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This began by gathering fire wood and food and progressed to gathering coal, oil and natural gas.
This led to gathering U and Th and learning how to convert this to enormous amounts of thermal and electrical energy.
Shortly thereafter I joined The Oil Drum crew and had the great pleasure of meeting Professor Charles Hall, the Godfather of ERo IE analysis who developed the concept during his Ph D studies and first published the term in 1977.
ERo EI would become a point of focus for Oil Drum posts.
And as global population has grown together with expectations of prosperity that are founded on energy gathering activities, humanity has had to expand its energy gathering horizons to nuclear power, solar power and energy from waste.
In today’s energy mix, hydroelectric power ± nuclear power have values 5 to 7 is required for modern society to function.
This marks the edge of The Net Energy Cliff and it is clear that new Green technologies designed to save humanity from CO2 may kill humanity through energy starvation instead.
Fossil fuels remain comfortably away from the cliff edge but march closer to it for every year that passes.
We all have our best days and our worst days, for me, Interstate 5 in Oregon seems to be the low point of my life.
I know I have a slight speeding problem, but come on, the posted speed limit most of the time is 65 mph, and the Oregon driver in his Eco-friendly car with the coexist bumper sticker is topping out at 45 mph in the ...which in itself is bad enough..the Oregon motor-home driver, who is pulling the Jeep Wrangler is right beside him in the slow lane also doing 45 mph, setting up an invincible wall to get around!!!!