Flying a Passenger Jet with Solar Power? Yes, We Can Do That Now

Philipp Furler is a scientist working at the ETH university in Zurich. As this article at EurekAlert explains, he and his team have come up with a clever new way to make jet fuel from solar power, water and CO2 extracted from air. The process requires high temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius. That’s about three … [Read more…]

Turtle on a Fence Post

“If you see a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by itself. If you see climate skeptics taking over a major political party only in the United States, that didn’t happen by itself either.” That’s the message in this video by Al Gore. The fossil fuel industry has paid a lot of … [Read more…]

Stronger Oil Cartels Needed Now

Jillian Ambrose explains in this Telegraph article several reasons given by Oxford Professor Dieter Helm why oil prices are expected to stay low. Helm is quoted with this statement: As prices come down you’d expect producers to supply less – that’s normal economics. On the contrary, in oil as output falls the production goes up. … [Read more…]

Trump Energy EO no Big Surprise

President Trump has issued an Executive Order about energy policy. It is published here (Vox) with useful annotations by George Washington University law professor Emily Hammond. As expected, Trump wants to roll back all efforts of the previous administration to do something about global warming. As Hammond explains, much of this will be litigated for … [Read more…]

Oil Mining Schedule Altcoin

Can blockchain technology contribute to solving global warming? One existing idea is Solarcoin. This is an altcoin project which sits around $4.2 million market cap right now (rank 62 at this moment). The idea is: People generating solar power can report this to the administrators of Solarcoin. These administrators will send them some solarcoin after … [Read more…]

Oil Companies as Scorpions

Chris Nelder pointed me to this column by Ed Crooks, as a part of our discussion on Phaseout Profit. It’s titled “Cooperation Impossible” and states that there is not much hope for American oil producers to cooperate with OPEC efforts and reduce production. The “Scorpions” in the title comes from a story about a frog … [Read more…]