Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ugo Bardi’s The Universal Mining Machine

Below I’ve excerpted some of Ugo Bardi’s “The Universal Mining Machine” (24 January 2008 europe.theoildrum), but I’ve left a great deal out of this excellent article, I encourage you to read all of it if you have time. Earth’s mineral … Continue reading

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Batteries are made of rare, declining, and imported minerals

Batteries use many rare, declining, single-source country, and expensive metals.  They consume more energy over their life cycle, from extraction to discharging stored energy, than they deliver.  Batteries are an energy sink with negative EROI, which makes wind, solar, and … Continue reading

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300 Million Americans use 7 Billion Tons of minerals a year

Even if you go off the grid, society is using up minerals at an exponential rate to maintain the non-negotiable American lifestyle, which requires 3.7 million pounds of minerals, metals, and fuels in each person’s lifetime, or 47,769 lbs per … Continue reading

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Tsunami in California generated by an Alaskan Earthquake

A tsunami spawned by a huge Alaskan earthquake could hit the California coast at any time and cause at least $10 billion in damage across the state, forcing at least 750,000 people to evacuate flooded areas, destroy port facilities in … Continue reading

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Pandemics

As declining energy leads to lower farm yields, malnutrition and starvation will make people far more vulnerable to diseases.  A lack of anti-biotics, and little transportation to get to medical facilities at some point down the oil depletion curve is … Continue reading

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