Yesterday, in Virginia, I filled up my gas tank for $2.75 a gallon. At that price, even old peak oilers like my wife and I hardly think about poor old King Hubbard's theory much these days. And though gas has been cheap in the U.S. for the last six months or more, I still think Hubbard was right that global oil production naturally has a point of peak … [Read more...]
Sorting out the wheat from the chaff of new energy ideas, while paying close attention to energy-efficiency and conservation.
If you care about climate change and peak oil, you're always thinking about ways to get off of fossil fuels around the world and to save energy around your house. Home energy tweaking can become an obsession. It has for me. Just take light bulbs for example. It seems that only a few years ago, I swapped out all our old incandescents for compact fluorescents that used less … [Read more...]
Dear Sir/Madam: I'm writing to you who control our government now -- that is, the big corporations of the world. Let's not pretend it is otherwise. Thanks to a system in which money buys elections, nearly all of our politicians are in your employ. Thanks for wrecking everything. If I were a Millennial, this might not surprise me or even be worthy of mention. They have … [Read more...]
Over the past couple of months the story keeping many people on the edge of their seats has been the ongoing dilemma of Greece's detested debt burden, its Great Depression-worthy 25% contraction of its economy, and its voluntary or even forced withdrawal from the eurozone – the fabled "Grexit." For about five years now, heavy austerity policies (cutbacks in government … [Read more...]
In 2014, record low prices for solar panels fueled a solar boom. The U.S. alone installed 30% more solar photovoltaic capacity than in 2013, making last year the biggest ever for solar PV, according to the 2014 Year-in-Review Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Industry analyst Tam Hunt argues that in a few years, … [Read more...]