Category Archives: Energy

the posts in this category used to be in “Energy in A Nutshell” at my former web site.

The U.S. Military on Peak Oil and Climate Change

CNA. May 2009. Powering America’s Defense: Energy and the Risks to National Security. Center for Naval Analyses. 74 pages. [ Excerpts from this document follow ] The destabilizing nature of increasingly scarce energy resources, the impacts of rising energy demand, … Continue reading

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Carbon Capture and Storage not likely to ever be commercial: too expensive, uses up to 30% of the power

House 112-179. September 20, 2012. The American initiative part 29: a focus on H.R. 6172. House of Representatives. [ Excerpts from the 205 page transcript of the hearing follow ] Key points about Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) clean coal … Continue reading

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Another reason to think oil production probably peaked in 2005

[ In this Kurt Cobb post, Texas oilman Jeffrey brown explains why the story of oil production growth from 2005 to 2014 is probably wrong, because the increase came from lease condensate, not oil.  If this is true then Brown … Continue reading

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Why tokamak fusion not likely to work out

Fusion Research: Time to Set a New Path, by Robert Hirsch Summer 2015. Issues in Science and Technology. National Academy of Sciences, Volume 31 Issue 4 The inherent limitations of the tokamak design for fusion power will prevent it from … Continue reading

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U.S. taxpayers lose billions from Powder River Basin bad lease deals and undervalued coal

According to the Center for American Progress: For decades the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has run a fundamentally noncompetitive leasing program, which has been a boon to industry. Since 1990, 96 of the 107 coal-lease sales held by the … Continue reading

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New Alaskan strip coal mine for China, there go the salmon

McGrath, M. 2015-11-25. The Alaska fishing village taking on ‘Godzilla’. BBC News Image copyright Pete Niesen [See original article for details, what follows is reduced and most pictures removed] Alaska is a vast wilderness of natural beauty. But it also … Continue reading

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James Howard Kunstler “True Believers”

James Howard Kunstler. August 17, 2005. True Believers. kunstler.com/writings/clusterfuck-nation/ There is a special species of idiot at large in the financial media space who believe absolutely in the desperate and tragic public relations bullshit that this society churns out to … Continue reading

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Why U.S. Is Running Out of Gas (Time magazine 2003)

Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele. July 21, 2003.  Why U.S. Is Running Out of Gas. Time Magazine. Inflated oil prices and natural gas shortages are wiping out jobs and savings, thanks to three decades of bungled energy policy. … Continue reading

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Industrial Waste Heat – more BTUs than all renewable energy resources combined

Industrial waste heat Coal, natural gas, and oil are essential for the high temperatures required in the thermal processing of metals, cement, fertilizer, glass, processed foods, and so on. About 420 trillion Btus of this is wasted, and some of … Continue reading

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Tilting at Windmills, Spain’s disastrous attempt to replace fossil fuels with Solar Photovoltaics

Book review of “Spain’s Photovoltaic Revolution. The Energy Return on Investment”, by Pedro Prieto and Charles A.S. Hall. 2013. Springer. Reviewed by Alice Friedemann, www.energyskeptic.com, last updated November 30, 2015 Last updated April 11, 2015 with responses from Prieto on … Continue reading

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