Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ugo Bardi: The Hill’s Group report

[ The Hill’s group consists of energy insiders, and I must admit I was impressed by the predictions they said their model had already gotten right, such as the drop in oil price when everyone was expecting the price to … Continue reading

Posted in Ugo Bardi | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Ugo Bardi: The Hill’s Group report

Peak Uranium by Ugo Bardi from Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet

This is an extract of Ugo Bardi’s must read “Extracted” about the limits of production of uranium. You can find plenty of material saying there is are a lot of uranium reserves and resources  left (EMD 2019). The problem is, … Continue reading

Posted in Ugo Bardi, Uranium | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Ward-Perkins “The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization”

[ This is a book review of Ward-Perkins “The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization“. What sparked my interest in reading several books on the decline of Rome was when James Howard Kunstler  (KunstlerCast 278) interviewed me about … Continue reading

Posted in Collapse of Civilizations, Roman Empire, Supply Chains | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Ward-Perkins “The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization”

A book review of “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America“ by David J. Silverman

[ This is a book review of “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America“ by David J. Silverman 2016. I found this book hard to put down.  It should be read because it tells the role guns played … Continue reading

Posted in Guns, Human Nature, Social Disorder, Violence, War | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on A book review of “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America“ by David J. Silverman

EROI of Canadian Natural Gas. A peak was reached despite enormous investment

[ Although I’ve extracted much of this paper, it is not complete—there are missing equations, figures, tables, and text– so see the paper for details (it is available online).  I’ve rearranged the order of the paper.  The conclusion is just … Continue reading

Posted in EROEI Energy Returned on Energy Invested, Natural Gas, Peak Natural Gas | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Drinking water and sewage treatment use a lot of energy

[ Water treatment (drinking and sewage) use tremendous amounts of energy. Some of the statistics from this document “Water & Wastewater Utility energy research roadmap” below are: In 2008 municipal wastewater treatment systems (WWTP) in the United States used approximately … Continue reading

Posted in Sewage treatment, Water | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Drinking water and sewage treatment use a lot of energy

Nicole Foss: Negative interest rates and the war on cash

Nicole Foss, September 4-8, 2016, theautomaticearth.com Part 1 is here: Negative Interest Rates and the War on Cash (1) Part 2 is here: Negative Interest Rates and the War on Cash (2) Part 3 is here: Negative Interest Rates and … Continue reading

Posted in Bubbles, Capitalism, Negative interest rates, Nicole Foss | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Book review of “Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste”

A book review by Alice Friedemann of “Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste” by William M. Alley & Rosemarie Alley. 2013. Cambridge University Press. It is outrageous that on top of climate change and using up … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Nuclear, Nuclear, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Waste | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

The effect of high energy prices on small business. U.S. House of Representatives, 2014

[ This hearing is about how the unaffordable prices of energy are affecting ordinary people.  Chairman Tipton at one point says that “I do not think that Americans truly realize the significant amount of energy that is necessary to be … Continue reading

Posted in Congressional Record U.S. | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The effect of high energy prices on small business. U.S. House of Representatives, 2014

Nuclear reactor problems in the news

[ Although safety and disposal of nuclear waste ought to be the main reasons why no more plants should be built, what will really stop them is because it takes years to get permits and $8.5–$20 billion in capital must … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Power | 2 Comments