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This resources page for energy includes resources, audio, videos, movies, articles, books, quotes, cartoons, songs, fossil fuels, renewable energy, alternative energy, wind, solar, energy conservation, energy policy, the problem with fossil fuels, save energy, lists of organizations and groups on energy, and issues related to energy.
Challenging Our Own Beliefs —
01 May 2013 —
KMO and science fiction author, futurist, and contrarian David Brin discuss a range of themes in post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction. Brin also opines on the need to be contrarian and to challenge our own beliefs. As human civilization faces a transition from smart animals to beings that wield god-like powers in real time with no do-overs, we must overcome our tendency toward self-deception, factionalism, and righteous indignation.
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Quirks & Quarks
Better Bacterial Biofuels Through Genetic Engineering? —
27 Apr 2013 —
As the failings of current biofuels become more obvious, the strategies to find a truly successful, high-net-energy biofuel continues. Professor John Love discusses efforts to genetically engineer microbes that will more efficiently convert simple sugars into petro-identical go-juice for our vehicles.
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(GP comment: All biofuels are destined to fail, if only for the rarely discussed but obvious reason that they steal resources from biological processes that are essential to a sustainable global ecosystem.)
Stealing From the Future —
24 April 2013 —
Mark Robinowitz of the Oil Empire web site notes that earth is over its carrying capacity, regardless of which problem—climate change, peak oil, water supplies, etc.—you wish to discuss. In this "peak everything" era, we're using everything as fast as we possibly can, with nothing but economists' assurances that there will be the same level of abundance in the future. Our most serious problem is "peak denial"—the general public is rejecting reality. He explains why the declarations of some environmentalists that extraction technologies have trumped peak oil are wrong, and he laments that climate change has come to dominate the entire discussion about sustainability. In particular, he comments that the typical environmentalist's position that we can solve climate though economic methods within the infinite growth paradigm is hopelessly wrong.
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Energy Crossroads: A Burning Need to Change Course
DESCRIPTION: America consumes 25% of the world's energy, 85% of which comes from non-renewable fossil fuels. Whether from a climate-change or peak-oil perspective, our energy consumption is a problem. Energy Crossroads examines the situation and offers concrete solutions for those who want to educate themselves. The film features passionate individuals, entrepreneurs, experts and scientists at the forefront of their fields, bringing legitimacy and expertise to the film's core message.
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Fuel (2008) (Documentary)
DESCRIPTION: High oil prices, global warming, and an insatiable demand for energy—these issues will be the catalyst for heated debates and positive change for many years to come. Fuel exposes the shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry, and the government, while exploring alternative energies such as solar, wind, electricity and non-food-based biofuels. The film covers the pros and cons of biofuels, how America's addiction to oil is destroying the US economy, and how green energy can save us—but only if we act now.
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There Will Be Blood (2007) (Documentary)
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Barry Del Sherman, Dillon Freasier
DESCRIPTION: A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, There Will Be Blood is set on the incendiary frontier of California's turn-of-the-century petroleum boom. The story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview, who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner into a self-made oil tycoon. But where there is oil and money to be made, there is conflict—and a good story.
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|ENERGY & GARDENING (Energy Article #215)||01-MAY-2010|
WHO KNOWS WHAT SAVINGS LURK IN THE HEARTS OF SHADOWS?
Wall Shade Trellis Plan – Save Energy, Lower Air Conditioning Bill
|PEAK OIL & ENERGY DEMAND (Energy Article #212)||01-FEB-2010|
ESCAPING THE BATTERY-POWERED PANDER-BEAR
Peak Oil and Energy Demand
|PEAK OIL & ENVIRONMENT (UPDATED) (Environmental Article #168)||AUG-2009|
WE’LL GO “DIRTY DANCING” BEFORE WE GO
“DANCING IN THE DARK”
Peak Oil and Environment
|PEAK OIL ENERGY SOLUTIONS (UPDATED) (Environmental Article #172)||AUG-2009|
TRADING IN DINOSAUR POWER ON A BETTER MODEL
Peak Oil Solutions
|IS BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE? (Energy Article #203)||01-MAY-2009|
BIOMASS ONLY LOOKS GREAT IN A FUN-HOUSE MIRROR
Biomass and Sustainability
|ENERGY EMERGENCIES (Energy Article #202)||01-APR-2009|
RESILIENT DUKES AND THE HAZARDS OF BOSS ENERGY HOG
Fuel Shortages and Power Outages
|FOOD SUPPLY AND ENERGY (Energy Issue #198a)||04-DEC-2008|
“FEEL THE BURN!” CRIED THE OIL-INDUSTRY FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Food and Energy
|VAMPIRE POWER (UPDATED) (Energy Article #98)||23-OCT-2007|
STOP WRITING MONTHLY CHECKS TO NOSFERATU
|SOLAR FOR YOUR HOME (Energy Article #182)||04-OCT-2007|
BE A SUNSHINE SUPERMAN (OR WOMAN) — POWER YOUR HOME WITH SOLAR!
Home Solar Energy
|GAS PRICES / PROTESTS (Energy Article #180)||08-AUG-2007|
“PAIN AT THE PUMP II—THE PROTESTING”
Protest Gas Prices
|GAS PRICES / ENERGY POLICY (Energy Article #74)||05-AUG-2007|
OUR POLITICIANS SEEM TO HAVE A GAS PROBLEM
High Gasoline Prices
|ENERGY QUIZZES (UPDATED) (Energy Article #3)||6-SEP-2007|
YOU’LL HAVE TO TAKE A QUIZ IF YOU WANT TO SIT AT THE ENERGY BAR
|OIL SHALE (Energy Article #148)||13-DEC-2005|
A FAMOUS WESTERN LAST LINE: “SHALE ... SHALE ... COME BACK!”
Oil Shale Problems
|DIESEL VS. GASOLINE (Energy Article #123)||12-APR-2005|
|VIN WAS THE DIESEL ENGINE OF THE PLOT VEHICLE
Is Diesel's Performance Superior Overall
to That of Gasoline Power?
|ENERGY / WIND POWER (Energy Article #106)||14-DEC-2004|
|THE WIND CRIES “MARY...” AND “MORE WIND POWER!”
Wind Energy—Advantages, Cost, Potential, Statistics, and the Future
|SAVE GAS, SAVE MONEY (Energy Article #104)||30-NOV-2004|
|UP AND UP IT GOES AND WHERE IT STOPS, NO ONE KNOWS!
How to Beat High Gas Prices
|BATTERIES / SAVE MONEY (Energy Article #103)||23-NOV-2004|
|TODAY’S TOY NEWS: “ROBO-BEAR CONVICTED OF BATTERY”
Are Rechargeable Batteries Worth It? Which Type is Best?
|ENERGY POLICY - OIL & ELECTRICITY (Energy Article #88)||31-AUG-2004|
|SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! AT ENERGY POLICY RACEWAYS...!
Electricity, Foreign Oil, and Cars of the Future
|ENERGY / SAVE MONEY (Energy Article - Special Edition)||06-JUL-2004|
|PRINT DOLLAR BILLS USING YOUR AIR CONDITIONER!
Money-Saving Tips Related to Air Conditioning
|HOME SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS (Energy Article #66)||06-MAY-2004|
|THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN POWER
Can A Home Solar Energy System Fit Your Budget?
|SOLAR POWER OVERVIEW (Energy Article #65)||04-MAY-2004|
|“RAH” FOR RA!
Types of Solar Power and How They Work
|ALTERNATIVE ENERGY / POLLUTION REDUCTION (Article #56)||01-APR-2004|
|JOULES WATT, BURNIE COLE & OTHER FICTIONAL ENERGY CHARACTERS
The Story on a New Pollution-Free Energy Source that is Also Cheap and Abundant
|ENERGY CONSERVATION & SAVING MONEY (Energy Article #44)||19-FEB-2004|
|ONLY A HEAVY SWEATER DOESN'T NEED A
HEAVY SWEATER IN WINTER
A Few Simple Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill
|ENERGY CONSERVATION (Saving Electricity, Energy Article #18)||11-NOV-2003|
IT DOESN'T TAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO GET THE LIGHT SHOW RIGHT
Simple Steps You Can Take to Save on Lighting and Other Electricity Costs
|NUCLEAR ENERGY (Energy Article #10)||14-OCT-2003|
ATTACK OF THE 50-FOOT ENERGY PLAN
Reviving the Nuclear Power Plant Program and Other Horrors
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"We are witnessing the beginning of one of the great tragedies of history. The United States, in a misguided effort to reduce its oil insecurity by converting grain into fuel for cars, is generating global food insecurity on a scale never seen before."
— Lester Brown, author of Plan B 4.: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
"When plants die, they're recycled into basic elements [by the biota in the soil] and become a part of new plants. It's a closed cycle. There is no bio-waste."
— Alice Friedemann, from the article, Peak Soil: Why Cellulosic Ethanol, Biofuels Are Unsustainable and a Threat to America
"First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe.... Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it! It only serves to turn a few mills, blow a few vessels across the ocean, and a few trivial ends besides. What a poor compliment do we pay to our indefatigable and energetic servant!"
— Henry David Thoreau, from Paradise (To Be) Regained 
"The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun."
— Ralph Nader
10-year energy independence planning project
National and international programs to promote clean and efficient energy use, encourage sustainable economic growth, and help preserve the environment
Works to develop cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to better protect our air, water, and soil
Daily news on energy, peak oil, global climate change, sustainability, and related issues
Promotes community-based renewable energy, potable water delivery and related watershed restoration projects internationally to generate social and environmental progress
Info on green electricity and how you can sign up (from US Energy Dept)
Dedicated to increasing public involvement in and control over environmental problems through the democratization of science
Primary mission is to assure that US fossil energy resources can meet increasing demand without compromising future quality of life
Promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security
Dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection
US govt. program to help businesses and individuals choose energy efficient products
All you ever wanted to know about geothermal (ground-connected) heat-pump systems
Action plans, posters, decals, brochures, and more to support your company's energy conservation and recycling programs
Promotes energy performance certification for buildings, sets standards of quality, and works to increase the opportunity for ownership of high performance buildings
Focuses on accelerating the adoption of renewable energy technologies into the mainstream of American society
Dedicated to implementing market-based approaches to reducing pollution and providing a diverse, secure mix of energy resources
Comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy
Certification program for renewable electricity products
Part of US Energy Dept; working towards energy that is environmentally and economically sustainable
Works on environment, human rights and development issues with a particular focus on energy, climate change, environmental justice, gender equity, and economic issues
Coalition of 90 national and state-level business, consumer, environmental and energy organizations promoting use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies
Advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of citizens and the environment
Find a solar-energy professional in your area of the US
Provides info on and encourages use of renewable energy technologies brings together industry, science and politics in workshops, conferences and summits
Allows you to see how big your overhangs should be to optimize solar heating and cooling
National trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants, and marketers
Works cooperatively with grassroots and development organizations to meet sustainable development goals with renewable energies
A good resource to help you find renewable-energy professionals in your area of the US
Promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world
Wind industry group that actively promotes wind power in Europe and worldwide
Research facility managed by the NREL (US Energy Dept); works with wind energy industry to advance wind power technologies
High-resolution maps of wind energy potential for the Northwest US
Magazine focusing on the political, industrial, environmental and technical developments in the global wind energy arena
US Energy Dept group designed to increase the use of wind energy in the United States
Works to create an understanding of wind energy opportunities for rural economic benefit
Provides estimates of wind energy resources for areas of the United States and its territories; from NREL
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