Why We'll Never Run Out of Energy

By Chuck Ray | Posted: 07/22/2013 8:25PM


Chuck Ray, PennState, Associate Professor of Wood Operations Here's an excellent discussion with the science/history author Charles Mann. After viewing the video I went out and bought his book 1491, and am really enjoying reading about the Americas prior to the coming of the European. Understanding what the Americas were really like, not the romanticized vision of it that we have all been brought up to think, gives one a different perspective on natural history and stewardship of our natural resources. I highly recommend 1491 and his most recent book, 1493.

The video is a long view (slightly less than an hour), so find a good time and comfortable spot, and prepare to be presented a slightly different view of the world than you get from CNN. Description of the video from Youtube.

"Tierney and Mann discussed why the industrial revolution wouldn't have happened without imported rubber (1:40); why the locavore movement (of which Mann counts himself a member) is a fraud (3:58); how China screwed up its agriculture (8:30); Mann's debate with best-selling writer and agricultural determinist Jared Diamond(16:20); why humans won't exhaust all resources necessary for their survival (as a zebra mussel might) (21:20); how new methods for extracting methane hydrates, which are natural gas molecules trapped under the seafloor, could double existing energy reserves (23:00); and whether he's concerned about the environmental impact of hydraulic fracking (54:33)."


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Chuck Ray, PennState, Associate Professor of Wood Operations

Chuck Ray

Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Ray is Associate Professor of Wood Operations Research at Pennsylvania State University. His specialty is in the area of operations research, specifically those operational issues that confront the majority of the wood products sector. He previously spent 15 years in research and quality management for two large building products corporations, Temple-Inland Forest Products and Louisiana-Pacific. Ray is the sixth generation of his family to work in the sawmill industry, the Ray Brothers Lumber Company, established in East Texas before the turn of the last century. He can be reached at cdrpsu@gmail.com and followed on Twitter @ChuckDRay. He maintains an Extension website for Penn State at http://extension.psu.edu/woodpro and also writes a blog on all wood issues called Go Wood which can be found at http://gowood.blogspot.com.

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