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February 13, 2011

Peak Oil And Changing Climate

Filed under: economics, environment — Tags: , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:41 am

The Nation magazine has started producing a series of videos on this subject.  The first video, linked below, features Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg and others talking about the decline in the world’s oil supply and the concurrent increase in global warming.  This video is 20 minutes long, but it is important, and you are urged to watch it.

January 17, 2011

Peak Oil Is Here

Filed under: environment — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:29 pm

In case you missed it, yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Magazine contained an article on oil discovery prospects in Angola titled “The Will to Drill.” It’s an interesting article in its own right, but I noted in particular the author’s observation that “… the industry’s faith in a limitless future has begun to diminish. The International Energy Agency — which had until recently been optimistic about oil — concluded last fall that the world has very likely already passed its peak oil production.”

The IEA’s conclusion that we have probably already passed global Peak Oil was reported a couple months ago but has received relatively little coverage or comment. It deserves more. All of us were born into a world in which oil extraction and use has continually increased. The global perpetual-growth economy is premised on the availability of ever-greater quantities of energy, almost all of which currently comes from fossil fuels. 95% of our motor fuel comes from petroleum. Most of our plastics, pharmaceuticals, and fabrics derive from petroleum. The world we are now entering — a world of ever-decreasing petroleum coupled with ever-increasing population — will be radically different from the one to which we are accustomed. The implications for all aspects of the remainder of our lives (and our childrens’) are enormous and deserve serious thought and public discussion.

The article can be found here:

December 21, 2010

How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Filed under: economics, films — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:23 am

In 1990, when the Soviet Union collapsed, their shipments of oil to Cuba abruptly ended, and Cuba faced a “peak oil” situation similar to what we will soon face.  “The Power of Community,” a documentary about how the Cuban people and the Castro government coped was shown last night at a Transition Town meeting in Philadelphia.  This website will tell you more about this incredible film (which can be purchased at a very low price from Amazon).  Everyone should see it.