Category Archives: 3) Fast Crash

The case for a fast, rather than a slow one. Most societies crashed in 20 years or less. There has never been or will be again a crash like ours, where the world of 7 billion people became utterly dependent on a non-renewable source of energy — fossil fuels.

Out of time: 50 years to make a transition, 210 years at the current rate

If transportation is to be electrified, then electric generation and the electric grid must be doubled, or even tripled. So by Cobb’s calculation, that would push back the transition time to renewables 420 to 630 years.  Alice Friedemann. By Kurt … Continue reading

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Irrigation uses a lot of electricity, requires expensive grid in remote areas

“Irrigation load from farm irrigation systems can be costly to serve, because of the high cost of connecting these dispersed systems to the electric grid and the high cost of having enough capacity available to meet seasonal irrigation load.” Alice … Continue reading

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Signs of Peakiness, Oil companies are running out of cash

A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt by Andrew Nikiforuk, originally published by The Tyee  | August 29, 2014 Over 100 of the world’s largest energy companies are running out of cash. Photo of Keystone pipeline in Nebraska … Continue reading

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Michael Klare: Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars by Michael Klare, originally published by Tomdispatch Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts.  At first glance, these upheavals appear … Continue reading

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Chip Fab Plants need electricity 24 x 7. The electric grid needs chips. The Financial system needs both.

July 3, 2014     Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com The US Energy Department recently reported that “the nation’s aging electric grid cannot keep pace with innovations in the digital information and telecommunications network … Power outages and power quality disturbances cost the economy … Continue reading

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Population, Fossil Fuels, Consequences

Now that oil, coal, and natural gas are at peak production or will be soon, how can any rational person argue there’s no need for birth control and less immigration with 5 of the 7 billion humans alive due to … Continue reading

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Why did everyone stop talking about Population & Immigration?

              “Unlooked for but swift, we have come on like a swarm of locusts: a wide, thick, darkling cloud settling down like living snowflakes, smothering every stalk, every leaf, eating away every scrap of … Continue reading

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Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System. National Academy of Sciences.

Much of what follows is from the 2012 National Academy of Science report written for the Department of Homeland Security: “Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System“ Introduction Electricity is ubiquitous, reliable, and taken for granted . . . until … Continue reading

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Limits to Growth

Below are links or excerpts of articles about limits to growth Scientists vindicate ‘Limits to Growth’ – urge investment in ‘circular economy’ Early warning of civilizational collapse by early to mid 21st century startlingly prescient. Limits to Growth was right. … Continue reading

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Exponential growth examples

Monbiot, George. 27 May 2014. It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing. The … Continue reading

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