Resource Depletion Links

The following links are to various sites that discuss the problems, alternative solutions, and risks of resource depletion.

General Analysis of the Problems

  1. Remote Link - HTML Resource Depletion, by Donella Meadows
  2. Remote Link - HTML Peak Oil — Gateway to topic.
  3. Remote Link - HTML Rocky Mountain Institute, Cofounded by Amory Lovins — Comprehensive analysis.
  4. Remote Link - HTML Energy Victory, by Robert Zubrin. —  Leading space engineer reviews our energy policy alternatives.
  5. Remote Link - HTML Alternative Fuels: An Energy Technology Perspective , by Dolf Gielen & Fridtjof Unander  — International Energy Agency.
  6. Remote Link - HTML Conflict & Security — As they may be caused by resource depletion and ecological problems.

Various Alternatives and Risks

Space-based Solar Power

Steady supply and can deliver to any point on Earth or even to ships at sea and aircraft in the air.

  1. Remote Link - HTML Space Solar Power — An alternative solution to need for energy.

Mineral resources from space

We could mine metals using robots and deliver the metal as foam blocks shaped like the space shuttle that would descend to a water landing and be picked up by ships.

  1. Remote Link - HTML SpaceX — Private space transport service.
  2. Remote Link - HTML Virgin Galactic — Commercial spaceline service.
  3. Remote Link - HTML Private spaceflight companies — List of all known.
  4. Remote Link - HTML Space Resources: Materials, Ed. by Mary Fae McKay, David S. McKay, and Michael B. Duke, 1992 — National Space Society.
  5. Remote Link - HTML Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets, by John S Lewis, 1997 — Book.
  6. Remote Link - HTML Is Profitable Asteroid Mining a Pragmatic Goal?, 23 Feb. 2011 — Spacewealth.org.
  7. Remote Link - HTML The Technical and Economic Feasibility of Mining the Near-Earth Asteroids, by M J Sonter, Oct 2, 1998 — Space Future.
  8. Remote Link - HTML Gold rush in space?, by BBC News Online Science Editor Dr David Whitehouse — Analysis of how it could be done.
  9. Remote Link - HTML Capturing Near Earth Objects, by Hexi Baoyin, Yang Chen, Junfeng Li, 24 Aug 2011, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University 100084 Beijing, China — Chinese interest in asteroid mining.

Ground-based Solar Power and Photovoltaic Technology

Only a solution during unclouded daylight hours, as we presently don't have a comparably efficient way to store that much energy. So, a supplement but not a full replacement.

  1. Remote Link - HTML National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — Photovoltaic (PV) research is focused on decreasing the nation's reliance on fossil-fuel generated electricity.
  2. Remote Link - HTML US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy — U.S. government efforts.
  3. Remote Link - HTML Sun catchers tuned to crank out the juice, by R. Colin Johnson, — eeTimes.

Wind Power

Only a solution while wind is blowing. So, a supplement but not a full replacement.

  1. Remote Link - HTML American Wind Energy Association — Trade association for industry.
  2. Remote Link - HTML Pickens Plan — Effort sponsored by T. Boone Pickens.

Geothermal Power

Steady supply but only economically feasible in certain locations.

  1. Remote Link - HTML Geothermal Energy Association — Trade association for industry.
  2. Remote Link - HTML International Geothermal Association — Trade association for industry.

Risks of Nuclear Power

  1. Remote Link - HTML Nuclear proliferation — Wikipedia.
  2. Remote Link - HTML The Search for Proliferation-Resistant Nuclear Power, by Harold Feiveson — Federation of American Scientists report.
  3. Remote Link - HTML Nuclear Energy - No Solution to Climate Change — Greenpeace background paper.

Risks of Coal Power

  1. Remote Link - HTML Carbon Risk, Coal, and Higher Electricity Prices — Union of Concerned Scientists. Why coal-generated electricity will cost more than utilities claim.

Long-term Analysis

  1. HTML Version or Menu Zipped WordPerfect Three Futures for Earth, Jon Roland
  2. HTML Version or Menu Text Version Zipped WordPerfect Nuclear Winter and Other Scenarios, Jon Roland
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Original date: 2008/06/24 —