Tag Archives: EROI

Why a Great Reset Based on Green Energy Isn’t Possible

It seems like a reset of an economy should work like a reset of your computer: Turn it off and turn it back on again; most problems should be fixed. However, it doesn’t really work that way. Let’s look at … Continue reading

Posted in Energy policy | Tagged EROEI, EROI, low oil prices, peak oil, solar energy, wind energy | 2,650 Comments

Rethinking Renewable Mandates

Powering the world’s economy with wind, water and solar, and perhaps a little wood sounds like a good idea until a person looks at the details. The economy can use small amounts of wind, water and solar, but adding these types … Continue reading

Posted in Energy policy | Tagged EROEI, EROI, fossil fuels, renewable energy, renewable subsidies | 1,461 Comments

How the Peak Oil story could be “close,” but not quite right

A few years ago, especially in the 2005-2008 period, many people were concerned that the oil supply would run out. They were concerned about high oil prices and a possible need for rationing. The story was often called “Peak Oil.” Peak … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged EROEI, EROI, limits to growth, M. King Hubbert, oil prices, peak oil | 1,605 Comments

Energy Return on Energy Invested – Prof. Charles Hall’s Comments

In my most recent post, Why the Standard Model of Future Energy Supply Doesn’t Work, I made some comments about the calculation of Energy Returned on Energy Invested. Professor Charles Hall sent me the following response to what I said, which he … Continue reading

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Why the Standard Model of Future Energy Supply Doesn’t Work

The most prevalent view regarding future oil supply, as well as total energy supply, seems to be fairly closely related to that expressed by Peak Oilers. Future fossil fuel supply is assumed to be determined by the resources in the … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged EROEI, EROI, high oil prices, low oil prices, peak oil | 1,124 Comments