As a boy growing up near the Louisiana Gulf Coast, I remember looking out of the car window at times and seeing gigantic flames over the bayous: gas flares. Around 1970, the flaring of natural gas peaked. Oil prices were so low back then that marketing gas would not have been profitable. Today, far less natural gas is flared off both in terms of volume and, consequentially, as a percentage of our much higher current energy consumption. Oil prices have, of course, risen dramatically over the past 40 years, but environmentalists have also been working hard to get oil and …
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Born in New Orleans, Craig Morris has been based (not biased!) in Germany since 1992. He is the author of Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for Renewable Future (2006). As director of Petite Planète, he also regularly translates articles and studies related to renewables. At Always Greener, he blogs about miscellaneous mundane matters.