Monthly Archives: December 2015

The periodic table limits battery development

[ Since fossil fuels are finite, biomass doesn’t scale up, hydrogen is an energy sink, transportation in the future will need to be electrified, especially trucks, which are the most essential and important part of civilization, responsible for supply chains, … Continue reading

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NRC study on transporting ocean containers inland

[I was interested in this research because if trucks can’t be electrified, civilization ends (see “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the future of Civilization” (Springer 2015)).  This paper doesn’t have a solution to getting containers from ports to inland … Continue reading

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U.S. House drilling on federal versus non-federal land

Serial No. 112-170. August 2, 2012. The American energy initiative part 27: A focus on growing differences for energy development on federal versus non-federal lands. House of Representatives. 171 pages. [ Who invites these “experts”?  Will Sullivan provide deniability to … Continue reading

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Former President George W. Bush energy policy

[ Below are excerpts of various news stories where President Bush discussed energy that I ran across over the years.  Perhaps not the best ones, but I’m researching U.S. energy policy now and may add more articles in the future.  … Continue reading

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Former President Bill Clinton on Peak Oil, Peak Soil, and other depleting resources

Former President Bill Clinton. May 4, 2007. The Looming Crisis; Can We Act in Time? Harvard Kennedy School. Excerpts from Keynote Address by Former President William Jefferson Clinton Kennedy School Spring Conference – Cambridge, MA I think it is highly … Continue reading

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Congressional hearing on transportation – industry and agricultural perspectives

House 113-36. October 1, 2013. Perspectives from users of the nation’s freight system. U.S. House of Representatives. The United States manufacturing sector employs over 12 million people and contributes almost $2 trillion in goods and services to the Nation’s economy … Continue reading

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How logistics facilitate an efficient freight transportation system 2013. U.S. House

[ It is alarming that at a time we are about to rollercoaster down the other side of Hubbert’s peak, continued growth is expected. Chairman Duncan states: “With our Nation’s population expected to exceed 400 million by 2050, freight volume … Continue reading

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Signs of collapse: topsoil erosion

[ Although I wrote about a lot of issues in 2007 when I published Peak Soil, these articles have more recent statistics. Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and … Continue reading

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Why tokamak fusion not likely to work out

Fusion Research: Time to Set a New Path, by Robert Hirsch Summer 2015. Issues in Science and Technology. National Academy of Sciences, Volume 31 Issue 4 The inherent limitations of the tokamak design for fusion power will prevent it from … Continue reading

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U.S. taxpayers lose billions from Powder River Basin bad lease deals and undervalued coal

According to the Center for American Progress: For decades the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has run a fundamentally noncompetitive leasing program, which has been a boon to industry. Since 1990, 96 of the 107 coal-lease sales held by the … Continue reading

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