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Global Energy Security: No Time for Energy Complacency, Part 2

August 7, 2014 by David Lawrence
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Recent world events highlight the criticality of a diverse, dispersed, affordable and available energy supply to meet growing energy demands. Dependence on a single source of energy, a single supplier, or a single geography drives instability and insecurity.[read more]

How Can US Natural Gas Reduce Europe's Dependence on Russia?

March 31, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Russia's annexation of Crimea has drawn new attention to Europe's reliance on energy supplies from Russia. Lacking the means to force Russia's president to back down, US politicians and leading newspapers have latched onto the idea of exporting shale gas to reduce the EU's vulnerability.[read more]

Natural Gas Inventories are Headed Toward Zero

March 3, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Natural Gas Inventories

This winter has been one of the coldest on record. It’s been the coldest winter in at least 30 years, and I saw a report today that there is a chance that this will be Chicago’s coldest winter on record. It is the 3rd coldest on record for Chicago, but another blast of cold air is just moving into the Midwest and East Coast.[read more]

Energy and the Environment

February 14, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Energy and the Environment

One cannot refute the fact that an abundance of energy, primarily from fossil fuels, has been a boon to mankind over the past 250 years. For about the last 35 years however, it has been abundantly clear those benefits have been attended by a significant and mounting environmental cost.[read more]

Limits to Growth: At Our Doorstep, But not Recognized

February 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Growth and Limitation

How long can economic growth continue in a finite world? This is the question the 1972 book The Limits to Growth sought to answer. The computer models that the team of researchers produced strongly suggested that the world economy would collapse sometime in the first half of the 21st century.[read more]

Finite Resources and Infinite Growth

February 4, 2014 by Andrew Leach
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Resources and Growth

 

Globe and Mail featured a column by Gary Mason on a world without oil. "If you believe that the economy is structured in such a way that it needs to grow continually in order to survive," it states, "then it will take an endless supply of energy to feed it."[read more]

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U.S. 2013 Domestic Energy Supplies Growth Scorecard: Part 1

January 21, 2014 by John Miller
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US Domestic Supply Scorecard

Some U.S. Renewables and Non-renewable Energy supplies grew in 2013, and a few did not. Various Energy Advocates and Critics viewed these increases or declines as positive and not so positive developments. Which U.S. domestic energy supplies grew at the greatest rates in 2013?[read more]

Sustainability: How Humans' Economy Differs from Natures'

November 5, 2013 by Gail Tverberg
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Human Nature and Energy Consumption

A few years ago, I had an ah-ha moment when it comes to what we as humans would need to do to live in a sustainable manner. It is very easy. All we have to do is leave our homes, take off all of our clothes, and learn to live on the raw food we are able to gather with our own hands.[read more]

Peak Coal: Will the US Run Out of Coal in 20 Years or 200 Years?

November 4, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Peak Coal?

U.S. coal production has peaked, and the miscalculations that have led to estimates of a 200-year supply could create a serious electricity deficit for the nation, according to a new report from advocacy group Clean Energy Action.[read more]

Climate Change and The Burning Question

June 3, 2013 by David Hone
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The Burning Question

Rather than speculate on the potential severity of climate events or try to convince readers that simple changes in consumer behaviour will solve everything, this book takes a dispassionate look at the global energy system.[read more]

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Our Energy Use In Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 24, 2013 by Matthieu Tanguay-Carel
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US energy supply

In order to navigate these conversations about sustainable energy and climate change, it helps to have a look at our current consumption patterns. So how much do we consume? And what do we use energy for?[read more]

Renewables: Good for Some Things, Not so Good for Others

March 22, 2013 by Gail Tverberg
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There are lots of energy sources that might be called “renewable,” and lots applications for renewable energy. Clearly not all are equally good.[read more]

Justifying $15 Trillion for Renewables

May 11, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
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Yesterday I received a joint press release from a group of renewable energy trade associations. It touted a new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the potential growth of renewable energy by 2050. The report has already garnered an impressive array of headlines, such as "Renewable Energy Can Power the...[read more]

Audio Archive: Supply, Demand, and Revolution

March 11, 2011 by Energy Collective

Recent civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East has captured global attention, as many hope for more humane, democratic governments in that part of the world, while others express concern over what new leadership might mean for relations with the West. With large scale unrest in a region so closely associated with oil...[read more]

Democracy or Demagogy?

July 29, 2008 by Eddy De Clercq

I’ve already mentioned that the strange ideas politicians have when they make decisions when it comes to environmental issues doesn’t show any outstanding ability in this field, but more bent on self-preservation or some hazy interest instead of the people who elected them to represent. I’ve given examples of this on town level and a...[read more]