Category Archives: Energy

Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon

Now in general release, Deepwater Horizon stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, an electronics tech stationed aboard the ill-fated drilling rig. The explosion and fire, which occurred off the Louisiana coast on April 20, 2010, killed eleven Transocean hands and led to the … Continue reading

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Father Gaia, on the Green Movement: “It’s a religion, you see. It’s totally unscientific.”

At 97, James Lovelock, futurist and creator of the Gaia Hypothesis, is just hitting his stride. And it’s causing some concern among his acolytes. (The Gaia Hypothesis holds that the Earth is more a self-regulating organism life form than a ball of molten iron … Continue reading

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Royalty: It’s Not Just for Royalty Anymore #fracking

A recent article in the New York Times considered disparity of income distribution in the U.S. An attached graphic, reproduced and annotated below, shows the income threshold to be in the top 1% of income earners, by county, in the … Continue reading

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If you believe #fracking causes Oklahoma earthquakes, then you should also believe that Islam causes terrorism.

Because both beliefs are founded in the same kind of sloppy, simplified guilt-by-association reasoning applied to a complex problem. Fivethirtyeight.com has a decent, not perfect*, description of Oklahoma’s earthquake dilemma. Now, I’m a thousand miles away and only mildly educated … Continue reading

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Sure, Obama was wrong. But there’s a bigger point to be made.

Throughout his two terms, Barack Obama’s position on energy policy is encapsulated in the soundbite: “We can’t just drill our way to lower gasoline prices.” In one case he doubled down, adding, “Anybody who tells you otherwise either doesn’t know … Continue reading

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Oil Simulation, Climate Modeling and the Scientific Method

Subtitle: Garbage In, Consensus Out, Part II Part I concerned a WSJ essay by Robert J. Caprara, “Confessions of a Computer Modeler”. In Part II I will share what I know about computer modeling in oil and gas applications, and raise questions about … Continue reading

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Garbage In, Consensus Out: Part I

In the July 8 Wall Street Journal, Robert J. Caprara describes the process of computer modeling, and the motivations of the modeler. He was a consultant charged with building a detailed computer model of the nation’s fresh water sources, including … Continue reading

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Mexico Opens Its Energy Sector to Outside Investment

Even Joe Biden would agree: this is a pretty big flipping deal. To recognize how big, you need to understand that Mexico commemorates the anniversary of the day it nationalized its oil fields and threw the Norte Americanos out as … Continue reading

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The stark reality of green tech’s solar and wind contribution to world energy

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
Summed in in one graph that says it all. Roger Andrews writes: If decarbonization is to be achieved by expanding renewables the expansion will have to come in wind, solar and biomass. So…

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Settled Science on the Proper Spelling of ‘Fracking’ #fracking #rsrh

1. Phonetically, ‘fracing’ makes no sense. 2. We already have ‘picnicking’. 3. So it’s ‘fracking’. Q.E.D.

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