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by Erik
Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: Power cuts strike western Europe
Replies: 8
Views: 2321

The lights went out for about 25 minutes last night here in Madrid. The kids loved it, running around the house with torches etc. but I found it rather disturbing and eerie - it was only a short blackout but it gave me enough time to feel utterly helpless. I couldn't even switch on a radio or TV to ...
by Erik
Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Peak fish?
Replies: 23
Views: 3337

Re: Peak fish?

Incredible. All you have to do is swap the word "fish" for "oil" and the word "stocks" for "reserves" and you've got a Peak Oil story (albeit the ExxonMobil version: 2 thirds remaining and no problem until 2050!) On the bright side, there are two lines in this...
by Erik
Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BBC Newsnight: Russian gas shortage in 2010?
Replies: 23
Views: 4691

Let's just accept it - Russia will have de-facto control over the entire Europe. Love it or hate it, but it is the reality. The only way to avoid it is to stop using their gas. You certainly hit the nail on the head there. Sooner or later we're all going to have to get used to stop using gas altoge...
by Erik
Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Saudi Arabia ...
Replies: 1
Views: 897

Matthew Simmons goes into this subject in the first chapter in Twilight in the Desert. It doesn't look too good really: "It is no longer a country of 7000 billionaire princes and some expatriate help, but a country with an exploding population base, a need for jobs, water, electricity, educatio...
by Erik
Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:27 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Home electricty: eco lamps, 12v->240 invertor etc
Replies: 15
Views: 7393

Have you ever looked into "bicycle generators"? Good idea. Not being a DIY type person, I would need to buy one! Are they available retail? I've looked around and there seem to be a few sites in the US that sell generators that look like little dynamos attached to a sort of frame on which...
by Erik
Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:15 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Home electricty: eco lamps, 12v->240 invertor etc
Replies: 15
Views: 7393

Re: Home electricty: eco lamps, 12v->240 invertor etc

This messing about with electricity is quite fun! I have just used a 750 watt mains electric jigsaw to cut a sheet of wood to use as a door on our duck house. It took just 40 seconds. If I had a slightly more powerful invertor I could have done that from battery power without any problem. I have a ...
by Erik
Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Norway to ration electricity this winter?
Replies: 5
Views: 2166

Sounds like Norway are well on the way to being top of the class when it comes to sustainable energy policy. It's one thing being lucky enough to have the resources and geographical features to cover 99% of their electricity demand with hydroelectric power (when there is enough water of course), but...
by Erik
Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:17 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Can't seem to keep up
Replies: 68
Views: 22364

It's been great reading about everyone's progress in preparedness. Some of you, enviably, have come a long way and others, like me, don't seem to get very far beyond the reading stage yet. I am admittedly relatively new to this - Peak oil hit me less than a year ago (even this thread is older than m...