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Jeremy Leggett does excellent work! Hope his latest projects succeeds.
 
Humankind seems to be dividing itself into two main groups: those who think everything is well in the best of worlds and will remain so for ever and ever and those who can't wait to die of starvation in the cold just for the sake of having been right all along. But some of us are fighting and doing something to solve the problem. Jeremy Leggett is one and we all can help with this project. Give a look to it: we still have hope

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-big-boost-climate-project/x/471270
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This is awesome! The industry's response to doubters is still the same today.
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Here's my latest Climate Post—with other stories including the electric-car battery market, biofuels' big footprint, and a glacier thief
Following on last week’s State of the Union address that supported hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” in shale gas deposits, President Obama called the U.S. “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas” and unve...
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More on the IEA's report on lock-in of emissions from infrastructure we already have, or will build in the next several years. Bad news for the climate.
The infrastructure built over the next five years could “lock in” enough emissions to push the world past its target for limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Ag...
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I have a big infographic piece in the new Scientific American about energy return on investment (EROI), a crucial measure for comparing which energy sources would be best to pursue:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-to-measure-true-cost-fossil-fuels

Unfortunately it's for subscribers only... but there is a freely available Q&A on the implications—especially on limits to growth:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=eroi-charles-hall-will-fossil-fuels-maintain-economic-growth

Also, I'm working on a book—the first biography of peak oil pioneer M. King Hubbert. For more on that, and to sign up for updates about the book, check out:
http://oracleofoil.com
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Dear Mr. Weiss,

No, unfortunately I haven't seen any estimates of EROI for shale gas (in particular, the modern version with long horizontal drilling and mult-stage fracking). If I had found and estimate, I definitely would have highlighted it in my article.

However, a student of Charles Hall (a scientist I quoted in my article) is working on an EROI assessment for shale oil from the Bakken. He presented his preliminary results at the American Geophysical Union conference last December, and is planning to publish them in a journal:

http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/eposters/eposter/gc23c-1089/

In the future, if you happen to run across any such estimates for shale gas or oil, and happen to have a minute, please do give me a heads up!

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My latest Climate Post—including the new Nature paper that says peak oil is here.
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Here's my latest Climate Post.
Under pressure from Congress to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, planned to connect Canada’s tar sands region with the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Obama administration has decided to reject the p...
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Only Five Years Left to Make Transition to Low-Carbon Infrastructure—my latest Nat Geo News article.
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freelance journalist, focusing on climate and energy; my site: FailingGracefully.com
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I'm now writing a book, The Oracle of Oil, the first biography of maverick geologist M. King Hubbert, known as "the father of peak oil."

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survived 2.5 years in Pakistan (in large part because most people there are incredibly nice!)
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  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Physics, 1994 - 1998
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Science Writing, 2003 - 2004
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WSJ UPDATE: White House Secret Delegation To Saudi Arabia Paved Way For Oil Move.

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The Climate Post: Japan, Germany Struggle With Nuclear Power Slowdown
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With a large share of their nuclear power plants down at the moment, both Japan and Germany are scrambling to meet energy demand and figure

The Climate Post: Australia's Ambitious Scheme Sets World's Highest Pric...
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Australia, with the highest per-capita greenhouse emissions of any large, developed country, will soon take on one of the most ambitious sch