Category: Energy

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Science – The Petroleum Priesthood

by Liam Scheff What we don’t understand (because we don’t see the road leading from antiquity to the present) is that what we call “Scientists” are actually priests to the god of petroleum. Everything we do, eat, touch, see, taste, have, wear, share and think we love...

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The New World

by Liam Scheff Proposition: We’re doomed, and we more or less deserve to be. We’ve done ourselves in. Our food, our water, energy, culture – everything about us is reeking of imminent death – or, at least, of strenuous, aching decline. I’ve named the five harbingers of...

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Energy

We live at the peak of the petroleum age, digging up every square mile of land for a little more oil. We’re ruining our water, soil, air and land – but we won’t stop. We’ve got a looming nuclear disaster staring at us across the Pacific, but...

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This Is Not Free Energy

This is Not Free Energy by Liam Scheff Liam, you pessimist! You don’t believe in free energy? Well, no. No, I don’t. I’d be very cautious about wishing for such a thing, given how human beings use the expensive energy we have now. Don’t get me wrong,...

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News of the Week: Die-Off, Ahoy!

by Liam Scheff Do you ever wake up, look at ‘las noticias,’ and realize: “Yeah, this civilization is cooked. Die-off ahoy!” In Brazil: “More than 80 tons of fish suffocated in the Rio de Janeiro lagoon that will be used for Olympic rowing events in 2016, causing...

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460 is the Unluckiest Number

by Liam Scheff Q: Is 460 a troubling number? How about “460 tons?” A: Tons of what? Cheese doodles? No. French fries? No. Unspent nuclear fuel sitting on the 3rd and 4th floor of a shaking building already damaged by tsunami-earthquake trauma? Why, yes. That 460 IS...

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Oil Rig On Fire? Nothing To See Here!

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Greetings fellow prisoners servants of her Majesty, the Fed and all ships at sea! It is I, Liam, your humble narrator for this jaunt on Mr. Oil’s Wild Ride. Do you understand that when I say, “We are going to destroy civilization in the next 30 years,”...

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The Energy Show with Liam Scheff

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Press Release: A couple of months, no a quadruple couple of months of deeeeep immersion — and I’ve got the title for my new project. It required a sea-change, a complete surrender to the topic – and I’m quite metamorphosed for it. (Because it’s all about energy.)...

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Hello E.L.E.! Fukushima Sends Her Regards

by Liam Scheff Newsflash: Fukushima is our slow-burning Extinction Level Event. March 2013: “Like reactor four, reactor three had spent fuel rods sitting inside a cooling pool beneath the twisted steel and rubble. Remotely-operated cranes are being used to try and pull away the debris, but it...

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CO2, Green Nukes and Climate Change. Or Not?

CO2, Green Nukes and Climate Change. Or Not? by Liam Scheff An Open Question “CO2 Friendliness” is used by the nuclear energy industry to sell its very toxic products. “No CO2 emissions!” is the ad line that makes plutonium sound ‘green and good’ to environmentalists. And some...

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The Dividing Line

The Dividing Line by Liam Scheff The Choice Will Be Yours, Mine and Ours. Divided We Stand, United We Fall: Solar, Wind, Oil, Coal, Nuclear.  The arguments pile up in disorganized, swaying towers, in colonies and countries of data – kilowatt hours and gigawatt years, energy returns...

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Do You Care? A Quick Survey About the End of the World

How do we get more people to care, with energy and emphasis, about the reality of oil, fracking, and major cultural and economic change? A. We tell them their lifestyle is at risk. B. We tell them their health is at risk. C. We tell them their...

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Will Technology Save Us? Amory Lovins Says “Let’s Try It.”

by Liam Scheff Will Technology Save Us? Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute Says, “Try It!” Rocky Mountain Institute – dreams of banana trees in Arctic Colorado in the middle of winter; of super-efficient houses needed nothing but a few solar panels to be fully-inhabitable year-round...

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Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor – The Game is Afoot

Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors. Say it fast, three times! I have promised friends and listeners that the nuclear energy parade would, despite unimpressive performance in the first half, be back – with some new tricks, moves and even players. And here it is! Nuclear power is again,...

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How Can You Be Against Fracking?

“How Can You Be Against Fracking?” by Liam Scheff “Fracking will give us energy independence!” goes the drumbeat. But is it true? A sober analysis of what’s really in the rocks comes up with a number much closer to 10 years of fuel – not 20, 50...

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Oh, Britannia! Britannia Will Be Fracked!

by Liam Scheff Fracking is a world-wide disaster – and the press and petrol giants are playing mental footsie with the public to get them to relent. Witness the business press playing at ‘fairness,’ ‘class warfare’ and ‘down with the rich’ all to sell a short-term boondoggle:...

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Denial-Based Tech

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Announcement: There will be no talk of “free energy” on my pages. It’s as fanciful (and based in a position of psychological denial) as “clean coal, clean nuclear and clean fracking.” No denial-based tech here. Post no bills. Reality is: we’re facing the end of the era...

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Astronomy Research

This investigation is expanded in Chapters 9 and 10 of “Official Stories” A Story-Telling Species Open a science textbook, and you will be greeted by this notion: “First there was nothing…which exploded, or expanded, and became everything.” This is called “big bang theory.” But it is not...