Posts tagged “energy crisis”
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»
A study on energy supply conducted by a German military think tank reports on the potential for serious consequences as oil production declines.
In case you missed the story yesterday in the Economist: How long till the lights go out? North Sea gas has served Britain well, but supply peaked in 1999. Since then the flow has fallen by half; by 2015 it will have dropped by two-thirds. By 2015 four of Britain’s ten nuclear stations will have shut and no new ones could be ready for years after that. As for coal, it is fiendishly dirty: Britain will be breaking just about every green promise it has ever made if it is using anything like as much as it does today. Renewable energy sources will help, but even if the wind and waves can be harnessed (and Britain has plenty of both),… Continue»
I am presently in Europe, and short on time for posting, but I just received a timely contribution by e-mail. It is quite long, and I have only had time to skim it. Therefore, I won’t say that I agree or disagree with the details of the report; only that I see some interesting points worthy of discussion. Some of the points are sure to be controversial. I have edited some typos in the first few paragraphs, but no time right now to edit the entire essay. The full report may be found at http://www.planck.org/. ——————————————— The Credit Crisis joins the Energy Crisis: Creating the Perfect Storm Amsterdam, October 18, 2008 Robert, Hereby I send you a copy of the… Continue»