Saturday, August 16, 2008

Traditional Energy's Modern Boom

From the Washington Post:

High Prices Are Driving Increased Extraction of Oil and Other Fossil Fuels
...Heavy industry has invaded the countryside because of something called the Marcellus Shale. It's a layer of hard, black rock, more than a mile down. Trapped in tiny pores of that rock is a huge quantity of natural gas. The Marcellus Shale could become what people in the natural gas business call a big play.

"It's a gold rush, really. It's a boom," said Steve Rupert, an executive with Range Resources, which is drilling aggressively in the rolling farmland southwest of Pittsburgh.

This is the world of 21st-century energy, which around here looks surprisingly like 19th-century energy. There is little evidence that the old, conventional sources of energy are about to disappear, or that the free market by itself is going to drive a transition to clean, renewable power....MORE

The writer, Joel Achenbach is pretty funny. From his WaPo blog:

The Tasmanian Megafauna

I know: It's all anyone can talk about. The Tasmanian megafauna!

But it's a clue in a big riddle. What happened to all the big animals that used to stomp around the planet during the Pleistocene?>>>MORE


Next Stop:The Dead Zone

Dead zones are all the rage! Here's my latest dead zone story. That's all I do now: I've got the dead zone beat. Refrain from obvious "deadbeat" jokes!!!...MORE


World War Five

When in doubt, go with the most hysterical headline. (Rule one of blogging is that the End Of The World will be good for page views.)...MORE