Fossil fuel subsidies: over $ 500,000,000,000 a year.

That’s about $112 for each adult in the world.   It’s a lot of money for any industry.  It’s a huge commitment of resources for a sunset industry.  Subsidies must be eliminated. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) report notes that “these subsidies outweigh the support provided to fast-start climate finance by a ratio of 7:1”.  That …
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Rebirth of a dymaxion car.

The word dymaxion makes me think of a lattice-work of struts which form triangles which form hexagons, which form a sphere.  The design is intimately associated with Buckminster Fuller.  A mind ahead of his time. So the idea of a dymaxion car is intriguing.  And then it turned out that even the frame is built …
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Divest fossil fuel holdings, or die.

That’s a big picture perspective, presented starkly to attract some attention.  Sadly, few people feel the pressure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do.  Let’s have a look at some of the detail. A 2012 article in Rolling Stone , by Bill McKibben of 350.org, galvanised a fossil fuel divestment campaign …
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Outlook 2013: If you haven’t found the answer yet, read this.

If you see some question about what the future holds the ideas outlined in the WFS Outlook 2013 will stimulate.  Even if you have found teh answer it will still feed you brain.  Enjoy it. http://www.wfs.org/futurist/november-december-2012-vol-46-no-6/outlook-2013   Outlook 2013 INTRODUCTION Human actions could become more accurately predictable, thanks to neuroscience. Nano-sized robots will deliver cancer-fighting …
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Energy Portal – Wikipedia

How big is your TOE?

A useful benchmark for consumption is Tonnes of Oil Equivalent. Mineral oil (petrol, diesel, gasoline and friends) has a very high energy content per volume.  That means less weight per joule which is important if you’ve got to move or carry fuel, eg in a car fuel tank. This comparison list from Wikipedia shows the …
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Dearman engine prototypes high tech eco-steam power.

The BBC headline this morning Liquid air ‘offers energy storage hope’ looked interesting.  I usually start looking at “new solutions” cynically because so often they are misconceived with a “command and control nature” mentality.  But this looks interesting.  The oil companies might not like it.  Though car companies should be ok with it. The idea …
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Why is oil so expensive?

Oil probably should be as expensive as it is, whether you buy gasoline, petrol or diesel.  But the price should be paying for the pollution and opportunity cost, not profits of executives working for big oil. So, this article from REpedia caught my eye: The Oil Industry’s Monopoly on Transportation Once again, high gas prices …
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Energy Basics – a tonne of rain

I was trying to work out how much energy is stored in the rain falling on the roof and dripping down the gutters.  Say a tonne of water for every 10 mm of rain.  We had 65mm last week and it’s raining hard now. A tonne falling a metre gives about 10,000 joules or 7.8 …
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Nuclear meltdown in your back yard.

This is not funny nor trivial.  Nuclear reactions are highly toxic.  The failure to clean up the reactor in Japan is leaving us open to a far greater spread of nuclear fallout. I had forgotten about the whole tragedy.  A warning in my inbox this morning changed my day. It has always been known that …
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