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 […]

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 […]