Category Archives: Energy

Electric Cars Still “Toys for the Rich”

Electric car deficiencies are major, including high purchase price, short driving range, small carrying capacity, lack of charging stations, long charging times, and expensive battery packs that need to be replaced during the life of the vehicle. __ Source A … Continue reading

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Fusion: Far and Near, Slow and Fast

Politically Correct Fusion by 2060 or Later … ITER’s workers often liken themselves to stonemasons hewing blocks for a cathedral: They may not get to see the fruits of their efforts in their own lifetimes. To the researchers at fusion … Continue reading

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What Does Full Employment Look Like?

We can get a good picture of full employment by looking at Midland, Texas, where the unemployment rate hovers near 2%. Finding workers to do ordinary jobs as teachers, restaurant cooks, bus drivers, city workers, prison guards, etc. is getting … Continue reading

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Vibranium Asteroid Disappears Over Wakanda

Warning: The following is a work of plagiaristic satire. Read at your own risk! According to the mainstream narrative, the asteroid “disintegrated” over southern Africa. But our overseas correspondents report that it actually disappeared under mysterious circumstances in tightly controlled … Continue reading

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Wind Power’s Limits to Growth

Every technology contains an innate “economy of scale” for the system within which it operates. As seen in the graph below, grid-scale wind energy is beginning to run into inherent limits of applicability in US power grids: The amount of … Continue reading

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US Nuclear Power Industry Starts Waking Up

NuScale Power’s small modular fission reactor for producing both electricity and industrial process heat has completed an extensive and rigorous review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The process required 115,000 hours of scrupulous review, and was carried out quite … Continue reading

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Unrepentant Failed Doomer Paul Ehrlich After 50 Years: Still Predicting Total Collapse of Civilisation “Any Day Now”

Stanford biologist Paul R. Ehrlich published the book of doom “The Population Bomb” 50 years ago, with his wife. According to Ehrlich, catastrophic global collapse was inevitable by the 1970s — or the 1980s at the latest. Ehrlich has managed … Continue reading

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Where Would We Be Without Renewable Energy?

Big wind and solar were supposed to replace coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants . . . any time now. And yet, something is happening to global investment in big wind and solar that calls the entire “renewables revolution” … Continue reading

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Did Obama Knock General Electric Off the Dow Jones?

During the Obama years, General Electric rode the federally subsidised green energy steamroller to the limit. GE assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US president, and that the green scam would continue endlessly into the future. But with … Continue reading

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Europe: Cold, Dark, and Growing Poorer

While the US is pumping record amounts of oil and is producing unbelievable levels of natural gas, Europe has chosen the intermittent and unreliable energy path. And the continent will pay dearly for its mistake. Europe’s energy policies are worse … Continue reading

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Technology Enabling $20 a Barrel Oil Costs

“Really, it’s quite easy” to be profitable at $20, “when you sit down and add up all the ways there are to save money in our industry, and how much waste there is,” added Blake Burnette, CEO of IoT-eq (pronounced … Continue reading

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Clever New Nuclear Fission Reactor Prototype Opens Doors

Nuclear energy provides energy densities not available from any other readily available source of power and heat. Nothing else even comes close. And nuclear fuels such as uranium and thorium are relatively cheap and readily available. If used wisely, Earth’s … Continue reading

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US Petroleum Output Rocks Global Economic Calculus

Unleashing U.S. energy exports has the potential to upset longstanding geopolitical and economic arrangements across the world. __ US Poised to Shatter Production Records This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen According to the conventional wisdom of energy economists, US petroleum production … Continue reading

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A Safer, More Abundant World

Safer Forms of Reliable Power For advanced human societies, reliable and affordable power & heat is a life or death issue. It would be wisest for such societies to pursue the safest forms of reliable/affordable power available. But who ever … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuels Beat Greens Into Submission

Continue to Supply Over 80% of World’s Energy Needs Every year since 1971, more than 80% of all our energy has come from fossil fuels. That’s still true today, which is surprising for two reasons. Most nuclear power plants came … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Skyrockets, and Other Little Heard News

Unfortunately for Renewables, The Rocket Was Heading Down! We have spent the last two centuries getting off renewables because they were mostly weak, costly and unreliable. __ Limits to Artificial Energy For over 200 years, humans have been trying to … Continue reading

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The Lithium Calamity: Poison Mountain, Green Idiocracy

Who Wants to Follow China’s Long Toxic Walk? China has long been famous for its poisoned air, toxic rivers, and deadly soil. Now the aging dragon faces a new toxic calamity: a looming mountain of poisoned and unusable lithium batteries … Continue reading

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100% Intermittent Energy: Can it Work?

The extensively documented article below is excerpted from an article originally published in Low Tech Magazine How (Not) to Run a Modern Society on Solar and Wind Power Alone … [A] renewable power grid needs an oversized power generation and … Continue reading

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As Much as 2 Trillion Barrels of Recoverable Oil in Texas, N.M.

In the Permian Basin alone, the southwestern US may eventually be found to contain as much as 2 trillion barrels of economically recoverable oil. “The research we’ve done indicates that we have at least half a trillion barrels in the … Continue reading

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Solar Panels: 300X More Toxic Waste Than Nuclear

Governments of Europe and California are willing to lay waste to their economies in pursuit of unreliable and destructive forms of energy — big solar and big wind. We already knew that these untrustworthy forms of energy bring instability to … Continue reading

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This’ll Kill Ya: They’re Coming For Your Electric Power

Up to 90% of the inhabitants of advanced nations would die within one year, if all electrical power were lost. No, I Am Not Talking About Electromagnetic Pulse Although both North Korea and Iran are steadily working to build the … Continue reading

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Even in Gas-Rich USA, Nuclear Energy is the Future

Nuclear demand is high where air pollution is at its worst and where economic activity is fast and furious — in Asia generally, and in China and India in particular… China and India are building half of the 60 new … Continue reading

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Climate Change Hurrah! CO2 and the Greening Earth

More CO2 Leads to More Forests! Greenhouse operators have long known that enhancing CO2 levels enhances plant growth. Research scientists are discovering that higher atmospheric CO2 levels boost biological growth on land (and sea). We show a persistent and widespread … Continue reading

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Making Your Home Self Sufficient in Power and Heat

Making Your Own Heat and Electricity In Any Climate or Location Suddenly it is becoming possible to make all the electricity and heat for your home that you could need — no matter your latitude or weather conditions. Using “micro … Continue reading

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There Is No Future Without Power

What Does Energy Suicide Look Like? With the best of stated intentions, Germany is cutting its own throat. The unfolding disaster called Energiewende is slowly but surely destroying the foundations of Deutschland’s industrial base, thus destroying Germany’s economy in a … Continue reading

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