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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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The Oiliness of Everything. Invisible Oil and Energy Payback Time

The Oiliness of Everything. Invisible Oil and Energy Payback Time by Alice Friedemann, August 23, 2014. You can’t understand the predicament we’re in until you can “see” the oil we’re swimming in. What follows is a life cycle of a … Continue reading

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Revolutionary understanding of phsics needed to improve batteries – don’t hold your breath

What this Department of Energy document shows is that we can’t make the necessary REVOLUTIONARY breakthroughs to electrify cars until we understand the physics of batteries, and points out that “battery technology has not changed substantially in nearly 200 years.” … Continue reading

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United States Energy: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

United States Energy Information Administration FAQ Coal Does EIA have county-level energy production data? Does EIA have projections for energy production, consumption, and prices for individual states? Does EIA publish coking coal prices? From what country does the U.S. import … Continue reading

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Electricity Energy Information Administration (EIA) Frequently Asked Questions

Energy Information Administration (EIA) Frequently Asked Questions about Electricity n 2013, the United States generated about 4,058 billion kilowatthours of electricity.  About 67% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 39% attributed from … Continue reading

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Antibiotic Resistance

Jones, Tamera. 21 July 2014. Sewage treatment contributes to antibiotic resistance G. C. A. Amos, P. M. Hawkey, W. H. Gaze and E. M. Wellington, Waste water effluent contributes to the dissemination of CTX-M-15 in the natural environment, Journal of … Continue reading

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Global Nausea

Global Nausea by James Howard Kunstler Any American influence left in Iraq should focus on rebuilding the credibility of national institutions.  – Editorial, The New York Times Gosh, isn’t that what we spent eight years, 4,500 lives, and $1.7 trillion … Continue reading

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Patzek: CTL coal-to-liquids from FT Synthesis is NOT likely to happen

This is a liquid fuel crisis – diesel to be exact – to keep tractors, trucks, trains, and ships moving. There’s not enough coal or water to make even a small percent of the FT-CTL diesel fuel we need from … Continue reading

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What we knew about the energy crisis back in 1977

A friend of mine found this yesterday in one of her folders from college.  If seems like even more Americans are ignorant and blindly techno-optimist today than they were 40 years ago.  The last item of how we might proceed … Continue reading

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