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News from March 2011

When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater

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Fukushima is going to dwarf Chenobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won’t admit it. The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will […]


Fukushima Dai-ichi status and prognosis

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The disjointed news flow from Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) continues to provide a confusing picture of the status of the 4 crippled nuclear power stations at Fukushima Dai-ichi on the East coast of Japan. This is leading to a very broad spectrum of opinion on the actual status and future consequences. The spectrum of […]


Too Much Energy?

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One of the bits of mental flotsam that very often drifts to the surface in discussions of peak oil is the assumption, as common among diehard peakniks as it is among the most delusionally cornucopian of their opponents, that the “lottle” principle applies to energy: that is, if a little is good, a lot’ll always […]


Bahrain Shia leader says Saudi force must go

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Ali Salman says he does not want Bahrain to “turn into a conflict zone” between Saudi Arabia and Iran. More than 60 per cent of Bahrainis are Shia, and most are campaigning for a constitutional monarchy [AFP] Bahrain’s Shia opposition leader has demanded that the Saudi-led force that was invited into the country to help quell anti-government protests […]


Eco-Friendly Cities of Tomorrow

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The Earth’s human population is ever growing. By 2050 it’s set to approach 9 billion. Considering our constantly increasing demands for energy and the emergence of less developed countries becoming the new superpowers we, as a race, need to develop sustainable cities and fast! PARIS French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has a vision for a Paris […]


Oil Reveals Where the Next Bombs Will Fall

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When President Obama explained America’s involvement in Libya’s civil war, he didn’t mention oil once. Instead, he used euphemisms like “national interest” and “strategic interest.” Yet it’s hard to imagine that the United States or its European allies would be mounting airstrikes in Libya if the African nation weren’t one of the world’s top 20 […]


Peak Oil on CBC News : Why are you paying more for gas?

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Did you know you are paying more for gas than any other month of March in history. Is it global turmoil? Or are we running out of oil? A CBC Manitoba special news series examines the concept of peak oil. Part 1 A CBC News special four-part series airs: Monday, March 28 — Thursday, March […]


Joel Salatin: Breaking Free From Factory Farms

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In this twelfth video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, American farmer, lecturer and author Joel Salatin outlines the key issues America faces as its citizens increasingly rely on factory farms, concentrated animal feeding operations that require cheap energy in order to operate profitably. […]


EROEI at one CA ethanol plant is now up to 2.6 to 1

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n this edition of the Domestic Fuel Cast, we hear from Ricardo, an internationally recognized automotive and engineering firm, about the results of studies on the use of E15 in older vehicles. Subscribe if you haven’t already and enjoy. Listen to the Domestic Fuel Cast Domestic Fuel Cast Archives


Obama will say the U.S. must find a way to cut U.S. oil imports by one-third.

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President Barack Obama, under pressure to respond to rising gas prices, will outline Wednesday a series of initiatives to cut the nation’s reliance on foreign oil, including new initiatives to expand oil production, increase the use of natural gas to power vehicles and increase production of ethanol. Mr. Obama’s latest attempt to take the initiative […]


Garden as if Your Life Depended On It, Because It Will

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Spring has sprung—at least south of the northern tier of states where snow still has a ban on it—and the grass has ‘riz. And so has the price of most foods, which is particularly devastating just now when so many Americans are unemployed, underemployed, retired or retiring, on declining or fixed incomes and are having […]


Peak oil angst and the lure of techno-utopia

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In the sixties and seventies, Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes were a trendy symbol of a better society — hipper, physically and culturally transparent and much, much more logical than the hodgepodge of architecture styles handed down to us by history. In America, where youth were aflame over Vietnam, the civil rights movement and the sexual […]


Peak Oil and Depopulation

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The growth of the human population cannot continue forever—there is a limit to our numbers, even if we cannot specify what that limit might be.  There is also a limit to how much oil can be extracted from our planet, even if we don’t know exactly how much oil there really is.  These two variables […]


Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor

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The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site. The warning follows an analysis by a leading US expert of radiation […]


Libyan opposition announces plans to export oil

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Libyan rebels say they have forged an agreement with Qatar that will enable them to begin exporting oil and accessing the revenues through an escrow account. “We contacted the oil company of Qatar and they agreed to take all the oil we export and market that oil for us,” said Ali Tarhoni, the rebel representative […]


A Saudi Oil Supply Disruption-The Ultimate Crisis Scenario

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This morning, I had a very revealing conversation with Vance Scott, a Partner at A.T. Kearney who leads the Energy and Chemicals Practice in the Americas. What might a marketing strategist have to discuss with an oil analyst, you ask? These days: lots – because 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the […]


Think local, buy local won’t feed the world

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Denying global free trade will prevent farmers from supplying the food to feed the world, John Allen, the chief executive officer of the New Zealand ministry of foreign affairs and trade, told delegates at the International Farm Management Association congress in Methven, New Zealand. “Farmers are faced with extraordinary opportunities. Opportunities presented by a growing […]


Oil Will Be Gone in 50 Years: HSBC

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There could be less than 49 years of oil supplies left, even if demand were to remain flat according to HSBC’s senior global economist Karen Ward. “Energy resources are scarce,” Ward said in a research note. “Even if demand doesn’t increase, there could be as little as 49 years of oil left.” “Gas is less […]


An Energy Crisis of Tsunami Proportions Rushes Toward America

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America is already experiencing energy problems, but they are nothing compared to the energy crisis that will descend upon this nation in the not too distant future. The question is not if this crisis will actually occur, because it is inevitable; the only question is when. Such a crisis has long been predicted, but now […]


Global Carbon Credits Die as Smart Money Embraces India’s RECs

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Vibhav Nuwal was once an enthusiastic supporter of the global carbon market. The 32-year- old Indian-born banker started in September 2009 developing carbon credits to target investors in Europe and Japan for Mumbai-based private-equity fund Managing Emissions. Less than a year later, he quit his job, convinced that the United Nations’ failure to broker a […]


Biofuels to cause more food price gains

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“Rising Prices on the Menu,” says the title of an article in an International Monetary Fund magazine that predicts an extended increase in the price of food. Until recently, food prices were historically low. In 1977-79 dollars, an IMF global index of food prices even now is about where it was in the Great Depression. […]


Peak oil and the third demographic transition: A preliminary model

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The growth of the human population cannot continue forever—there is a limit to our numbers, even if we cannot specify what that limit might be.  There is also a limit to how much oil can be extracted from our planet, even if we don’t know exactly how much oil there really is.  These two variables […]


Film The Economics of Happiness Tackles Economic Localization

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“Buy Local” has long been a catchphrase for environmentally focused advocacy organizations. But how exactly does the action of buying locally address issues like climate change, peak oil and the economic turbulence of the past three years? That’s the nexus of a multimedia event being held Tuesday night at the Mill Valley Community Center. Transition […]


Pickens’ energy plans has skeptics

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Since the United States has no energy plan, billionaire energy investor T. Boone Pickens has proposed his own. First, the U.S. should wean itself off foreign oil and switch to domestic resources, beginning with natural gas, Boone said, outlining the basics of the “Pickens Plan” at a talk at the Yale University Law School last week. Pickens […]


Peak Oil: Pellet Stove

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Pellet stoves or pellet furnaces are a great alternative to using home heating oil. When the price of home heating oil rises, it’s ideal to have another method to heat your home. Using solar thermal collectors is also ideal if you heat your home with hot water going through the radiators or flooring.


Kuntsler: Make No Mistake

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Taking in Charles Ferguson’s excellent documentary, Inside Job, about the dark doings of Wall Street in our time, I confess I was awestruck all over again at the complete surrender of Obama to the very characters who embodied the corruption that rotted our system from the heart outward. Summers, Rubin, Geithner, and a host of […]


Hirsch : Restrictions on World Oil Production

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Restrictions on world oil production can be divided into four categories: 1. Geology 2. Legitimate National Interests 3. Mismanagement 4. Political Upheaval Consider each in reverse order: Political upheaval is currently rampant across the Middle East, resulting in a major spike in world oil prices. No one knows how far the impacts will go or […]


Radiation Found in Massachusetts Rainwater

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Radiation from the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan is now showing up in rain in Massachusetts, health officials announced today. The state Department of Public Health said low levels of radiation were detected in Bay State rainwater earlier this week. Massachusetts now joins scores of other states from the west to the […]


New Jersey proposal to outlaw fracking

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As the Delaware River Basin Commission works to establish a set of rules governing the natural gas drilling that is expected to boom in northeast Pennsylvania in the coming years, environmentalists are concerned that mining companies may find reason to cross the river and set up shop in New Jersey as well. Critics say wastewater […]


Robin Murison: Love is the Answer to Peak Oil

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There are many books about loving each other. There is the biggest love story of them all the Bible. Which is how to ask the infinite great I AM into your life and get him working for you. This is nearer the great I am scale of the spectrum looking at our home planet Earth […]


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