How Energy Productive is the United States?

February 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

US Energy Production

A new global index ranks countries by their energy productivity performance and finds the US in 38th position trailing the likes of Japan and Germany. The index sheds light on potential improved energy productivity for “rais[ing] economic performance and extend[ing] environmental and social benefits” to societies.[read more]

In a Low Oil Price Environment: Increasing Oil Field Productivity via Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR)

January 7, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Low Oil Prices and Productivity Enhancements

Every year Germany’s Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) publishes its annual BGR Report. This year, one energy-related project in the field of “underground biotechnology” addressing in principle the always all-important energy supply security issue is especially worth looking at.[read more]

Finite Resources and Infinite Growth

February 4, 2014 by Andrew Leach

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]

Labor Day 2050: Global Warming And The Coming Collapse Of Labor Productivity

September 3, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Warming and Labor

Here’s a Labor Day review of what we know about the impact that global warming is projected to have on labor productivity: A new NOAA study projects that heat-stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.[read more]

Env-Econ 101: Is efficiency versus equity a fair fight?

April 8, 2009 by Tim Haab

One of my first part-time high school jobs was in telemarketing.  I worked for a company that had a contract with a state police organization to raise money for the disabled officers fund.  Yes, I was one of those annoying people who would call you during dinner and try to guilt you into giving money to support disabled police...[read more]