Tag Archive for Energy

Oil and Water Usage …

I’ve seen several columns/articles over the last two weeks (gas under $3 in may places) explaining how low oil/gas prices were actually bad for the economy. And of course we’re also told how high oil/gas prices are bad for the…

You’re Just Moving It Outside

I’ve wondered about this for a long time. Air-conditioners don’t really make things cooler, I think they just pump the heat elsewhere, ideally, outside. That’s why you can’t have a standalone AC unit sitting in the middle of a room.…

Bitcoin Mining As Eco-Peril

A little hyperbole in that post title, but what the heck. (pic via Wiki) Do you remember?: … global cooling, acid rain, Alar, ozone layer holes, mutating frogs, global warming, and now … bitcoins. [ If you’re curious, here’s how bitcoins…

Sweden Importing Garbage From Norway?

Almost makes one want to reevaluate what we call “recycling” here in the U.S. Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from Norway – MNN – Mother Nature Network: Sweden, a recycling-happy land where a quarter of a million homes are…

Quick Book Review: The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

I just finished reading The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley. It certainly seems like Matt Ridley is the intellectual heir to Julian Simon. Ridley makes a strong case that not only aren’t things that bad, there’s historically quite good, and the prospects…

Wasted Electricity & Public Policy

Incentives matter, always, a lot. There’s a lesson in here for public policy. Microsoft wasted ‘millions of watts of electricity’ to evade power usage penalty – The Verge: Microsoft deliberately burned through “millions of watts of electricity” to avoid a…

Now Not Even Solar Power Makes Them Happy

They already despise nuclear power and natural gas which are much cleaner than than oil and coal. If I didn’t know better, it would be easy to believe that these people weren’t really “progressive” in any honest meaning of the…

U.S Air Force Tests Biofuel At $59 Per Gallon

Remember this post from a week or two ago? “The right/neo-cons are keeping the Navy active in empire-building around the world instead of defense … and the political left is making sure the war machine is using green fuels that…

That Which is Not Seen: Oil & Tang Edition

I think that most (okay, all) public policy choices have advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits. We can decide whether or not to pursue each, or compare them, by looking at the costs and benefits of each. And if we…