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Antonio Turiel: Explaining Peak Oil the Easy Way

Preface. Turiel writes an excellent blog “The oil crash” at Turiel explains eloquently why the amount of oil will decline even though there are vast pools of oil left underground. Alice Friedemann  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: … Continue reading

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Shale gas is only good for plastics, not transportation fuels

The oil industry is making more plastic because electric cars have cut gasoline use, but because shale “fracked” gas is so light plastic is about the only use. It is not a transportation fuel that can save us from the … Continue reading

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1688 Tons of material to build just 1 windmill

Preface.  The 2.3 MW wind turbine in this video weighs a lot more than the 900 tons I list later in this post, that’s just what I was able to hear in the video and it leaves at least half … Continue reading

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Plant BioInvasion threaten future crops

Preface.  Our industrial agriculture is utterly dependent on fossil fuels, which require 10 calories of energy for every food calorie produced.  Invasive weeds will make growing food even harder when fossils are gone, and since pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides … Continue reading

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Peak Phosphorus

Preface:  “Why worry about phosphate supplies? Won’t we find a substitute by then? Phosphate is the backbone of DNA and RNA. The universal energy “currency” within cells is based on the conversion of ATP to ADP, adenosine triphosphate and adenosine … Continue reading

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The rich live longer than the poor. At least 14% of wealth is hidden in tax havens

Preface. No surprises here. With peak oil close at hand, I can’t see universal healthcare and other safety nets enacted, just more and more taken away.  It is so shameful the U.S. doesn’t take care of its people, it is … Continue reading

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A conveyor belt of ocean water that loops the planet and regulates global temperatures could be heading for a tipping point

Preface. The conveyor belt (AMOC: Atlantic meridional overturning circulatin) may be slowing down. If it stops, floods, increased sea level rise, and disturbed weather systems. The recent IPCC report on climate change in oceans projects that, while the AMOC will … Continue reading

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Toxic Loans Around the World Weigh on Global Growth

Preface.  Obviously endless growth on a finite planet is impossible.  Clearly the main “benefit” of debt is being able to rape and pillage the planet immediately.  The accumulating debt can never be paid off, because energy is required to grow … Continue reading

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Paul Chefurka: More thoughts on Sustainability

The critical feature of sustainability isn’t how many people can be supported by the planet at any given moment in time. Rather, it is the number of humans that could live here without irreparably damaging the biosphere we depend on … Continue reading

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Tuna fishery threatened

Preface.  Both the sardine and tuna fisheries are threatened. Only peak oil and decline can possibly save them from extinction. Alice Friedemann  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer, Barriers to Making … Continue reading

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