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Peak Oil, International Trade And Population

CounterCurrents, 30 December 2010

Oil is a finite resource! Eventually the oil remaining on the planet will be exhausted and no longer able to be used by humanity. Peak oil can be defined in two ways— The first way is when total amount of oil withdrawn from the earth for use by humanity starts to decline; example— in year one 100 barrels of oil are withdrawn, in year two 120 barr

The Peak Oil Crisis: 2011 ֠A Pivotal Year?

CounterCurrents, 30 December 2010

Wall Street is getting nervous. As oil prices continue to creep up and as more evidence accumulates that the age of ever-growing energy production and economic growth is coming to an end, a specter is haunting the great investment banks and brokerage houses of New York. For five years now Wall Street and its chorus in the financial media have ignore

Musings: EIA Forecasts More Shale Gas Resources And Greater Use

Rigzone, 27 December 2010

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2011 (AEO2011) Early Release Overview last week that dramatically increased its estimate of technically recoverable unproved shale gas resources and raised its forecast of the amount of natural gas to be consumed in the future.

Burglary team stripping vacant L.A. buildings bare

LA Times, 24 December 2010

A team of burglars has been roaming the streets of downtown Los Angeles, search for aging, vacant buildings they can strip bare. Over the last year, at least four buildings have been stripped clear of copper wiring and other metals during brazen heists that often take days to complete. Police estimate each job can yield $1 million or more in metals — and cost much more for property owners to repair the damage.

Economic Optimism? Yes, IӬl Take That Bet

New York Times, 27 December 2010

Five years ago, Matthew R. Simmons and I bet $5,000. It was a wager about the future of energy supplies — a Malthusian pessimist versus a Cornucopian optimist — and now the day of reckoning is nigh: Jan. 1, 2011.

Sustainable Population Draft paper

The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities' Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia issues paper open for public comment – submissions close Tuesday 1 March 2011. Make a submission here:



Nomination for best paper at the 2010 Australian Transport Research Forum

The Institute for Sensible Transport paper ’Oil Vulnerability in Melbourne’ was presented at this year’s Australian Transport Research Forum and nominated for the best paper award.  The paper showed some dramatic differences in transport and income patterns across Melbourne’s local government areas, wit

S. American mountains hold key to electric car’s future: lithium for batteries

Washington Post, 17 December 2010

IN SUSQUES, ARGENTINA It's the lightest of all metals, skitters wildly on water and can unexpectedly explode. To mine it commercially requires an elaborate process involving drilling, evaporation tanks and chemical processing.

The U.S.S. Prius

New York Times, 18 December 2010

As I was saying, the thing I love most about America is that there’s always somebody here who doesn’t get the word — and they go out and do the right thing or invent the new thing, no matter what’s going on politically or economically. And what could save America’s energy future — at a time when a fraudulent, anti-science campaign funded largely by Big Oil and Big Coal has blocked Congress from passing any clea

Does Peak Oil Even Matter?

CounterCurrents, 17 December 2010

And indeed the evolution of oil production seems to verify these sentiments, as technology now exists to exploit oil from tar sand resources or to convert coal and gas to various oil derivatives. Considering that all of these resources can produce oil, and that there are decades (according to the WEO) of these resources remaining, does peak conventional oil even matter?

In short, yes.