Fossil Fuels

ChapGTP & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a chemical processing plant covered in circuitry and pulsing with electricity

Decarbonizing Industrial Heat Means Electrifying It — Transcript of Podcast With Paul Martin

Recently I sat down virtually with professional chemical process engineer Paul Martin of Spitfire Research on my podcast Redefining Energy – Tech to discuss how much industrial heat can be replaced with electrical heat technologies (tl’dr: virtually all of it directly). In the theme of providing transcripts of presentations I’m … [continued]

Is It The Death Knell For Thermal Coal?

Coal will move further into decline as an energy producer in Australia, after several superannuation companies announced that they will no longer support investing in companies that derive 10% or more of their income from thermal coal production. As a former government employee, my superannuation is invested with QSuper. Over … [continued]

Photo retrieved from NOAA of oyster restoration project after Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Projects Continue In Florida

Fossil fuels have damaged our world and continue to do so. None represents the impact more than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, after which federal and state agencies came together to form the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. The Trustees studied the effects of the … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a cement plant with a large vacuum cleaner labeled "CCS" hovering over it

Cement Is One Of Few Industries Where Carbon Capture May Be Competitive In Niches

As concrete month draws nearer to a close, it’s time to look at an option not previously explored, continuing to use limestone but bolting on carbon capture and paying for waste disposal in permanent sequestration sites. After fifteen years of assessing carbon capture technologies, pilots and proposals, this is one … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated map of the USA with piles of ash and slag and big limestone quarries

Concrete Is A Geography, Minerals, & Waste Game Played With Billions Of Tons Of Chips

As cement day turns into concrete week turns into concrete month, it’s worth considering how the absurd tonnages of concrete manufactured changes, often radically, depending on where specifically in the world the concrete is needed. That’s all because those absurd tonnages means that we move the stuff that goes into … [continued]

"Fossil Fuel Free Future" by Jeremy Buckingham MLC is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

It’s Time To Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising, Brought To You By “The Godfathers Of Climate…

A safe climate depends on replacing coal, oil, and gas with clean energy sources. During a speech in New York City this week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for an end to fossil fuel advertising advertising. “The godfathers of climate chaos – the fossil-fuel industry – rake in record … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a plain with a high-pressure pump, a big pond and a very large pile of gray sand

Fracking The Same Underground Volume Isn’t Energy Storage, It’s Mining For Unusable Sand

It’s not often that a novel energy storage solution crosses my screen. It’s vastly rarer that it doesn’t immediately fail a few basic sniff tests. A solution that pumps water under high pressure a few hundred to a thousand meters underground doesn’t immediately fall apart in technical terms or claims. … [continued]