Michael Klare: “The New Thirty Years’ War”

Editor’s Note: I missed this article when it was originally published back in June, but not only is it still current, it will be current and relevant 30 years from now, as will most of Michael Klare’s writings. Reprinted from Tomdispatch.com (June 26, 2011) By Michael T. Klare A 30-year war for energy preeminence?  You […]

America and Oil Declining Together?

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.com by Michael Klare America and Oil.  It’s like bacon and eggs, Batman and Robin.  As the old song lyric went, you can’t have one without the other.  Once upon a time, it was also a surefire formula for national greatness and global preeminence.  Now, it’s a guarantee of a trip to […]

The Economics of Happiness

Remarkably, the following 3-minute trailer for the documentary, The Economics of Happiness, manages to clearly express the high points of an understanding of peak oil, as well as the rational response to peak oil: localization (as promoted by Nevada County’s own APPLE, Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy). See also the excellent article on the […]

James Howard Kunstler: “The Revolutionary Moment”

Originally published in Clusterfuck Nation on December 13, 2010. Reprinted with permission of the author. by James Howard Kunstler I overheard a conversation between two employees over at the Price Chopper supermarket last week. (The Price Chopper logo is a picture of a Mercury dime with an ax cleaving into Mercury’s head; in other words, an […]

H2Oil: Video of the Biggest Unsustainable Project on Planet Earth

The Alberta tar sands are now the largest single source of crude oil imports into the United States, ahead of Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela (the next biggest sources in that order). It takes up to four barrels of water to produce one barrel of oil extracted from the tar sands. The water is drawn from […]

300 Years of Fossil-Fueled Addiction in 5 Minutes

Here’s a nice little animated history of fossil fuels (below, about 5 minutes long), produced by the Post Carbon Institute. I recognize the voice of Richard Heinberg as the narrator, so you can be sure the technical presentation is reliable. But Jonathan Hiskes, writing about this video in Grist, complains that it lacks advice on […]

“Past Peak Oil, Travelling Towards Transition”

Anita Sanchez is an environmentalist and a “designer of visions” (my phrase, not hers). She creates what she calls “eco animations.” The following short animation (see video below) superimposes a piece of the history of industrialization on the likely peak oil timeline (where peak occurs at least by mid 21st century). The beauty of her […]

More Signs That Peak Oil Thinking Has Become Mainstream

A new report, produced jointly by Lloyd’s of London and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (aka Chatham House), concludes that “we are heading towards a global oil supply crunch and price spike … companies which are able to plan for and take advantage of this new energy reality will increase both their resilience and competitiveness. […]

APPLE: Peak Oil in 30 Minutes Flat

Download a PDF (724kB – 32 slides) of the presentation by clicking the image below. Not included in the PDF, but shown here below it, is a seven minute video clip from “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”. We show the video clip as a part of the presentation – it’s one […]

An Interview with Peter North, author of ‘Local Money’

Reprinted with permission from Transition Culture Pete North’s new book ‘Local Money: how to make it happen in your community’ will be formally launched at the 2010 Transition Network conference and will be available to order here at the end of this week.  The latest book in the Transition Books series, ‘Local Money’ is a comprehensive overview of […]