EROEI: A Useful Measure or a Distraction?

Random Thoughts from the High Desert by Sig Silber EROEI = Usable Acquired Energy / Energy Expended It seems so simple. If the amount of energy produced relative to the amount of energy utilized in producing that energy tends to decline, at some point as the ratio approaches 1.0 (or perhaps even becomes a fraction …

Methane Losses Compromising the Potential Benefits of Using Natural Gas in Transportation Applications

Natural Gas has two advantages with respect to coal and other fossil fuels. At some times it is a lower cost fuel than other fossil fuels. Today, NG in the US has perhaps a 100% cost advantage over other fuels for most applications.

Peak Oil Deferred

Written by Sig Silber In 1956 Marion King Hubbert, The Chief Geology Consultant (some say it is more correct to refer to him as a research geophysicist) to Shell Oil, shocked the World by proclaiming that the production of U.S. crude oil would soon peak and then rapidly decline. His projections for U.S. oil production …

David and Goliath: Texas v. New Mexico. Can a Court Create Water?

Written by Sig Silber The Complaint On January 8, 2013, the State of Texas filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting leave to file a complaint against the State of New Mexico. Along with the motion, Texas also filed a memorandum in support of the motion and a complaint which they seek to …

Whiskey is for Drinking, Water is for Fighting

Why Resolving Water is Important but Difficult for the Western US Written by Sig Silber An enormous struggle and debate is taking place in the Western U.S. involving water. This struggle includes among other things: Historical disputes over who owns what water. The modern relevance of the principle of “first in time first in right” …