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.

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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The difference between depletion and decline rate in oil fields

Notes from 26 page: Höök, M., Davidsson, S., Johansson, S., Tang, X. 2014. Decline and depletion rates of oil production: a comprehensive investigation. Philosophical Transactions. Series A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering science, 372 Depletion rate is the rate that the … Continue reading

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Hirsch, R.L. Mitigation of maximum world oil production: shortage scenarios

Notes from: Hirsch, R.L., 2008. Mitigation of maximum world oil production: Shortage scenarios. Energy Policy, 36(2): 881–889.  World GDP Growth & World Oil Production Growth Have Tracked For Decades:   A 1% change in current world oil production equates to … Continue reading

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Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) & Coal-to-liquids (CTL) can not compensate for declining oil production

Notes from 34 page: Höök, M., et al. 2014. Hydrocarbon liquefaction: viability as a peak oil mitigation strategy. Philosophical Transactions. Series A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering science, 372 Current world capacity of hydrocarbon liquefaction is around 400,000 barrels per day … Continue reading

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