Category Archives: 2) Collapse

The collapse of the financial system, breakdown of supply chains, blackouts, end of being able to make computer chips, and so on are symptoms of the underlying cause: LESS OIL AVAILABLE TO DO MILLIONS OF ESSENTIAL TASKS. Whether the house of cards goes from the financial shock of a natural disaster or from debt and corruption, blockage of the Suez canal, Export Land Model, or (nuclear war) — there is certain to be a series of dislocations that ultimately bring population down to 1 billion or less, and given past collapses, take about 20-30 years. Let’s hope there are some islands of sanity and that you, dear reader, are living on one of them!

Oil Choke Points vulnerable to war, chaos, terrorism, piracy

  Source: Ballout, D. 2013. Choke Points: Our energy access points. Oil Change. Sixty percent of America’s oil arrives on vessels. Due to the narrowness of the straits all of them can be disrupted with relative ease by piracy, terrorism, … Continue reading

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European Union Emissions Trading Scheme & Australian Carbon Tax

HRG. 113-623. 2014-7-22. U.S. Security implications of international energy and climate policies and issues. U.S. Senate 113th congress MARY HUTZLER, DISTINGUISHED SENIOR FELLOW, INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY RESEARCH, BERLIN, MD EUROPEAN UNION EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was … Continue reading

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National security implications of international energy and climate change policies

[This is an excerpt of a very interesting senate hearing that looks at how war can be caused by climate change (drought, hunger, rising sea levels), how climate change will affect infrastructure, how the European emissions trading scheme and renewable … Continue reading

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Peak Oil in the Congressional record: Overview

Peak Oil in the Congressional record: Overview by Alice Friedemann, energyskeptic.com June 11, 2015 Even the most ardent techno-optimists and economists admit there are limited supplies of fossil fuels, but that we don’t need to worry for a long time. … Continue reading

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Oil Infrastructure – pipelines, refineries, terminals

U.S. OIL Pipelines 2013 (US DOT/RITA reports 49,974 miles of crude and 87,452 miles of refined product pipelines in Table 1-10: U.S. Oil and Gas Pipeline) Transmission liquids pipelines delivered 8,305,840,173 billion barrels of crude oil Transmission liquids pipelines delivered … Continue reading

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Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea – a major threat to marine life

Lewis, R. May 27, 2014. Arctic ice melt to release 1 trillion pieces of plastic into sea Increasing ice melt due to climate change will pose a major threat to marine life. Aljazeera. As the Arctic ice melt accelerates due … Continue reading

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How different nations might cope with oil shortages after Peak Oil

Notes from 9 page: Jörg Friedrichs. 2010. Global energy crunch: how different parts of the world would react to a peak oil scenario. Energy Policy 38 (8): 4562-4569. Oil is a finite resource, so given the importance of oil, the … Continue reading

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Agriculture. Climate change impacts in the United States.

Notes from 25 page: Hatfield, J., et. al. 2014: Ch. 6: Agriculture. Climate Change Impacts in the United States. The Third National Climate Assessment. 150-174. Note the main calorie growing regions of the United States (not shown: hogs, cattle, milk … Continue reading

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Depletion of fossil fuels & climate change. 2013 Energy Policy

Excerpts from 24 page:  Höök, M., Tang, X. 2013. Depletion of fossil fuels and anthropogenic climate change: a review. Energy Policy, 52: 797-809 Conclusion of paper: Fossil fuel constraints will limit anthropogenic climate impact towards the low-medium outcomes presented by … Continue reading

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Building a national super grid in America

Building a national super grid in America by Alice Friedemann   June 3, 2015 A national supergrid is seen as essential for integrating renewable power into the electric grid. It is not clear if penetration of renewables beyond 33 or 50% … Continue reading

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