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 […]

Some problems can never be solved – will clean energy be one of them?

Some problems can never be solved – will clean energy be one of them?

There are many things we do every day that are plain stupid. Things that are dangerous to our short term or long term well being, or our very life. And we are quite comfortable living that way if the odds of harm seem low enough.   There are countless examples around every day, if you […]

Too much comfort will destroy you

Too much comfort will destroy you

It’s part of the human condition to seek out comfort. It’s not a stupid thing to do; it’s infinitely more sensible to sit on something soft than to sit on a pile of rocks. Making such decisions is widely regarded as a basic sign of intelligence.   But we’re far beyond those decisions. Thanks largely […]

Solar power and natural gas – if we’re going renewable, these two make a good pair

Solar power and natural gas – if we’re going renewable, these two make a good pair

It’s unfortunate that, on some topics, polarizing opinions often drive people into opposing camps, where the opponents are nothing but Neanderthals. It’s the same effect as in neighbouring small rural towns, where identical people become mortal enemies by living a few miles apart and developing different habits. Of course it’s not everyone that’s like that, […]

An oil pricing primer: How did we get here and what is the “right” price for gasoline?

An oil pricing primer: How did we get here and what is the “right” price for gasoline?

  For the average consumer, oil prices really don’t mean anything, because the only explanations people get are from the common media outlets who feel obliged to add an explanation to any oil price movement. They of course have no clue, but pretend to, which makes consumers ignore the whole topic as being beyond them. […]