of the century.

You must tell her you know me.

I have put the following hologramletter segment together for you to play to her.
Once you have her confidence you should be able to gain much of the access to the HAARP complex you are looking for. If anyone knows its secrets she will.

Let me know if my plea to her helps.

Until later my friend ……………. Hello Patricia do you recognise my face? I have aged somewhat.

You still have the passionate eyes I remember from back in 2008 when we last hooked up via video conferencing. That technology now seems as ancient in the history of man as the safety we enjoyed at the time.

Do you remember telling me of your fears back then if the world failed to heed your research? You warned them with such passion ‘This newly recognized source of methane is so far not included in climate models.’ Your estimates suggested the area had 500 gigatons (1,100 trillion pounds) of carbon, largely in the form of ancient dead plant material. You warned ‘Permafrost models predict significant thaw of permafrost during this century, which means that yedoma permafrost is like a time bomb waiting to go off—as it continues to thaw, tens of thousands of teragrams of methane can be released to the atmosphere enhancing climate change.’

Do you remember me now? My eyes, my passion and my concern for man have not wavered either.

You have a great ally with you there in your compound. Anthony.

Anthony and I are; like you and I were once. We; like you were then, not fearful of raising the voice of concern loudly to change the future to one that was safe for those that would come after us. What was it you told me the native American Indians said? "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

We must now ask ourselves as custodians of that moral obligation why we failed in that duty of trust.

Katey – yes Katey you must now take up that challenge once more. You must now rekindle all the passion and hope you once had. Work with Anthony as you did for the world back then and you and he can achieve much.

Until next time ….Stay safe – stay indoors. Much hope to you all.

He switched off the monitors and returned to his thoughts. ‘We borrow it from our children’


  1. What will happen if this methane is released?

  2. Sorry Bob I just posted a question - What will happen if this methane is released - I forgot to say it was me Julie Jones from Salt Lake City. I've been back to your letters a few times now but didn't post comments. Is this methane thing real and a problem or just part of the story?

    Thanks JJ

  3. Hi Julie
    Thank you for your question and for visiting the letters. Feel free to leave a comment anytime you come to the site, even if it’s just to say hi. I know lots of people are interested in the series and are keeping up with the story even thought they don’t leave comments. So it’s good to get your feedback.

    This series is of course fictional, but you’ll find a lot of the parts to the story are in fact, non-fiction. Myself and the other writers you’ll meet here are incorporating the reality about climate change and the way it will affect us by 2030 into the story line. So when you see numbers as in the methane releases you’ll know they are based on my research, theirs, or on what is being revealed by the wider scientific community. Katey Walter is a real person and her research and findings are well known.

    Those releases of methane from the thawing permafrost and from what are called methane hydrates or clathrates (ice like crystals in the shallow Arctic ocean and permafrost seabed) are potent greenhouse gases. Methane is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. I won’t go into that in full detail here or what will happen but you might like to read something on this I recently wrote. You can find it at –

    You have said you have a copy of my book on the way, so when that arrives you’ll find this issue and many more facts that you didn’t know falling into place from reading the book. That’s non-fiction too. There are many greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide that are contributing to global warming.

    Greenhouse Gases – do you know Julie, you just got me thinking. Greenhouse gases - almost sounds like a good thing so maybe we should call it something else to show what it really is. Greenhouse somehow paints a GREEN picture. I think from here on in I‘m going to call them HOThouse gases. That’s what they are really doing to our home on this planet after all. They are turning it into a hothouse. Can you see the hothouse with all the doors shut, getting hotter and hotter until all the plants shrivel up and die? That’s far more like what will happen if we don’t get emissions down to where Mother Nature can handle them by her natural processes.

    Again Julie thanks for visiting the Letters from 2030 and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have – that is what the Foundation is all about.

    My best wishes to you and your family.
    Bob Williamson

  4. The E.P.A said in its proposed endangerment finding that "based on rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific analysis of six gases - carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride - that... these gases are at unprecedented levels as a result of human emissions, and these high levels are very likely the cause of the increase in average temperatures and other changes in our climate." Human health and welfare was thus threatened by increased severity and intensity of storms; more frequent drought, heatwaves, and forest fires; rising sea levels; and harm to water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems.