Archive for 2005

Peak Oil Frequently Asked Questions

September 13th, 2005 / Energy Transition / Comments Off on Peak Oil Frequently Asked Questions

What solutions are best in the long run? Won't substituting for fossil fuels inevitably mean a lower net energy yield? At some point, aren't we bound to eventually dissipate earth's energy and mineral resources? Isn't it futile to try to grow our way out of this predicament? Don't we need to discuss other options? Can't we reduce our consumption? Isn't happiness to be found in consuming less?

America’s day of shame, loss, and mourning

September 11th, 2005 / Current Affairs / 1 comment

Confronting the fourth anniversary of the horrific September 11 attacks wasn't enough. Today brought new mourning for the victims of hurricane Katrina, and a new darkening of the American mood. Adding insult to injury, we have the religious gloating of rising Al Qaeda bogeyman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and a new terror tape from former Orange County resident and self-styled jihadist Adam Gadahn.

Earth is Not a Closed System

September 9th, 2005 / Energy Transition / Comments Off on Earth is Not a Closed System

Deconsumption Nazis, shrill advocates of "peak-oil" induced collapse, and "die-off maniacs" have missed the point. So have the so-called "cornucopians." No rational person would assert that earth's resources are unlimited. But humans today are limited by our concepts and approaches as to what constitutes an effective solution to a problem. Most governments have chosen oil subsidies as their solution to almost everything. This has led to ever increasing technological efforts to extract more energy, faster. We are quickly approaching the limits to this type of growth. Oil production will peak sometime between now and 2014, depending on whose estimates you believe. World production will then begin an inexorable decline, much as U.S. production has declined since 1971. But the surface of the earth is not a closed system, so Malthusian arguments about the Second Law of Thermodynamics do not apply. The earth receives constant massive input from the Sun, which for any human purpose, is virtually unlimited. There is also a large amount of heat energy in the form of radioactive decay within the earth, which is again for all intents and purposes unlimited. Ocean temperature differentials, wind power, etc., etc., but they are all derivative of solar energy.

Articles of Interest - The Real Price of Gas

September 8th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Articles of Interest - The Real Price of Gas

Articles of Interest - The Real Price of Gas Gasoline externalities revealed: $5 to $15 per gallon.

Hydrogen

September 7th, 2005 / Energy Transition / Comments Off on Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an energy carrier, not a source. It is extremely abundant, but only bonded to other atoms--it must be separated before it can be used--which takes energy. So it ...

Katrina Aftermath

September 7th, 2005 / Current Affairs / Comments Off on Katrina Aftermath

The finger pointing and blaming is only just beginning. But we should look beyond the specifics of New Orleans and face our unwillingness as a nation to confront problems we do not consider imminent. Here are a few problems for which we are woefully unprepared:

New Energy Transition Page

September 5th, 2005 / Energy Transition / 1 comment

Over the past few months, I've been compiling links and information related to the coming world energy transition. The world is waking up to the fact that it cannot continue on with business as usual. The recent oil price runup, coupled with the vulnerabities to supply disruption spotlighted by hurricane Katrina, makes this a certainty. My current interest in this phenomenon was sparked by an author with whom I very much disagree. James Howard Kunstler's "The Long Emergency" sent me on a journey of research and soul-searching. My first reaction to his book was extremely negative. But the more research I did, the more I found that the first part of his thesis is correct--namely that we are nearing the peak of world oil production. There are few analysts (aside from Daniel Yergin) who will say otherwise.

Man commutes on horse

September 5th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Man commutes on horse

Man commutes on horse Right in line with JH Kunstler.

Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans

September 1st, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans

Scientific American: Drowning New Orleans Very prescient article on New Orleans from 2001.

Over Three Hundred Proofs of God's Existence

August 29th, 2005 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on Over Three Hundred Proofs of God's Existence

Over Three Hundred Proofs of God's Existence Yaaaaahooooooooo!!!!

The terawatt challenge - Richard Smalley's top 10 problems

August 29th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on The terawatt challenge - Richard Smalley's top 10 problems

The terawatt challenge - Richard Smalley's top 10 problems

WorldChanging: Winning the Great Wager

August 29th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on WorldChanging: Winning the Great Wager

WorldChanging: Winning the Great Wager Excellent summation of entire sustainability dilemma.

Montana's governor eyes coal to solve U.S. fuel costs - Yahoo! News

August 26th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Montana's governor eyes coal to solve U.S. fuel costs - Yahoo! News

Montana's governor eyes coal to solve U.S. fuel costs - Yahoo! News Great idea!

LA Weekly: News: Bush's Energy Disaster

August 26th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on LA Weekly: News: Bush's Energy Disaster

LA Weekly: News: Bush's Energy Disaster Couldn't have said it better myself.

9 States in Plan to Cut Emissions by Power Plants - New York Times

August 23rd, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on 9 States in Plan to Cut Emissions by Power Plants - New York Times

9 States in Plan to Cut Emissions by Power Plants - New York Times Finally a step in the right direction. Going to be hard to do without ...

FedEx throws switch on California hub's solar-power energy system - 2005-08-09

August 9th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on FedEx throws switch on California hub's solar-power energy system - 2005-08-09

FedEx (NYSE: FDX) activated the solar-power system Tuesday during the dedication of the hub at Oakland International Airport. The solar-power system is California's largest corporate solar-power installation and ...

God vs. Darwin: no contest - The Boston Globe

August 9th, 2005 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on God vs. Darwin: no contest - The Boston Globe

''Intelligent design" boils down to the claim sarcastically summed up by aerospace engineer and science consultant Rand Simberg on his blog, Transterrestrial Musings: ''I'm not smart enough to figure out ...

From Superstition to Savagery

August 8th, 2005 / Newswire, Religion / Comments Off on From Superstition to Savagery

PALANI, India -- At sundown, Pusanidevi Manjhi recalled, nine village men stormed into her house shouting, "Witch, witch!" and dragged her out by her hair as her six small children ...

Chemist Tries to Solve World's Energy Woes

August 7th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on Chemist Tries to Solve World's Energy Woes

August 07,2005 | CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Daniel Nocera arrives at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by 7 a.m., goes home 13 hours later -- where he often ...

NEC develops organic battery for IT use | InfoWorld | News | 2005-08-04 | By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service

August 5th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on NEC develops organic battery for IT use | InfoWorld | News | 2005-08-04 | By Martyn Williams, IDG News Service

Researchers at NEC have developed a new type of rechargeable battery that is based on organic compounds and could be useful in a wide range of IT-related applications, they said ...

FT.com / Markets / Commodities - Cocktail of concerns push crude to new highs

August 5th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on FT.com / Markets / Commodities - Cocktail of concerns push crude to new highs

Crude oil futures hit another record high this week on a series of factors including the death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, a coup in Mauritania, the death of ...

Carbon copy canine reignites ethical debate over human cloning - Yahoo! News

August 5th, 2005 / Future Tech, Newswire / Comments Off on Carbon copy canine reignites ethical debate over human cloning - Yahoo! News

SEOUL (AFP) - The world's first cloning of a dog has raised concerns that scientists are one step closer to replicating human beings, despite the breakthrough pointing to treatments for ...

ENN: Environmental News Network Grad Student Believes Wood May Replace Oil

August 4th, 2005 / Energy Transition, Newswire / Comments Off on ENN: Environmental News Network Grad Student Believes Wood May Replace Oil

MOSCOW, Idaho — A University of Idaho graduate student believes the answer to the world's crude oil crisis grows on trees. Juan Andres Soria says he has developed a process ...

08.02.2005 - Faster carbon dioxide emissions will overwhelm capacity of land and ocean to absorb carbon

August 4th, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on 08.02.2005 - Faster carbon dioxide emissions will overwhelm capacity of land and ocean to absorb carbon

BERKELEY 013 One in a new generation of computer climate models that include the effects of Earth's carbon cycle indicates there are limits to the planet's ability to absorb ...

wnbc.com - News - NYPD Officials Reveal Details Of London Bombing

August 3rd, 2005 / Current Affairs, Newswire / Comments Off on wnbc.com - News - NYPD Officials Reveal Details Of London Bombing

"Initially it was thought that perhaps the materials were high-end military explosives that were smuggled, but it turns out not to be the case," Kelly said. "It's more like these ...