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Tag Archives: Peak Oil
They call the new cell ‘Synthia’: What is synthetic biology, and what, exactly, is Craig Venter up to?
The New York Times explains: In the approach toward which Dr. Venter is driving, engineers would specify the entire genetic code of a cell — essentially the software that runs the cell — on computers, making design changes as if … Continue reading
And Republicans demogogued the issue and, in the 1980s, reversed Jimmy Carter’s even very modest initiatives. Now it’s President Obama’s turn to get smacked around by the Republicans on this issue. But I think that he has to do it. It’s right … Continue reading
Richard Heinberg’s talk on peak oil is very good. Here’s part 1 of 5: And here’s part 2 of 5:
Texas oil man—and now octogenarian wind power activist—T. Boone Pickens, in an interview with Amanda Little posted at Mother Earth News, says that the world has already reached peak oil and that the U.S. better end its Middle East energy dependency pronto: Pickens doesn’t believe that … Continue reading
This evening I watched an extraordinary documentary titled A Crude Awakening (which can be found at Amazon here), and in the film three numbers jumped out at me: 25 5 2 And what do these numbers represent? 25 is the percentage … Continue reading
The Guardian today appears to have a big news scoop: The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a … Continue reading
Dr. Fatih Birol, chief economist of the International Energy Association (IEA) of Paris, thinks so. He was interviewed by Britain’s The Independent concerning Peak Oil, and the news he delivered ain’t good: [T]he first detailed assessment of more than 800 … Continue reading
The very smart collection of professional energy watchers at TheOilDrum.com have arrived at something pretty close to a consensus: Oil “peaked” in 2008. Here’s the chart they present: And here’s what they say: As everyone knows, there is never a post on … Continue reading
An interesting article, in Washington Monthly, on why rail investment should be part of the Obama economic stimulus plan, is here. Money quote: [A] study sponsored by the Virginia DOT finds that a cumulative investment over ten to twelve years … Continue reading
McCain’s “Just Witless About This Stuff”: Peak Oil Guru Matt Simmons, a Lifelong Republican and a Predictor of $500 a Barrel Oil Within the Next Decade, Says He’s Voting for Obama (Source: Fortune Magazine)
Fortune magazine just did a feature on Matt Simmons, a leading voice in the peak oil debate. Under the ominous article title, “Here comes $500 oil”, Simmons says this about John McCain and energy policy: “[McCain’s] just witless about this … Continue reading
We’ve long unveiled our Earth Mother, and easily stolen her oily milk and fruits. Maybe that’s over. Today, in the Los Angeles Times, is a front page article on the Peak Oil debate, in which dueling experts vociferously disagree with … Continue reading