Development professionals do their work under the assumption that the developing world will some day look a lot like the developed world.
Articles: EROI (11)
We all make decisions on what to spend our money - or other resources like time and effort - and I think we'd all do well to explore the many non-monetary costs and benefits that accompany this spending.
How much energy is too much energy?
"Once you accept that growth will cease, all of the current ‘common sense’ assumptions about investing, such as the assumption of making money from money, cease to be true."
Everything depends upon our recognizing the mirage for what it is, and getting on with the project of the century.
The energy returns that fuels offer have broad social and economic implications, as does their decline. This article offers readers a background on energy return as a measure of a fuel's production efficiency, and explores the metric's broader social and economic significance.
This is a brief article articulating why the idea of energy return, typically applied to the manufacture of fuels, has broad social relevance.
The various obstacles to alternative energy compound the fundamental challenge of how to supplant a fossil fuel–based supply chain withone driven by alternative energy forms themselves.
EROI studies for most energy resources show a decline, indicating that depletion has been more important than technological improvements over time.
•California's Fracking Bonanza May Fall Short of Promise •How North Sea oil helped Margaret Thatcher •Will Fossil Fuels Be Able to Maintain Economic Growth? A Q&A with Charles Hall •Peak Oil as seen through the eyes of Arab oil producers •Peak Oil Flip-Flop