Rethinking efficiency – it’s not an engineering problem, sometimes it’s a mental blockage

Rethinking efficiency – it’s not an engineering problem, sometimes it’s a mental blockage

I once read about a very clever fellow who devised an extremely simple but effective home heating system. He laid some hoses on the ground, open at one end some distance from his house, and the other ends running into the windows. He piled manure on the hoses, which decomposed as manure does and threw […]

To save the environment (to lower GHG, or just because), we should worry about where all the energy goes, not where it comes from

To save the environment (to lower GHG, or just because), we should worry about where all the energy goes, not where it comes from

  The world has an energy problem. That can sound like a really stupid statement at face value, like saying the world has a life problem. But it’s true. We have a problem because we’ve become accustomed to a certain lifestyle that requires a mind-boggling amount of energy, and we choose to deal with the […]

Electric vehicle domination is a mirage born of lazy reporting and wishful thinking

Electric vehicle domination is a mirage born of lazy reporting and wishful thinking

  Twenty years ago, there was a popular TV show called Friends that was about six idiots living in New York City. The cute, hipster-ish dialogue struck a pop culture nerve, in part because of the ultimate hipster setting, and unfortunately more than one nation began to emulate the show’s stars. Hair trends were born, […]

Global oil production: A (true) tale of yet another torpedoed production forecast

Global oil production: A (true) tale of yet another torpedoed production forecast

This site was never intended to adopt any sort of big position on a current media event, but recently I have to admit the posts have become a bit one-dimensional, perhaps even shrill or mildly hysterical. It can’t be helped, the world is in danger. Well, not really but I don’t think it’s unfolding the […]