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News from November 2010

World’s Largest Biodiesel Plant Starts Up in Singapore

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Neste Oil has started production at its biodiesel plant in Singapore, the world’s largest with an annual capacity of 800,000 tons. The plant will produce the NExBTL diesel, which according to the company reduces the carbon emissions by 40 to 80 percent depending on the percentage blending with the conventional diesel. The biodiesel from the […]


China bans hoarding of oil, coal

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China is banning the hoarding of oil, coal and other key commodities, seeking to ensure supplies and cool prices that have surged to politically volatile levels despite repeated moves to curb inflation. The moves reported by state media Tuesday are Beijing’s latest effort to counter unease over inflation that jumped to a 25-month high of […]


North, South Korea exchange fire

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South Korea – North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for shelter. The skirmish began when Pyongyang warned the South to halt military drills in the area, […]


China: One-third of natural gas demand might not be met in 2011

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China might see its natural gas supply fail to meet 35 percent of the demand in 2011, China Business News reported on Monday, citing a professor at China University of Petroleum. Yin Jianping, a business professor at China University of Petroleum, said the demand for natural gas in China has surpassed its supply since 2008, […]


Boogeymen Trifecta: Murdoch Allies With Oil Company, Cheney

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Rupert Murdoch is one of the world’s best known media barons and may or may not be a bud to Steve Jobs. But as hype swelled around his iPad digital project, The Daily, Murdoch was also investing in an Israeli-American oil shale company with ties to Dick Cheney. Can his legendary business savvy help out […]


Let’s Just Get It Overwith

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Societies and civilizations are born, mature and die – this is what history teaches us.  Our society is in old age and death/collapse is near.   As I pointed out here Howard Kunstler has made a career of predicting the end of civilization as we know it.  But he’s not alone.  There was a time when […]


Peak-ocalpyse now!

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Peak oil doomers are sending you a message via the dark Pony Express, aka The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Image: Rich Man via Flickr. Change out those barrels of potable water, haul a few more cases of pork-n-beans down to the basement and make sure that Messrs Smith and Wesson are well oiled up. […]


Obama Administration ‘Hiding’ Massive Saudi Arms Deal

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The Obama administration has quietly forged ahead with its proposal to sell $60 billion worth of fighter jets and attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia unhampered by Congress, despite questions raised in legislative inquiries and in an internal congressional report about the wisdom of the deal. The massive arms deal would be the single largest sale […]


Map of the World’s Countries Rearranged by Population

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What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on? The result would be this disconcerting, disorienting map. In the world described by it, the differences in […]


Post Carbon Institute: There Will Be Fuel? An Open Letter to the New York Times

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Rarely is the public treated to such inaccurate, misleading and unhelpful “journalism” as in “There will be fuel” by New York Times correspondent, Clifford Krauss (New York Times, November 17, 2010) , even in this era of political spin and smoke and mirrors surrounding energy. Let’s begin with the article’s concluding comment: “When you add […]


But what is “Community”?

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It’s been hammered into my head that the most important things are food, a roof over your head, security and mobility—the first two especially, and everything else is just there to tempt you. And it seems that the best way to procure food is not to take it away or steal it or buy it, […]


Kunstler : Gross All Over

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I was kind of relieved to be leaving the country again this week with Thursday’s Feast of Football looming, followed by the “consumer” buffoonery of Black Friday. Distance affords reflection and this is a good week to ask ourselves what, exactly, lies on the other side of this massive wall of suspense we have constructed […]


Saudi king to seek medical treatment in U.S.

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Saudi Arabia’s elderly King Abdullah will leave for the United States Monday for medical checks for a back ailment, and Crown Prince Sultan is returning from holiday abroad, state media said Sunday. Western diplomats in Riyadh said the prince’s return indicate that kingdom, the which has no political parties or elected parliament, is trying to […]


Kurt Cobb: Peak oil and climate change in 13 minutes

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Kurt Cobb, writer and author of Prelude: A Peak Oil Novel demonstrates ways to explain peak oil, climate change, and risk. Cobb uses simple household objects to demonstrate how the rate of flow can impact extraction rates for oil, and how the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is leading to increasing levels of […]


Dmitry Orlov on Collapse

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Had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Dmitry Orlov (author of the excellent book Reinventing Collapse) last night, with my friend Steve Wardell.  Dmitry makes a compelling case that the US empire will suffer the same fate as its most hated rival, the Soviet empire, for many of the same reasons: Extreme dependence on […]


131 = The Number of Years to Replace Oil

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It seems the panic time for both green enthusiasts and peak oil pundits. According to a new paper by two researchers at the University of California – Davis, it would take 131 years for replacement of gasoline and diesel given the current pace of research and development; however, world’s oil could run dry almost a […]


China suspends diesel exports amid domestic market shortage

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China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), China’s largest oil refiner, said Friday it has suspended diesel exports to relieve shortages in the domestic market. Sinopec also said it is seeking to import 200,000 tonnes of diesel. PetroChina Co., China’s largest oil producer, plans to import 200,000 tonnes of diesel. Some 35,000 tonnes of it has […]


Chinese oil demand up double-digits… again

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China’s apparent oil demand in October rose by a strong 11.8% from a year ago to 37.88 million metric tons (mt), or an average of 8.95 million barrels per day (b/d), according to a just-released Platts analysis of official data from the People’s Republic of China. October demand was 3.1% higher than the September figure […]


Mexico rejects Pemex oil reserve estimate

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Mexican regulators rejected a huge chunk of state oil monopoly Pemex’s estimate of how much oil and gas the country has, calling into question the long-term sustainability of the industry. The National Hydrocarbons Commission ordered Pemex to produce more evidence to back up its claims of probable and possible oil and gas reserves in its […]


As Things Fell Apart, Nobody Paid Much Attention

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As Things Fell Apart, Nobody Paid Much Attention The American way of life – which is now virtually synonymous with suburbia – can run only on reliable supplies of dependably cheap oil and gas. Even mild to moderate deviations in either price or supply will crush our economy and make the logistics of daily life […]


The Chinese Coal Monster – running out of puff

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In July of this year I wrote a story called The Chinese Coal Monster drawing attention to the fact that China would soon account for 50% of global coal production and consumption. 10% per annum growth in Chinese coal is clearly unsustainable and I posed the question “How long can this go on?” An article […]


Peak Oil 2010 Executive Summary Report on ASPO-USA

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Peak oil is here now. It is about flows and natural limits. ASPO-USA, the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas held its annual conference and meeting in Washington D.C. in 2010. Energy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, David Gard, attended the conference, and provides an in depth executive summary for those […]


Moving Before The Economic Collapse

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Today, millions of American families are considering a move to another part of the country because of the growing economic problems that the United States is experiencing. In the past, most Americans would normally just ride recessions out and would be able to safely assume that things would get back to “normal” sooner or later. […]


Peak Oil: why the Pentagon is pessimistic

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“Twilight in the desert” is a book summing up the arguments of a Texan oil banker who suggests that Saudi Arabia is overestimating its future oil production capacity. I’ve learned through the American Department of Defense that this book is the source of two recent Pentagon reports envisaging a severe lack of oil starting in […]


How Much Energy Does It Take to Get Our Energy?

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The future of our finite supply of fossil fuels is uncertain at best, and development of new energy options continues to gain speed. It’s likely we’ll use a combination of renewable energies and fossil fuels for the forseeable future. If you listen to some representatives of the alternative energy industry, you’d think every renewable fuel […]


Stuart Staniford: New York Times still Parotting CERA

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Heavens – the New York Times is an awfully slow learner. There is a piece in there by Clifford Krauss (who has occasionally done better than this), which is a completely one-sided puff piece that reads as though it was written by a PR agency for a major oil company, backed up by the usual […]


Heinberg : ‘Peak coal’ to see prices soar

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This week, science journal Nature says the world is on the verge of exhausting its cheap coal supplies. With rising demand and dwindling supplies of high quality usable coal, prices could be much higher by the end of the decade. The finding could also have implications for the controversial technology, carbon capture and storage. Download […]


Running on empty

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Even optimistic studies conclude that conventional oil production has peaked, and unconventional petroleum sources are not a viable option The implications of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) new report, World Energy Outlook 2010, are stark. Its 25-year “New Policies Scenario” projects it is most probable that conventional crude oil production “never regains its all-time peak […]


International Energy Agency Says ‘Peak Oil’ Began in 2006

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The International Energy Agency has released its World Energy Outlook for 2010, forecasting for the first time that the global crude oil production peak that so many have long feared, has in fact already been reached-more than four years ago. International demand has since fallen slightly thanks to a recent global economic downturn, but once […]


Fears of new food crisis as prices soar

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The bill for global food imports will top $1,000bn this year for the second time ever, putting the world “dangerously close” to a new food crisis, the United Nations said. The warning by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation adds to fears about rising inflation in emerging countries from China to India. “Prices are dangerously […]


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