Monthly Archives: April 2014

Citigroup

30 April 14 The Citigroup Clique, By Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News In recent years, Wall Street institutions have exerted extraordinary influence in Washington’s corridors of power, but Citi has risen above the others in exercising a tight grip … Continue reading

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Electric Grid Energy Storage

Storing electricity Electricity can’t be stored. It has to be converted to something else.   Nearly all of the electric grid storage (95%) comes from pumping water up to a reservoir so the water can fall again and generate electricity. But … Continue reading

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All Electric Cars requires 4,325 TWh of new electricity generation & still, no better than high-mileage cars now

We’d need a huge number of new power plants If all 245 million cars were electric and driven an average of 20,000 km per year, we’d need 1,078 TwH (980 TWh or 980,000,000 MWh plus 10% more to account for … Continue reading

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Technology Won’t Save Us

Too many science fiction books, movies, comic books, Landing on the Moon, the Manhattan Project, and Happy Endings have  created an unspoken certainty that a hero will arrive before aliens can destroy the Earth and that alternative energy will allow … Continue reading

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Why we aren’t mining methane hydrates now — or perhaps ever

[ Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation, 2015, Springer]    Last updated April 18, 2016 Methane hydrates are crystalline structures that are mostly water: 4 methane molecules per 23 water molecules. Methane … Continue reading

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Drowning in digits: National, Unfunded Liabilities, State, and Derivative Debt

Just about everyone I know believes in the permanence of the Dollar, the Eternal Supremacy of the United States, and the propaganda to constantly grow their money by taking risks. So they dutifully feed hard-earned wages into the voracious slot … Continue reading

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Tom Whipple on how the energy crisis might unfold

The Peak Oil Crisis: An Announcement June 1, 2011. FNPC.com There are far too many people in nearly every country of the world that are dependent on a very complex supply chain to bring them the necessities of modern life … Continue reading

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Oil Crunch 2015: UK Industry Task force on Peak Oil & Energy Security (ITPOES)

Ahmed, N.  28 Mar 2014. Ex govt adviser: “global market shock” from “oil crash” could hit in 2015. The Guardian. Former oil geologist Dr. Jeremy Leggett, identified 5 “global systemic risks (oil depletion, carbon emissions, carbon assets, shale gas, and … Continue reading

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Peak oil 2005. Peak coal 2025. U.S. Peak conventional natural gas 2001.

[ This appeared in Nature magazine in 2012, which ties Science magazine for most prestigious place to publish.  Some of the points made: Global conventional oil peaked in 2005 and is declining at rates of about 4.5% to 6.7% per … Continue reading

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Peak Oil in the news

Economic vulnerability to Peak Oil Christian Kerschner Global Environmental Change   Volume 23, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages 1424–1433 Key points from a review of this article at Green Energy This study shows which sectors could put the entire U.S. economy … Continue reading

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