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By Robert Rapier on Oct 1, 2010 with 186 responses

Book Review: Power Hungry

Introduction “There is no more complex or fascinating topic than energy.” — Robert Bryce As I began to work on my review of Robert Bryce’s latest book, Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future, it became less a traditional review and more a summary/commentary on some of the key points in the book. For most readers of this book, there will be things you will strongly agree with, but also things that you think he gets wrong. There will definitely be things that you are surprised to learn, and there will be things that you won’t believe. But if you approach this book with an open mind, you will find yourself reconsidering some… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 8, 2009 with no responses

Anything But Oil

The 2009 EIA Energy Conference is history, and I will write a summary as soon as can. One of the things I commented on today is that I am concerned about the path we are headed down on our domestic oil and gas industry – and if things don’t go according to plan it will mean more dependence on OPEC. A great line by Paul Sankey today (he had many) was that the policy imperative seems to be “Anything but oil.” I really do understand the desire to move away from oil. A portion of my career has been devoted to developing replacements for petroleum. But as I said today, I am also a realist. Let’s suppose for a second… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 23, 2009 with 1 response

Peak Demand Before Peak Oil?

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about the possibility that oil demand will peak soon (or has peaked already), which will render a geologically-induced peak in oil production irrelevant. In other words, peak oil is a non-issue because people won’t be demanding as much oil as can be produced (which is true presently). In fact, I just did a Google search of my blog, and the phrase “Peak Demand” shows up 239 times over the past 2 years. Regular reader Benjamin Cole was beating the peak demand meme long before I heard the media start to pick it up. (Here he is arguing this point two years ago). Over the weekend I saw a new… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 3, 2008 with no responses

Book Review: Gusher of Lies

I have been a fan of Robert Bryce’s writing for a long time. His style is witty and entertaining, and he is a debunker-extraordinaire. His newest book, Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence,is a must-read for anyone interested in energy issues. Concerning the topic of energy and the many myths associated with energy issues, this is a debunker’s bible. If you aren’t familiar with Bryce, he is the Managing Editor of Energy Tribune, a cornucopia of energy news and analyses (and a regular stop for me), as well as the author of several other books topical to energy. For more, here is his biography from Amazon: About the Author Robert Bryce is one of America’s foremost energy… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 17, 2008 with no responses

Critiquing Robert Zubrin on Energy

A couple of weeks ago, I said that I would be working on several posts. One of them, a book review for Robert Bryce’s new book, Gusher of Lies, is finished but I won’t post it until the book is officially released on March 10th. Beyond that, I was going to write a post on refinery economics, which I have yet to do, and a post critiquing Robert Zubrin. So here’s the post on Zubrin. I haven’t read Zubrin’s energy book – Energy Victory- so this critique is based mainly on a very long article that he wrote about his ideas. A bit of trivia that I have mentioned before, many may know that Zubrin is a passionate advocate for… Continue»