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There’s a great interview with Chris Nelder on why oil triumphalism is mistaken, and what that means for a whole host of things, including oil prices: P: Now what about prices? We’ve seen oil prices soar from around $40 per barrel in 2004 to $140 per barrel in 2008. And nowadays, prices in the $100…

Food-But-No-Fuel, Fuel-But-No-Food

Interesting about the ways climate change will impact Saudi Arabia’s agriculture – already strained pretty much to the limit by inhospitable heat and drought: The difference between ETo and precipitation indicates that there may be a loss of soil moisture by 0.181 m/year (0.042–0.236 m/year) during the period of 2011 through 2050. Increase in temperature was…

Wanna Burn Shale for the Winter?

Randy Udall at The Oil Drum puts shale “oil”  in clear perspective: Let’s try a redneck experiment. Winter’s coming, and I’m willing to pay $1,000 to the first Coloradan who decides to heat their house with oil shale. I’ll deliver it in October, free of charge. Such an experiment would teach you a lot. First,…

It is pretty simple – if oil resources are finite, how do you gauge the value of different oil uses?  Ultimately, a use of oil should meet one of two simple criteria: 1. Does it reduce long term oil usage, as required by the reality of finite-ness? 2. Does it do something that nothing but…

AP Wire –  As it heads rapidly towards energy independence,  the US has been dubbed “The New Middle East”  by Energy Department officials, hoping desperately that it will be true.  Slightly rising oil production, a lot of shuffling paper around to make “liquids” look like oil, and a new policy of fostering internal discord and…

The Dinner Party

I was asked this by a friend recently, and it has been stuck in my head (even though the whole idea requires an egomaniacal suspension of disbelief) – “If you could sit down to dinner with the people you think see the world we’re in most clearly and spend dinner working on how to change…

New EIA Data

The EIA, unlike the IEA, has been strident in its dismissal of peak oil. But the data that the EIA publishes tells a very different story than the one it wants us to hear. Gail the Actuary has a really good analysis up at the Oil Drum.. The essential message – that crude oil production…

I would like to create more oil. Specifically, I’d like to create it up on my field – a gusher of light, sweet crude would be just the thing to fund my farming habit, plus provide some neat little tax benefits. Rural upstate New York has a sad lack of oil fields, and given its…

The always-thoughtful Gail Tverberg has a great post that simply shows in visual terms the history of world energy consumption – well worth a look. I’ve reproduced one of her graphs here, but please read the whole thing. One graph not in her post (not suggesting it should be, but I like the contrast) is…

Oil’s Tipping Point in _Nature_

What I think is most important about the Nature article (unfortunately behind a paywall – Energy Bulletin has a summary here) is that part of its underlying presence is that it is possible to make major changes in the use of fossil fuels on the peak oil issue in ways it is not possible to…