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Eclecticist: Alternative Energy

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Broadcast: 30th August, 2013

Last update: 3rd September, 2013

Introduction

Topic Overview

Bodies of ancient biological organisms buried, compressed and cooked over billions of years have produced Petroleum, a complex, hydrocarbon rich, liquid fuel. As a species, we have been burning fossil fuels on an industrial scale for centuries and it has benefited us in terms of standards of living immeasurably. However, there is only so much petroleum underground. It’s getting increasingly harder to extract and will one day, completely run out. There are consequently, environmental, socio-economic and political implications to our dependence. There are many initiatives across the globe dedicated to raising public awareness of our potentially worsening energy situation and an increasingly fruitful effort to make renewable energy solutions realistic.

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‘Moores Law’ refers to a trend spotted by Gordon E. Moore in a 1965 paper entitled ‘Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits’ whereby the number of components on an ‘integrated chip’ roughly doubles every 2 years e.g. the number of transistors. The paper is available here (PDF).

American on track to export more oil than Saudi Arabia by 2020 (Bloomberg)

Tidal Power is energy from the motion of the tides not to be confused with Hydroelectric power which is energy from falling water.

“We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back." —BP CEO Tony Hayward, on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, May 31, 2010

The Severn Barrage tidal power initiative, up to 5% of the UK demand for electricity. http://www.hafrenpower.com/severn-barrage/

Collapse the film with Michael Ruppert.

Stanley Meyer, Innovator of hydrogen fuel cells, died mysteriously.

China syndrome a hypothetical nuclear-reactor accident in which the fuel would melt through the floor of the containment structure and burrow into the earth.