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Richard Heinberg & oil

Richard Heinberg on KZYX's The Party's Over

22 Nov 2004 |
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Speaking about the banquet of consequences when oil supplies dwindle.
William Rees

Energy Supply and Pricing for a Sustainable Future

13 Dec 2004
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The reality is, that for all the paper wealth being generated by the so-called knowledge-based economy, Canada’s entire post-industrial economy still floats on an ‘old economy’ pool of oil and gas. No wonder that in recent years Canadians have been taken aback by wild swings in the market supply and pricing of gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, and natural gas.
Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg's Closing Address for 2004 Peak Oil Conference

28 Jul 2004
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We have only a dwindling amount of time to build lifeboats—that is, the needed alternative infrastructure. It has been clear for at least 30 years what characteristics this should have—organic, small-scale, local, convivial, cooperative, slower paced, human-oriented rather than machine-oriented, agrarian, diverse, democratic, culturally rich, and ecologically sustainable. We have known for a long time that the status quo—a society that is machine-oriented, competitive, inequitable, fast-paced, globalized, monocultural, corporate-dominated—is deadening to the human spirit and ecologically unsustainable
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Kéllia Ramares reports on Peak Oil on Pacifica Station KPFA

31 Aug 2004
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Kéllia Ramares speaks with Colin Campbell, Richard Heinberg, Dale Alan Pfeiffer, Julian Darley, Matt Simmons, Ali Samsam Bakhtiari, and others.
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Richard Heinberg

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Richard Heinberg is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators, having delivered hundreds of lectures on oil depletion to a wide variety of audiences around the world. He is the award-winning author of eight books including:
The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies; Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World;

Richard Heinberg & oil

Richard Heinberg on Abiotic Oil

29 Aug 2004
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In recent months a few of the many web sites that challenge the official account of the events of 9/11/2001 have also attacked the idea of peak oil. I would prefer to ignore this controversy - and there are good reasons for doing so, as some of these web sites lack credibility on other counts; nevertheless, as these sites are magnets for large numbers of people who are just beginning to find their way out of the consensus societal trance, they appear to be doing some palpable harm. I have received at least a couple of dozen e-mails from sincere people wanting to know my response to claims that "peak oil" is a scam, and that oil is actually an inexhaustible resource. So, once and for all, here is my take on the abiotic oil controversy.
Paul Ehrlich

Paul Ehrlich and Julian Darley on KPFA's Morning Show

10 Mar 2003 |
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The basic thesis of the book is that the scientific community knows very well that we are overstressing the life-support systems of the planet, which has been stated many times by many distinguished groups. One of the main things we’re doing, of course, is trying desperately to maintain supplies of fossil fuels and keep burning them, even though we shouldn’t be, because of what we’re doing to the climate of the planet. That’s why we’re in Iraq, and that’s the only reason we’re in Iraq. And the reason we keep doing it is, there’s a very bad maldistribution of power in our society that permits certain groups to just keep going, even though we’re destroying the life-support systems that our children and grandchildren are desperately going to need.
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James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of four non-fiction works on cities and the challenges facing American society, including: The Geography of Nowhere; Home From Nowhere; The City in Mind; and his ground-breaking book on the peak oil crisis, The Long Emergency (Grove-Atlantic, 2005). His most recent work is the fictional World Made by Hand, a novel of America's post-oil future.

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Dr. William Rees speaks with Julian Darley

31 Dec 2004 |
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"One of the major problems facing the world today of course is potential climate change because of the accumulation of green house gasses. This implies that the so called carbon sink function of ecosystems has been filled and indeed is overflowing. So one of the components of our ecological footprint calculations initially was to determine what would the carbon sink area need; how much dedicated carbon sink forest or agriculture land would you need in order to assimilate the current output of carbon dioxide originating from fossil fuel." - Dr. William Rees

Julian Darley

Julian Darley's Letter from Earth #1

30 Aug 2005
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Why the end of cheap oil will soon be permament and why the only long-term answer is to reduce hydrocarbon consumption radically