Monthly Archives: August 2006

A Personal Accounting on Environmental Actions

By David L. Brown Star Phoenix Base is my small personal contribution to the enormous problems facing the human race. It is strictly a “labor of love;” there is little in the future left for me, for I have already … Continue reading

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A Himalaya Range of Resource “Peaks”

By David L. Brown As Val Germann notes in the preceding post today, the world is slowly beginning to become aware of the phenomenon of ‘Peak Oil” and all which that event may portend for the future of humanity. But … Continue reading

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Houston Oil Men Souring on Petroleum?

by Val Germann If the U.S. has an “oil capital” it could well be Houston, not Dallas, Texas. Houston is the sharp end of the oil stick, the upstream terminus of an ultra-busy ship canal chock-a-block with refineries and oil … Continue reading

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Greenland Ice Melting Three Times Faster?

By David L. Brown One of the threats of global warming that are looming over the Earth — and there are many of them as readers of Star Phoenix Base are aware — is the possibility that the Greenland Ice … Continue reading

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A Rosy Picture for Energy Future?

By David L. Brown According to a research firm well-known in the energy field, the Earth may not be running out of oil quite yet. The August 8 press release from Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) reports on a field-by-field … Continue reading

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A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

By David L. Brown According to a report on The Energy Blog today, plans are underway to build three ethanol plants that will process cattle manure to help make alcohol fuel from corn grain. Referencing an August 1 news release, … Continue reading

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“Climate Porn” Producers Put on Notice in UK

by Val Germann For many years this writer has been a member of a small group of academic types who meet on a semi-regular basis to have a refreshment or two and discuss the kinds of things that academic types … Continue reading

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Overshoot-and-Collapse: A Model for Our Future?

By David L. Brown One of the most troubling things about the present world situation is the widespread denial that over-population is a problem that threatens the environment of our planet and the very future of humanity. What is it … Continue reading

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Climate Change Derails Even Nobel Laureates

by Val Germann Back in the 1950s, late summer was sometimes called “the silly season” because it used to be a slow news time and so  more whacky, filler-type material would get into print. Today, as the dire import of … Continue reading

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Space Proponents Sounding Truly Desperate

by Val Germann This writer is old enough to remember Sputnik and the galvanizing effect it had on the United States.  The Cold War with the Russians had suddenly been extended into space and the Evil Empire had a little … Continue reading

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