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Blog Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

How good are our predictions of the next 30 years?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 6th, 02010

Stewart Brand sent in a piece by the Klimazweibel blog covered by Seekerblog.  It shows where the actual US energy consumption came in by 02000 vs the predictions from 01975.  It is interesting to see that we came in well below the lowest (read: most optimistic) prediction.  While the US still uses an amount of. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand on Science Friday

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 5th, 02009

 
Stewart Brand was on Ira Flatow’s Science Friday show on NPR today discussing nuclear power and climate change.  You can listen here. . .   Read More

Politics does matter

by Kirk Citron on May 1st, 02009

The Long News #2: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

Senator Arlen Specter’s change of party affiliation is a news story that is likely to have long-term consequences; if the opposition can’t filibuster, it makes it much more likely that President Obama’s. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand speaks at U.C. Berkeley

by Danielle Engelman on March 10th, 02009

Stewart Brand will be speaking about Rethinking Green: How Can Information Replace Energy and Finesse the Biosphere? on Monday March 16, 02009 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

This lecture is part of the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Art, Culture and Technology Colloquium.

This lecture is free, un-ticketed and seats. . .   Read More

Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated”

by Stewart Brand on January 19th, 02009

The Terawatt World

Engineer Griffith said he was going to make the connection between personal actions and global climate change. To do that he’s been analyzing his own life in extreme detail to figure out exactly how much energy he uses and what changes might reduce the load. In 2007, when he started, he. . .   Read More

Two Energy Futures

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 30th, 02008

This week Shell oil published an article by their president Jeroen van der Veer about how he sees the future of energy through 02100. It is surprisingly non-corporate and shows how at least one of the largest oil companies in the world views the coming energy and environmental shortfalls. Most surprising to me is. . .   Read More

Gwyneth Cravens, “Power to Save the World”

by Stewart Brand on September 17th, 02007

Nuclear Footprint

In the early 1980s Gwyneth Cravens was one of the protesters against the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island, and also participated in ban-the-bomb rallies. After 15 years of deepening familiarity with nuclear power, she says she still would ban the bomb, but she now regrets that the Shoreham reactor. . .   Read More

Long Bet: The Cost of Energy

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 14th, 02007

We have recently resolved Bet 117 on Long Bets about the adjusted cost of energy. It was an interesting case where we had very specific criteria for who would win the bet, yet we could not adjudicate it when the time came. The bettors cited the Department of Energy published numbers to resolve their bet. . .   Read More

Peter Schwartz and Ralph Cavanagh – “Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Next 10,000 Years”

by Stewart Brand on January 1st, 02006

Climate change and nuclear prospects

Given the power to decide who would go first— anti-nuke Ralph Cavanagh from Natural Resources Defense Counsel or pro-nuke Peter Schwartz from Global Business Network— the large audience Friday night voted for Schwartz to make the opening argument.

It is the threat of “abrupt climate change” that converted. . .   Read More

Jared Diamond – “How Societies Fail-And Sometimes Succeed”

by Simone Davalos on July 18th, 02005

On failing to think long-term

Sophisticated societies from time to time collapse utterly, often leaving traces of a civilization that was at a proud peak just before the fall. Other societies facing the same dangers figure out how to adapt around them, recover, and go on to further centuries of success. Tonight the author. . .   Read More