Boom! Richard Trevithick, what do you make of that?

“Boom! What do you make of that?!” I ask my imaginary friend (the Richard Trevithick), again, as I drive home (in my Nissan ?). Drilling 4500m down to consider clean energy, right here (Cornwall), right now (August)?
It’s them again, those magic miners, that story since school days in Truro, hearing about another hot rocks milestone being passed.
The passion of these Men and Women of Science has no bounds, 4500m! The deepest mine in Cornwall is at 1000m. What will be down there, apart from heat? It’s not even about “will it work” it’s about “because we carefully can” and so much knowledge will be released. It’s like when they burst through deep, deep ice in Antarctica to explore past climate and life, as one bright spark said, “Hang on! We mustn’t contaminate it with ‘us’ let’s contain our atmosphere and protect it from that first.” What’s there? Most of you will grin and think, ‘a Cornish miner for sure.’
This excitement digs deep in us, renews our faith in man, not only to put things right, but to enlighten us with knowledge. They are about to tap into that massive granite resource, and as it upwelled during that great event, the Variscan Orogeny, the immense excitement upwells again in us, with the best timing. Beautiful United Mines, whatever they find, you reign again.
I’m writing this as I listen to the dawn chorus, it’s not yet 5am. Too excited to sleep. Later today, while preparing for next weeks Flood Forum board meeting, I’ll hide a little yawn and smile to myself, about the potential for Cornwall’s people and it’s super granite – the Cornubian batholith – to make the Anthropocene just a tad groovy.
? Charged yesterday as the sun poured on the small solar roof, thus exported to the National Grid. What would RT say? I ask him out loud regularly…then, like you, I think ‘men in white coats…’ ?


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