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peak energy in the news:
The U.S. Congress refused to extend the 54-cents-per-gallon tariff levied against imported ethanol. By opening up the American market to imports as of January 1, 2012, the geopolitical impacts of this decision promise to be profound.
The Japanese government is launching a large-scale cleanup of the fields, forests, and villages contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But some experts caution that an overly aggressive remediation program could create a host of other environmental problems.
Many people fail to properly differentiate between energy forms and related energy systems. One result is that they can be misled regarding solutions to such concerns as “the energy crisis,” “energy security,” or “dependence on foreign oil.” This not only leads to unrealistic thinking but poor public policy. Consider three major energy forms and their differentiation.
A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including:
-Oil and the global economy
-The Iranian confrontation
-Problems for “Big oil”
-Quote of the week
– Exxon ‘loses’ Venezuela nationalisation case
– Western Oil Firms Remain as US Exits Iraq
– The US-Iran Economic War
– Japan to Express Concerns to U.S. Over Possible Iranian Oil Ban
– The end of the U.S. ethanol tariff
– Building a better suntrap
– Storehouses for Solar Energy Can Step In When the Sun Goes Down
– Complete with Threats and Astroturf, Big Oil Preps for Election Year Push
– TV: I Vote 4 Energy (spoof of API ad)
– Canada: Climate Criminal
– Why is an oil stock owning Congress member pushing to end EV tax credits?
This hefty book from a small publisher (and with an even smaller marketing budget) has sold over 10,000 copies, and its chapters have been downloaded over 20,000 times. It’s in classrooms at over 25 different colleges across the United States. People often ask what the story is behind the book. So here it is.
Richard Heinberg joins James Howard Kunstler, Nicole Foss, Dmitri Orlov and Noam Chomsky in a panel discussion. Reviewer: “These extraordinary clearseers analyse precisely the catastrophic crises which — amongst many other things — are bringing on the steady, relentless collapse of the US empire. ”
(Transcript and audio)
-Canadian crude oil production to increase 3300% by 2100
-Burning Oil to Keep Cool: The Hidden Energy Crisis in Saudi Arabia (report)
-A perilous and crucial quest – video interview with Daniel Yergin
-Brazil, short of biofuel, can’t open spigot to US
If you have followed energy issues from anywhere other than a cave on a mountain peak, you’ve probably heard technoutopians utter some variation on the following sentence two or three hundred times “We walked on the moon – of course we can do whatever it takes to shift from fossil fuels to some other source of energy.” The moon shot is perceived as the ultimate example of “put in a quarter and get out the technological outcome you want” in our history. If we could set out to put a man on the moon and do it in less than decade, can’t we do anything we want to, with just enough ingenuity?
-Josh Fox, Director of Gasland, on the Lies of Hydrofracking
-What the Frack?
-Ohio earthquake was not a natural event, expert says
-Ohio Quake Spurs Action on 5 Wells, Won’t Stop Oil and Gas Work
-Fracking Rules Show Obama on ‘Wrong Track,’ Oil Group Says
The New Year failed to ring in the customary changes this time round. The great economic hangover moves into its fourth year with many predicting that things will take a turn for the worse during 2012. Geopolitically, the standoff between the West and Iran escalated over the holiday, hoisting oil prices over $113/barrel once again.
– NYT: Oil Price Would Skyrocket if Iran Closed the Strait of Hormuz
– RT: Crude Plan: Iran war & double recession? (video)
– Iran could be bluffing in the strait of Hormuz – but can US risk calling it?
Co-operatively-owned energy generation is a vibrant and growing sector in the UK. The first co‑operatively-owned wind turbines, Baywind in Cumbria, started turning in 1997. Since then, over 7,000 individual investors have ploughed over £16 million into community-owned renewable energy. This report summarises insights gained from visits to five co-operatively owned energy projects during the summer of 2011.
In a peak oil world, no further growth is possible. If China grows, somewhere Western consumption must shrink. And “shrinking” isn’t pretty says Jeff Rubin. He’s the former CIBC markets Chief Economist, speaking at ASPO 2011 in D.C., along with oil market guru Charles Maxwell. “Economy Past Peak Oil” panel plus Radio Ecoshock interview with ASPO Italy founder Professor Ugo Bardi (author of “The Limits to Growth Revisited”) on peak oil versus climate change.
A midweekly roundup of peak oil news, including:
-Developments this week
The year ended with little change in the assessment for the prospects for global oil supplies. Despite all the hype concerning new oil finds and technological breakthroughs in oil production, these developments still are not contributing enough new oil to offset the annual decline of 3 million b/d from existing fields and the annual increase of circa 1 million b/d of new demand. The bottom line among those following this issue is that global oil production likely will start to decline in the next one to five years as depletion gets ahead of very-costly-to-produce new sources of “oil.”
At the beginning of every year, the peak oil blogosphere sees a flurry of predictions for the coming year. A surprisingly large number of these predictions are the same ones that were offered in previous years, and didn’t happen. Is this simply a matter of impaired collective memory, or is something deeper involved? The Archdruid considers the question.
– EU agrees Iran oil embargo
– Iran’s Real Weapon Of Mass Destruction Is Oil Prices
– Iran prepares bill to bar foreign warships from Persian Gulf
– Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack (Iran)
– Iran’s new show of force
– Tehran Times: U.S. presence in Persian Gulf is damaging: Iran defense minister
– Nuclear Fuel Test Won’t Hasten Iran Bomb: Experts