Category Archives: Supply Chains

When trucks stop running, Civilization stops running.

If Trucks Stopped Running by Alice Friedemann, October 1, 2014 In “Why You Should Love Trucks” I showed that essential supply chains depend on trucks partly or completely in the movement of goods (NAS). Because of little inventory and dependence … Continue reading

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Why You Should Love Trucks

Why You Should Love Trucks by Alice Friedemann, September 27, 2014 source: Before the age of fossil fuels, getting food, water, and shelter was simple. Nine out of ten people were self-sufficient farmers. But now there are long, 24/7 … Continue reading

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Fuel Consumption by Containership Size and Speed

Fuel Consumption by Containerships Fuel consumption by a containership is mostly a function of ship size and cruising speed, which follows an exponential function above 14 knots. So an 8,000 TEU containership consumes 225 tons of bunker fuel per day … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency and Use: Ships vs Rail vs Truck vs Air

Distance Traveled for One Ton of Cargo Using 1 kWh of Energy The transportation of freight relies on a variety of modes, each having its own level of energy performance. The energy benefits of economies of scale in maritime shipping … Continue reading

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High-Tech can’t last: Limited minerals & metals essential for wind, solar, microchips, cars, & other high-tech gadgets

Metals and minerals aren’t just physically limited, they can be economically limited by a financial collapse, which dries up credit and the ability to borrow for new projects to mine and crush ores. Economic collapse drives companies and even nations … Continue reading

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Cascading failure + Liebig’s Law + Supply Chain Breakdown = Collapse of civilization

Declining supplies of high-quality, easy-to-get fossil fuels with no alternatives ready to replace them — ever — is the #1 issue. As long as we have oil, all problems can be solved, unless oil lasts long enough to deplete every … Continue reading

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The Fragility of Microchips

This is an introduction to how microchips are made to give you an idea of how difficult and amazing they are. They’re also incredibly important to civilization — like energy, there isn’t a single business endeavor, infrastructure, or  electronic device … Continue reading

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Even Pencils will be hard to make

Most of us are unaware of how complex our society is, how things are made, how food is grown, how stuff is delivered, and the people, energy, transportation, and kinds and sources of materials in every day objects.  This essay, … Continue reading

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