Category: Energy

Energy

The end of the internal combustion engine

Could the end of the internal combustion engine come in the next 8 years? Stanford University economist Tony Seba believes so, and even if the views expressed in this fascinating article are ‘optimistic’, it is likely that the oil age is, sooner or later, drawing to a close. “Cities will ...
Energy

Transitioning away from fossil fuels

This video (courtesy of NEI Investments) briefly outlines the approach employed by the Ethical Funds management team to encourage the transition away from fossil fuels.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCLBUU40_d0#t=109
Energy

The solar game changer

Imagine a world fueled by cheap, clean, abundant solar energy. Deep thinkers believe that day is just around the corner. The ramifications for the stock market, and just about every corner of the economy, are immense. This is the quantum leap that the world has been awaiting. See this article ...
Energy

World gets 22% of energy from renewable sources

Here is an interesting report from the Wall Street Journal, with some nice graphics that show who is leading the way in transitioning to renewable energy sources.
Energy

Crossroads – Peak oil or awash in it?

It is no longer news to suggest that the world stands at an energy crossroads. But the signs at this intersection can point in all manner of directions, reminding me of the scene of the Scarecrow standing by the yellow brick road and pointing the way to Oz. How does ...
Energy

Oil and Water

I was standing on a beach in Bermuda in the summer of 1976, taking a break from my on-the-job training with one of Canada’s maritime patrol air squadrons. The scene along the bay and out to the Atlantic was idyllic, the pink sand glistening at my feet. I stood rooted ...
Energy

Up the Creek With Micro-Hydro

Robert Fraser President and CEO Max Pacific Power Inc. Dear Bob, Thanks for sending me the Offering Memorandum and Subscription Agreement for your company’s proposed ‘run-of-river’ hydro projects. I’ve noticed you have some critics who are aghast at the whole idea, even the labeling of them as green or clean. ...
Energy

Sustainable Oil Sands?

I’ve just spent a couple of hours examining an impressive document, perhaps the most remarkable of its kind produced by any corporation in the world. The publication is entitled, ‘A closer look at our journey towards sustainable development’, and is compiled using Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. The GRI is ...
Energy

Collateral Damage

Buried amongst the memorabilia I’ve collected through my life is a thank you letter I once received from the Master of the Universe. OK, technically speaking it was from the Master of the SS Universe, a massive oil tanker that traversed our west coast waters back in the early 90’s. ...
Energy

Corn Season

I was recently offered a stake in the burgeoning ethanol industry. As many acres of Brazilian farmland as I could afford, on which to grow sugar cane that would be refined into fuel. The unsolicited email didn’t mention how many tropical hardwoods I might have to bulldoze in the process. ...

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