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Toxic Loans Around the World Weigh on Global Growth

[ Since 2008 people have been struggling to pay back increasing amounts of debt. China is the worst of all, with $5 to $6.6 trillion dollars of bad debt and $30 trillion overall debt, up from $9 trillion just 7 … Continue reading

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Hydropower dams and the ways they destroy the environment

[ This contains excerpts and paraphrasing of a 19 November 2014 NewScientist article by Peter Hadfield “River of the dammed“. Dams typically last 60 to 100 years, but whether Three Gorges can last this long is questionable given the unexpectedly … Continue reading

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China consumes mind-boggling amounts of raw materials

September 10, 2015. China Consumes Mind-Boggling Amounts of Raw Materials. Visual Capitalist.           Over the last 20 years, the world economy has relied on the Chinese economic growth engine more than it would like to admit. … Continue reading

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Coal plants are causing water shortages in China

Wong, E. March 22, 2016. Report Ties Coal Plants to Water Shortage in Northern China. New York Times. China’s consumption of coal, a major contributor to climate change and the country’s horrific air pollution, is worsening a severe water shortage … Continue reading

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New Alaskan strip coal mine for China, there go the salmon

McGrath, M. 2015-11-25. The Alaska fishing village taking on ‘Godzilla’. BBC News Image copyright Pete Niesen [See original article for details, what follows is reduced and most pictures removed] Alaska is a vast wilderness of natural beauty. But it also … Continue reading

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CAFE standards: 54.5 mpg cars exist, but public prefers gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks

[Passenger vehicles sold in 2025 in the United States are supposed to get 54.5 miles per gallon on average.  But they won’t.  It will be closer to 35.4 miles per gallon, as the Union of Concerned Scientists explains in Translating … Continue reading

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The Great Game and future wars over oil: Will China and the U.S. collide?

[ I don’t think we will go to war with China because it would be over before we started it — they’d start a cyberwar and take down our electric grid, and we can’t retaliate because their grid is run … Continue reading

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Will we go out with a whimper instead of a bang? Cyberwar more likely than nuclear war

[ A book review by Alice Friedemann of “CYBER WAR. The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It” by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake. Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy … Continue reading

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It’s only a matter of time before Cyber Terrorists launch attacks

Joel Brenner’s “America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare“. A book review by Alice Friedemann Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer and … Continue reading

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How different nations have coped with oil shortages

[ In this article, Friedrichs shows how differently Cuba, North Korea, and Japan coped after a sudden loss of most of their oil.  Also see my posts about collapse in North Korea and Cuba. I first became aware that Japan … Continue reading

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