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Ron Cooke: Who Do We Blame for America’s Financial Mess?

06 Oct 2008
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Ron Cooke, the Cultural Economist, runs down the list of government agencies that should have seen this economic crisis coming.
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Richard Heinberg's Museletter: Various Musings

29 Sep 2008
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This month's issue is a compilation of several recent short writings. The last of these, a set of frequently asked questions about Peak Oil, is a work in progress that will appear in expanded form at www.postcarbon.org. Museletter #198.
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: New Coal Technologies

02 Sep 2008
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For coal, the future of both extraction and consumption depends on new technology. If successfully deployed, innovative technologies could enable the use of coal that is unminable by gasifying it underground; reduce coal's carbon emissions; or allow coal to take the place of natural gas or petroleum. Without them, coal simply may not have much of a future. Are these technologies close to development? Are they economical? Will they work? Museletter #197.
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Debbie Cook: Abandon 19th Century Fuels and Move Toward 21st Century Reponses

25 Aug 2008
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Mayor, U.S. Congressional candidate, and Post Carbon Institute Board member Debbie Cook tackles U.S. discourse on energy issues.
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Ron Cooke: The Perfect (Economic) Storm

10 Aug 2008
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Ron Cooke, the Cultural Economist, gives a meteorological description of the perfect economic storm he sees on the horizon.
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Richard Heinberg: Oil Price Falls! Peak Oil a Non-Problem!

07 Aug 2008 |
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Two weeks ago, oil was soaring toward $150 a barrel; now it’s nosediving to $120 and may even see $100 again. Popular discourse is eager to use this as evidence for dimissing peak oil.  Not so fast, says Richard Heinberg. 
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Coal and Climate

04 Aug 2008
View all related to Climate Change | Coal | Energy | Museletter
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Recent reports on global coal reserves, surveyed in previous chapters, generally point to the likelihood of supply limits appearing relatively soon—within the next two decades (a contrary view is represented solely by the BGR report ["Lignite and Hard Coal: Energy Suppliers for World Needs until the Year 2100 – An Outlook," 2007]). According to this near-consensus, coal output in China, the world's foremost producer, could begin to decline within just a few years. MuseLetter 196.
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The Story of Joe Average and Jane Median : A Simple Climate Tax Scheme

04 Aug 2008
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A proposal for a fuel levy that could help reduce fossil fuel use - with a story that illustrates how important the structure of such measures could be to their eventual effectiveness.
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Want Cheap Oil? Reduce Demand!

05 Jul 2008
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Richard Heinberg dips into the economic realities of oil prices. How do we reconcile oil industry claims that there's plenty of oil out there with a lived reality of ever-rising prices?
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Airbus And Boeing Face A Dark And Painful Future

01 Jul 2008
View all related to air travel | aircraft manufacture | biofuels | Kristen Lagadec

Former Airbus insider, Kristen Lagadec, explains to GlobalPublicMedia why high oil prices are even more painful for aircraft manufacturers than for the airlines, who are already suffering.