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Olduvai revisited 2008

Forecast for Conventional Fossil Fuels per Capita. Sources: UN for Population model, Jean Laherrère [pdf!] for Natural Gas, Energy Watch Group for Coal and The Oil Drum - Khebab for Oil. Click for large version.…

DrumBeat: February 25, 2008

The Fading Twilight of Oil Houston investment banker Matthew Simmons is somewhat surprised and obviously pleased that his 2005 'Twilight in the Desert' has now surpassed 100,00 copies in print -- making it a best…

Khosla and I Finally See Eye to Eye

Some people think I am anti-ethanol. That is an oversimplification, and a misrepresentation of my position. I have nothing against ethanol as a fuel. It isn't as good a fuel as butanol, but then again…

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Solaraid – Solar Power to Fight Poverty

Cate Blanchett, patron of new charity SolarAid, explains how solar power can be used to fight poverty and appeals for support. Cate Blanchett talks SolarAid [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/YIiQFZs20qI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] This is from the…

DrumBeat: February 14, 2008

Critic: Facts bury theory on Peak Oil IHS Inc., owner of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said those who espouse the theory that the world's oil production has already peaked lack evidence to support their claims.…

The Politics of Biofuels

In response to a recent query from an independent student newspaper in the UK, I wrote up an editorial piece on the politics of biofuels. That essay is reproduced below the fold. (The original can…