Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Oil Drum: A website about the science, economics, sociology and politics of energy and the environment

I have broad scientific interests beyond my profession as a computer scientist and software engineer. One of them is ensuring our descendants have a sustainable environment in which to live, and sufficient energy to continue with a reasonable style of life.

All the computer technology we develop will be for naught if society descends into conflict amid shortage of resources, dwindling food supplies, and a lack of energy to manufacture or power that technology.

One of the best resources I have found on the Internet to keep up with some of these issues is the web site The Oil Drum. This covers all aspects of energy, not just oil. It also covers broader environmental and sustainability issues. What I like about the articles is that they cover the basic science, the economic arguments, the social issues, and the relevant geopolitics.

This weekend The Oil Drum has published a superb list of their best posts from the last five years. I wish all world political leaders would make it their December resolution to read these posts.

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