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"It is not possible to continue infinite consumption and infinite population growth on a finite planet.”
-- Michael Ruppert, WSJ, 4/11/09


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Soaring Food Inflation Full Frontal: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs

We previously noted that both beef and pork (courtesy of the affectionately named Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus) prices have been reaching new all time highs on an almost daily basis. It is time to update the chart. Below we show what a world in which the Fed is constantly lamenting the lack of inflation looks like for beef prices...   ... pork   ... and shrimp. More from Bloomberg: Prices for shrimp have jumped to a 14-year high in recent months, spurred by a disease that’s ravaging the crustacean’s population. At Noodles & Co., a chain with locations across the country, it costs 29 percent more to add the shellfish to pastas this year, and shrimp-heavy dishes at places like the Cheesecake Factory Inc. are going up as well.   Restaurant chains, already struggling with shaky U.S. consumer confidence, are taking a profit hit as prices climb. Even ...

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Peak Coal

Comments about coal are usually not complimentary. Despite our dependence on it as a source of heat for electric power generation, environmentalists wish it would go away. On the other hand, advocates like to claim we have more than 110 years of coal left - "at present rates of consumption". Both sides are overlooking crucial points. Let's see if we can clarify the future use of coal as a fossil fuel resource. To begin with, it is important to understand not all coal is of equal quality. When I was in grade school, we lived in a house that had a coal furnace. For those who could get it, the coal of choice of home heating applications was anthracite coal because it was the cleanest burning form of coal and provided - ton for ton - the most heat. Unfortunately, we ...


Peak Soil: Are We Taking More Than the Earth Can Give?

There is a tendency for humans to perceive ill occurrences as unconnected events, rather as the Biblical plagues of Egypt: water into blood, frogs, lice, wild animals or flies, deceased livestock, boils, storms of fire, locusts, darkness and death of the firstborn. Scientists now believe that these events really happened, but they were in fact all results of a single cause: not the wrath of a punitive God, but climate change. Modern humans are aware of contemporary global menaces: a changing climate, peak oil, a dodgy economy that could collapse at any moment, and the extinction of honey bees, but relatively few of us know that the world's productive soils are also under threat. What has been most noticeable is that the price of food and fuel has increased markedly over the past decade, during when we have also experienced ...

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A Brief Comment on the Death of Mike Ruppert by Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound

We always knew it could come to this. To write about Mike requires the tranquility of recollection but at the moment, all is turmoil. Mike, you told us, "Evolve or perish."  Yet in Apocalypse Man you merged them, speaking of death as the ultimate evolution.  One day we'll all find out whether that is, in fact, the case but it's not the message you used to impart! Among the emails that cascaded in last night is a wonderful link which is sorely needed at such a time: Hope and Courage.  Accompanying it, the following quote from Thomas Keneally's Schindler's List:   "Where's the electric fence?" Clara asked the woman.  To her distraught mind, it was a reasonable question to ask, and Clara had no doubt that the friend, if she had any sisterly feeling, would point the exact way to the wires.   The answer the woman gave was just as crazed, but it was ...

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Michael Ruppert: The Lifeboat Hour – Carolyn Bakerfor & Mimi German

We will be joined by Carolyn Baker for the full show and by Mimi German of Radcast for about ten minutes. Then we want your calls.  Everywhere on this planet right now the warriors leading the way to a new consciousness are feeling the heat. My trip to Seattle was an ass kicker. Perhaps most of us who have been leading are feeling it most intensely. But if it’s been that rough for us it must have been the same for all of us.  Let’s bring the tribe together and lift each other. We’d love to hear the stalwarts from this page call in. Let’s get tighter.

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Desalination Plant to Provide Third of Beijing’s Water

One-third of the tap water used in Beijing in five years will be desalinated from the sea to make it potable and boost clean supplies, according to state media. Beijing Enterprises (371) Water Group, the biggest publicly traded water-treatment company in China, is developing the reverse-osmosis project in the Caofeidian district of Tangshan in Hebei province, the Global Times reported. The city will get about 33 percent of its water daily from the treatment facility. The company said it’s planning to spend 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) on the plant and 10 billion yuan more on a pipeline to transport the water. Beijing Enterprises Water started desalinating seawater in 2012. Beijing has been battling drought for 15 years as China works to clean its water and air of pollutants. Xinhua News Agency reported April 12 that investigators traced the source of an oil ...

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1 Chart Showing the Stunning Reversal of America’s Energy Future

It wasn't all that long ago that we were worried about peak oil. Those fears have largely vanished thanks to booming American oil production. It's a stunning reversal that's perfectly captured in the following chart detailing the change in America's proved oil reserves over the past 30 years. Source: U.S. Energy Information Agency America began turning around its reserve picture about five years ago. This is when energy companies like EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG  ) and Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR  ) discovered that we actually could economically produce oil out of the Eagle Ford and Bakken Shale plays. The ensuing boom now has America's proved oil reserves at the highest level since 1976. Drilling down into our proved reserves Last week the U.S. Energy Information Agency released its latest proved reserve data for 2012. Proved reserves are the energy resources that the industry is reasonably certain ...


Robert Rapier: How Do You Justify Consuming ExxonMobil’s Oil?

Sometimes the written word is easy to misinterpret. More than once I have written an article to find that some minor point I made became the focus, or that the point I was making was just lost. Most of the time that’s my fault, but sometimes it’s because an editor wanted to spice up the title and make it a bit more controversial. In that case, that can inflame the reader before they even begin to read, and they either make comments based on a misleading title, or they read the article with significant bias. I think there is a risk of misinterpretation with today’s article, so I want to spell out my intent up front. This should not be read as a defense of ExxonMobil or their business practices, because that’s not what it is. It’s an attempt to get ...

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Russia has a secret weapon against the West, and it’s not oil, gas or nukes

Energy markets have been a bit more volatile recently, thanks to sporadic violence in Ukraine and the war of words between Russia and the West. Both sides of the conflict are playing pipeline politics, with threats and counter-threats flying between some of the world’s biggest energy suppliers and consumers. As tempers flare, the threat of crucial pipelines running dry is enough to frighten even the steeliest traders. + Although oil and gas are top of mind, they aren’t necessarily the only commodities that traders are worried about. Palladium prices spiked to a three-year high today: + Russia is the world’s largest producer of the metal, a crucial ingredient for catalytic converters in cars, capacitors in electronics, dental crowns, jewelry, and much else besides. As the West threatens tougher sanctions against Russia for its perceived provocations in eastern Ukraine, Russia may try to do equal damage with trade restrictions of its ...

Alternative Energy

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Coal

What is meant by "internalized costs"? Internalized costs are the costs which can be accurately accounted for in our current systems. In energy production, these costs typically consist of capital costs, financing costs, operation and maintenance costs, and exploration costs. Some energy options incur these costs in various stages such as extraction, transportation and refinement. Profits and taxes are excluded wherever possible in order to isolate the pure cost of production. Internalized costs related to coal can become very low. That is one of the main reasons why coal has thus far proven itself to be the standout energy source of the 21st century (figure below) despite rising prices, decades of talk about climate change and huge hype about alternatives. We will seek to better quantify these low internalized costs in this article. Internalized costs of coal The International Energy Agency has complied the ...

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The conspiracy theorist Mike Ruppert shot and killed himself Sunday night after recording his ...
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Mike Ruppert has shot himself. This makes me very sad, but I certainly won't ...
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The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane ...
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