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News from January 2013

In Amenas Hostage Crisis an ‘Inside Job’

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Islamist commandos behind the spectacular hostage-taking at an Algerian gas field probably had help from someone inside the plant, Norway’s foreign minister said in a newspaper interview published Thursday. “We have reports that the terrorists had people on the inside who laid the groundwork over time,” Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide told the Verdens Gang. […]


Energy Shock: How Peak Oil Will Change Your Life …

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Futuristic Concepts — Futuristic Lifestyles — Sci Fi Dreams All is revealed: http://www.futuristic-alternative-energy.com


The Peak Oil Crisis: Looking at 2013

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We are only a few weeks into the New Year and already the shape of the next 11 months is starting to form. To start, the U.S. Department of Energy sees two good years in front of us with increases in domestic tight oil production and falling demand in Europe offsetting what now looks like […]


“Peak Oil” Impacting Norwegian and Saudi 2013 Production?

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While it is hard to ramp up much sympathy for petro-states, Norway and Saudi Arabia are both facing a murky 2013 as domestic production falls, pushing both nations towards some difficult (and expensive) choices. OPEC’s leading producer Saudi Arabia is facing the twin storms of declining oil production and the rise of global alternatives, threatening […]


Reframing the Sucky Collapse

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KMO welcomes Kathy McMahon, the Peak Shrink of PeakOilBlues.com, back to the C-Realm to talk about the psychology of predictions. We gravitate to flashy predictions over nuanced forecasts and don’t hold poor track records against those prophets whose predictions promise to vindicate us for holding the right beliefs. Unfortunately for Doomers who hope for a […]


Peak Oil: Reserves Nonsense

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Peak oil deniers always talk about reserves, not production rates, for the same reason a squid squirts ink when it is threatened. Either they haven’t the foggiest idea what ‘peak oil’ means, nor a grip on production data (let alone the key production/reserves ratios). . . or clouding the issue, and painting peak oil analysts […]


Richard Heinberg – Part 2 Energy and the Delusion of Endless Growth

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Part 2 of a 2 part video version of our Radio Ecoshock interview with Richard Heinberg, about the book “Energy: Overdevelopment etc”. The interview features video of some of the images in the book. I think it’s a different way of giving people an idea of what this book is like. Radio Ecoshock


Filmmaker Sir David Attenborough Calls Humans a Plague

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Sir David Attenborough, the famed British naturalist and television presenter, has some harsh words for humanity. “We are a plague on the Earth,” Attenborough told the Radio Times, as reported by the Telegraph. “It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so.” Attenborough went on to say that both climate change and […]


From Here to There: A Brief Outlook for Biofuels

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Unlike other alternative fuels, biofuels already experience substantial use in the market and are likely to remain the dominant alternative fuel for the conceivable future. With modern advances in biofuel technology coming online and with policy incentives in place to create the market for adoption, it’s important to take some time to get to know […]


Algeria Attack No Outlier as Oil Targeted 3 Times a Week

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While the attack in Algeria that killed at least 38 hostages was the deadliest raid on the oil industry in five years, it’s far from unprecedented. From Colombia to Yemen, oil workers have suffered violence for decades as militants strike an industry seen symbolizing political and economic power. The bloodiest attack came in 2007 when […]


Enough energy after Peak Oil to rebuild and repair concrete infrastructure?

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Concrete is an essential part of our infrastructure. And it’s all falling apart, as Robert Courland’s 2011 book Concrete Planet makes clear. The Romans built concrete structures that lasted over 2 thousand years.  Ours will last a century — at most. Courland writes that the buildings and monuments we build may last less than a […]


Why Has Saudi Arabia Cut Its Oil Output?

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The world’s most influential oil producer, Saudi Arabia, reduced its oil production towards the end of 2012, causing many to conclude the Kingdom sought to reinforce global oil prices, but the Internal Energy Agency has a different take. Saudi Arabia had been pumping oil at 30-year highs for most of 2012, but cut back supplies […]


Wind Beats Out Natural Gas To Become Top Source Of New Electricity Capacity For 2012

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Through June of 2012, renewable energy was right behind natural gas in terms of the most new energy generating capacity being installed in the United States, with wind making up most of the renewables push. And now Business Insider has flagged the numbers for the remainder of the year. Last week, they reported that wind […]


20 ways to become more self-sufficient before ‘the crunch’ arrives

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One thing you don’t want to be during the coming “crunch” — a polite word for “collapse” — is dependent on the system. The more you can take care of yourself, the better off you’ll be physically, financially, emotionally and even spiritually. Here are 20 ways to become more self-sufficient while you still can: 1) […]


Netanyahu narrowly cling to victory in Israeli election

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In a stunning setback, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line bloc fared worse than expected in a parliamentary election Tuesday, exit polls showed, possibly forcing the incumbent Israeli leader to invite surprisingly strong moderate rivals into his government and soften his line toward the Palestinians. TV exit polls showed the hard-liners with about 61 seats in […]


Russian Oil Production to Peak Soon

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Russian oil production will probably peak in the next few years as the gains from new oil fields are offset by falling output from brownfield sites, according to Fitch Ratings. The ratings agency said Russia posted another post-Soviet oil production record in 2012, but added that significant new exploration, in particular on the Russian continental […]


Global demand for fuel additives to surge by 2016

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Global demand for fuel additives will increase 4.7%/year to 26.5 million tonnes in 2016, with demand in value terms advancing 8%/year to $59.4 billion. Total fuel-additive demand in volume terms is heavily dominated by gasoline oxygenates, such as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). In 2011, ether oxygenates accounted for 94% of total demand. These and […]


Kuwaiti police use stun grenades to disperse protesters

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Kuwaiti police used smoke and stun grenades to scatter hundreds of protesters outside the capital on Tuesday after they gathered to demand the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections, witnesses said. An initial demonstration, part of a series of marches against what activists regard as a rubber-stamp parliament, took place in the east of the […]


Under A Cloud Of Austerity, Real Smoke Clouds Greece As Well

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In this winter of austerity and Depression-era unemployment, a fog of woodsmoke hangs over the Greek capital on cold nights. It’s coming from the tens of thousands of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves Athenians are using to heat their homes. Most can no longer afford heating oil, the price of which has risen 40 percent since […]


Oil still drives U.S. policy

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A think tank memorandum to U.S. President Barack Obama reminds that oil remains a key driver of his administration’s foreign policy agenda. A lengthy memo to Obama from the Brookings Institution, a U.S. center-left think tank, notes that oil remains an important factor for foreign policy considerations. The memo notes that a binding agreement that […]


Orlov: The Five Stages of Collapse

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Starting next Tuesday and for the next three months this book will be available for pre-order (at a 20% discount) right on this blog. (It will also be available elsewhere, but on terms that don’t come close to making book-writing a sustainable proposition, so if you want me to keep writing you should get the […]


Bundesbank warns of currency war

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The erosion of central bank independence around the world threatens to unleash a round of competitive exchange rate devaluations, which leading economies have so far avoided during the financial crisis, the president of Germany’s Bundesbank warned on Monday. Jens Weidmann, whose institution’s own fierce independence from political influence was the model for the European Central […]


Heinberg – Energy and the Delusion of Endless Growth

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Author and Fellow of Post Carbon Institute interview with Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock on big new book about impacts of our endless need for energy. From Ecoshock 130116


The Amazing Reversal of the US Oil Industry

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A few years ago, I made the observation that the best thing that could happen to mitigate against some of the potentially severe consequences of peak oil was for oil prices to rise, and remain high in the years before oil production peaked. That would have the effect of encouraging conservation, as people adapted to […]


Peak Moment 225: Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos

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“The external growth of a budding economy is over. The focus on growth now needs to be on the inner world.” Carolyn Baker’s Navigating the Coming Chaos is a toolkit to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the collapse of industrial civilization now underway. First build an “internal bunker,” she suggests, to begin healing the fear, grief and […]


EIA forecasts loose global oil market through 2014

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In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, issued Jan. 8, the US Energy Information Administration forecasts a fairly loose oil market in the next 2 years, as higher global consumption will be more than offset by increasing global supply. Also, this STEO is the first to include monthly forecasts for 2014, EIA reported. Worldwide oil supply […]


Air Pollution: The Price of Coal in China

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Last Saturday an air pollution monitor atop the U.S. Embassy in Beijing rated the pollution index at a shocking 755–on a scale of 0 to 500. (The EPA categorizes pollution levels over 300 as “hazardous.”) A Time reporter wrote that the view from her 16th floor Beijing apartment was “akin to a sandstorm in Afghanistan.” […]


Kunstler: Commitments and Obligations

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Conservatives have a legitimate gripe about America’s excessive “commitments and obligations” to “unfunded liabilities” but their focus on Medicare and social security misses the larger point: our disastrous commitment to the current national lifestyle, in particular suburban sprawl and everything it entails.      This point came across vividly in a video recently released by […]


Peak Oil’s Impact: Holiday Marketing

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Oil plays an essential role in almost everything that touches our everyday lives. From the food we eat to the means by which we transport ourselves, our goods, and our services, to what we grow, build, have, own, need, and do, oil is almost always an important element. But the painful truth now and soon […]


Degrowth

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Decades of material growth have left us with a limited imagination for alternatives. Now that we’ve hit the point of diminishing returns for additional economic growth, can we decolonize our mind? In the developed world, is it possible to improve our quality of life while decreasing our standard of living? Could it be possible to […]


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