Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ok, so we mentioned that energy concerns, especially peak oil, are very important topics right now. A fellow blogger, John L. Clark, has written an interesting piece that explains some of the interdependence of oil, population and consumption, and also has some ideas about what the average citizen can do to address these concerns.
There's also a book that I'd like to recommend that gives a very good overview about sustainable energy. It's called Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air, by David MacKay. I really like this, because it's got a lot of good information. I'd recommend starting with the 10 page (pdf download) summary and then go on to the main book, found here.
Don't be thrown off by the website. It's useful, because it helps the online reader navigate sections of the book, which doesn't have to be read sequentially. I'd recommend starting at Chapter 23, "Sustainable Fossil Fuels" because it talks about coal, which is the next consideration after oil. Also, a Gt is a gigaton (2 billion pounds, or the curb weight of about 400,000 Hummers.)
Windmill, courtesy of Storm Crypt