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Is the US a producer or a consumer of energy?

A very smart student recently inquired about whether the United States (US) should be considered an energy consumer or an energy producer given the boost in oil and gas production seen in the past few years – thanks to the shale revolution. A very good question, as the whole consumer/producer differentiation is becoming increasingly fuzzy…

Entry costs + renewables

I think this article deserves a read: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus, by Macro Sibaja on the Costa Rican newspaper ‘The Tico Times’. Originally by the AFP, the article summarises the announcement by Ad Astra Rocket (a company associated with a Costa Rican scientist who used to be an astronaut for…

Being cool

It seems unrelated to energy, you read this article entitled If Eating is “Cool” then Farming must be “Cool” too. It is about agriculture. It notes that the perception of farmers is not precisely ‘cool’: “most youths’ perception of agriculture and agribusiness reflects the image of a dirty, exhausted poor farmer carrying a rusty hoe…