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.

When will the Alaska pipeline turn into an 800-mile-long Popsicle?

[Below are excerpts on the Alaskan pipeline from Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman.  This is a great book, yet leaves so many possible rust stories uncovered, that I hope Waldman writes Rust II (or any other topic — … Continue reading

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Rising oil prices and dependence on hostile regimes — the urgent case for Canadian oil

[Sullivan has an interesting overview of the instability in the Middle East, which could lead to an oil shock quickly along with the economic and sky-high prices that entails. He also mentions “peak oil” and its implications, a term rarely … Continue reading

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

Source: Ballout, D. 2013. Choke Points: Our energy access points. Oil Change. Million Barrels per day / 2009 world Oil Transit Chokepoints 15.5 / Strait of Hormuz, 20 to 25% of the world’s daily crude oil production 13.6 / Strait … Continue reading

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Economic Peak Natural Gas and Oil – shale is another Bank & Wall Streetscam

Shale drillers companies are struggling to pay $235 billion of high-yield, high-risk debt taken on during the past 3 years of the U.S. shale boom. Shale drillers have consistently spent money faster than they’ve made it, even when oil was … Continue reading

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Peak oil sands, low EROI, high debt, limited pipeline and refinery capacity

Peak tar sands, a.k.a. oil sands Techno-opmtimists claim that technology will enable nasty, sour, gunky, expensive, difficult unconventional oil to fill in the gap of declining conventional oil. Conventional oil is declining too quickly for unconventional to match But that’s … Continue reading

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Implications of declining EROI on oil production 2013 by David J. Murphy

Murphy, David J. December 2, 2013. The implications of the declining energy return on investment of oil production. Trans. R. Soc. A 2014 372 [This is a great paper on EROI, highly recommended. Without EROI studies, we risk building energy … Continue reading

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The electric grid, critical interdependencies, vulnerabilities. House of Representatives 2003

Notes from: Congressional Record. September 4 & 23, 2003. Implications of power blackouts for the nation’s cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection. House of Representatives. 246 pages. THE ELECTRIC GRID, CRITICAL INTERDEPENDENCIES, VULNERABILITIES, AND READINESS COFER BLACK, Office of the coordinator … Continue reading

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Peak oil in the Congressional record 2015

Peak oil in the Congressional record 2015, so far by Alice Friedemann, www.energyskeptic.com, June 11, 2015 Also see: Peak Oil in the Congressional record: Overview 2015/1/9 Fracking is jeopardizing the environment and the U.S. Economy House Representative Jim McDermott: I … 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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Peak Oil may keep catastrophic climate change in check

Peak Oil may keep catastrophic climate change in check by Stephanie P. Ogburn and ClimateWire. Oct 29, 2013. Scientific American. Scientists suggest that the highest possible pollution rates are unlikely DENVER — Even as governments worldwide have largely failed to … Continue reading

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