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The Peak Oil Crisis: When?
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Blog item  Aug-29-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     GuestWriter GuestWriter

Aerial view via amymyou/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 SA license.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2014 by Tom Whipple, Post Carbon Institute

For those following the world oil production situation, it has been clear for some time that the only factor keeping global crude output from moving lower is the continuing increase in U.S. shale oil production, mostly from Texas and North Dakota. Needless to say, once the fabled "peak" comes oil and gasoline prices are certain to move higher, triggering a series of economic events – most of which will not be good for the global economy.

Thus the key question is just how many more months or years production of U.S. shale oil (more accurately call light tight oil) will continue to grow. Many have answers to this question ranging from... See entire blog item

Dr. James Hansen Talks On Long Island
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News item  Aug-4-2013       ScottCarlin

Climate scientist James Hansen gave a 30 minute talk in Sagaponack, NY on Friday, Aug 2.  He backs a fee and dividend approach to reducing fossil fuel use.  This idea has been taken up nationally by the Citizens Climate Lobby.   A national carbon fee would slow rise over time; 100% of these proceeds would be returned back to citizens. 

He cited Friday's New York Times Op Ed, A Republican Case for Climate Change, by former EPA administrators who back Obama's new climate plan. ... See entire news item


Why Should Nuke Guarantees Cost Less Than Home Or Student Loans?
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Blog item  Jul-5-2012       NoNukes   NoNukes

Bottom of containment vessel for new Vogtle plantThe Department of Energy wants to give the Southern Company a nuclear power loan guarantee at better interest rates than you can get on a student loan. And unlike a home mortgage, there may be no down payment. 

Why? 

The terms DOE is offering the builders of the Vogtle atomic reactors have only become partially public through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. ... See entire blog item


Obama's Atomic Solyndra?
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Blog item  Apr-18-2012 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       NoNukes   NoNukes

Secretary Chu and Tom Fanning at a Plant Vogtle tour on February 15, 2012.The future of nuclear power now hangs on a single decision by President Obama---and us.

His Office of Management and Budget could cave to the unsustainable demands of reactor builders who cannot handle the standard terms of a loan agreement.

Or he could defend basic financial procedures and stand up for the future of the American economy.

You can help make this decision, which will come soon.

It's about a proposed $8.33 billion nuke power loan guarantee package for two reactors being built at Georgia's Vogtle.   Obama anointed it last year for the Southern Company, parent to Georgia Power.  Two other reactors sporadically operate there.  Southern just ravaged the new construction side of the site, stripping virtually all vegetation.

It's also stripped Georgia ratepayers of ever-more millions of dollars, soon to... See entire blog item


Flexible Emission Fees Set New Direction Towards Sustainable Development?
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Blog item  Apr-17-2012       stevehinton   stevehinton

A recent report from The Nordic Council of Ministers ( title: Flexible Emission Fees: an incentive for driving sustainable production and consumption) is optimistic that growth and environmental goals can be reconciled. If the conclusions of the report can be implemented, it could set a new direction towards sustainable development.

The starting point for the investigation that forms the basis of the report is an economic innovation from Swedish engine innovator, Anders Höglund, from the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation. Höglund postulated that the principles of control engineering that he had applied to make diesel engines burn clean could be applied to the economy. '

Control technology is the application of control devices to a process to ensure it performs to requirements. In the case of the engine, advanced micro-processor and sensing technology is applied to a rather "dirty" invention like the diesel engine. Fast feedback, computer control and some final stage cleaning ensure that the combustion in the engine is controlled precisely. The height of control technology is possibly the modern fighter jet that is unstable without the help of the advanced computer control.

In the old days, the economy was paper-controlled;... See entire blog item


The Shrinking Pie: Post-Growth Geopolitics
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Blog item  Jul-7-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

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By Richard Heinberg (June 16, 2011)

Post-Growth Geopolitics

As nations compete for currency advantages, they are also eyeing the world's diminishing resources—fossil fuels, minerals, agricultural land, and water. Resource wars have been fought since the dawn of history, but today the competition is entering a new phase.

Nations need increasing amounts of energy and materials to produce economic growth, but—as we have seen—the costs of supplying new increments of energy and materials are increasing. In many cases all that remains are lower-quality resources that have high extraction costs. In some instances, securing access to these resources requires military expenditures as well. Meanwhile the struggle for the control of resources is re-aligning... See entire blog item


Peak Oil - The Clear And Present Danger
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Blog item  Jul-3-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

 

By Euan Mearns

 

Global oil production as shown by various methods of measuring; agreement among these methods is clear in this graphic. Click for full-sized display.

 

Global oil production (crude oil plus condensate) has been on a plateau / in decline for 7 years, resulting in high energy prices that are feeding inflation, eroding family budgets and crippling the World economy. It is time for the international political community to awaken to the risks posed by Peak Oil. A British Government report published last week under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request makes clear that civil servants working at the UK department of... See entire blog item


Fukushima Spews, Los Alamos Burns, Vermont Rages & We've Almost Lost Nebraska
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Blog item  Jun-29-2011       NoNukes   NoNukes

Humankind is now threatened by the simultaneous implosion, explosion, incineration, courtroom contempt and drowning of its most lethal industry.

We know only two things for certain:  worse is yet to come, and those in charge are lying about it---at least to the extent of what they actually know, which is nowhere near enough.

Indeed, the assurances from the nuke power industry continue to flow like the floodwaters now swamping the Missouri Valley heartland.

But major breakthroughs have come from a Pennsylvania Senator and New York's Governor on issues of evacuation and shut-down. And a public campaign for an end to loan guarantees could put an end to the US industry once and for all.

 

FUKUSHIMA:  The bad news continues to bleed from Japan with no end in sight. The "light at the end of the tunnel" is an out-of-contro... See entire blog item


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"Sandbags" and "nuclear power plants" should not be in the same sentence.


Flood Berm Collapses At Nebraska Nuclear Plant
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News item  Jun-27-2011       TheTeam

BROWNVILLE, Neb. — A berm holding the flooded Missouri River back from a Nebraska nuclear power station collapsed early Sunday, but federal regulators said they were monitoring the situation and there was no danger.

The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station shut down in early April for refueling, and there is no water inside the plant, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said. Also, the river is not expected to rise higher than the level the plant was designed to handle. NRC spokesman Victor Dricks said the plant remains safe.

The federal commission had inspectors at the plant 20 miles north of Omaha when the 2,000-foot berm collapsed about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Water surrounded the auxiliary and containment buildings at the plant, it said in a statement.... ... See entire news item


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