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by Erik
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Government and Society
Topic: Peak Oil discussion in Parliament
Replies: 4
Views: 2650

The International Atomic Energy Agency would suggest that there are enough proven and probable reserves of conventional oil left to supply the world with oil for a further 40 years at current levels of consumption. [...] None the less, the IAEA outlook predicts annual production decline from now on...
by Erik
Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: power company to tap solar energy in space
Replies: 16
Views: 2425

Yes, this technology has been talked about for years and, of all the disadvantages listed by Adam2, this one has always been the most worrying by far for me: And finally any such scheme would be liable to worsen global warming since the energy captured and sent to earth would ultimatly end up as hea...
by Erik
Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: "5 cooking technologies and how to build them"
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

Thanks for that. Very useful it looks too. I have plans to experiment with solar cooking and rocket stoves this summer, in preparation for the day when we start giving vegan organic gardening lessons. The OH is seriously considering the idea and I'll do all I can to help. The students' first job wo...
by Erik
Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Losing friends over peak oil
Replies: 16
Views: 3343

I slightly reluctantly voted for "zero casualty rate", but its probably only at zero because I've made an effort to keep it that way. I initially spurted on about peak oil to everyone and his dog, but it didn't take me long to notice how this would potentially put some relationships under ...
by Erik
Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: Preparations
Topic: "5 cooking technologies and how to build them"
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

"5 cooking technologies and how to build them"

Link to an interesting pdf booklet titled "Capturing Heat", posted in the comments on the Energy-Conscious Cuisine thread at TOD yesterday. (36 pages, 1 MB)

I've only given it a quick look but it looks like its worth downloading and filing/printing out.
by Erik
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Security Clearance
Replies: 15
Views: 2588

I have stamps in my passport for Irac, Iran, Syria, Lybia, Russia and the USA and make rockets in my spare time and I got a clearance in 2 days with no questions. So the "security clearance" system or procedures are a bit leaky then! With those credentials I wouldn't even give you clearan...
by Erik
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should we simply prepare for a prolonged downturn?
Replies: 66
Views: 7906

Re: Should we simply prepare for a prolonged downturn?

A note for those who haven't noticed any change out there yet: The UK economy is REALLY shot and many, many decent, normal hardworking people are suffering financially. They are angry and they see no light at the end of the tunnel. Unless an upturn arrives TOMORROW we shall soon see huge numbers of...
by Erik
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How high will unemployment go?
Replies: 5
Views: 839

Or do the Spanish have the same level of benefits the UK has? No. You're entitled to unemployment benefit here which is quite high, something like 80% of your last salary, but it only lasts a certain amount of time (a function of the number of years you've been contributing income tax into the syst...
by Erik
Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Peak Oil and EROEI
Replies: 45
Views: 5709

Re: Peak Oil and EROEI

"If it takes the energy of a barrel of oil to extract a barrel of oil, then further extraction is pointless, no matter what the price of oil." This is utter bollocks and it is EXACTLY why I get all huffy with the likes of certain people who claim that they've ALWAYS known that oil is prod...
by Erik
Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Would it be good to have an "Ignore" button?
Replies: 19
Views: 34323

I've thought about this a lot and can't seem to decide either way. Sometimes I'd like to try out an ignore function, other times I reckon it'll just lead to confusion, but mostly I'm coming round to the idea that I should just ignore what I want and who I want, when I want, without having to resort ...
by Erik
Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: LNG exports decline... but gas glut here.
Replies: 17
Views: 2505

Qatar, the world's largest exporter of LNG, to double it's production capacity in 2009 RAS LAFFAN, Qatar, April 6 (Reuters) - Qatar inaugurated on Monday the first of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants due to start up this year, which should help the small state outpace the economic growth of ...
by Erik
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: Website News
Topic: Testing new forum software
Replies: 17
Views: 39921

Need... Ignore... Function... Now! I think Powerswitch should at least give this function a try, though I'm not certain how well it will work if I choose to ignore someone and then other posters respond to comments from that very same "someone" and/or interact with them in the same thread...
by Erik
Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oil/gas production 'glass ceiling' ?
Replies: 64
Views: 6402

Top post Vortex! :D (and a shame this thread got shot down by RGR before it even got off the ground).

Hope you stick around and keep posting regularly Vortex, despite all the abusive crap we have to wade through lately at the PS forum.
by Erik
Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: LNG exports decline... but gas glut here.
Replies: 17
Views: 2505

Think about the enormity of what you have described!! 4 decades after peak natural gas here in the US...we are awash in it!! If that isn't a reasonable statement for why this peak stuff doesn't work ( and no one even called you a nasty troll for noticing the obvious! ) I don't know what is! Nothing...
by Erik
Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: LNG exports decline... but gas glut here.
Replies: 17
Views: 2505

Now, now, don't get over excited RGR. I thought you might like this post but not THAT much! For the avoidance of doubt, I'm not suggesting that the US "caused" a world wide glut, just contributed to it. The fact that a) you guys went into recession and stopped consuming so much, and b) you...