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Tech Talk – the numbers keep going down

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One problem with defining a peak in global oil production is that it is only really evident some time after the event, when one can look in the rearview mirror and see the transition from a growing oil supply to one that is now declining. Before that relatively absolute point, there will likely come a […]


Peak Oil: A Staggering Challenge to “Business As Usual”

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A very clever animated documentary from Incubate Pictures, that lays out the challenges to “business as usual” that society faces over the next century. The decisions that we make within the next 50 years will seal the fate of the human race. This movie was an enormous undertaking, and the authors should be congratulated for […]


Economist Warns Civil Unrest Rising Everywhere

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The greatest problem we have is misinformation. People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created […]


Peak Oil Is Back!

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Secret Trade Memos, TTIP And Write-down Of Two-thirds Of US Shale Oil Explodes Fracking Myth   We will start with the punch line: “According to a secret trade memo obtained by the Huffington Post, the Obama administration and the European Union are pushing ahead with efforts to “expand US fracking, offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration”, as […]


America’s Oil Weapon: The Automobile

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Higher oil prices threaten the U.S. economy, but not like they used to. North Dakota is a reason for that. Changes in America’s car industry and driving habits are bigger ones. Amid sectarian violence in Iraq, oil prices have risen, and it isn’t hard to imagine them going higher. That is unwelcome for a U.S. […]


Isis declares establishment of a sovereign state

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist jihadi group behind an insurgency that has seized a swath of territory in Iraq and Syria, formally declared the establishment of a caliphate on Sunday, even as Iraqi government forces began to push back against it in a campaign centred on retaking the city of […]


Talking Peak Oil with James Howard Kunstler

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Talking Peak Oil with James Howard Kunstler


North Dakota and the Bakken by County

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Looking at North Dakota oil production by county, and historical production by county, gives a better  perspective of what is happening in the Bakken and the rest of North Dakota than just looking at total production. The data is available here: ND Historical Barrels of Oil Produced by County You will notice it says:(Confidential Wells […]


Nuclear-Heated Gas Producing Superheated Steam

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The first HTR-PM (High Temperature Reactor – Pebble Module), one of the more intriguing nuclear plant designs, is currently under construction on the coast of the Shidao Bay near Weihai, China. This system uses evolutionary engineering design principles that give it a high probability of success, assuming that the developers and financial supporters maintain their […]


Peak Oil & Peak Everything Lecture at Cornell

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Peak Oil & Peak Everything Lecture at Cornell


Will Kurds use oil to break free from Iraq?

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For sale: One million barrels of crude oil. Attractive discount offered. Currently sitting off Moroccan coast. That’s what the Iraqi Kurds are offering potential buyers, much to the fury of the government in Baghdad. It amounts to a declaration of economic independence, fraying the already tattered ties holding Iraq together. Here’s how it works: The […]


On Front Lines of Recycling, Turning Food Waste into Biogas

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An increasing number of sewage treatment plants in the U.S. and Europe are processing food waste in anaerobic biodigesters, keeping more garbage out of landfills, reducing methane emissions, and producing energy to defray their operating costs. In February, trucks from Waste Management, Inc. started working new routes in Los Angeles County, California. Waste Management collects […]


Shell Creates Motor Oil From Natural Gas

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New PurePlus™ Technology results in base oils developed using 40 years of Shell natural-gas-to-liquids innovation. Shell announced today the creation of the first-of-its kind base oil made from natural gas, the cleanest burning fossil fuel. It is called Shell PurePlus(TM) Technology, a patented process of converting natural gas into a clear base oil, which is […]


Half-Million Oil Barrels Daily May Meet New Export Class

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As many as 500,000 barrels of light oil a day may be eligible for export under a new government classification, helping to soak up surging U.S. shale oil production. Pioneer Natural Resources Ltd. (PXD) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) said this week that the Commerce Department approved their plans to export some ultra-light crude, […]


Kerry, Saudi King discuss oil supply

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah briefly discussed global oil supplies during a meeting on the crisis in Iraq on Friday, a senior State Department official said. During the talks, Kerry referred to recent comments by a Saudi oil official that the world’s largest oil producer would increase supplies should crises […]


Jim Puplavas Big Picture: Peak Oil Delayed But Not Resolved

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Also, OPECs New Competition and Missing the Boat Jims first topic on the Big Picture this week is Peak Oil Delayed but Not Resolved. Jim lays out the issue of Peak Oil in depth, and quotes studies…


Pessimism and Oil Production

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The end of oil and/or peak oil is always just around the corner.  Whether it be at the global, national, state, or geological formation scales, the lack of long-term optimism is the same.  And yet, time after time, history – more precisely, economics coupled with technological advancements – proves the detractors wrong. In 1980, during […]


Michael Lynch: Has Production Peaked?

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The remnants of the peak oil community cling avidly to the belief that oil production has already peaked and that high prices prove this. “Look at the data” seems to have become a catechism amongst them, and it can be hard to dissuade them otherwise, especially by considering more than one variable as explaining oil […]


The Peak Oil Crisis: Iraq on the Precipice

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The daily newspapers are now full of stories predicting that Iraq, as we know it, will soon disintegrate into three or more warring states. In the last two weeks Sunni insurgents led by the extremist ISIS have routed a good part of the Iraqi army, taken over much of northern Iraq not controlled by the […]


James Howard Kunstler: Peak Oil and Our Financial Decline

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James Howard Kunstler: Peak Oil and Our Financial Decline


Peak Oil’s Revenge

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A slew of events over the past few months have driven the price of oil higher. The ISIS incursion in Iraq has set up the entire Middle East for a multinational civil war. It’s not hard to envision a reign of destruction across the Arab Peninsula to the oil producing regions of Iran. Russia, the […]


The Chaos In Iraq Is By DESIGN

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Neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz planned regime change in Iraq more than 20 years ago … in 1991. But the goal wasn’t just regime change (or oil).  The goal was to break up the country, and to do away with the sovereignty of Iraq as a separate nation. The Guardian noted in 2003: President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt predicted devastating consequences […]


BP’s Technology Chief ‘knocks peak oil theory’

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Advances in technology will continue to ensure that there are adequate reserves of oil and gas, as fears over supply recede, according to BP’s head of technology, David Eyton. Addressing the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, Eyton said that generally speaking the theory of peak oil has had its time. There may be other […]


Gazprom Ready To Drop Dollar, Settle China Contracts In Yuan Or Rubles

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A little over a month ago, when Russia announced the much anticipated “Holy Grail” energy deal with China, some were disappointed that despite this symbolic agreement meant to break the petrodollar’s stranglehold on the rest of the world, neither Russia nor China announced payment terms to be in anything but dollars. In doing so they […]


Higher Food Prices Can Help to End Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Waste

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In this column, Andrew MacMillan, former director of the Field Operations Division of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and joint author with Ignacio Trueba of ‘How to End Hunger in Times of Crises’, counters conventional wisdom – which holds that low food prices are a “good thing” and can reduce hunger – with […]


In A World Of Oil Terrorism, Natural Gas Storage Is Crucial

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The past few weeks have changed the dynamics driving the global crude oil market. For most of the past couple of years, a principle reason why global oil prices have been elevated is that oil production disruptions, primarily in the Middle East and Africa, have kept a significant volume of supply off the market, putting […]


The Oil Production Story: Pre- and Post-Peak Nations

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BP just released its latest annual Statistical Review of World Energy.  ASPO-USA co-founders Randy Udall and Steve Andrews first collaborated in 2005 on a summary table to highlight key parts of the BP data.  It has been updated annually with each new release from BP.   The latest update with commentary by Steve Andrews is […]


Look How Much Water the Energy Sector Wastes

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The U.S. Department of Energy has turned its focus to the water-energy nexus as the sectors start to see the impact of climate change. In an effort to bring more integrated research across its programs, the DOE’s Water-Energy Tech Team issued a new report this month, The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities. The findings are […]


Oil Field Models, Decline Rates and Convolution

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The eventual peak and decline of light tight oil (LTO) output in the Bakken/ Three Forks play of North Dakota and Montana and the Eagle Ford play of Texas are topics of much conversation at the Peak Oil Barrel and elsewhere. The decline rates of individual wells are very steep, especially early in the life […]


The Real Reason Shell Halted Its Ukrainian Shale Operations

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Royal Dutch Shell has blamed air strikes by the government in Kiev against its own citizens in southern Ukraine as the reason it decided to declare a halt to its shale oil projects in the troubled region. In reality, the truth may be closer to the fact that company is disappointed with the economic viability […]


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