Energy-fight unmentionables

Before entering political fights over energy, representatives of the oil and gas industry should check their engineering weapons at the door. This should be a rule. Although physical concepts like energy density and power density matter greatly to decisions about this eminently important subject, they mean little to many people. They lack political punch. Worse, discussions about them inevitably reduce to quantitative relationships like British thermal units per gallon and watts per square foot. In politics, that kind of thing, especially when fitted out with numbers, can be deadly. And entropy? Don't even mention it. The aim of politics is to build audiences, not shrink them. Most people...

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