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The Hydrogen Hoax: Confessions of a Former Hydrogenist

 The "hydrogen economy" is like a zombie: no matter how many times it is slain, it keeps coming at you. Like a Hollywood zombie movie, hydrogen seems to exert a tremendous fascination because it is being sold to people as a way to keep doing everything we have been doing without any need for sacrifices or for changing our ways. Unfortunately, the reality is not a movie, and the reverse is also true. Hydrogen is a pie in the sky that delays the real innovation that would make it possible to phase out fossil fuels from the world's energy mix.  (image source) This is a re-worked and updated version of a post that I published in 2007, in Italian, during one more of the periodic returns of the "hydrogen economy," a fashionable idea that leads nowhere. For more technical information on the hydrogen scam, see the exhaustive treatment by Antonio Turiel in three posts on his blog "Crash Oil", in Spanish, "The Hydrogen Fever" One, two, and Three Confessions of a Former HydrogenistPosted by Ugo Bardi Quite a few years ago (maybe too many) I was involved in research on the hydrogen economy. It was in 1981 when I arrived in Berkeley, in California, to do a post-doc stage at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. At that time, the worst of the first major oil crisis was over, with the highest historical values of prices had been in 1979. The oil prices were going down, but the shock was still felt, and everywhere in the US and in the world it was a [More]

Logic: A Study Guide — Computability, arithmetic, Gödel

I mentioned a couple of days ago that, in the last four months, the newly available PDFs of my Intro to Formal Logic and Intro to Gödel’s Theorems have both been downloaded over 3.5K times (and that’s ignoring an initial flurry of … Continue reading → The post Logic: A Study Guide — Computability, arithmetic, Gödel appeared first on Logic [More]