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Solar Costs Will Fall Another 40% In 3 Years


Photovoltaic solar energy is just like that other solid state technology, IT: the per Watt solar installation cost is decreasing all the time, like the cost of memory storage or processing power in IT. The fact that budget furniture giant IKEA has started to sell solar panels says it all. The world does not really have a long term energy problem, but it certainly could have a timing problem and a huge dip in economic output, due to shortages in fossil fuel. The sooner the inevitable energy transition takes place, the better it is.

[] – Why solar costs will fall another 40% in just two years

P.S.: end of 2017 minus January 2015 = three years, not two.

160$/kwh Storage in 2016

In October last year we reported that storage of less than 100$/kwh was in the cards, now EOS announces that a 160$/kwh milestone could be reached next year, for large scale storage.

In comparison, your average $135 fully charged car battery has a capacity of something like 0.6 kwh, that’s $225/kwh. Energy efficiency battery storage: better than 90%.

[] – Eos Energy Storage’s Aurora Battery System Commercially Available In 2016, At $160/kWh

EOS Aurora 1000 | 4000 [source]

What’s Left of the Forests


More people means less forest.

[] – Humans Cross Another Danger Line for the Planet

Climate Change?

We are agnostic as far as climate change (formerly known as global warming) is concerned. What we do suspect though, is that those, who would love to establish a global empire, love the opportunity to use climate change, real or fake, as a means to impose global taxes and global measures. The globalists hate peak oil, because that will cause the world to become bigger again and less interconnected, but they love global warming/climate change.

[] – Climate Change is Global Communist Tyranny-Lord Christopher Monckton

Peak Oil is Now

John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, says: “the world is going to be oil short within the next three to four years” and confirms that Peak Oil is real and it is here now.

US #1 Gas Jockey Dies

Can’t make this stuff up: in king Abdullah’s Saudi-Arabia, the punishment for adultery is stoning to death. That’s a narrow escape then for Charlie and Camilla. It also illustrates that political opportunism (read: fossil fuel) always trumps moral principles.

King Abdullah is dead. Long live the king (Salman).

What’s the difference again between ISIS and Saudi-Arabia? Spoiler: none. Not that we care. We see fundamentalist Islam as a perfect container to keep the Arab IQ85 crowd locked up safely into their own territories, after making themselves impossible in Europe with their archaic mindset, so our resident nihilistic 1968 lefties have insurmountable trouble ‘integrating‘ these chaps into Europe and ruin that once magnificent civilization in the process. Way to go ISIS/Saudi-Arabia! Chop-chop! And give the American neo-bolsheviks and their wannabee world empire the finger.

US Defense Secretary Hagel: “King Abdullah was a powerful voice for tolerance, moderation and peace”. In the light of what happened in Syria, with strong Saudi involvment, this is quite a statement. Anglo politicians can be a little hypocritical at times.

Buckingham Palace is mourning. British are traditionally fond of humor.

Short history of Saudi-Arabia.

The most important thing in the life of a Brit is that the German doesn’t win. If that comes with the ruination of the British empire, so be it. That explains to a large extent WW1, WW2, the Soviet occupation of eastern Europe, oh and the existence of Saudi-Arabia.

The territory of what is now known as Saudi-Arabia, was part of the Ottoman-empire, before British and French imperialists showed up in the Middle-East. The Germans tried to circumvent the Suez-canal by building a railway between Berlin and the Middle-East, but the British did not like that and tried to sabotage the project. Key element of the British grand strategy was to destroy the German WW1 Ottoman ally by promoting independence of Arabia from the Turks. That’s where ‘Lawrence of Arabia‘ came in. This fine British homosexual managed to promote himself as the leader of the Arab tribes and set them up against the Turks, and yet avoided getting himself stoned because of his sexual preferences.

In order to achieve his aim, Lawrence used the most archaic and martial tribe he could find, the Wahabist Sauds. In 1918 WW1 came to and end and the Turks lost control over Arabia. Finally in 1932 Saudi Arabia came into being. And then the British made a catastrophic mistake by failing to realize that Saudi-Arabia had the world’s largest oil reserves and snubbed the Saudi request to support oil exploiration in their new country. The Americans however did. And the rest is history.

[] – Pepe Escobar – What Game is the House of Saud Playing?
[] – Huge backlash after British monarchy homors Saudi Dictator King
[] – The king is dead

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Cheapest Electricity in the World from Solar

Currently the cheapest electricity in the world, 5.8 cent/kwh, is produced in Dubai from the 100 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Seih Al Dahal, Dubai. With energy prices like these, the Gulf states would be well advised to use their oil wealth to invest in a renewable energy producing future, after the end of the fossil fuel era. How about using cheap solar energy to desalinate seawater and produce fresh water? Or use electricity to produce hydrogen or even fossil fuel from water and CO2 in the air? This way the Gulf states can prevent a fallback to the camel-based economies of the past, when oil & gas run out.

There clearly will be a life after the end of the oil age.

[] – Cheapest Solar In The World


[] – Solar Energy in Dubai Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
[] – Dubai’s DEWA procures the world’s cheapest solar energy ever

Printing a House

Youtube text: published April 27, 2014. A Chinese company is using 3D-printed blocks to build cheap and quickly assembled houses as a possible solution to the urgent problem of modernizing housing conditions in Chinese villages. The blocks are made from a mixture of sand, concrete and glass fiber, materials processed from common construction waste, which is pumped layer after layer through the top of a 6.6-meter-tall, 32-meter-long industrial printer.

[] – 3D Printed 5-Storey House Shell — China

On March 29, 2014, ten 3D printed houses, each measuring 200 square meters, appeared in Shanghai, China. The buildings were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer, and each costs only 30,000 RMB ($4,800).


[] – WinSun China builds world’s first 3D printed villa

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South Stream 2.0


It is a done deal now: South Stream is history.

Or is it?

The map shows the Black Sea pipeline (“Turk Stream”) that is going to be built, with almost the same trajectory as the original South Stream one, except that now the new pipeline will end in Turkey rather than in Bulgaria. The difference is that Turkey is not member of the EU (and never will be) in contrast to poor Bulgaria. Turkey is not interested in obstructing the construction of the pipeline with “Third Energy Packages”, like the EU did until Putin called Brussels bluff, and says ‘thank you very much’ to Putin-Russia for this little present. Turkey and Russia, unlike the Euro-fools in Brussels, realize that Europe will need natural gas for decades to come. A pipeline through Turkey means additional billions of income for Turkey from transit fees, to be paid by European consumers, ruled by incompetent US satraps in Brussels. On top of that, Turkey will get an enormous and completely unnecessary political leverage over Europe, just because the Euro-cowards are too afraid to kick American *** hard by refusing to take any more orders from Washington. If Europe does something Turkey doesn’t like, Turkey can shut off essential gas supply in a minute.

The new situation also encourages Turkey to loosen its ties with the West and become a member of the SCO alliance, the alliance with a future, unlike the West. This new alliance will enable Turkey to project its power over the Arabian peninsula with the end goal of reestablishing the Ottoman Empire and removing the US from the Middle-East. And all the signs are that this is precisely Turkey’s intention. And as long as the US has a big mouth against Russia and China, both the latter will give Turkey the free hand in the Middle-East, as long as it hurts US interests. The West gets smaller with every passing day.

For fourteen years, Putin-Russia’s grand strategy has been rapprochement to Europe

The big winners in the Iraq drama after giving Washington the finger in 2003.

…but at a decisive moment, Europe and its two greatest losers Merkel and Hollance…

Spineless dangerous incompetent European losers, determined to run Europe into the ground by obeying any order from Washington, like giving Europe away to Islam.

… did not have the guts to oppose the neocon-criminals in Washington and say no to the Ukrainian misadventure. Now the SCO-strategy is to weaken the West by ‘stealing’ Turkey from the alliance, in perfect symmetry with the theft of Ukraine and attempted theft of Syria from the Russian sphere of influence. And Turkey, being the de facto natural leader of Islam and potential owner of most of the fossil fuel resources west of the Gulf, is a much more valuable ally than basket case Ukraine.

Putin playing chess
The Western ‘je suis Charlies’ outfoxed again by the geopolitical Grandmaster.


Losing Our Energy Slaves

[] – Our ‘energy slaves’ impact environment

Rocket Mass Heater

Many personal adds refer to it: a fire place, a glass of wine and a beloved one to have a ‘good conversation’ with (about the prenuptial agreement perhaps?), nothing beats an open fire to keep people warm. Or does it?

The problem with the standard open fire place is that perhaps up to 90% of the heat escapes unused via the chimney, just to heat the universe. And that the heat that is generated, is often too intense and short-lived. A remedy against that is to store the heat in a large mass and to release it evenly and slowly. That’s where the rocket mass heater comes in.

The hot air generated in the black stove is transported through the stone mass below the window, before it is released through the chimney at considerably lower temperature as would have been the case if released directly. Now the heat is stored in the large stone body. In this manner you need up to six times less fuel to achieve the same heating result. Additionally, you need to pay less attention to the fire during the day, just get the stone mass warm early in the morning and you’re warm for a couple of hours.



[] – Rocket mass heater
[] – Rocket Mass Heaters

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Largest Ship in the World Launched for Oil Industry


The Pieter Schelte can carry up to 48,000 ton and is intended to transport complete oil platforms. The ship was build in South-Korea on behalf of the Dutch offshore company Allseas and is now underway to Rotterdam to be completed. Price tag: more than one billion euro.

[] – Giant catamaran to carry worn out North Sea oil rigs ashore
[] – The Biggest Ship in the World Tears Down Abandoned Oil Rigs

[] – ‘Pieter Schelte’ verliest grote klus

Setback for the Pieter Schelte: the Russian government decided to cancel South Stream, a project carried out by the Pieter Schelte.

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December Wind Energy Record in Germany


December was a very stormy month in Germany, resulting in a all-time record wind energy harvest of 8.9 billion kwh. That’s 3.5 kwh per person per day! Don’t be surprised if in a few years time, Windkraft alone could in the dark stormy winter months be able to completely cover the needs of all German households. In comparison, nuclear power stations produced 8.0 billion kwh in the same month. Many new offshore wind parks will go online this year, so expect this record to be broken soon.

[] – Stürme sorgen für Rekordmonat bei Windkraft

Estimated US Energy Use 2013



Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Winners & Losers Oil Price Collapse


This development could postpone the financial Big Reset in the West for a while longer.

[] – The oil plunge: the facts and why we should care

America: Australia’s Dangerous Ally

Map from 1818 of ‘New Holland‘ as it was known at the time, even to the British, until at least 1824. Nobody was really that much interested in this vast empty continent, witnessed by the fact that the British deemed it just good enough to make a penal colony out of it. Australia (7.7 m km2) is comparable in size to China (9.5 m km2), but inhabited by merely 23 million people (China 1300 million), facts that likely did not escape the attention of Chinese geostrategists.

John Malcolm Fraser (84) is one of the most senior people Australia can come up with. This distinguished gentleman has just published a long ground-breaking article, in which he advises Australia to distance itself from the United States.


Malcolm Fraser (born 21 May 1930) is a former Australian Liberal Party politician who was the 22nd Prime Minister of Australia. He came to power in 1975 through the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor government, in which he played a key role. After three election victories, he was defeated by Bob Hawke in the 1983 election and ended his career alienated from his own party.

John Malcolm Fraser (1956)

Wikipedia: “Fraser… was educated at Glamorgan and Melbourne Grammar School, before completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1952. At Oxford, Fraser was a classmate and friend of future Canadian cabinet minister and Prime Minister John Turner.” Editor: Fraser (and Turner) were the Australian resp. Canadian servants of the British empire, before Australia and Canada morphed into staunch satellites of the US empire, Anglosphere, the embryonic NWO, the Judaic State or whatever you want to call it.

A few quotes from Fraser’s article:

IT IS time for Australia to end its strategic dependence on the United States. The relationship with America, which has long been regarded as beneficial, has now become dangerous to Australia’s future. We have effectively ceded to America the ability to decide when Australia goes to war…

The idea of American exceptionalism is contrary to Australia’s sense of egalitarianism…

… at the moment, because of U.S. military installations in Australia, if America goes to war in the Pacific, it will take us to war as well—without an independent decision by Australia. Finally, under current circumstances, in any major contest in the Pacific, our relationship with America would make us a strategic target for America’s enemies…

The idea of American exceptionalism, which has always been present in the United States, has gone far beyond all comprehension in the years of America’s absolute supremacy…

Our task is not to embrace America, but to preserve ourselves from its reckless overreach…

Wow, what a candid admission, typical made by very senior politicians, with one leg in the grave. The sort of admission secret service expert and former Italian president Francesco Cossiga made when he said in 2007 in the largest Italian newspaper that 9/11 had been carried out by the Mossad and CIA, when he was 79 and was suffering from terminal cancer. Or US congressman Paul Findley, who in 2007 at the age of 86, claimed that the US was basically an Israeli colony. Courageous people are few, but do exist.

The article is a long read. But the essence is that Fraser accuses the US to be not interested in world peace and as such is a threat to all others. Fraser hints that the West is at least as guilty for the Ukrainian mess as is Russia and blames NATO of breaking its promise to Russia not to expand eastwards. Fraser says that basically Russia had no choice but to merge with Crimea, because of the Russian military facilities there. But Fraser is a little naive if he thinks that the current mess in Ukraine is the result of ‘failure of US diplomacy’, instead of what it really is: a naked, raw US power grab.

Fraser does not believe in a western defeat of the Islamic State nor that the West has any chance of long term success in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Fraser is afraid that an assertive nationalist and militarist Japan, possibly armed with long-range nuclear weapons in the near future, could become a catalyst for war between the US and China, now that the US has sided with Japan in the Chinese-Japanese dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

Fraser concludes that since the US could not win the conflict with Vietnam, it almost certainly can’t win a military conflict with China. And since Australia is allied to the US, Australia would become the defeated ally of a defeated superpower, without any friends in the region. In 1991, Australia was not as tightly integrated with the US as it is now, a development that Fraser deplores and was supported by both major Australian political parties.

Malcolm Fraser today, sadder and wiser, does not believe in a second American Century and fears for a Chinese future of Australia.

Editor: as always, you need to read between the lines of what this Australian old political fox is saying. Fraser is clearly afraid of China. He does not believe in a second American Century. He fears that the United States will likely loose a military confrontation with China, if push comes to shove. And that by implication, the Australian Lebensraum automatically would become a tasty prey for the victorious Chinese superpower. And that Euro-Siberia, if that were to happen, won’t lift a finger to protect Australia (he is correct, they won’t).

Australia’s cards are very weak. Fraser admits that Australia has no friends, apart from the United States and yet pleads for Australia to distance itself from the only friend Australia has. And Euro-Siberia will be relieved to see Australia as a safety valve for Chinese expansionism, if any. Better Australia than Siberia, you hear them think.

[] – America: Australia’s Dangerous Ally

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