Author Archives: energyskeptic

Why You Should Love Trucks: If trucks stop, America stops.

Why You Should Love Trucks: If trucks stop, America stops. by Alice Friedemann, September 27, 2014 source: Before the age of fossil fuels, getting food, water, and shelter was simple since 9 out of 10 people were self-sufficient farmers. … Continue reading

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Gas to Liquids (GTL)

Not going to happen anytime soon: February 19, 2014. United States Energy Information Administration Gas-to-liquids plants face challenges in the U.S. market Gas-to-liquids (GTL) is a process that converts natural gas to liquid fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel, and … Continue reading

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Can Railroad locomotives run on LNG (Liquified Natural Gas)

Building new LNG locomotives would be really stupid given that fracked natural gas production in America will peak roughly 2015-2018 and decline at an alarming rate, given the 60% per year decline rate of fracked natural gas wells.  There have … Continue reading

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Irrigation uses a lot of electricity, requires expensive grid in remote areas

“Irrigation load from farm irrigation systems can be costly to serve, because of the high cost of connecting these dispersed systems to the electric grid and the high cost of having enough capacity available to meet seasonal irrigation load.” Alice … Continue reading

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Two-thirds of coal to power sector delivered by railroads

June 11, 2014 Railroad deliveries continue to provide the majority of coal shipments to the power sector Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-923, Power Plant Operations Report Note: Sum of components may not equal 100% because of independent rounding. … Continue reading

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Fuel economy improvements show diminishing returns in fuel savings

This means it’s unlikely we’ll turn over the vehicle fleet fast enough to make a difference in fuel consumption.  Which wouldn’t have happened anyhow due to Jevon’s paradox. July 11, 2014 Fuel economy improvements show diminishing returns in fuel savings … Continue reading

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EIA definition of Proved Reserves and Resources

July 17, 2014 Oil and natural gas resource categories reflect varying degrees of certainty Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Note: Resource categories are not drawn to scale relative to the actual size of each resource category. The graphic shown above … Continue reading

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Become a Bison rancher

Far more buffalo can be grazed per acre than cattle. It’s likely wild bison will return to the Great Plains in the future.   Already there are fewer people in areas where the Ogalla aquifer has been depleted than when Native … Continue reading

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Signs of Peakiness, Oil companies are running out of cash

A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt by Andrew Nikiforuk, originally published by The Tyee  | August 29, 2014 Over 100 of the world’s largest energy companies are running out of cash. Photo of Keystone pipeline in Nebraska … Continue reading

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car?  Alice Friedemann August 29, 2014 The battery did it.  Batteries are far too expensive for the average consumer, $600-1700 per kwh (Service). And they aren’t likely to get better any time soon. “The big … Continue reading

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