What’s the big fracking deal?

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) has been in the New Zealand news quite a bit in recent times. If you haven’t heard about fracking, you’re not alone: a recent study in the US found that 63% of respondents had never heard of or were not familiar with hydraulic fracturing. There’s a great song which explains fracking in a nice concise way – it’s well worth a listen. Continue reading

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Let’s go nuclear!

Since yesterday (14 April 2012) was the 30 year anniversary of Wellington (New Zealand) being nuclear-free, I thought it would be fitting to do a post looking at nuclear power, and all the reasons why it’s not the solution to the energy crisis. It’s a bad idea on so many levels, I hardly know where to start, but just for the fun of it, I will first look at the advantages of nuclear. Continue reading

Try to imagine this…

Can you imagine a world where the government encourages carpooling, increased public transport and fuel-efficient cars?  Imagine: gas-guzzling cars have almost disappeared from the marketplace, there are government subsidies for developing alternative energy sources, our governments are speaking openly and regularly of conservation and individual sacrifice for the common good… Continue reading