Archives for Macro

The Electric Future of Gasoline

We are told that electric automobiles are the future. Currently coal, oil or gas are the source of energy for most electricity. Only about a third of the energy in the source is converted to electricity. There are also significant losses in the transmission of electricity and in charging the…

The Coming Water Wars

Once, Saudi Arabia was a major producer of wheat, along with dairy, chickens and the like. This was achieved in desert conditions by massive use of ground water and desalinated seawater, paid for by the government. Not any more. The depletion of ground water has led to a cessation of…

Return to a World of Low/No Growth

Economic growth was low or non-existent for millennia, until the start of the industrial revolution in the late eighteenth century. Technological advances and abundant, cheap energy soon changed that. Growth soared, as did energy consumption and population. This growth slowed around the turn of the century, and took a further…

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