Mr. S.D. and Ms. C.W. both sent this story to me, and I encountered other versions of it while I was investigating the Fukishima story, and I mention the latter story in this context because it's worth mentioning. But first, the two articles:

Japan's Plan to Supply all the World's Energy from a Giant Solar Power Plant on the Moon

Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant

Now, if you're like me, the idea of a nation which cannot or will not get a handle on the Fukushima disaster running giant solar power plants on the Moon and beaming the power back to Earth doesn't seem exactly comforting. What if, for example, those microwave downlinks were inadvertently focused? Think charcoal here, folks.

Which brings me to the real problem here.  Readers of my book Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations will recall that I mentioned an unusual project cooked up - pun intended - in 1968 by the insane American military-industrial-intelligence-finance-apocalypse complex. The "project" called for a system of "microwave energy satellites" that would capture the Sun's energy and beam it back to the Earth. There was just one teensy tiny problem. The microwaves thus beamed to Earth would have to be collected by antennas at sites that would each generate five gigawatts of electricity. Each of these stations would occupy 145 square kilometers of land, and would not allow anything - human or otherwise - to live there. The sites would be constantly cooked in a huge microwave.(See my Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations, p. 244).

That was the 1968 plan.

Now the Japanese plan, you'll note, is considerably bigger:

"Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations."

And the Japanese have a point: why bother with launching satellites when the Moon is already there and could provide so much energy at the cost of a few robots and solar panels?
Well, the impracticality of the idea is evident from the 1968 proposal: what regions of the Earth do we want to see perpetually baked by microwaves? Deserts probably.

But if you're like me, you're smelling  something here...another, more sinister possibility. One cannot weaponize space with WMD's without an outcry... so your big shiny 250-mile wide equator spanning microwave weapon - imagine cohering it into a maser - is sold as a "power plant," when in fact its other use and potential is as a region-busting, even a continent-busting, one shot kill WMD. Let's not forget the Nazis came up with the idea of a giant orbiting space mirror weapon during the Second World War. The Japanese have updated the concept with solar panels and robots, parked it on the Moon. Add masers and "voila!"

So I suspect what we're looking at here, folks, is the first in a series of "memes" that will be pushed in coming years, and it's being aired by the Japanese because we all know what environment-friendly peaceful non-military folk they are (imagine if the proposal came from, say, Russia or China or France or the USA... the suspicion meters would be instantly into the red zone). The meme of "lunar-solar power" or "selenosolar power" will be increasingly quietly pushed. But as I've said so many times before, as our technological proficiency increases, our physics, and our technology, becomes increasingly unified, such that, at the flip of a button, a power plant can be changed into a horrendous weapon. (Indeed, it's a very old idea). A Moon-sized maser is a very nasty thing to think about indeed.

But why even dream of such a thing? I suspect, once again folks, that behind the first level, the public story, of a Moon-sized microwave broadcasting power plant, and behind the deeper story of a Moon-sized maser, there might be an even deeper story. Obviously, such a weapon would be a geopolitical balance breaker on planet Earth. One cannot envision such a thing being constructed without a real degree of international cooperation and oversight, lest Earth itself become a target. So why construct such a monstrosity? Well... cohered microwaves on that scale could just possibly, just conceivably, strike large and powerful targets at a great distance...

This story is, in other words, not just a one-off by a Japanese architectural firm (and why did they waste their time and money proposing such a thing? Japanese architectural firms don't just sit around conducting free-of-charge studies for nothing or no one... that's like the Kobe Shipyards saying "oh those Yamato battleship plans are just a study").  In a world where space collateralization and asteroid mining and property rights on the Moon are increasingly a subject of serious discussion, you can rest assured this idea will not go away.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. marcos toledo on December 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    What’s the mania with coming up with ideas to make electricity expensively and dangerous to boot. What are these people dreaming of turning the Moon unto the Death Star. And thank you for answering my question about turning commercial nuclear reactors into weapons Mr. Farrell.

  2. Frankie Calcutta on December 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I’m all for ambushing our mean, ugly cousins when they return to try and take our toys away again, but turning the Moon into an artillery base is a big mistake. If we miscalculate and don’t take the intruders out in the first try, they might direct their fire at the Moon and pulverize it. I doubt we could survive without the Moon. We would turn into Mercury– scorched due to a lack of obliquity. Not to mention the shards of disintegrated Moon that would come crashing to Earth. For this reason, I wouldn’t even recommend dragging an asteroid or somebody else’s moon to use as a forward base. Too much falling debris, if things go wrong.

    My suggestion would be an Earth orbiting weapons platform that we craft ourselves. Made from a material that will not break into millions of rocks and pelt the Earth. A material that may in fact absorb enemy attacks and possibly even deflect them. In the least, a material that would probably just catch on fire and melt, giving Earthlings a reminiscent show or, under energy weapon pressure, may even explode and splatter– becoming a detriment to the attacker. This material would be cheap, would require no new factories or technology, is American made, and has been estimated to have a shelf life of thousands of years. Yes, I am talking about marshmallows. The most important food item everyone should have in their fall out shelter. (I believe marshmallows may prove to be more tradable than gold when the apocalypse comes).

    A moon made of marshmallows would not only be an excellent weapons platform, but could also serve as a decoy and throw the enemy navigation systems into disarray. Moreover, it could have numerous peace time applications as well. A big marshmallow moon could provide more light in the night sky which would help those people who are scared of the dark and be a boon to a lot of businesses like golf courses that have to shut down when it gets dark. It could certainly help the children’s book publishing business which has been stagnant of new themes for quite some time. A marshmallow moon could also serve as a penal colony for dangerous criminals like serial killers or even worse– banksters. (of course, chances are the clever banksters would find some way to get control of the marshmallow maser and then take Earth hostage. Or, in the least, start selling moon marshmallow as a must have elixir and get themselves rich again. Who knows, maybe they would even find a way to get us Earthlings to accept marshmallow as a new currency?)

    And just imagine thousands of years from now when Earthmen, no doubt living in the stone age again, gather around the fire and listen to their elders share legends about the still visible second moon and how in ancient times people use to take pieces of the moon with a stick and cook it on the fire for eating. It not only gave visions and spiritual enlightenment, but immortality as well. It became so coveted, that men began to fight over it until one day they all agreed to launch it into space out of their reach using great magic, but still within sight so they would never forget the potential for war this moon stuff brings. It became a symbol for the evils of war. Or maybe in another cave on the other side of the world, a shaman will tell the children the story of the lonely Moon goddess who asked Earthmen to give her a companion. So the Earthmen took all of the most precious substance known to man and shaped her a moon and delivered it to her out in space using giant birds. In their great devotion to the goddess, the selfless Earthmen left none of the precious white substance for themselves. The Moon goddess was very happy and the two Moons have protected humans from enemies beyond the Moons ever since…

    oops! got to run. The gas man is finally here to fix that leak.

  3. DownunderET on December 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    “The only thing that gives me a headache is the Moon”…Sir Isaac Newton

    Looks like the Japanese have caught the “Dreaming Disease” from NASA’ public relations department.

    Oh, I’d like to know how they are going to finance this little exercise.

  4. basta on December 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Personally, I think these ridiculous, insanely Hollywood sci-fi/pie-in-the-sky schemes are nothing more than the most obvious form of propaganda-conditioning-mind control rolled into one ueber lie.

    The thinking goes like this: put out a news story about a ridiculous “free energy” scheme that is so costly, dangerous, complex and insanely improbable that it would never work and so the average sleepwalking consumer will then be conditioned to think that you can run your automobile on water (or name your favorite suppressed overunity/cold-fusion scheme here) is insane.

    • jedi on December 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      from the Shining “all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy”….so dull he never figures out the pile of bs.
      Thats why Johnny “the caretaker” froze to death in the maze.

  5. Robert Barricklow on December 13, 2013 at 10:00 am

    To Boldly Go Where No Evil Has Gone Before…

    • basta on December 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Wonderful comment–gave me a good chuckle, so a big thanks!

      If only it were true!

      Sadly, I think our beautiful, tattered planet is the Poland of our corner of the galaxy–I deeply suspect that evil has been trundling through here, back and forth as fronts shift, for quite a while.

      • Robert Barricklow on December 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        evils been around the galaxy,
        in nevereland,
        and probably,

      • Robert Barricklow on December 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Can’t resist.
        Evils’a also commandeered the Beach Boy’s:

        I Get Around
        I’am Gettin Tried Of Speedin’ Thru
        The same Old Galaxies
        I’ve Got to Find A Nwe Place
        Where Life’s Is Innocent…

  6. DanaThomas on December 13, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Space – Kennedy – Japan…
    November 2013: Ambassador Kennedy bows to the Emperor

    • BetelgeuseT-1 on December 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Yes, this was on Japanese TV for days. Utter hysteria and hype.
      More brainwashing for the gullible Japanese people.

  7. James on December 13, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Microwave perturbation of Plasma can elicit some lets say less than desirable effects…. Ever put a plasma globe in a microwave? Perhaps useful if the sixth extinction is object of effort…..

  8. jedi on December 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

    anyone wonder the root origins of the word maser.

    The moon behaves like a giant battery, ever ready.

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