Around the blogs

Some more stuff from the blogosphere this week that I found interesting.

I love this idea! It’s called a Swedish torch or Swedish fire log:

There’s lots more on this at Pinterest.

This is from the blog Resource Crisis by Ugo Bardi of Florence. Things in Italy are not so good weather-wise or economy-wise. They’ve had their hottest July ever, with forest fires and non-normal storms, yet their politicians have their heads in the sand, promoting business-as-usual. Sound familiar? Read his latest post here.

You think wind energy will be part of an oil-less future? Here’s a post from Energy Skeptic which details how many resources it takes to make one wind turbine. Did you guess 900 tons? And that’s just resources. How much energy it takes is another matter. Drop that one into your next dinner conversation.

Read also the previous post “Dozens of reasons wind power will not outlast fossil fuels“. Here’s my favourite:

Windmills are too dependent on oil, from mining and fabrication to delivery and maintenance and fail the test of “can they reproduce themselves with wind power?”

That’s the big question about all supposedly ‘renewable’ resources: can they reproduce themselves with the energy they produce?

Oh, and I do love this bit as well:

“And then, after the oil was gone, and there was no way to replace or maintain windmills, they’d sit there, our version of Easter Island heads, of absolutely no use to future generations, not even for hanging laundry.”

When fossil fuels are long gone from living memories and written history, will there be people in a far distant future who will gaze in wonder at the remains of ruined wind turbines and wonder what the heck were they for?

3 Responses to “Around the blogs”

  1. notsomethingelse Says:

    Yes, only a desperate humanity could come up with a future plan based on the extension of an old idea, name it ‘renewable energy’ and turn it into something that is entirely non-renewable. Pure folly.

    Of course the old idea was sound, coming from a relatively low-technology period in our history.

    Remember windmills that drove grinding stones.
    Remember waterwheels that drove …well I am not quite sure what they did but I am sure it was something mechanically useful like milling or pumping.
    Remember windows, relatively small and appropriately positioned, that allowed natural heat and light into living spaces and could be closed off or shuttered out to retain heat.

    None of these purposes had anything to do with producing electricity but in directly producing useful things or effects quite cheaply and relatively harmlessly. The same things and effects that we now quite expensively and harmfully produce electricity to do. Madness, but fortunately only temporal madness for which we will soon lack the means, and eventually the knowledge, to continue.


  2. Chris Says:

    I wanted to reply to this recently, but was struggling to find the time. I wonder if those wind turbines will still be standing, for future generations to marvel at? When the industrial machine is forced to wind down, spare parts will be the next boom industry.

    People will risk life and limb to gain access to the parts in those turbines. As parts will be expensive, and it may be worth risking death for.

    When the Pharaohs died out, many tomb thieves did much the same thing – walking into death traps in hopes of striking it rich. Because if you walked away with the goods, your family fortune was made.


    • foodnstuff Says:

      You’re right of course. Stripping down, re-purposing and recycling the bits of industrial civilisation that will have no use in the new paradigm, will be the new normal. Time to get creative! Oh, to be a fly on the wall.


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