Peak oil - Mar 23
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The Oil Drum Turns Three Today

Prof. Goose, The Oil Drum
Yeesh, three years. 9.7-plus million unique visits to the main site (5.4 million in the past year alone) and 23.6-plus million unique page views, and many more at the continental sites. 2.3-plus million absolute unique visitors (according to google analytics and sitemeter) to TOD:Main. A 501c3 in gestation. A lot of smart people just trying to get smarter. There's a lot going on around here.

... At TOD, we try to be the bridge between the doomers, the technopians and the cornucopians, to present as many sides of the myriad arguments as we can, so that we do not become too rooted in any mode of thought. This allows us to test raw ideas through your eyes and critical thinking in a way that doesn't happen most places. We don't tell you what to think, we just ask that you think critically and empirically. Most days, it feels like we are walking an ever-narrowing knife-edge with icy gusting winds blowing across a shrinking and very loosely anchored tightrope (nice Goosey, way to mix a few metaphors there...). Anyway, you get the point: this is not easy.

... Somebody I think a lot of, Jerry Michalski, shared a concept with me a while back, which he learned from Quaker meeting: "Speak only if it will improve upon the silence."
(22 March 2008)
Happy Birthday, TOD! -BA

No oil? Cities in ruins? Welcome to Kunstler's `World'

Paul Grondahl, Albany Times Union (NY)
Jim Kunstler is fiddling his way to the apocalypse, one jig at a time.

When all hell breaks loose after the oil runs out and the military-industrial complex grinds to a halt, Kunstler will be the one rosining up the bow, cracking jokes, grinning broadly and intoning his signature phrase: ``It's all good!''

You can forgive Kunstler the temptation to rub an I-told-you-so fistful of salt into the wounds of a crippled republic.

``I don't consider myself a prophet of doom-and-gloom, because anyone with half a brain could have seen this mess coming from a million miles away,'' Kunstler was saying the other day as headlines trumpeted a Wall Street meltdown, a deepening subprime mortgage morass and $100-a-barrel oil.

``A lot of people have unfairly called me a doomsayer, but I reject that. I'm a cheerful person. I'm simply describing what's going on. Apparently, my observations were fairly accurate,'' he says, arching an eyebrow and stifling a smirk.
(16 March 2008)