Tag Archives: Oil

Peak Oil and the Doomers’ Dire Predictions

Remember those many years ago — circa 2005 — when Peak Oil was all the rage, and people like me were routinely ridiculed by the Church of Environmentalism for writing articles such as this one? Well, you won’t believe it, but it looks as though some of that leftist dogma was perhaps incorrect after all.…

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Huge New Oilfields Discovered In Texas

Peak oil (so-called) is, as we’ve discussed here before, a fairytale of gigantic proportions, and this latest Texas oilfield discovery illustrates precisely why: We begin to know about a resource only when we begin to use the resource. Knowing about that resource includes a cursory calculation of its quantity. The more we use of it,…

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Worst Power Plant Disaster?

It’s not nuclear. Quoting Annalee Newitz, at i09: “[W]hen accidents happen, the deadliest and costliest source of energy is water — especially when it’s held back by poorly-designed dams. The Chernobyl disaster doesn’t come close to the damage done when a dam at a hydroelectric plant bursts.” Here’s her rundown: 1975: Shimantan/Banqiao Dam Failure Type…

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Nature Spills More Oil Than Man — By Far

A good reader sent the following: Mighty Oil-Eating Microbes Help Clean Up The Gulf In response to which, one should also point out what many people still don’t know: namely, that nature alone, apart from man, “spills” far more oil than all the world’s oil companies combined. For example: Natural Oil Leaks Equal To 8–80…

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Peak Oil?

From the moment oil first made it into the mainstream, peak oil and the imminent depletion of fossil fuels have been vehemently predicted. A by-no-means exhaustive list of those predictions might run something like this: “I take this opportunity to express my opinion in the strongest terms, that the amazing exhibition of oil which has…

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