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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
1:34 pm - “Beyond Energy Alternatives” the Third US Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions

As promised, I will post about the conference I went to this weekend: “Beyond Energy Alternatives” the Third US Conference on Peak Oil and Community Solutions. Details are behind an LJ cut for length, but I want to say for the record that it was a fantastic event and I highly recommend that people attend things like that whenever possible. We learned a lot, but we also had a chance to meet with other like-minded people and form connections. 

Okay, I’m tired of typing now, but please contact me if you want further information on any of this.

current mood: energetic

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
10:33 am - North American Conference on Peak Oil 2006, Yellow Springs OH


Hi! I'm just curious, is anyone else going to this:  North American Conference on Peak Oil 2006, Yellow Springs OH? It's this weekend and here is the info:

current mood: curious

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
1:05 pm - Reaching the Masses

I'm not saying that this article (or even the associated links) are in any way complete, but the idea of a recession/collapse is even on Slate now: http://www.slate.com/id/2146882/?nav=ais! Well, maybe a few more people will start thinking about the economic future of our country!

current mood: confused

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Monday, July 24th, 2006
12:41 am - control-free

Hi everyone

First post of a main topic here. Just wanted to let everyone know about our completely FREE projects and websites - we run the control-free network (http://www.controlfree.net - a network of sites) and we are spreading the word around.

The control-free network is a resource with free information in text, audio and video files, as well as links to a collective and other helpful websites.

The files not linked to from the website can be downloaded from us for free on SoulSeek (download this great file-sharing program for FREE at http://www.slsknet.org) - and to do this, just add our username, freeinfo.

All of the items we share are free and we take careful precautions not to share copyrighted material, as the fucking feds are always watching our shit (and your shit).

Also, this has been crossposted a bit.

So take care, check us out if you get a chance,
Peace, solidarity
-mc nf1

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Monday, August 8th, 2005
12:21 pm - Forgive the snark..


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Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
12:25 pm - Timeline

I stumbled across this today..

Peak Oil timeline.

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Monday, July 18th, 2005
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2005
6:53 pm - FYI, a new petition:


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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005
8:29 pm - for your twisted amusement

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Saturday, August 28th, 2004
11:50 pm - harsh reality


U.S. economy slows

“But the reality is that the economy is slowing down as high oil prices bump against the sudden loss of fiscal and monetary stimulus.” -- Merrill Lynch chief North American economist David Rosenberg

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Monday, August 23rd, 2004
2:08 pm - Oil Addicts

Oil addicts
xposted to: peakoilusa and peak_oil

It lubricates all our lives. But can we live without the black stuff, asks Heather Stewart

Sunday August 22, 2004
The Observer

Sky-high oil prices are already taking their toll, eating into consumers' spending power and squeezing corporate margins; but the short-term economic pain is also a harsh reminder to the world's richest countries that they have never been able to kick their addiction to the sticky black stuff - and time is running out.

The world has about a trillion barrels of proven oil reserves left, according to the producers' cartel, Opec. At the current rate of global consumption, that should last us about 40 years: too long to bother the traders whose frenzied buying pushed up the price of crude to record levels last week; but not long enough to ignore. Natural gas will last a bit longer - perhaps 60 years at the current rate - but is still finite.

'We have a responsibility to our great grandchildren to do something now, in 2004,' says Andrew Oswald, professor of economics at Warwick University. 'The whole history of economics is of consumers being woefully short-sighted.'

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Saturday, August 21st, 2004
9:35 am - Crude Oil Prices Rising / Gasoline Prices Dropping -- What Does It Mean?

 Printed from : http://world.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/9076/
The writer is a member of several falconry and ornithological clubs and organizations. He contributed this article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from California, USA.

Crude Oil Prices Rising / Gasoline Prices Dropping -- What Does It Mean?
by Stan Moore - (Saturday 21 August 2004)

"...gasoline prices do not go down while crude oil prices go up, except in highly extraordinary circumstances! This reality should be a signal to the masses that something extremely unusual and highly significant must be pending at the highest levels of national and world governance. This pattern is absolutely unsustainable, and common sense should tell us to treat it that way."

In normal economic circumstances, retail gasoline prices rise, often dramatically with the rise of crude oil prices. Often, gasoline prices rise on rumors of pending crude oil price hikes, and gasoline prices tend to stay elevated long after crude oil prices have dropped to prior levels. Gasoline retailers and refiners tend to milk profits for the most extended length of time possible, and tend to be totally disdainful of consumer outrage or discomfort. We have especially seen this pattern during the entire period of the George W. Bush administration, during which time the petroleum industry has raked in the most obscene corporate profits in their long history.

However, at the present time, this paradigm has changed. Crude oil prices on the spot market have reached the highest absolute prices in history (prices adjusted for inflation are still somewhat below record levels). Yet, even as crude oil prices are inching upwards day by day, and the news broadcasters and media outlets continue to promote public awareness of crude oil price increases, at the local level, gasoline has dropped as much as ten cents per gallon in the past month. What is happening?

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Thursday, August 19th, 2004
3:25 pm - Oil's new high may persist


Oil's new high may persist

Price of crude topped $47 a barrel Wednesday, despite Saudis' recent talk of loosening spigots.

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2004
12:45 pm - Schroeder Gets DaimlerChrysler Fuel-Cell Car for Chancellery

Schroeder Gets DaimlerChrysler Fuel-Cell Car for Chancellery

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder took delivery of a fuel cell-powered Mercedes A-Class vehicle, the F-Cell, from DaimlerChrysler AG for the Chancellery's car pool. The company plans to have 60 of the cars on the road around the world by the end of this year.

The four-door subcompact car's fuel-cell system is housed in the floor, leaving full use of the passenger and cargo spaces. It has a range of as much as 160 kilometers (99 miles) and a top speed of about 140 kilometers an hour (87 miles an hour), according to Stuttgart, Germany-based DaimlerChrysler, the world's fifth-biggest carmaker. An identical model will be handed over to California's South Coast Air Quality Management District.

``I just came back from a press conference at which the effect of oil prices played a major role,'' Schroeder told reporters at the handover in Berlin. ``This car shows that we are on the right track'' in view of the fact that global demand for mobility will increase, especially in China and India.
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Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
11:38 am - From Alaka Journal


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11:33 am - World's growing need a challenge to major oil companies


World's growing need a challenge to major oil companies

By Lynn J. Cook
KRT Business News
Publication Date: 08/16/04

At first blush, major oil companies appear to be booming.

Recently, Exxon Mobil and even oil reserve-challenged Royal Dutch/Shell logged windfall profits thanks, in large part, to sustained high oil prices.

But a closer look at production numbers for energy companies reveals a disturbing trend.

In best-case scenarios, like Exxon Mobil, production is relatively flat. Many more energy companies are pumping less oil than they were a year ago.

Despite Shell's quarterly profits of $4 billion - up 54 percent year-over-year - the company pumped 5 percent less oil and gas than it did at this time last year. ConocoPhillips' 75 percent profit jump didn't keep its production from falling 5 percent, as well.
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Monday, August 16th, 2004
8:16 pm - Statement from Powerless NZ

ACT clings desperately to flat-earth policy
Tuesday, 17 August 2004, 11:34 am
Press Release: Powerless New Zealand

ACT clings desperately to flat-earth policy

“…but there are always some men who cling to one or another of the older views, and they are simply read out of the profession” Thomas S. Khun.

ACT politicians ought to heed Khun’s wisdom. The ACT party are decisively on the trajectory of being “read out of the profession” after inferring (The Letter, 17th August 2004) that they had debunked the story that the world is running out of oil.

By way of clarification, the issue isn’t that the world is running out of oil, it will of course, but not for some time. The real issue is that the global production of oil is about to peak, after which we will move into a period of decline, this production decline will be permanent. The most visible issue being supply will not be able to keep pace with global demand.

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11:12 am - Why Canada needs an energy strategy now

 Why Canada needs an energy strategy now

Toronto Star

Klaus Rehaag, head of the oil markets group at the International Energy Agency, in a presentation last month asked, "Is the world facing a third oil shock?"

The first such shock occurred in 1973 and 1974, when the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries quadrupled the world price of oil, contributing to nearly a decade of stagflation in the global economy.

The second oil shock occurred in 1979 and 1980, when Islamic militants overthrew the brutal dictatorship of the Shah of Iran, resulting in a doubling of the world oil price, which contributed to a serious recession in much of the world and to the subsequent Third World debt crisis.

With oil prices edging over $45 (U.S.) a barrel this week (though still lower in inflation-adjusted terms than the peak in the early 1980s), and growing concerns over threats to supplies from the Middle East and Russia in a world where there's little spare capacity, there is talk of a third oil shock. Moreover, and more disconcerting, futures markets point to an oil price of $39 (U.S.) next year and prices for oil deliveries 10 years from now exceeding $35 (U.S.) a barrel.

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Friday, August 13th, 2004
9:57 am - Oil and the Trade Gap


Oil is like a drug. There are always those people who will pay more when the street price of weed goes up. 

The US economy and its oxymoronic Republican doublespeak "Stagnat Recovery" is so heavily based on cheap oil that it can't tighten its belt and cut back on oil consumption even when the prices climb to the highest level in 22 years.  The US trade deficit for June turned out to be higher than expected.  Economists predicted (They might have called Miss Cleo - not sure about that) "just" a 47 billion dollar deficit.  Instead we set a new trade deficit record at 55.8 billion dollars.  A large chunk of this is due to the fact that when crude oil prices increased - instead of cutting consumption - we increased energy imports. 

This is all is going on while the federal government is giving businesses huge tax incentives to buy the biggest of the SUV's on the market.  A full list of the vehicles that qualified as of November 2003 is here:  http://www.bankrate.com/brm/itax/biz_tips/20030403b1.asp.  This was a tax break introduced in the 1980's for construction and farm businesses that had a legitimate need for those large vehicles.

From: http://www.hummerteam.com/news_story.asp?id=56

The tax code now caps deductions for most automobiles. But the largest vehicles -- those that weigh more than 6,000 pounds fully loaded -- are exempt because the relevant portion of the code was written in the 1980s before the rise of the sport utility vehicle and was intended to exempt big pickups needed on work sites. Now the tax incentives also give business owners not involved in hauling work -- doctors, real estate agents, accountants -- more incentive to buy the biggest SUVs instead of smaller ones, or cars.

The proposal "makes a glitch in the tax code much worse and it benefits rich businessmen who want to buy massive SUVs," said Aileen Roder, program director for Taxpayers for Common Sense. "In essence, we're buying these vehicles for these businesses."

But the administration thinks that greater business deductions will be a potent economic stimulant.

How can anyone in their right mind think that tax laws that encourage the purchase of the biggest gas guzzling vehicles - at a time where we are importing more and more oil -  and those imports are widing our trade gap and helping to devalue the US dollar?

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current mood: angry

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Thursday, August 12th, 2004
11:36 am - Squeeze Play! Energy’s Perfect Storm


From:  H2Cars.biz

Squeeze Play! Energy’s Perfect Storm
By R.R., Washington, D.C.
Aug 12, 2004, 16:21

Fear drives the political myth of energy independence!  John Whitaker coined the phrase "Energy Independence" back in 1973.  Today, it is often used by candidates offering a better idea or touted by incumbents outlining complex "roadmaps" which are neither understandable nor helpful in the day-to-day survival for the common man.   When President Gerald Ford asked America to seek "Energy Independence" in 1974, Hydrogen was a renewable resource with a twenty-year delivery date.   The paranoia of scarce oil supplies and the gas-lines with alternate days of operation did little (three years later) to sustain a national sense of urgency despite President Carter's gathering of Governors and energy experts to write America’s first Energy Plan. Ronald Reagan’s sought to assure reasonable priced, available energy by setting the market forces free to seek their own level… the “unintended consequence” was destabilizing OPEC providing time for America 's energy experts to bring on line those alternatives promised in 1974.  

Today, thirty years after Ford, twenty years after Reagan and four years after Clinton, America’s roadmap to energy independence is an ever shrinking quagmire no closer now than in 1974.  Nuclear Power reprieved for 5-8 years electrical transmission lines are on life support.  Since the last Presidential election foreign oil imports have gone up 5%, alternative and renewables touted 30 years ago have come and gone or not arrived at all.  Hydrogen is now 10 years past due with the Department of Energy and the National Academy of Science recalculating its arrival somewhere on the roadmap, 35 years away. 

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In the midst of the “dog days of summer” America is being squeezed by divergent forces...oil provided by peaking nations whose national interest lies elsewhere; insufficient natural gas exploration keeping pace with demand; electric supply teetering on infrastructure collapse; erosion of significant production supply (nuclear) with no alternative offset; and the potential economic terrorism caused by resources beyond U.S. control and for which the U.S. is unable to be offset with our Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserve (
SPR ).  In the fall we will see how well we have prepared, how well we have understood the crisis we have made and how well we have read our roadmaps, knowing that roadmap chart paths and distance… not how long it will take us to get…around the corner.



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