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How Fossil Fuels Made the Human Race Dependent on a Finite Resource

Carey King of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin discusses how the last 70 years of economic and population growth have been fueled by the transition to petroleum, how a decreasing supply of it has increased political polarization, and what the future might hold as supplies continue to dwindle.

Carey’s book, The Economic Superorganism: Beyond Competing Narratives on Energy, Growth, and Policy can be purchased here.

Additional reading can be found here:

This episode is part of a non-partisan political podcast series called: “You Don’t Have to Yell”, produced by Dan Sally, Dedham Massachusetts.

Only 38% of Americans believe our two party systems does an adequate job of representing the people.

57% believe a third major party is needed.

You Don’t Have to Yell features third-party candidates, electoral reform advocates, and other subject matter experts with the goal of breaking the two-party duopoly and bringing multi-party democracy to the United States.

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19 Comments on "How Fossil Fuels Made the Human Race Dependent on a Finite Resource"

  1. makati1 on Sat, 16th Jul 2022 5:59 pm 

    There is not even two parties in the US. There are just corporate shills, government whores and psychopaths calling themselves Democrats or Republicans. There could be 20 “parties” but the real power is not elected. It is the Deep State that runs the country. Anyone seriously trying to get rid of it is destroyed. Think JFK, Martin Luther King, etc.. Do you think they wanted Trump to succeed? they broke every law and freedom in the book to get rid of him short of assassination. They are still trying to keep him from running in 2024. Is that “democracy”? LMAO!

    Amerika is going down. That is the plan. I hope you are prepared if you live there.

  2. Cloggie on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 3:32 am 

    This week in the Netherlands: 43% renewable electricity

  3. Biden’s hairplug on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 4:43 am 

    Canadian truckers carrying Dutch flags:

  4. Dredd on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 6:24 am 

    “Fossil Fuels Made The Human Race Dependent” – that is classic teleology

    Actually, brainless, thoughtless, lifeless oil didn’t do it … Oil-Qaeda did it to us, the oil did not.

    Don’t blame the microbes either please (Junk DNA R Us – 4).

  5. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 7:19 am 

    “Amerika is going down. That is the plan.”

    That’s absolutely NOT the plan (planned by who?), but it is going to happen anyway:

    America, or what will be left of it, will remain a Great Power, but no longer a hegemon, just like Russia after stepping down from the USSR.

    Plan B Yankee Great Power, after the breakup: teaming up with EU-Europe + Russia = Greater Europe. Together Eurosphere. It’s coming.

    Karl Marx out (including all his ethno-pals)
    Samuel Huntington in

  6. Biden's hairplug on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 10:38 am 

    Canada has become a scary place:

  7. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 3:29 pm 

    clog just because that particular douchbag is afraid, like you, does not make Canada a scary place. Fear is generated in the mind, so paranoids with agendas & an internet connection are likely to be afraid 24/7. Studies have proved this. You are just another social media pawn. Twitter screams JUMP!, pawn clog says how high?

    clog every story on Rebel news is fear based. Scaring retards like you is their business model.

    cloggy watch your bum buddies get spanked.

    An immaculate takedown of Rebel News

    Everyday I lmao watching the stupid human world unravel.

    Everyday you are filled with more disappointment because twitter told you another thing that went against your team and beliefs.

    clog did you know the co-founder, owner, and CEO of Rebel news is named “Ezra Levant”? Jew boy looking to be a super jew media oligarch.

    clog loves supporting Canadian jew boy’s media company.

    clog gets his news from da jews.

    Jews know how to push those goyim emotional buttons eh?

    clog luvs Canuck kikes.

    Everyday I lmao watching clog get angry and hysterical over the latest fear manipulation article on jew fake news.

    Ezera is a puppet of the American right wing oligarch crew.
    Just look at his resume and where he did his extra training.

    Ezra Levant


    Levant holds a commerce degree from the University of Calgary and formerly a law degree from the University of Alberta. He applied to resign from the legal profession in 2016 while facing disciplinary charges over a newspaper column. [1], [34]


    Ezra Levant is a Canadian television and radio personality, conservative political activist, and author of Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands, the book that popularized the phrase “Ethical Oil,” which is now being used by the conservative government in Canada as justification for the expansion of the Athabasca tar sands.

    He is the founder and former publisher of The Western Standard, and formerly ran his own Sun TV program “The Source.” Sun News shut down in 2015 after failing to find a new owner. After Sun Media shut down, Levant moved his reporting to Rebel Media where he is “Rebel Commander.” iPolitics described the site as “the de facto epicenter of Canadian right-leaning political discourse.” [35], [37], [38]

    In his early years, Levant undertook an internship with the Charles G. Koch Foundation’s Summer Fellowship program in 1994, and then proceeded to work for the Fraser Institute in 1995 where he wrote Youthquake, which argued for smaller government and privatization of the Canada Pension Plan. [2]

    According to a search of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada, from 2009 until 2010, Levant worked as a lobbyist for Rothman’s Incorporated, a manufacturer and distributor of tobacco products.”


    Why is a Canadian in bed with the American Koch bros, Big tobacco and big oil? Because he is an ambitious jew boy who wants to be the next oligarch and he will suck as many right wing oligarch cocks as it takes to get there.

    He will also make shit up to further his agenda du jour.

    Professor wins $60,000 in defamation lawsuit against Ezra Levant

    Looks like your kind of guy clog. Make shit up on the spot.

    clog and Ezra – together forever in fear & fake news.

    Obviously Ezra is the one on top since he is the one with the media company and you merely repost Ezra’s tweets like a good little bitch.

    like you clog, Ezra is an angry raging failure.

    Ezra Levant’s Failed Bid to Change Canada

    The fallen darling of conservative rage will rise again—even if it means plying his trade outside our borders

    “It was Ezra’s high point. If ever he were going to cash out—get a cushy public affairs job, maybe with media stints as the resident conservative—this was the time. Instead, his career became one long series of rants, lawsuits, and festering grievances. Today, as Levant’s radical right-wing website strains at the bolts amid mass defections and allegations of financial impropriety, it’s easy to forget that, for a brief moment at the start of the decade, he was given a taste of mainstream respectability. He rejected it: a decision that serves as the baseline for everything that followed.”

    Ezra is another one of those world haters whose rage is transferred to his ugly fat zit face.

  8. makati1 on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 5:52 pm 

    Dread: “Actually, brainless, thoughtless, lifeless oil didn’t do it … Oil-Qaeda did it to us, the oil did not.”

    Actually, China was the first to drill and use petroleum about 350AD.

    “The modern oil industry was established in the 1850s. The first well was drilled in Poland in 1853, and the technology spread to other countries and was improved.”

    The US has been one of the major suppliers of petroleum and the biggest user for decades. It is currently on top once more in both categories.

    Greed did it. Corporations created the demand. Capitalism paid for it. You helped by using it. Don’t try to blame others. You must be an American. LOL

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Tue, 19th Jul 2022 1:22 am 

    With Record-Breaking Heat, Europe Glimpses Its Climate Future

    Heat in France, Spain, Italy and the U.K. is exacerbating drought and wildfires and threatening human health

    I’m seeing tons of anger and blame towards climate change deniers in blogs and social media posts all over.

    Some are already calling for climate change deniers heads-blood.

    LMAO I only pray they post the denier lynching videos so I can laugh even more.

    Fake mak the denier, look out they are coming for you. Do you have a preference? Stoning, hanging, dragged by a horse, the rack?

  10. Cloggie on Wed, 20th Jul 2022 7:39 am 

    Now you’re talking! German energy giant RWE teams up with small Dutch partner Solarduck to realize a 5 MW floating solar platform in the North Sea, in between wind turbines:

    The 55k km2 of the Dutch part of the North Sea in theory suffices to generate enough primary energy to power half of the planet.

    There are no energy problems.

  11. makati1 on Thu, 21st Jul 2022 5:22 pm 

    Some here are obviously jealous of my secure and enjoyable location. So be it. Better to be seated safely in the audience than in the arena with the lions.

    What “climate change” I have not noticed it being hotter here. In fact, it is the coolest summer in years. Usually, by now, we have had a few days in the mid to upper 90s but not yet. Only 80s.

    Of course climates change, but it is only human arrogance that believe they can do anything about it. The green/climate bullshit is nothing more than The Great Reset propaganda that only fools believe. Hows that “renewable” energy thingy going for you Europe? LOL

    Even Amerika is ‘feeling the heat’ from Schwab’s megalomaniac plan to “change the world”.

    When winter sets in in the northern hemisphere, many things will change for the West and it will not be pretty. Pass the pretzels and San Mig. The show is heating up. ^_^

  12. Cloggie on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 8:53 am 

    Mean Vladimir Putin depriving poor Europeans of natural gas, just because they insist on delivering weapons to Ukrainians, it’s not fair!

    Never mind, the Dutch could come to the rescue of Europe:

    “EU Gas Shortages – Holland Coming to the Rescue?”

  13. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 12:32 pm 

    makati1 proves climate change is a hoax because he does not feel hot.

    OMG the scientists of the world will now hide in shame until the end of their days after that masterful piece of logic.

    Fake mak will next argue that a round (spherical) earth is not possible because if was round he would have fallen off long ago.

    Mak is living proof that the US should at the very least allow limited abortion in case when people like Mak’s father fucks his own sister and shits out yet another inbred dumb fuck average American like mak.

  14. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 12:34 pm 

    “Heat is unstoppable in China and also in nearby Taiwan: After weeks of being close to the record, on 21st July Taiwan recorded its highest temperature in history with 40.7C /105.3F at Yuli (Hualien county).

    “Also, all time high at Sanmen, China with 41.8C / 107.2F. Temperatures will keep rising.”

  15. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 12:36 pm 

    China endures summer of extreme weather as record rainfall and scorching heat wave cause havoc

    “Towns and farmlands inundated by floods, homes and roads buried by landslides, crops withering under scorching heat, hazmat-suited Covid workers collapsing from heatstroke.

    Since summer began, scenes of devastation and misery have been playing out across China as the world’s most populous nation grapples with an unrelenting torrent of extreme weather emergencies.

    Scientists have been warning for years that the climate crisis would amplify extreme weather, making it deadlier and more frequent. Now, like much of the world, China is reeling from its impact.”

  16. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 12:40 pm 

    Massive sandstorm in northwest China plunges towns into darkness

    Greenpeace: Climate Change Increasing the Frequency and Severity of Seasonal Sand Storms, Causing Significant Health and Economic Impacts

  17. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 3:39 pm 

    “How Fossil Fuels Made the Human Race Dependent on a Finite Resource”

    So fossil fuels have made humans dependent on fossil fuels? I

    I see an insight of the year award in your near future.

    Dependent as in the adult undergarment that clog and mak wear or like a junkie dependent?

    See Maximum Power Principle. It has more explanatory power than the humans ceaseless and ceaselessly boring morality tales.

    The humans are a slave to evolution and the MPP. In fact, none of you has ever made a real choice in your entire existence.

    The purpose of life is to disperse energy

    “The truly dangerous ideas in science tend to be those that threaten the collective ego of humanity and knock us further off our pedestal of centrality. The Copernican Revolution abruptly dislodged humans from the center of the universe. The Darwinian Revolution yanked Homo sapiens from the pinnacle of life. Today another menacing revolution sits at the horizon of knowledge, patiently awaiting broad realization by the same egotistical species.

    The dangerous idea is this: the purpose of life is to disperse energy.

    Many of us are at least somewhat familiar with the second law of thermodynamics, the unwavering propensity of energy to disperse and, in doing so, transition from high quality to low quality forms. More generally, as stated by ecologist Eric Schneider, “nature abhors a gradient,” where a gradient is simply a difference over a distance — for example, in temperature or pressure. Open physical systems — including those of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere — all embody this law, being driven by the dispersal of energy, particularly the flow of heat, continually attempting to achieve equilibrium. Phenomena as diverse as lithospheric plate motions, the northward flow of the Gulf Stream, and occurrence of deadly hurricanes are all examples of second law manifestations.

    There is growing evidence that life, the biosphere, is no different. It has often been said the life’s complexity contravenes the second law, indicating the work either of a deity or some unknown natural process, depending on one’s bias. Yet the evolution of life and the dynamics of ecosystems obey the second law mandate, functioning in large part to dissipate energy. They do so not by burning brightly and disappearing, like a fire torching a forest, but through stable metabolic cycles that store chemical energy and continually reduce the solar gradient. Photosynthetic plants, bacteria, and algae capture energy from the sun and form the core of all food webs.

    Virtually all organisms, including humans, are, in a real sense, sunlight transmogrified, temporary waypoints in the flow of energy. Ecological succession, viewed from a thermodynamic perspective, is a process that maximizes the capture and degradation of energy. Similarly, the tendency for life to become more complex over the past 3.5 billion years (as well as the overall increase in biomass and organismal diversity through time) is not due simply to natural selection, as most evolutionists still argue, but also to nature’s “efforts” to grab more and more of the sun’s flow. The slow burn that characterizes life enables ecological systems to persist over deep time, changing in response to external and internal perturbations.

    Ecology has been summarized by the pithy statement, “energy flows, matter cycles. ” Yet this maxim applies equally to complex systems in the non-living world; indeed it literally unites the biosphere with the physical realm. More and more, it appears that complex, cycling, swirling systems of matter have a natural tendency to emerge in the face of energy gradients. This recurrent phenomenon may even have been the driving force behind life’s origins.

    This idea is not new, and is certainly not mine. Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger was one of the first to articulate the hypothesis, as part of his famous “What is Life” lectures in Dublin in 1943. More recently, Jeffrey Wicken, Harold Morowitz, Eric Schneider and others have taken this concept considerably further, buoyed by results from a range of studies, particularly within ecology. Schneider and Dorian Sagan provide an excellent summary of this hypothesis in their recent book, “Into the Cool”.

    The concept of life as energy flow, once fully digested, is profound. Just as Darwin fundamentally connected humans to the non-human world, a thermodynamic perspective connects life inextricably to the non-living world. This dangerous idea, once broadly distributed and understood, is likely to provoke reaction from many sectors, including religion and science. The wondrous diversity and complexity of life through time, far from being the product of intelligent design, is a natural phenomenon intimately linked to the physical realm of energy flow.

    Moreover, evolution is not driven by the machinations of selfish genes propagating themselves through countless millennia. Rather, ecology and evolution together operate as a highly successful, extremely persistent means of reducing the gradient generated by our nearest star. In my view, evolutionary theory (the process, not the fact of evolution!) and biology generally are headed for a major overhaul once investigators fully comprehend the notion that the complex systems of earth, air, water, and life are not only interconnected, but interdependent, cycling matter in order to maintain the flow of energy.

    Although this statement addresses only naturalistic function and is mute with regard to spiritual meaning, it is likely to have deep effects outside of science. In particular, broad understanding of life’s role in dispersing energy has great potential to help humans reconnect both to nature and to planet’s physical systems at a key moment in our species’ history.”

  18. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 22nd Jul 2022 3:59 pm 

    [b]Wednesday’s record rains in Bangkok cripple the centre of the city[/b]

    “Wednesday night’s downpour wasn’t just torrential,[b] it was record-breaking![/b] It was the highest rainfall recorded in 67 years in some areas of the centre of the Thai capital. Even the 20 baht convenience store raincoats were no match for the downpour.

    Rainfall measured at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre in Khlong Toei district on Wednesday night was 132.5mm, surpassing the earlier record of 108mm on July 30th, 1955.

    Over 100mm of rain poured into Khlong Toei and Bang Na, the central districts of Bangkok, on Wednesday evening, with more downpours predicted today and over the weekend.

    In the Khlong Toei district, which takes in the area south of Sukhumvit Road to the Chao Phraya, rainfall was measured at 130.3mm, breaking a 26 year old record. And in Bang Na, 126mm was recorded, the heaviest in eight years.

    In Min Buri district, north of Suvarnabhumi Airport, 165mm of rainfall was recorded for the whole day on Wednesday.

    On Nut 71 and 39 were still under water during yesterday’s morning and afternoon peak, slowing traffic and forcing additional passengers onto the BTS.

    Traffic in the Wattana business district was also crawling yesterday morning as both cars and foot traffic had to wade through the draining waters.”

  19. Doodle Jump on Thu, 18th May 2023 4:42 am 

    Can I share it?

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