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Peak Oil Review: 25th September 2017
by Tom Whipple
25 Sep 2017 at 5:22am
Oil prices continued to climb last week with US futures closing at $50.66 and London at $56.90. The $6 spread between NY and London is mostly due to the aftermath of the US hurricanes which have resulted in the growth of US crude inventories while elsewhere they have declined.
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How to Run the Economy on the Weather
by Kris De Decker
25 Sep 2017 at 3:56am
Before the Industrial Revolution, people adjusted their energy demand to a variable energy supply. Our global trade and transport system — which relied on sail boats — operated only when the wind blew, as did the mills that supplied our food and powered many manufacturing processes. The same approach could be very useful today, especially when improved by modern technology.
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The solar panel imports case and the future of self-sufficiency
by Kurt Cobb
24 Sep 2017 at 9:27am
Is it wise to assume uninterrupted access to critical goods from faraway places? The recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding imports of solar panels raises the question.
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Thermal Optimization: A Private Sector Program for Energy Efficiency in Exis...
by Rick Barnett
21 Sep 2017 at 6:15am
Global concern about escalating atmospheric carbon is closely connected to the continued dominance of carbon-based energy. According to the International Energy Agency (2015), coal, oil and natural gas account for 82% of the world?s growing energy use, while renewable energy (geothermal, solar, and wind combined) provides only 1%. ?100% renewables? is very futuristic.
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The Way Nature Works: How Common is the Seneca Curve?
by Ugo Bardi
20 Sep 2017 at 3:55am
We should recognize our limits, too. Follow change, don’t try to stop it. Nature is changing all things we see and out of their substance it will make new things in order that the world will be ever new. This is the way Nature works.
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Louisiana?s Floating Pipeline Protest Camp Prepares to take on ?The Black Snake?
by Aviva Shen
19 Sep 2017 at 5:05am
Bayou LaFourche also happens to lie along a route of great interest to Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The company wants to lay pipe a few feet under the mud as part of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Activists call the Bayou Bridge Pipeline the ?tail end of the black snake? ? the Dakota Access Pipeline is the head. Bayou Bridge would funnel 480,000 barrels of oil per day over the final 162 miles to refineries in St. James. On the way, it would pass through eight watersheds and many fragile wetlands.
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100 Percent Wishful Thinking: The Green-Energy Cornucopia
by Stan Cox
19 Sep 2017 at 2:36am
The 100-percent dream has become dogma among liberals and mainstream climate activists. Serious energy scholars who publish analyses that expose the idea?s serious weaknesses risk being condemned as stooges of the petroleum industry or even as climate deniers.
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Utilities Commission Warned of Site C Cost Overruns, Delays
by Andrew Nikiforuk
18 Sep 2017 at 7:28am
Two technical reports on the Site C dam prepared for the BC Utilities Commission by Deloitte LLP confirm critics? warnings that the dam is not needed and is at high risk of delays and cost overruns. Deloitte also concluded that even if the energy is needed there are more environmentally friendly and less costly ways to generate power with a combination of existing hydro upgrades, conservation and smaller wind and geothermal projects.
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Peak Oil Review: 18th September 2017
by Tom Whipple
18 Sep 2017 at 7:27am
Oil prices rose steadily last week with US crude futures briefly topping the psychological barrier of $50 a barrel and with London futures closing at $55.62. Most analysts are talking about higher prices ahead. The IEA?s monthly report says that the global oil supply contracted in the past month and that demand remains strong.
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The Test: Excerpt
by Jeremy Leggett
14 Sep 2017 at 6:42am
And so to The Test. I make the basic case, and repeat the question that frustrates me so much. How can it be that, collectively, we are missing such an open goal? I am sure that the reasons are multi-faceted. But there is one simple over-arching answer. None of us are trying hard enough. Not governments, not companies, not international organisations, not non-governmental organisations.
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How (Not) to Run a Modern Society on Solar and Wind Power Alone
by Kris De Decker
14 Sep 2017 at 3:47am
While the potential of wind and solar energy is more than sufficient to supply the electricity demand of industrial societies, these resources are only available intermittently. To ensure that supply always meets demand, a renewable power grid needs an oversized power generation and transmission capacity of up to ten times the peak demand. It also requires a balancing capacity of fossil fuel power plants, or its equivalent in energy storage.
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