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The always-thoughtful Gail Tverberg has a great post that simply shows in visual terms the history of world energy consumption – well worth a look. I’ve reproduced one of her graphs here, but please read the whole thing. One graph not in her post (not suggesting it should be, but I like the contrast) is…

April is the month that utility shut-offs are resumed in much of the northern half of the country – it is against the law to shut off people’s primary heating fuel during the winter, but when they can’t pay their bills, generally speaking, April 1 means that you can cut them off. There has been…

I think the first time I really seriously reconsidered the American ubiquity of the dryer was when I was in college, and a friend of mine made a list of ten things she considered hysterically funny about Americans. Number 3, after paying more money for milk with the fat pulled out and something about our…