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By Robert Rapier on Jul 18, 2011 with 96 responses

Book Review: Energy, Convenient Solutions

I read two books on my recent trip to Europe. The first was Cracking the Carbon Code by Terry Tamminen. l reviewed that book here, and indicated that while I disagree with the notion that we will come up with a viable solution to rising carbon emissions, some of the steps that Tamminem suggested — like improving energy efficiency — are worthwhile in any case. And I felt that the book as a whole was well-written. I had mixed feelings about that book, and I have mixed feelings about Howard Johnson’s book Energy, Convenient Solutions: How Americans Can Solve the Energy Crisis in Ten Years. Johnson is a self-described “chemical engineering graduate of Purdue University in 1949.” On the one… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 26, 2008 with no responses

Ken Deffeyes Dons a Tin Foil Hat

At times, I have had very sharp differences of opinion with Kenneth Deffeyes, author of Hubbert’s Peak and Beyond Oil. Deffeyes, a Professor Emeritus from Princeton University, is one of the more vocal proponents of the “peak is past” camp. In 2005, he (in)famously declared that peak occurred on Thanksgiving Day, 2005, and then later updated that peak date to December 16, 2005. He was also quoted at that time as saying that by 2025, we would be back in the Stone Age. Needless to say, I have a big problem with these sorts of reckless claims. They invite ridicule, and end up causing a lot of perfectly rational people to be painted with a broad brush. It is claims… Continue»