Monthly Archives: July 2011


Perpetual Motion. Robert Park. 28 Jun 2002. “Free Energy, APS speaks out on Perpetual Motion”. Playground. Mike Wendland. 3 Mar 3, 2003. Kiddie Power. Detroit Free Press. Soap. Michael Steen. 16 Sep 2002. A squeaky clean future for the … Continue reading

Posted in Far Out | Comments Off

Geothermal – can it make up for peak fossil fuels?

Only a few urban areas are near potential sources such as volcanoes, hot springs, and geysers. There are two components to the geothermal resource base: hydrothermal (water heated by Earth) that exists down to a depth of about 3 km, … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Energy, Energy, Geothermal | Comments Off

Wind power will not save us

SCALE.  Too many windmills need to be built to replace oil. Worldwide, 32,850 wind turbines with 70 to 100 meter blades generating 1.65 MW built every year for the next 50 years, or 1,642,000 total would be needed to replace … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Energy, Energy, Wind | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Solar Power Overview

Solar generation is about .06 percent — six hundredths of 1 percent (.0006) — of renewable energy consumption in the United States. EIA. June 2006. Renewable Energy Annual. It will be hard to scale solar up to anything meaningful in … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Solar | Comments Off


2008. Alice Friedemann. “The Hydrogen Economy. Savior of Humanity or an Economic Black Hole?” Skeptic Vol 14 No 1, 48-51. Skeptics scoff at perpetual motion, free energy, and cold fusion, but what about energy from hydrogen? Before we invest trillions … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Energy, Energy, Hydrogen | Comments Off

Hydropower is temporary. Dams silt up, there are limited rivers, and they do harm

1) Ultimately dams silt up, usually within 25 to 200 years, so hydro-power is not a renewable source of power. 2) We’ve already dammed up the best rivers. There are now more than 45,000 dams around the world, affecting more … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Energy, Energy, Hydropower | Comments Off

Natural Gas pros and cons

Natural gas is the ideal electricity generating source: No sulfur or mercury like coal No particulates like diesel fuels Isn’t radioactive like uranium It’s always “on” unlike intermittent sources such as wind and solar Natural gas power plants are essential … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Natural Gas | Comments Off

Shale oil

Articles about shale oil This is the best overview of shale “oil“:  Oct 3, 2005. Randy Udall. The Illusive Bonanza: Oil Shale in Colorado “Pulling the Sword from the Stone”. Shell is pulling out of Colorado after 31 years of … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Oil Shale | Comments Off

Why Oilsands (a.k.a. tarsands) can’t replace oil

Tar sand excavation images: trucks landscape tarsand refineries overhead video: Beautiful Destruction – Alberta Tar Sands Aerial Photographs The problems with oilsands (tarsands) are: 1)   In the tar sands open-pit mines, to produce one barrel of synthetic crude it takes … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Hazardous Waste, Oil Sands, Pollution | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Flow Rate Posts

Interview of Richard G. Miller by Steve Andrews in Peak Oil Review.  Feb 2014. Q: You refer to the widely used phrase—“it’s not so much the size of the tank as it is the size of the tap.”  Care to comment … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Oil | Comments Off