* To establish feasibility, it is necessary to include some items in the energy invested term that are normally not thought of as investments. For example, the cost of sequestering such carbon dioxide as will be produced by the energy technology under investigation should be added to the energy invested term because feasibility requires that our society be sustainable (until astronomical events intervene). In this thought experiment, the support of an alternative energy technology would be the sole concern of every citizen.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Reasonable Order in which to Read these Posts

The trouble with blogs is that the chronological order of the writing may not be the best order for reading.  That is especially true in the case of this blog which is not intended for continuing daily posts.  For some unexplained reason, the nearly random order in which the subject is covered bothers me a great deal more than the undeniable fact that almost no one reads any of it.  After all, the popularity is inversely proportional to the importance.  The following is a suggestion for the order in which the posts might be read most profitably:

ASPO Conference Austin, Texas, 2012
On ERoEI as a Measure of Feasibility
ERoEI* as a Measure of Feasibility
Comment on Computing ER and EI
Why We Need the Concept of Emergy
Definition of Emergy
Five Ways to Compute ERoEI
Missing Components of ERoEI
Additional Concerns about Recycling
What Is the Energy Cost of Pollution?
The Fundamental Principle of Ecology
Time Delay and Spacial Separation for ERoEI
Renewable Energy
ERoEI* Redux

The following posts provide the easiest explanation for the shabby treatment this thesis has endured at the hands of those with a vested interest in the status quo.  The truth, however, continues to be the truth.

Why We Need a Planned Economy
Not all planned economies are the same.
Capitalism, Marxism, and Dematerialism
Comment on the Austin ASPO Conference

For the record, here is Jay Hanson's list of commonly-known false assumptions in neo-liberal economics:

1. People are Bayesian equation solvers.  (The entire argument for market outcomes rests on this known false assumption.)

2. Money is just a medium of exchange.  (This known false assumption hides the political power of money.)

3. Energy is just a commodity.  (Production is assumed to be a function of only capital and labor.)

4. Debt is neutral to an economy.

5.  Wants are identical to needs.

6. The environment is part of the economy instead of the other way around.