Category Archives: Age of Oil

Keep Kicking that Ethanol Can

By David L. Brown Yesterday I posted an analysis of the current forecasts for a poor corn crop due to heat and drought, and also mentioned that the obvious step to take is to suspend all ethanol production to free … Continue reading

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California Stays the Course on Green Energy

By David L. Brown Another example of the way in which energy moguls work to block development of sustainable, clean energy was the recent introduction of Prop. 23 in California. This proposition, which came to a vote on November 2, … Continue reading

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Is the Biodiesel Nightmare Over?

By David L. Brown Congress has allowed a $1 per gallon subsidy on biodiesel fuel to expire, causing the struggling “faux fuels” enterprise to stumble to a halt. According to The Brock Report, an agri-business consultancy, “that industry has all … Continue reading

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$100 Million Funding for Algae Biofuels Plant

By David L. Brown A $50 million federal grant has been awarded to Sapphire Energy of San Diego, CA, for a revolutionary bio-fuels plant to be built in New Mexico. The announcement was made by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, whose … Continue reading

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Already Doomed, New Dinosaur Goes to Sea

By David L. Brown If there is any segment of the wounded economic world that stands out as primed for failure, it may be the cruise ship industry. There are dozens of floating pleasure palaces plying the oceans these days, … Continue reading

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The Power of Economic Incentives

By David L. Brown How do  we go about reducing carbon emissions to prevent climate change from spiraling into a global catastrophe? One obvious answer is to slow down the go-go industrial economies that pour CO2 into the atmosphere. Not … Continue reading

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‘Green Revolution’ Pioneer Borlaug R.I.P.

By David L. Brown Norman Borlaug died yesterday in Dallas, Texas at 95. He was never a celebrity except among the environmentally conscious few, but to us he was a super star. Dr. Borlaug was credited with saving at least … Continue reading

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Oil Peak Threatens Economic Recovery

By David L. Brown Well, it’s finally official. We’ve been saying it for years here — that the world was passing Peak Oil and economic disaster would surely follow — but the wall of denial stood strong. Until now. According … Continue reading

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Biodiesel from Algae Holds Promise

By David L. Brown The challenge of finding renewable sources of energy continues to haunt humanity. The misguided ethanol program that turns corn into alcohol has backfired, driving up food prices and helping create scarcity. Biodiesel made from soybeans is … Continue reading

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No End In Sight for Oil Price Troubles

By David L. Brown Just after I wrote the previous post about the up-and-down cycle of the petroleum markets, and their joined-at-the-hip effects on world economies, I saw the following news report on FoxNews.com. It makes an appropriate addendum to … Continue reading

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