Category Archives: Consumption

Foreign Policy: The limits of clean energy

Preface. This article appeared in the magazine Foreign Policy. Some of the points made are: Renewables to power the world would require 34 million metric tons of copper, 40 million tons of lead, 50 million tons of zinc, 162 million … Continue reading

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The carbon trap by Paul Chefurka

Preface. We are caught in the carbon trap — we utterly depend on fossils that don’t have an electric replacement. Someday people will figure this out the hard way, but Chefurka compassionately points out that there is no one to … Continue reading

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USA military is the single largest petroleum consumer in the world

Green Machine. The US Military is the World’s Largest Fuel Guzzler Robert Bateman. Autumn 2013. Earth Island Journal. Energy is the lifeblood of the US Military The US military is the single largest consumer of petroleum in the world. The … Continue reading

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One gallon of gas = 98 tons (196,000 pounds) of ancient plants = 40 acres of wheat in your gas tank every 20 miles

[ Oil is solar power brewed for free by mother nature over hundreds of millions of years.  Nothing on earth, not even plants, can scale up to replace the oil we burn — one gallon of oil was once 196,000 … Continue reading

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Materials: 48,000 pounds of minerals Per Person/Per Year in USA

Fugate, Nelson. March, 2007. 300 Million Americans Need 7 Billion Tons to Maintain Living Standard. Mineral Information Institute. Every year, each of the 300 million Americans uses the following to generate energy — the equivalent of 300 people working 24/7 … Continue reading

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