Category Archives: EROEI Energy Returned on Energy Invested

Large agribusiness gets corporate welfare via illegal ethanol subsidies

What more proof is needed that the Energy Returned on Energy Invested of ethanol is negative?  They’re losing money and getting corporate welfare to keep the scam going, meanwhile destroying prime topsoil, poisoning the land with pesticides, and eutrophying the … 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. Just as fish swim in water, we swim in oil.  You can’t understand the predicament we’re in until you can see the oil that … Continue reading

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Lambert & Hall : Energy, EROI and quality of life

Excerpts from: Lambert, Jessica G., Hall Charles A. S. et al. 2014. Energy, EROI and quality of life. Energy Policy 64:153–167                     Fig. 12. “Pyramid of Energetic Needs” representing the minimum … Continue reading

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Net Energy Cliff Will Lead to Collapse of Civilization

The remaining oil is poor quality, and the energy to get this often remote oil so great that more and more energy (blue) goes into oil production itself, leaving far less — the grey area — available to fuel the … Continue reading

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Energy return on investment, peak oil, and the end of economic growth

David J. Murphy and Charles A. S. Hall. 2011. Energy return on investment, peak oil, and the end of economic growth in “Ecological Economics Reviews.” Robert Costanza, Karin Limburg & Ida Kubiszewski, Eds. Annals of the New York Academy of … Continue reading

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EROEI of at least 10:1 to Sustain Civilization

EROI of ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico: 4:1 to 7:1 Moerschbaecher, M. 9 July 2011. Ultra-Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas: Energy Return on Financial Investment and a Preliminary Assessment of Energy Return on Energy Investment. Sustainability 2011, 3, 2009-26. … Continue reading

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Charles Hall on EROEI

Charles A. S. Hall.  2012. Energy Return on Investment. Post Carbon Institute. This is also a chapter in The Energy Reader: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, Tom Butler, Daniel Lerch, and George Wuerthner, eds. (Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media, … Continue reading

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‘The Oil We Eat’ Following the Food Chain back to Iraq

‘The Oil We Eat’ Following the Food Chain back to Iraq by Richard Manning,   Harpers  | May 23, 2004 [reduced and paraphrased, if this interests you then do read the full article since I cut a great deal of … Continue reading

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David Fridley, LBNL scientist, on why alternative energy won’t save us

My summary of LBNL scientist David Fridley’s 9-page Alternative Energy Challenges. The showstopper is that the entire supply chain for alternative energy resources depend on fossil fuels, from mining basic (rare) metal ores, to fabrication, delivery, maintenance, and spare parts. … 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.  Reviewed by Alice Friedemann, www.energyskeptic.com Olmedilla, Spain 60MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant. Source: SolarNovus Large Solar Installations around the world. This … Continue reading

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