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Energy return on investment, peak oil, and the end of economic growth

David J. Murphy and Charles A. S. Hall. 2011. Energy return on investment, peak oil, and the end of economic growth in “Ecological Economics Reviews.” Robert Costanza, Karin Limburg & Ida Kubiszewski, Eds. Annals of the New York Academy of … Continue reading

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Charles Hall on EROEI in Scientific American

Will Fossil Fuels Be Able to Maintain Economic Growth? A Q&A with Charles Hall The inventor of the energy return on investment (EROI) metric argues that economic growth could soon stop—and that we need to get smart about incorporating the … Continue reading

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Twenty (Important) Concepts I Wasn’t Taught in Business School – Part I

Twenty (Important) Concepts I Wasn’t Taught in Business School – Part I by Nate Hagens  September 20, 2013   theoildrum This article is full of great writing, charts, graphs, and illustrations, and explains quite well why nature and energy are our … Continue reading

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Robert Gates, former head of CIA, on energy shocks

Oil Shockwave. Oil Crisis executive simulation  Nine former White House cabinet and senior national security officials convened to advise an American president as the nation grapples with an oil crisis over a seven-month period. June 23, 2005. Robert M. Gates, … Continue reading

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David Fridley, LBNL scientist, on why alternative energy won’t save us

My summary of LBNL scientist David Fridley’s 9-page Alternative Energy Challenges. The showstopper is that the entire supply chain for alternative energy resources depend on fossil fuels, from mining basic (rare) metal ores, to fabrication, delivery, maintenance, and spare parts. … Continue reading

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Jeff Vail 5 Geopolitical Feedback loops in Peak Oil

Five Geopolitical Feedback-Loops in Peak Oil Jeff Vail. April 23, 2007. jeffvail.net Also read: Geopolitical Disruptions #2: Identifying the Feedback Loops It is quite common to hear “experts” explain that the current tight oil markets are due to “above-ground factors,” … Continue reading

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James Hansen says belief in renewable energy same as believing in the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy

Andrew Revkin at the New York Times, comments on a James Hansen video that makes the case for nuclear energy (sorry James — that won’t work either). James Hansen: Believing in renewable energy is like believing in the Easter Bunny … Continue reading

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Nate Hagens

Timeline: die-off: event odds low 10-15% next 10-20 years, though higher after that (1 Dec 2012). End-of-growth realized by public: 90% next few years, 99% in 5-7 years (1 Dec 2012) 17 Oct 2012 Rebuttal of Bill McKibbens 19 July … Continue reading

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