Eternal truths about those who are attracted to politics

Lynne Kiesling Over the past week there’s been an interesting online conversation with the participants discussing one of the eternal tautological conundrums: why does politics attract power-hungry narcissists? Matt Yglesias kicked it off with what I think is a pretty naive query about the degree of cynicism and immorality in politics. Such cynicism and immorality … More Eternal truths about those who are attracted to politics

Is bicycling “bad to the bone”?

Michael Giberson Research studying competitive cyclists suggests that cycling can reduce bone density. … most recreational cyclists probably don’t need to worry too much about their bones. “The studies to date have looked primarily at racers,” [researcher Aaron] Smathers says. “That’s a very specialized demographic. These guys train for hours at a very high intensity. … More Is bicycling “bad to the bone”?

Should the federal government use the SPR to counter speculators?

Michael Giberson At Rigzone: Governments should consider their strategic petroleum reserves a part of their arsenal to limit speculation in the oil market, according to a report issued Thursday by Rice University’s James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy. If the policy is to sell SPR oil into the market when prices get “too high” … More Should the federal government use the SPR to counter speculators?

Joe Romm to Michael Lynch on peak oil: Wanna bet?

Michael Giberson Joe Romm, at Climate Progress, offers a public wager to Michael Lynch, of the recent NYT op-ed opposing peak oil. Romm singles out this line from Lynch’s piece: Oil remains abundant, and the price will likely come down closer to the historical level of $30 a barrel as new supplies come forward…. And … More Joe Romm to Michael Lynch on peak oil: Wanna bet?

150th anniversary of Edwin Drake’s first oil well in Pennsylvania

Michael Giberson Here’s wishing a happy 150th birthday to the oil industry! On August 27, 1859, Edwin Drake and his steam engine succeeded, after weeks of work, in drilling a successful oil well.  Actually, more like “chipping” than “drilling.”  Alex Madrigal has the story and several old stereograph images: A western Pennsylvania river valley seems … More 150th anniversary of Edwin Drake’s first oil well in Pennsylvania