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Not Oil, “Oil”

I somehow forgot to draw your attention to Kurt Cobb’s wonderful essay on the difference between oil and “liquids” – he does a better job than anyone I know in making clear what most Americans simply don’t know about our energy – all liquid fuels are not equivalent.  We have been told by implication that they are,…

I can’t really blame George Monbiot or anyone else for buying the narrative hype.  Right now the overwhelming narrative is that we have no energy constraints at all.  Folks wonder aloud whether the US should join OPEC.  Increasingly ridiculous projections are made about the potential of shale oil and new drilling techniques.  Slight upticks are…

Fracking and Housing…

The always-thoughtful Kurt Cobb has a great piece on the intersection between the hydrofracking boom and the mortgage mess: One fact ought to tell you all you need to know about the risks faced by homeowners signing leases for natural gas drilling on their property: Wells Fargo & Company, both the largest home mortgage lender…

Kurt Cobb has a very funny essay that argues that plants and animals have joined with the climate denialists to bring about the better for them “World Without Us”: The reversal of strategy began when domestic cats and dogs watched the Life After People series on The History Channel along with their putative owners. The…

CSAs, Deflation and Japan Relief

Sundry stuff on a busy day – and a day when everyone is transfixed by world events. First, my colleage at Dean’s Corner has offered a good guide to high tech ways to donate money to Japan relief. There are 10,000 people in Japan who haven’t eaten since Friday by the best estimation, and events…

PANRC: Prelude, Part I

Just an update – all the copies of Prelude in circulation are presently going ’round, but if past experience is any guide, the books should have at least one more cycle before the end of the month. So watch here for the next announcement. In some ways I’m not the optimal audience for Kurt Cobb’s…