Saturday, September 21, 2013

Why environmentalism has failed, and will continue to fail. Wrong economics.

Economics is science where disinformation is as important as information. Consequently people may be excused if they are confused by the machinations of the big banks, the government, and other organs of the 1%.

There are, however, some basic rules of economics that can be used to analyze events and make predictions in spite of all the misdirection. Demand and supply, while fiercely manipulated and misrepresented, still eventually asserts itself. The fallacy of composition is a principle which is repeated over and over, and one should refresh one's understanding. Externality, the most extensive principle of modern economics, whereby the entire biosphere is dismissed as not worth accounting.

People generally understand that demand drives supply. A long, failed "war on drugs," while never meant to stop drugs, nevertheless showed that the best way to not stop something is to attack supply and ignore demand.

In the U.S., environmentalism has focused on supply. Stopping development mostly, now taking the form of stopping fossil-fuel production. But the demand that is driving development, created by the subsidy of sprawl and car-dependent living is not directly addressed. Have you ever heard of a major environmental group opposing the home mortgage interest deduction? Stopping that would be more effective than trying to block oil exploration in the arctic.

It is time to look for demand-side ways to undercut the critical mass of the autosprawl system.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What is wrong with biofuels? Comments on

Peak Oil News
The biggest problem that humanity faces is not running out of fuels, it is the results of continuing to burn them.
Turning the planet’s biosphere into even more fuels, just so that we can continue on the path that we are on, is a really bad idea. GregT 

Whatever happened to bio-fools? Well about ummm,….lets see.
A) They dont work
B) They are too expensive.
C) They don’t new deliver net energy(killer)
D) The production of Bio-fools is utterly dependant on OIL powered industrial-scale-ag.(closely related to C)
E) Neither Land or Water or fertilizer etc exist in sufficient quantities to make bio-fools remotely useful. If we were dumb enough to try, it would likely end industrial civilization. At least if attempted on the scales that would be required.
F) The fruitless pursuit of providing ‘fuel’ for private 4000 pound grocery fetchers using bio-fools is inherently and deeply flawed, regardless of all the other technical and financial flaws in trying to do so. IoW, its simply wrong.

Just like with supposed ‘renewable’ electric power generation. Fossil fuels are required to make all of the things that we hope to run with biofuels.
Free energy is a myth, it is tens of millions of years worth of stored solar energy that we are currently using to build everything. Current solar energy will never replace what it took the Earth to store in such a long period of time.
There is nothing that human beings can do to change this. We need to return back to living within the confines of the natural world, and we need to do this soon, or nature will remove us from IT’S future. GregT