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IE Questions: Whatever Happened To Peak Oil? (Part 2)

Google search is pretty sure I’m more interested in peak beard than peak oil.

Yesterday, we learned how a guy named M. King Hubbert introduced the concept of peak oil in 1956, a concept that peaked in the public psyche somewhere around August 2005. Today, we're returning to the question, "Whatever happened to peak oil?" - which is the moment oil production reaches a global maximum. Did peak oil already happen? Maybe. Continue Reading →

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IE Questions: What Is Peak Oil? (Part 1)

It's impossible to tell you're on a peak until you're long past it.

Remember 2005? In the middle of a Bush presidency, Terri Schiavo and her feeding tube captured national attention, Lance Armstrong was still winning Tour de France titles, and Arianna Huffington launched a new website. Perhaps it was the shock of Hurricane Katrina, or the post-Y2K lull, but we needed of a new apocalyptic obsession and we found one in peak oil. Public interest in peak oil - as judged by Google searches, at least - peaked in August 2005 and coincided with Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, we were experiencing peak "peak oil." Continue Reading →

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IE Questions: Now We’re “Cooking With Gas”

I don't usually care much about the etymology of phrases or words;  my apologies to the word-obsessed out there.  But I happened to be listening to the public radio show A Way With Words on a long drive the other day (through a region where my only other option was country rock), and I heard a fascinating explanation of the origins of the phrase, "cooking with gas." Because we are Inside Energy, and because natural gas is very much our topic area, I have to share:

"Now we're cooking with gas" originated in the late 1930's or early 40s as a slogan thought up by the natural gas industry to convince people to use gas, rather than electricity, on their new-fangled stoves.  This was the era where there was a widespread transition from wood-fueled stoves, and electric and natural gas stoves were in competition with each other. The gas industry wanted to imprint the idea in people's minds that cooking with gas was the most effective way to get the hot food on the table. Continue Reading →

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