Aug 062013
 August 6, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 pm Energy 37 Responses »
Shale Is A Pipedream Sold To Greater Fools

Bob Sandberg "Commuters on train platform, Park Forest, Illinois." July 1954 At a time when perceptions of the real state of economies and markets seem to diverge ever more, ranging from the boundless optimism nearly all mass media now attempt to radiate, to the stark warnings from major investors, like here via Tyler Durden or here via John Mauldin, that the stock market is on the verge of a very substantial move down, the ways numbers are used to influence

May 192013
 May 19, 2013  Posted by at 10:59 am Energy Comments Off on Widely Visible Symbols Of Human Folly
Widely Visible Symbols Of Human Folly

  Jack Delano Union Station January 1943 The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago Why do we do it? Sure, we discount the future, and consensus is that's genetic, but it's not just our own future we discount. In fact it's not even the one we discount most: that would be our children's future. We don't just take what we need, we take all we can, and leave them with the consequences. After us the deluge. Even though love

Dec 212012
 December 21, 2012  Posted by at 6:33 pm Energy Comments Off on The Second UK Dash for Gas – A Faustian Bargain
The Second UK Dash for Gas - A Faustian Bargain

Artwork: Ilargi The UK is set to embark on its second dash for gas. The first, beginning in the early 1990s, occurred when gas was first permitted to be used for power generation. Prior to that it had been considered a premium fuel too valuable to be used in this way. The regulatory change initiated a substantial building programme for combined cycle gas plants, fuelled by North Sea gas. Very quickly gas generation became a major component of baseload in

Oct 272012
 October 27, 2012  Posted by at 10:09 pm Energy 111 Responses »
Renewable Energy: The Vision And A Dose Of Reality

In recent years, there has been more and more talk of a transition to renewable energy on the grounds of climate change, and an increasing range of public policies designed to move in this direction. Not only do advocates envisage, and suggest to custodians of the public purse, a future of 100% renewable energy, but they suggest that this can be achieved very rapidly, in perhaps a decade or two, if sufficient political will can be summoned. See for instance

Aug 192012
 August 19, 2012  Posted by at 1:12 pm Energy Comments Off on India Power Outage: The Shape of Things to Come?
India Power Outage: The Shape of Things to Come?

July 31: Indian national television reports on power outage (to a limited audience?!) "So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked." Mark Twain, Following the Equator. The enormous power cut recently seen in India, which affected perhaps 700 million people, serves to highlight the degree of the structural

Jul 142012
 July 14, 2012  Posted by at 2:07 am Energy Comments Off on Retrospective #10: Further Draft Dodging
Retrospective #10: Further Draft Dodging

This is number ten in a series of articles documenting the principles and practice of eco-thrifty renovation written by Estwing of the ETR Blog for the Wanganui Chronicle. Last week I wrote about foam window and door seal, and home-made draft-blockers. Did anyone install either of these? If so, please write a letter to the Chronicle and share your experience. Here is a short story to motivate you: Last Friday night I went fishing with my mate. When I got

Jul 082012
 July 8, 2012  Posted by at 8:22 pm Energy Comments Off on Peak Oil: A Dialogue with George Monbiot
Peak Oil: A Dialogue with George Monbiot

George Monbiot recently made a major about-face on his peak oil stance, on the grounds that unconventional oil represents a new reality. The basis of his u-turn is a recent report on unconventional oil by Leonardo Maugeri, (former) oil executive at Italy's Eni, published at Harvard University, where Maugeri's a Senior Fellow at the John Kennedy School, Belfer Center, which we discussed here at TAE in Unconventional Oil is NOT a Game Changer. George Monbiot: We were wrong on peak

Jul 032012
 July 3, 2012  Posted by at 2:17 pm Energy Comments Off on Unconventional Oil is NOT a Game Changer
Unconventional Oil is NOT a Game Changer

  National Photo Co. Fossil Fuel 1920 Washington, D.C. "Penn Oil and truck." Oil prices have been falling.   This is no surprise to us here at The Automatic Earth, as our position is that the 2008 price peak will stand for a very long time, and that the rise from the 2009 low has been a counter-trend rally. Prices of many assets have been moving with the ebb and flow of confidence, and therefore of liquidity, in this era

Jun 302012
 June 30, 2012  Posted by at 2:37 pm Energy Comments Off on Retrospective #9: Draft Avoidance
Retrospective #9: Draft Avoidance

This is number nine in a series of articles documenting the principles and practice of eco-thrifty renovation written by Estwing of the ETR Blog for the Wanganui Chronicle. After writing about debt aversion and monster mortgage avoidance last Saturday morning, I was interested to hear on the radio that very afternoon about the record number of mortagee sales in New Zealand during the first quarter of the year. My heart goes out to those families losing their homes. Part of

Jun 082012
 June 8, 2012  Posted by at 2:50 pm Energy Comments Off on Waste Based Society
Waste Based Society

I’m out of town for the weekend, limited internet access. So the new posting may be a bit scarce, depending on what kind of free time I&S get. For now, I would like to cross-post an article by one of the Chefs over at the Doomstead Diner – RE. He talks about the fact that our system has been designed to promote extreme amounts of energy/resource waste throughout every portion of our daily lives, mainly because that is what maximizes