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  • An example I'm thinking of is the California drought. People are not complying with water conservation guidelines (some metro areas do better, while the SF area does poorly in terms of conservation). This is consistent with poor long term thinkin…
  • I wish the article went into more detail. Biotoxicity from an algae bloom in the open ocean probably isn't the result of human activity, but an algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico probably is. Along the same lines, if people are disease vectors then t…
  • The social network of participants is useful, but ultimately we need information, collected through data mining, to help us utilize that information We would need need thousands of email accounts registered with sites/groups associated with CC deni…
  • Ecological footprint is about limiting factors, so clean water, energy, food, etc... And all of the components of these. The difficult part is that we have a huge n-dimensional version of guns and butter, except with a limiting set of factors instea…
  • I think solar power will turn the corner on energy cannibalism very soon if it hasn't already. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/april/pv-net-energy-040213.html http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es3038824 This seems plausible due to more effic…
  • I think part of the problem with Peak Oil has been applying the behavior of American oil production to the world. In America, we expanded oil production fairly quickly, and by the late 60s/early 70s, had exploited all of the easily available oil. Ot…
  • Planned obsolescence can be beneficial when products have embodied energy that's far less than the energy required for operation, given how overall efficiency tends to increase w/ rising energy costs. That said, there are a lot of irritating design…
  • I added a link to an online article that looks at the risks to nuclear power plants from earthquakes with high peak ground accelerations (PGAs).
  • Not neglected, just not taken as a negative in the context of rising energy intensity. If energy intensity rises because we're using lower impact forms of energy, in other words if the carbon (and other pollutants) intensity drops, I don't think it'…
  • It depends how the process bounds are defined. If someone was just looking at refining, they could get .75. We lose a lot energy refining petroleum into distillates, especially if we exclude co-products like asphalt. The "highest of all forms of ene…
  • I used to run that model via BOINC. On one hand it only incurred a ~10W penalty versus idle, but on the other hand the processor (VIA C7) in my box was so slow it took over half a year for it to finish a task.
  • I'm a bit confused. If we were using something like biofuels from algae being made from the output of a coal power plant, wouldn't that be a non-issue? If we're making more and more low/non-Carbon energy, that's not a negative even if our energy int…
  • What resources currently require, or are likely to require in the future more energy to recycle than to create from virgin materials? This increase also has to be enough to offset any decrease in resource use per item since higher material costs due…
  • FWIW, Al-Husseini's assessment of SA's proved reserves is close to most independent estimates, but I'm not sure what kind of "economic and operating conditions" are associated with those estimates, or how accurate Al-Husseini's assumption of a \$75/…
  • Does economic growth imply growth in processing physics resources? I've always thought that growth in the economic sense just referred to increasing economic activity. In the context of pure economics I don't think it matters whether or not the econ…
  • What in the Linux world is a death spiral of junk?
  • How large should something be before it's moved to a section of it's own?
  • I added the questions and will hopefully update them as I collect some good sources, and I've also added some more info to "wind power and the electrical grid" about negative pricing and alternative uses for overproduction by wind farms.
  • I just realized that there was a large degree of overlap between some of this wiki page and the wind power page so I merged the information that I didn't think was redundant. I'm thinking that the capacity factor of wind power should be deleted for …
  • I think we should roll the [[Capacity factor of wind power|capacity factor of wind power]] into wind power, since there is already data on grid integration using similar sources, and that the critique of the Archer and Jacobson paper needs some more…
  • I have a few questions. *For non-journal papers (federal agency, conference, and so on) do we try to include as much information as journal articles? For instance the publication date or date it was last updated, the agency paper name/number, and s…
  • I added some more information on the energy required for oil use and changed the title of the section with the table so that it's more inclusive and I could add the EROEI of other processes that involve oil.
  • That's a great graph, add away! What would be really cool is to expand it to include one for "well to wheel" energy efficiency that varies a bit more, and maybe even another one for carbon emissions. I added some more stuff but it seems like the mor…
  • I think there are a few papers out there on the subject and they all fall in the ~5:1 to ~10:1 range. Here's a link to one that has a nice graph on the subject (page 41).
  • I gotcha, I think... Would it be best then to have a concise summary for most references that are academic, as opposed to just data or articles that only contain data from some other source, or only if something presents a view that differs from oth…
  • I though I would post here to get more feedback because it's somewhat speculative. To show it's technically possible on a large scale, or not ;), someone would need to take some of the higher capacity factor sites from a paper like this and look at …
  • I just merged it into the main section instead of having it as a separate section after the references. Currently wind power has a capacity factor of of 25% to 30% in the U.S. and slightly over 20% in Europe. I though that most information was…
  • I think that Brook is cutting wind power a bit short in terms of capacity factor. If we're really building wind to supply baseload power then it's going to have a greater capacity factor than it does now because it tends to compete with the generato…
  • Thanks for the encouragement!