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Variables, uncertainties still shape world energy outlook

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Technological breakthroughs may have increased the world’s potential oil and gas resources significantly, but variables and uncertainties will determine how quickly and to what extent they are developed, participants emphasized during the opening day of the US Energy Information Administration’s annual conference. Unconventional natural gas production growth will be strongest initially in North America, and […]


New Plan To Offset Development Impacts On Public Lands

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Name a big issue that the Department of the Interior has been involved in during the Obama and Clinton administrations, and more likely than not David J. Hayes has been in the thick of it. Now Hayes, who has served as the department’s number two in both administrations, is leaving government service — but not […]


Ugo Bardi Reviews Dmitry Orlov

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  Dmitry Orlov’s recent book, “The Five Stages of Collapse” is a stark description of the world as it is today and of what its destiny could be.  So impressive it is that it reminded me of a story by J. L. Borges “Dr. Brodie’s Report” Sometimes, when you read a book, something rings in […]


U.S. FTC Said to Open Probe of Oil Price-Fixing

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a formal investigation into how prices of crude oil and petroleum-derived products are set, mirroring a European Union inquiry, two people familiar with the matter said. The investigation, now in a preliminary stage, will probably broaden into a multi-jurisdictional affair like the inquiry into manipulation of the London interbank […]


Kunstler: Where Are We Now? – A World View

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Wondering why the money world got its knickers in a twist last week? The answer is simple: the global economy is breaking apart and its constituent major players are doing face-plants on the downhill slope of a no-longer-cheap-oil way of life.  Let’s look at them case by case. The USA slogs deeper into paralysis and […]


Extreme Energy, Extreme Implications: Interview with Michael Klare

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If oil and gas is a profoundly dynamic phenomenon, then so too must be environmental risk and conflicts over natural resources—and we are not getting the full picture from the mainstream media, according to Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, TomDispatch blogger, and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking […]


Our Overcrowded Planet: A Failure of Family Planning

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New UN projections forecast that world population will hit nearly 11 billion people by 2100, an unsettling prospect that reflects a collective failure to provide women around the world with safe, effective ways to avoid pregnancies they don’t intend or want. Until just a couple weeks ago, the great global food challenge was how to […]


The Inseparability Of The Great Disruption And The Transformation Of Consciousness

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Didja think we were all going to just transform the present world into a new dimension, a parallel universe, Heaven on earth, or experience The Rapture, Ascension, move into our light bodies, or whatever new age, magical, or mythical belief we might hold? I’m not saying that any one – or more – if these […]


Stealing Gas from the Poor to Power the Rich

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In Kilwa District in southern Tanzania local community leader and fisherman Salim Riziki stands next to a set of turbines, newly imported from Dubai, talking about the gas finds on Songo Songo, an island 15 km off the mainland. The whirring sounds and lights from the turbines are in stark contrast to the mud and […]


Mammal And Bird Extinctions Will Greatly Increase In Frequency During The Next 40 Years

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Human population growth over the next 40 or so years will cause the extinction of a great number of mammal and bird species, according to new research from Ohio State University. Image Credit: Tarsier via Flickr CC The new research states that a typical growing nation should expect at least 3.3% more threatened species in […]


Will Israel’s rush to export natural gas turn out to be a mistake?

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As the United States contemplates exporting natural gas to the rest of the world, previously energy-poor Israel seems about to jump on the export bandwagon. The current government is seeking approval to export about 40 percent of the production from its newly discovered offshore natural gas fields. In an era of high volatility in energy […]


Obama Administration Cuts Oil Development on Federal Land

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The Obama administration is calling for cutting the amount of federal lands open for oil shale and tars sands development in the Western states, a plan that industry officials say may force companies to look overseas for opportunities. A new Bureau of Land Management plan calls for allowing 700,000 acres of land for development, reports […]


Different Peak Oil Denial Nonsense Is Still Nonsense [Pt 2]

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I began the first post in this series with this observation: “Some day (soon, I hope) audiences for whom peak oil denial nonsense is intended will ask themselves: what are the reasons—and supporting evidence—for these kinds of assertions?” Contributors to Forbes in particular seem intent on peddling a sliver of truth wrapped with a generous […]


Neil Howe: “The Fourth Turning Has Arrived”

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In 1996, demographers William Strauss and Neil Howe published the book The Fourth Turning. This study of generational cycles (“turnings”) in America revealed predictable social trends that recur throughout history, and warned of a coming crisis (a “fourth turning”) based on this research. Fourth turnings are defined by disorder and great changes brought on by […]


Tech Talk – Insecurity in the Middle East

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The continuing conflict in Syria, and the slow spread of violence in the region around it continue to make it difficult to make accurate predictions about the future of oil exports from the region. Within Syria itself, production had fallen into decline about ten years ago, before the current struggle began. The precipitate drop over […]


10 Reasons Why America Will Continue To Dominate The Global Economy

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Sure, investors have been spooked by Fed taper talks, the Bank of Japan’s unprecedented economic experiment, persistent jitters out of Europe, and concerns of a credit crisis in China. But by in large, investors should be pleased with the way things are going domestically, according to a new report from Joseph Quinlan, Chief Market Strategist […]


Are we overpopulating?

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The premise of Dan Brown’s bestseller “The Da Vinci Code’’ was that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, presumably bored of miracles and sermons, married and had kids. His newest novel, “Inferno,’’ is kind of the same except that this time (spoiler alert!) it’s the rest of us having kids — and far, far too many. […]


Iran: ‘No cyberattack targeted Iran Oil Ministry’

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The head of the Communications and Information Technology of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said on Saturday that no cyberattack had been carried out against the Internet and communication systems of the Oil Ministry. “The website of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Oil Ministry were temporarily shut down due to a technical […]


Global Food Production Won’t Keep Up With The World’s Growing Population, Research Warns

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Global food production isn’t increasing fast enough to support the world’s rapidly growing population, according to new research from the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. Image Credit: Deepak K Ray, Nathaniel D Mueller, Paul C West, Jonathan A Foley Crop yields are actually falling rather notably in many of the […]


Global Sell-Off Shows Fed Reach Beyond the U.S.

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Despite a partial recovery in the markets on Friday, tumbling stock, bond and commodity prices around the world over the past month are demonstrating just how reliant the global economy has become on the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. In the weeks since the Fed’s chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, first indicated that the central […]


China’s Iran crude imports jump ahead of US sanctions waiver

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* China’s May crude imports up 49.5 pct from April * Iran imports jump in final month before U.S. waiver renewed * Iran crude imports up 6.4 pct in May from year ago * Jan-May Iran crude imports up 10 pct from same period 2012 China’s average daily crude imports from Iran jumped nearly 50 […]


Global Wind Energy Blows Away Old Expectations

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Peter Sennekamp, media officer for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) announced this week that wind energy will surpass the threshold of 300 gigawatts, or 300,000 megawatts at some point before the end of the calendar year.  Total wind energy capacity reached 280 gigawatts by the end of last year, when a record 44 gigawatts […]


Pictures That Show The World Is Too Crowded

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Is overpopulation a problem? By 2100, the world’s population is expected to reach 11 billion people. As of today, we’re at 7.09 billion and counting, according to the U.S. Census World Clock. Whether you agree or disagree, overpopulation has become a major challenge and concern for countries around the world. This collection of pictures from Reuters shows just […]


India To Become World’s Most Populous Nation By 2028

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UNITED NATIONS – India will surpass China to become world’s most populous nation around 2028, with its population crossing the 1.45 billion mark, according to latest report by the United Nations. The report ‘World Population Prospects’ says the world’s population will hit 7.2 billion next month and is projected to reach 10.9 billion by 2100, […]


Pro-Growth Media Bias Fuels Scientific Ignorance

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/PRNewswire/ — Journalists are operating under the magnifying glass of a new “media watchdog” on the lookout for bias about growth. Most reporting and commentary in the news media about economic growth and population growth is founded on a cultural myth that endless expansion is both possible and desirable, according to the non-profit that recently launched […]


Community Owned Village Shops

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Community-owned village shops continue to be one of the leading success stories of the UK co-operative and social enterprise movement. In 1993 there were just 23 community-owned shops; 20 years on there are over 300, with a further 30 anticipated to open in 2013 alone. In May 2013, Plunkett published its annual report on community […]


TEPCO reports new radioactive water leak at Fukushima

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The tsunami-battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has suffered another radioactive water leak, its operator said Friday, the latest in a series of incidents at the crippled plant. About 360 liters of tainted water leaked from a desalination unit although it did not escape from the complex, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. The desalination […]


Natural gas to rival oil as road fuel: IEA

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Natural gas is set to emerge as a significant new transportation fuel over the next five years, raising the prospect of a challenge to oil’s dominance in the sector, the International Energy Agency said Thursday. Already, gas demand in road transport grew tenfold between 2000 and 2010, but cheap gas in the U.S. as a […]


Illinois Adopts Nation’s Strictest Fracking Regulations

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On Monday, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to regulate fracking in the state of Illinois. Legislation overwhelmingly passed both the Illinois Senate (52-3) and the House (108-9) last month. The law is now seen as the nation’s strictest for oil and gas drilling. The Chicago Tribune writes that the legislation will force oil and gas […]


Global Food Production Won’t Meet 2050 Needs

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The United Nations has announced that based on statistical projections the global population – which is currently made up of about 7.2 billion – at the rate we’re currently going, will increase to 9.6 billion by 2050, and 11 billion by 2100. Medical Daily reports that in 1999 the population had only just broken passed […]


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