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Get the F*** Off Fossil Fuels

Almost all conversations with every other parent of late includes “Have you read Go the Fuck to Sleep yet? Have you heard Samuel Jackson read it?….” It is safe to say that the book touches a nerve. And it is extraordinarily funny, and it does evoke precisely the reactions that most of us have trouble…

One of my many other hats is the one I wear as a member of the ASPO-USA board and editor of the Peak Oil Review Commentary. My favorite kind of commentary is the one that puts together short pieces from a lot of thinkers, all answering the same question – and this must be the…

Far be it from me to laud cuts in spending on critical things like energy analysis…but I admit I can’t work up a good head of steam about the cuts in the EIA budget. After all, the EIA has managed to consistently get it wrong on oil reserves. Here’s what happened: The final fiscal year…

There’s a very good piece in the Guardian about the ways that Eastern Japan’s energy crisis is a model for experiences we might have in the future: For large parts of eastern Japan that were not directly hit by the tsunami on 11 March 2011, including the nation’s capital, the current state of affairs feels…

The Oil Drum has a well-referenced, thoughtful summary of the present situation at Fukushima – bad and getting worse as it gets harder and harder for workers to get close to the facility. The word “entombment” has been mentioned – which may be the only viable outcome. More than a million Japanese people risk losing…

Over the years I know a lot of people who have asked whether I get frustrated with other people’s denial about energy and environmental issues. I do, but most of the time I’m pretty good at not allowing it to get to me. Yesterday, however, I just snapped. After a phone conversation with a news…

I had been mulling over precisely how to frame this piece for a while, when I read Erik Lindberg’s “This Is a Peak Oil Story.” which admirably gets at the essential point that I’ve been wanting to make – that our collective crisis comes to all of us at different times and different ways than…

The phrase “oil shock” is being thrown around a lot in the national news, and events in Tripoli at the moment seem to be reinforcing the idea that we’re facing an extended period of instability, and possibly a new cycle of oil price increases and the stress on personal and public economies that accompany rising…

Understanding the Implications of Libya

Two good recent articles on the implications for oil prices and production of the situation in Libya. First, Tom Whipple’s always cogent overall analysis: While the 1.6 million barrels a day (b/d) that the Libyans pumped in January may not appear significant in a world that produces some 88 million barrels each day, we should…

Saudi Oil WikiLeaks

It was only a matter of time – Bart Anderson of Energy Bulletin even predicted it in the ASPO-USA predictions piece I put together this December! From the Guardian: The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its…