Tim Garrett on Jevons’ paradox

25 02 2021

Another interesting video someone here pointed to (I had in fact already seen it…) reflecting on Jevons’ paradox, one of my pet subject. Garrett makes interesting observations, such as that global GDP is so tied to CO2 emissions, a single scientist atop a volcano in Hawaii could work out what it is without involving a single economist nut job….. Surprisingly, he also seems unaware of peak oil, showing a chart that states oil decline will start around 2050, thirty years too late… Ah well, nobody’s perfect!

We turned our energy efficiency gains into a simpler lifestyle rather than growing our car fleet or going on overseas holidays. If everyone lived like us, the economy would collapse overnight, which is precisely what needs to happen. Enjoy….

IF you are interested in Jevons paradox, you’ll probably enjoy this article too….


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25 02 2021
Blue Peter

G’day all. Mike have you looked at the BBC.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210223-the-battery-invented-120-years-too-soon

What have can be said?

25 02 2021
mikestasse

You are aware that I use those batteries in our off grid system, right?

25 02 2021
mikestasse

This article is full of inaccuracies. Like:

Conventional batteries, such as those based on lithium, can store energy in the short-term, but when they’re fully charged they have to release any excess or they could overheat and degrade. The nickel-iron battolyser, on the other hand remains stable when fully charged, at which point it can transition to making hydrogen instead.

Sure, you can do that, but you’ll need loads of distilled water to replace that which you split in the batteries while charging the crap out of them… There’s no free lunch, especially when it comes to hydrogen….

1 03 2021
Etyere Petyere

When Mercedes Benz says ; “Fuck hydrogen ” i believe them .

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