Author Archives: energyskeptic

Peak Soil: Why Biofuels are Not Sustainable and a Threat to America’s National Security

Alice Friedemann.  2007.   Last updated April 18, 2014 “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself”, President Franklin D. Roosevelt There’s growing public attention from the people, all the way on down to the President, about biomass potential for energy.  … Continue reading

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Lester Brown on Water shortages, Climate Change, Soil Erosion, Decreasing Crop Yields

Institute of Medicine. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014. BIOFUELS AND THE WORLD FOOD ECONOMY The session’s first speaker was Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth … Continue reading

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Have Cash by Nicole Foss July 3, 2010

Since we at The Automatic Earth generally tell people to hold cash or cash equivalents, it makes sense to expand on that a little, and to point out some of the location-specific risks of doing so. We tell people to … Continue reading

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Fannie & Freddie started the mortgage crisis

Reckless Endangerment. How outsized ambition, greed, and corruption led to Economic Armageddon 2011 by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner This book makes the case that Fannie & Freddie started the mortgage crisis and then Wall Street got in on the … Continue reading

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Tax avoidance

8% of the global financial wealth of households is held in tax havens, 75% of which goes unrecorded Gabriel Zucman. July 6, 2013.

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A book review of “Russia’s Food Policies and Globalization”

by Alice Friedemann Wegren, Stephen K.  Russia’s Food Policies and Globalization. 2005. Lexington Books. Governments that can’t feed their people lose their legitimacy and risk widespread social unrest.  The Russian government has made many mistakes in the past, such as … Continue reading

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The need for trust

Beyond the Trust Horizon  Oct 1, 2010  Nicole Foss   theautomatic earth Relationships of trust are the glue that holds societies together. Trust takes a long time to establish, and much less time to destroy, hence societies where trust is wide-spread, … Continue reading

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The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill

THE MURDERER NEXT DOOR: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill, David M Buss http://www.amazon.com/Murderer-Next-Door-Mind-Designed/dp/0143037056 [pp. 36-44] THE COMPETITIVE LEGACY OF OUR ANCESTORS Every breath we take we owe to our ancestors-an unimaginably long and unbroken line of forebears who managed to … Continue reading

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Energy Slaves

Many people have taken a crack at estimating how much muscle power the energy contained within oil represents.  Although each comes up with different results, they all show how powerful oil is and how angry our descendants will be that … Continue reading

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Energy Primers

Professors and other energy experts have presentations that will help you understand our energy predicament. Tad Patzek Powering the World: Offshore Oil & Gas Production 2012 Agriculture/Biofuels/Contaminants/Ecology/Global Energy Supply Publications  1991-2012 Biofuel archive  

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