(3BL Media/Just Means) - Can you imagine a vehicle that can achieve 3,000 miles on a gallon of fuel? Sounds far-fetched, right? But that’s the kind of stuff that the bright minds that answer Shell’s call to its Eco-Marathon may come up with, an event that has been going on for 30 years as a catalyst of energy-efficiency solutions.
Guest Blog by Tara Holmes, Communications and Marketing Manager, Future 500
(3BL/Justmeans Media) - The explosion of domestically produced oil and gas through fracking has produced tremors both in the ground surrounding a number of wells as well as in the economy. Suddenly, the whole energy picture has been turned on its head. Instead of an energy importer, we’ve became an energy exporter.
Oil and gas production are both up by double-digits compared to a decade ago. Fears of running out of oil have been replaced by fears of a production glut. We may soon have more oil than we need. This will do little to encourage developers to slow down, despite the numerous concerns that have been raised about the safety and environmental impact of this form of resource extraction, not to mention climate change.
Instead development is going full speed ahead for a number of reasons, including:
- Replacement of natural gas for coal as a carbon reduction strategy
- Post-Fukushima move away from nuclear
- Geopolitical shift to raise America as an energy power relative to OPEC and Russia
- Dreams of a lucrative LNG export market
- Resurgence of American manufacturing based on low cost energy.
- A return to the belief that we will never run out of oil
A recent post by Resilience.org questions the extent to which these claims are based in reality and how much is simply wishful thinking. IS this really the beginning of a new petroleum era, or is a desperate last gasp by the oil industry, an attempt to retain their pre-eminent position in the world economy?
Notice that there is no mention here of climate change. The idea that gas is cleaner than coal—which is true—seems to be enough to satisfy many people that we are doing something despite the fact that, while helpful, it is far from sufficient to reverse the rising levels of atmospheric carbon.
Despite the chronically over-optimistic forecast of the DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), the folks at Post Carbon Institute (PCI) decided to take a look at the data themselves to see if they came to the same conclusion. This, after the EIA, in 2011, responding to United States Geological Survey (USGS) numbers, cut its estimate of recoverable shale gas in the Marcellus field by 80% and Poland by 99%.
That was followed by another downward revision by EIA, of the amount of recoverable tight oil in California’s Monterey Formation, by 96%.
It’s worth asking the question, are we being played?
(3BL Media/Just Means) - The garment industry is getting greener. From organic cotton to recycling initiatives, the consumer these days has a choice to buy clothes that are lighter on the planet and do not exploit human beings during the manufacturing process. There’s one aspect of the garment industry that we tend to overlook, though, which also has a great impact on the planet: dyes.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When associating the term ‘green’ with cars, we are not talking colour—we mean the environmental sense of the car’s engineering and marketing.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In recent years, probiotics have been understood as helping to maintain good digestive health. Now, they could also become the next big thing in skin care treatments, making its way from your digestive system into topical products and onto beauty shelves. The way probiotics helps with your digestion is the same way it will help with your skin.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - European leaders have just announced an agreed climate change pact forcing the European Union (EU) to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030.