Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Panic Of ’32?

The current period reminds me of the period of Perestroika (openness) in the old Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, which instigated media and intellectual freedom, a process put in place by then President Gorbachev to help open up and … Continue reading

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The Complexities Of Increasing Weather-Dependent Renewable Energy Usage

Any transition to weather-dependent energy sources (wind and solar) faces two major hurdles. Firstly, in the absence of cheap massive-scale energy storage, they need to be balanced by other sources that can be easily ramped up and ramped down. In … Continue reading

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2016: Is The El Nino Showing Us Where The Edge Of The Climate Cliff Is?

The last time the Earth had an El Nino event like 2015/16 was in 1997/98[1]. The two events are actually very much alike, peaking at about the same time in the first year and at about the same temperature in … Continue reading

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British Petroleum 2016 Energy Outlook : Reasonable Base Case Assessment?

The yearly Energy Outlook publication by B.P.[1] provides a good “reality check” with the enthusiasm of the green growth crowd, while at the same time providing a highly optimistic view of future liquid fuel supplies and the acceptance of natural … Continue reading

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