Category Archives: Tar Sands

Fusion power always 30 years away, now its more like 50 years away

When it comes to dealing with global issues like climate change or peak fossil fuels, I’d argue we’ll need to focus technology we already have, or what can realistically be developed in the near future. Relying on more fantastical high … Continue reading

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The oil price dilemma

A recent drop in world oil prices, has seen prices descending past the symbolic point of $50 a barrel. This is likely to prove a double edged sword, as I think we’ll all be learning soon enough. However, it has … Continue reading

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Putin a sock in it – the consequences of Crimea on European energy

Putin’s hasty actions in Crimea have had all sorts of consequences. Ranging from geopolitical to economic. However in this post we will address one of the questions raised regarding energy, what if as revenge for sanctions Putin decides to turn … Continue reading

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Time for a Fracking reality check

One story that the major news media seems to have missed was that of a recent set of shale gas protests in rural Romania against the actions of the US owned firm Chevron. It would seem Chevron decided to start … Continue reading

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The fracking snake oil cult

Recently David Cameron has been letting slip many signs that he, like many Tories, has fallen for the fable of Shale Gas as the snake oil cure for all ills, hook line and sinker. He absurdly suggested that shale gas … Continue reading

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A Global report card for renewables

Its that time of year (or it was just before I started writing this) when we lecturers get all the results, have our autumn exam board meetings and as it were, “rank and yank” students (decide whose done enough to … Continue reading

Posted in clean energy, climate change, efficiency, energy, fossil fuels, Global warming denial, nuclear, Passivhaus, peak oil, politics, power, renewables, Shale Gas, Shale oil, sustainability, Tar Sands, technology, transport | 12 Comments

Old king coal is a very sorry soul

Not been able to do much blogging recently, I’ve been having some serious IT related issues, quiet apart from the normal summer work load (academics are surprisingly busy over the summer, we don’t just all go to the beach or … Continue reading

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