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.

U.S. Senate hearing on energy dependence and vulnerabilities

[This is one of the most important hearings on U.S. Energy Policy and our dependence on oil for the past decade, though the title of the session should have been Energy Dependence, not Independence.  It is ironic that for many … Continue reading

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Understanding peak oil theory, 2007 U.S. House hearing

House 109-41. December 7, 2005. Understanding the Peak Oil theory. U.S. House of Representatives. [What follows are excerpts from the 95 page transcript of this hearing, the only one about peak oil and the possibility that peak production may happen … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic pulse threat to infrastructure (U.S. House hearings)

In 2012 and again in 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives held hearings on the threat of electromagnetic pulses — from either the sun or nuclear blasts — to critical U.S. infrastructure.  The testimony at these hearings could be mistaken … Continue reading

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Another reason to think oil production probably peaked in 2005

[ In this Kurt Cobb post, Texas oilman Jeffrey brown explains why the story of oil production growth from 2005 to 2014 is probably wrong, because the increase came from lease condensate, not oil.  If this is true then Brown … Continue reading

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Why did everyone stop talking about Population & Immigration?

[ I tried to summarize the 20 top reasons why population growth was abandoned by environmental groups and received little coverage in the news media the past 40 years.  I highly recommend reading Beck and Kolankiewicz (2000) “The Environmental Movement’s … Continue reading

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When Trucks Stop Running, So Does Civilization. Energy and the Future of Transportation.

When Trucks Stop Running, So Does Civilization. Energy and the Future of Transportation. January 16, 2016   by Alice Friedemann    www.energyskeptic.com Also see: When Trucks Stop Running: Table of Contents, Preface, References Virtually everything in our homes, everything in our stores, … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) articles

Bob Adelmann. May 6, 2015. EMP Threats Force NORAD Back Into Cheyenne Mountain. The New American. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) is moving back into its previous Cheyenne Mountain underground bunker in Colorado Springs because it is EMP-hardened, and … Continue reading

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Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years

Milman, O. December 2, 2015. Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say. The Guardian. The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 … Continue reading

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The one and only U.S. House of Representatives hearing on Peak Oil

December 7, 2005. Understanding the Peak Oil theory. U.S. House of Representatives hearing. Serial No. 109-41. 95 pages [ Enjoy this hearing with scientific experts warning that we will reach peak oil soon (or may have already) because from now … Continue reading

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13 fallacies of Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined”

It only took me half an hour to find significant criticism of Pinker’s work and write this up.  If I had more time I could find a lot more. Hopefully this will spare you many days of wasted time reading … Continue reading

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