Item of General Interest
Nov. 5. I added a new 40 minute audio interview with Jim Kunstler to my Presentations/Podcasts page. The general topic is my views on Energy and the Economy.
I have also added the two new presentations that I have recently written up as posts to that page as well. These are Our Electricity Problem: Getting the Diagnosis Correct and Oops! The economy depends on an energy-related debt bubble.
Category Archives: Energy policy
They say that every cloud has a silver lining. If future energy consumption (which is mostly fossil fuel) drops because of a financial collapse brought on by high oil prices and other limits, then, at least in theory, climate change should … Continue reading
Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems. In particular, they miss the point that the world is finite. We don’t … Continue reading
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If an employer wants to maximize profits, it will want to leverage its use of high-priced energy sources. From an employer’s point of view, there are basically three kinds of energy, from most to least expensive: Human energy Petroleum energy Everything … Continue reading