Monthly Archives: January 2013

Natural Gas Facts and Statistics

SBC. October 2014. Factbook Natural Gas Factbook. SBC Energy Institute 83% of natural gas comes from conventional reservoirs: 2.9 trillion cubic meters 13% of reservoirs account for 70% of global reserves The number of discoveries of giant fields has fallen … Continue reading

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Humans are a ‘plague on Earth’: Sir David Attenborough warns that negative effects of population growth will come home to roost

22 Jan 2013. Humans are a ‘plague on Earth’: Sir David Attenborough warns that negative effects of population growth will come home to roost. The Independent. TV naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned that human beings have become a “plague … Continue reading

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Why is modern concrete falling apart?

Here’s more information from Courland’s book “Concrete Planet” and other information I found on the web since I wrote Enough energy after Peak Oil to rebuild and repair concrete infrastructure? It appears there’s very little testing of projects later on … Continue reading

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How long will concrete last if it isn’t maintained?

As energy grows scarcer and is devoted to growing food and other life-support services, our infrastructure will crumble. Bob Holmes. 12 Oct 2006. Imagine Earth without people. NewScientist.com Lack of maintenance will spell an early demise for buildings, roads, bridges … Continue reading

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What is global EROI now? A Review of 2012 EROI of Global Energy Resources

[ FYI the USDA recently updated the numbers on the energy balance of corn ethanol in 2015 Energy Balance for the Corn-Ethanol Industry.  Todd “Ike” Kiefer has written a rebuttal that can be found here. Past articles of his include … Continue reading

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Peak Coal is already here or likely by 2020, so IPCC 100 year projections are probably far too high

Peak Coal is happening right now because conventional oil production peaked in 2005 Oil is the master resource without which coal can’ be mined and transported.  As both conventional and unconventional oil decline, the remaining oil will at some point … Continue reading

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Up to 9% of Methane lost in leaks erodes green credentials of natural gas

Jeff Tollefson. 2 Jan 2013. Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas.  Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental impact. Nature, volume 493 Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane … Continue reading

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Professor Tad Patzek on Oil in the Arctic

[Shell spent 10 years and $7 billion before withdrawing from exploring the arctic because the oil and gas reserves they found were too meager.  The company needed “a multi-billion barrel discovery” to “justify going ahead,” Shell chief executive Ben van … Continue reading

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