Saturday, October 15, 2011

This is Not Your Crippled Toothless Grandmother's Peak Oil

For "peak oil" to be worth thinking about, it should guarantee doom, catastrophe, destruction, and collapse. Without those things, peak oil is just a wanker's circle jerk, fit for the denizens of sites for doomers -- you know the ones. Weathering peak oil should come as easily as weathering Y2K, perhaps easier.
Above you can see but one of many reasons that doing without oil does not have to mean doom and collapse, unless you are a total worthless shite-for-brains. And the graphic does not even consider the potential of micro- and macro-algae, which are the most prolific biomass crops, and can be grown in saltwater without requiring cropland or soil.

Biomass-to-pyrolysis is a quick route to a crude biofuel which can be burned "as is" by industrial burners for heat. Finland is utilising that approach to help meet its "38% energy from renewables" mandate.

But we want more from our "quick pyrolysis biofuels," don't we, my precious? Oh yes, we want high quality transportation fuels that let us laugh at peak oil doomers shivering in the dark, from our greater, brighter heights. And that is why we utilise IH2 with our pyrolysis (PDF).
That way, we can make a wide array of fuels and high-value chemicals from waste ligno-cellulosic offal.

We can even pave our roads and bike trails using pyrolysis. It is a matter of choosing ingenuity over hysteria. Something peak oil doomers might consider doing, if they ever get tired of wanking around.

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Blogger Whirlwind22 said...

So Mike Ruppert and his cult are wrong when they see the collapse of industrial civilization? Seems alot of what their saying makes sense at least partially.

10:07 PM  
Blogger al fin said...

It is crucial to understand how a particular narrative, or line of argument, can be made to "make sense," when it is not based upon a valid foundation of fact and logic.

The human mind can make sense of a wide range of conflicting and contradictory -- mutually exclusive -- ideas.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

The author of this glib piece has little understanding of the scale of oil usage, and how much of it is needed for critical things that go well beyond energy. Just the harvesting and transport of algae as an energy source would take large amounts of oil. You cannot take such a simplistic approach based on napkin calculations.

11:10 PM  

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