A recipe for geopolitical  madness – Combine surplus US oil, anti-oil activism, rising consumption, a less-relevant Middle East, and a dash of Trump

A recipe for geopolitical madness – Combine surplus US oil, anti-oil activism, rising consumption, a less-relevant Middle East, and a dash of Trump

Once upon a time, like fifteen years ago, there was a weird stability in the petroleum world. It was a highly customized stability, with miles of duct tape and haywire holding it together, but it worked. In a nutshell, the industrialized world (the US in particular) was a voracious oil-consuming machine, which turned largely to […]

Those who can, do; those who can’t and are crazed with hate develop Green New Deal economic models

Those who can, do; those who can’t and are crazed with hate develop Green New Deal economic models

Have you ever built anything? Beyond IKEA furniture, I mean. Or actually, even including IKEA furniture. If you’ve ever built anything, how hard is it to do it on budget and on time? With IKEA contraptions, at least one doesn’t go over budget on cost. Time might be another thing. For any project bigger than […]

Both sides now – a wise judge demands fossil fuel opponents explain each other

Both sides now – a wise judge demands fossil fuel opponents explain each other

A pack of cigarettes is a rare sight these days, around here anyway, and it is just as well. Cigarette companies are now required to show disgusting pictures of diseased gums and scabs and sores along with a warning that this will be your fate if you fire up. It may not be highly scientific; […]

Fewer pitchforks, more facts: How do we take back energy discussions?

Fewer pitchforks, more facts: How do we take back energy discussions?

One fine November day long ago in my university days, the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the Grey Cup for the first time in decades. It was a big upset and the province went nuts; at the time it had little else to cheer about. My friends and I joined a huge throng of people running purposefully […]

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 […]