Category Archives: Energy

Fossil Fuels are the Near to Intermediate Future; Nuclear is the Long-Term Future

The Energy Crisis is Artificial, Brought to You by Greens Germany is on the cusp of a catastrophic fuel shortage leading to an economic collapse and civil unrest, thanks to the influence of Green politicians and government officials and the … Continue reading

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Another Russian Gas Pipeline to Europe Down

Winter is coming to Europe, just as supplies of Russian natural gas are being choked off. Is this an unfortunate coincidence, or do the geopolitics of Putin’s bloody war on Ukraine have something to do with it? For years, mainly … Continue reading

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Germany’s Collapse is Understandable — But Australia?

For years, Germany has been shutting down its indigenous nuclear power production in favor of burning Russian natural gas — and strangely calling the transition “Green.” Sure Germany built a lot of expensive wind and solar “nameplate capacity”– but it … Continue reading

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Rejecting Your Most Cherished Beliefs

Have you ever changed your mind about something that was of critical importance to you? Have you had beliefs that you were sure you would never change, but which you were forced to change by the evidence? That has happened … Continue reading

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A Trendy Left-Wing Child Sacrifice: Transgenderism

I saw a video the other day featuring an American surgeon bragging that he had performed more than 3,000 double mastectomies on young women who had paid for gender reassignment, individuals confused – one might say encouraged – by those … Continue reading

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A 90 Minute Ultra-Depressing Look at the Future

Some people think that totalitarian dictatorships are the only workable approach to governing in the complex unpredictable world of the future. They look into the future and see an Orwellian “1984” network of dictatorships spanning the globe. In the 90 … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuels: Still How Energy Gets Done

There is a popular fantasy shared by large numbers of politicians, media hacks, and the recently university educated. It is a fantasy of a great “energy transition” away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy and electric vehicles. It is … Continue reading

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Peter Zeihan: Global Famine, Depression, War Coming

Peter Zeihan predicted Putin’s invasion of Ukraine when most analysts thought the little dictator was bluffing. Now he is predicting the aftermath. Read his books, and you can see why Zeihan and his readers may be the only ones who … Continue reading

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Germany vs. France: Who Will Run Out of Power Soonest?

France produces significantly more power than Germany, but a lot less CO2. Most of Germany’s power comes from coal — but the country is steadily phasing out its coal production in favor of imported natural gas from Russia. Germany’s situation … Continue reading

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Electric Airplanes: If You Don’t Really Care About Getting There

The barrier to entry can be found in an energy density comparison between jet fuel-powered aircraft and those powered by batteries. Expressed in watt-hours or kilojoules per kilogram (Wh/kg), batteries today fall well short. A jet-fueled engine packs 12,000 Wh/kg. … Continue reading

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How to Stay Alive in the Coming Ice Age

The arctic blasts of cold weather known as polar vortices, are just a foretaste of what is coming, as the long overdue “coming ice age” bears down on human civilization, with a vengeance. When the deep cold finally hits us, … Continue reading

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Texas Power Failures Look Like California!

Like California, Texas went all-in for big wind turbine farms. And like California, Texas is beginning to suffer the high prices, low reliability, and blackouts that California has been living with ever since it jumped into the green energy swamp. … Continue reading

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Effective Power at the Flip of a Switch

Unlike intermittent energy schemes based on wind and sun, nuclear fusion offers the promise of useful power when you want it. And unlike the cash guzzling “government fusion” project ITER, private fusion is showing actual promise within a meaningful time … Continue reading

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Asia is Going Gangbusters for Coal!

Don’t write the obituary for coal just yet. In many lands near the end of global energy supply lines — China, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, even India — coal is booming like never before! China and India are home to over … Continue reading

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Junk Electricity: Don’t Be a Sucker!

If the system has more power than it needs at any instant, its frequency will increase. If there is not enough power to meet demand at any time, the system frequency falls. … Sometimes AEMO [Australian Energy Market Operator] detects … Continue reading

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In California You Must Have Solar Panels

As of January 1, 2020, all new houses built in California must incorporate photovoltaic panels in the construction. This government mandate is expected to add between $9,000 and $20,000 to the cost of each new home. Median home prices in … Continue reading

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Where Electric Power is in Short Supply

In sub Saharan Africa, across MENA, and in large parts of Asia, many millions of people must live without reliable access to electric power. For most of these countries the problem is that the humans who live in these countries … Continue reading

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Stories for Heretics and Social Ruffians

Common Biases in Science that Slow Progress to a Crawl A look at some psychological handicaps shared by even the most intelligent scientists, by physicist Sabine Hossenfelder: Take for example loss aversion. This is more commonly known as “throwing good … Continue reading

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Oil: For Every Barrel Consumed, Two Are Discovered

“For every barrel of oil consumed over the past 35 years, two new barrels have been discovered.” In other words, technology has increased the available oil despite the fact that humans have been using it at an increasing rate for … Continue reading

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Green Activists and Politicians are Forcing People into Poverty

Compare electricity prices with renewable energy penetration for European countries. What might you conclude? Activists and politicians are always pushing energy policies that drive up the cost of energy. This is not a problem for the wealthy, but for lower … Continue reading

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Energy News

Good News for North American Nuclear Fission Compared to other forms of generating electric power, nuclear fission is safe, reliable, and clean. But for many reasons it costs a lot more to build new fission power plants than competing forms … Continue reading

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Without Fossil Fuels Modern Civilisation is Impossible

80% of Energy Comes from Fossil Fuels With over 80% of energy consumption coming from fossil fuels, pretty much everything we have in our economy today is available thanks to fossil fuels. We wouldn’t have today’s homes, schools or grocery … Continue reading

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When Elon Musk Screwed the Pooch

We are on record saying that Elon Musk has one good company — SpaceX. His other signature company, Tesla, has been bleeding large sums of money for several years now, with no end in sight. Elon is in the process … Continue reading

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Oil Doomers Frustrated at US Shale Revolution

According to the oil doomers, the world’s oil was supposed to be used up by now. The scarce remaining dregs of oil would be beyond the reach of ordinary people, and only the ultra-wealthy would be able to drive the … Continue reading

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Make the World Go Away

Intelligent readers can see the contradiction in the graph above: In order to achieve the “global decarbonisation” called for by the world green movement, the world as we know it must cease to exist… and an alternate universe must come … Continue reading

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