Monthly Archives: June 2006

World Grain Shortage Looms over U.S. Ethanol

by Val Germann It begins to look more and more as though the world carryover of grain stocks will soon fall below the critical level of two months worth of production. The last time this happened, in the early 1970s, … Continue reading

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Man’s Natural Home Will Always Be Earth

By David L. Brown I have been a science fiction fan since about the age of 6 or 7 when I read a novel by A. E. Van Vogt called The Space Beagle. In that book a group of scientists … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Essays and Opinion, Population Issues, Space Exploration | 12 Comments

Economists, WSJ, Weigh In on Ethanol

by Val Germann There’s no doubt, ethanol is one of the hottest topics today in the world of energy. All the major media have reported on the subject, particularly on the controversial corn-to-ethanol process. One of the latest to do … Continue reading

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Actions and Reactions in Nature

By David L. Brown Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, at least in Sir Isaac Newton’s view of the physical world as expressed in his Third Law. In the even more complex venues of politics and economics similar … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture Issues, Conservation Issues, Economics, Forest Destruction, Politics, Resource Depletion | 13 Comments

China’s “Miracle” Brings Second-Law Payback

by Val Germann The breakneck speed of China’s economic “development” is continuing to visit Second-Law effects on the Land of the Middle Kingdom. It’s enough to bring a crocodile tear to the eye of this child of the 1950’s, who … Continue reading

Posted in Conservation Issues, Desertification and Soil Loss, Disease and Pandemics, Economics, Environmental Activism, Fossil Fuels, Pollution | 9 Comments

Fusion Power, the Ever-Receding Dream

By David L. Brown It is a wonderful idea to think that someday fusion power plants could generate cheap, clean, sustainable energy for a world whose addiction to fossil fuels is beginning to strain our planet’s dwindling resources. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

Posted in Energy Technology, Nuclear Power | 11 Comments

An Agricultural Classic: Topsoil & Civilization

RETRO REVIEW Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of book reviews of previously published and out-of-print works of particular interest to Star Phoenix Base. These reviews will be filed under the appropriate subjects, and also in a … Continue reading

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‘Winds of Change’ Bode Ill for Planet Earth

BOOK REVIEW By David L. Brown “THE WINDS OF CHANGE: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations,” by Eugene Linden, Simon & Schuster (2006), 302 pgs., $26 For many years climatologists, environmentalists, and people in general have held to the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Climate Change | 16 Comments

Ethanol Fever Grips the Heartland

by Val Germann The little group of men stood next to a shelter house in the city park of a northwest Missouri town. They were part of one of the bedrock traditions of the Midwest, the family reunion. The date … Continue reading

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Where Are Today’s “Stewards of the Land”?

By David L. Brown My associate Val Germann has just posted an article entitled “Biofuels, Modern Day Perpetual Motion?” It is a very telling analysis of a major flaw in the wishful thinking that pervades the present “madness” being pursued … Continue reading

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