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Peak Moment: Peak Oil and Its Effect on Climate Change

23 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to ASPO USA 2008 | Climate Change | Energy | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
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The peak oil message is slow to gain acceptance, says energy analyst Randy Udall, because it's at odds with our optimistic It's-Morning-in-America mentality. Politicians "Don't Do Depletion." Randy describes challenges, mitigations, and exciting opportunities to create a prosperous path to a lower-energy future. In an excerpt from his presentation at the Association for the Study ofPeak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference in September 2008, the co-founder ofASPO-USA points out cornucopian myths about energy that are beingshattered by reality. His concern is that the peak oil crisis, whileless known than the climate crisis, will impact us sooner, and is notbeing factored into climate policy decisions. Peak Oil may in fact helpmoderate the climate crisis. Episode 132.
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Peak Moment: Making Financial Sense of the Coming Energy Crisis

13 Oct 2008 | |
View all related to ASPO USA 2008 | collapse | economy | Energy | Investment | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
"We are living in historic times", says financial consultant Jim Puplava. As reflected in his weekly Financial Sense Newshour, actually several hour-long podcasts, Jim has been factoring peak oil into his financial picture for several years. In this interview plus excerpts from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference in September 2008, Jim talks about the "crisis window" opened by the current 2008 global credit crunch, and deepening over the next several years as oil supply begins its permanent decline. He provides some basic investment guidance for navigating the coming "perfect financial storm," noting that our society will move of necessity from consumption to conservation. Episode 131
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Peak Moment: Meeting the Energy Challenge

25 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | government | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
View all related to Julian Darley | Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg, author of Powerdown, makes plain the dire situation we're in as declining oil supplies fail to meet demand. He notes there are no easy "supply side" solutions (like substitute fuels): we must reduce demand, initially through conservation and efficiency. Julian Darley, president of Post Carbon Institute observes that while personal action is very important, individuals can only do so much. A deeper response must come at the municipal level -- to change infrastructures on how we heat, transport, and power our society. Sharing, he notes, can bring enormous energy reductions almost immediately: after all, two people rather than one in a car cuts energy use per person in half. Bottom line: Americans love rising to a challenge. And this IS a challenge! Episode 129.
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Peak Moment: Oil and Gas -- The Next Meltdown?

02 Oct 2008 | |
View all related to ASPO USA 2008 | collapse | economy | Energy | Investment | Natural Gas | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
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Drawing parallels with the current financial meltdown, Matthew Simmons, the CEO of Simmons & Company International, expresses his alarm about gasoline stocks being the lowest in several decades and refinery production down following recent hurricanes. He warns that if there were a run on the "energy bank" by everyone topping off their gasoline tanks, the U.S. would be out of fuel in three days, and grocery shelves largely emptied in a week. In an interview plus excerpts from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference on September 22, 2008, Matt highlights the risks and vulnerabilities in the finished oil products system, and answers audience questions. Episode 130.
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Peak Moment: An Engineer Examines a Town's Energy Future

04 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | Local Energy | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | Relocalization
How much energy does a town consume? Brian Corzilius sleuthed that out for Willits, California, and got a big surprise: in this community of 13,000 people, nearly 25% of after-tax revenue leaves town to pay for energy--gas, diesel, electricity and natural gas. Episode 125.
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Reality Report: Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico

08 Sep 2008 |
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View all related to Jason Bradford | Nate Hagens
Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico are a major concern for the whole United States as our economy relies on the fossil fuels and their byproducts from the region, and Gulf ports for global trade.  This program explores how our anxiety over these storms reflects the lack of resiliency in our current energy and trade systems.  Guests are Nina Tassin, a resident of Donaldsonville Louisiana, and Nate Hagens of University of Vermont and The Oil Drum.
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Reality Report: David Holmgren and FutureScenarios.org (Part 1)

14 Jul 2008 |
View all related to Energy | horticulture | Permaculture | Reality Report
View all related to David Holmgren | Jason Bradford
Read this article in: English
The Reality Report interviews David Holmgren. David co-invented permaculture over 30 years ago and has been a practitioner and teacher ever since, both at his home in Australia and as a consultant around world. In 2002 he published the book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability that reviewed permaculture in the context of peak energy. More recently, David created a web site called Future Scenarios. With transcript.
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Coal and Climate

04 Aug 2008
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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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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Coal in China

27 Jun 2008
View all related to Coal | Energy | Museletter
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China is the world's foremost coal producer and consumer, surpassing the United States by a factor of two on both scores and accounting for 40 percent of total world production. Museletter #195.
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Coal in the United States

28 May 2008
View all related to Coal | Energy | Museletter
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The United States has the world's largest coal reserves. With energy prices constantly rising and coal considered a "cheap" alternative, Richard Heinberg's survey of the literature on coal reserves is important reading. There's reason to believe that reserves are being overestimated, as they have been through the industry's history. Museletter #194.