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Nate Hagens on the financial meltdown and fossil fuels (audio)
Jason Bradford, The Reality Report via Global Public Media
In this edition of The Reality Report host Jason Bradford interviews Nate Hagens. In a show broadcast over a year ago Nate described the financial deleveraging process and how this could lead to commodity deflation, including "$50 oil."
Topics in this program highlight how the current financial melt down and impact the timing and severity of peak oil and natural gas--including the dreaded "natural gas cliff" as rigs go idle due to low prices. We discuss whether this means economic growth now over, and if so, how should societies adjust?
Nate is a former Wall Street investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. He is working on his doctorate at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Nate is also an editor for The Oil Drum, an online source for news, analysis and discussions about energy and our future. www.theoildrum.com.
(29 December 2008)
Peak Oil - Politics, Geopolitics, and Choke Points (audio and video)
Peak Moment via Global Public Media
These four presentations were taped at the ASPO-USA 2008 conference. Morey Wolfson shows a stunning Google Earth presentation of oil's planetary transportation Choke Points, primarily in the middle east. Jeff Vail discusses how our energy future is not controlled solely by what's possible economically, technologically and geologically but, equally importantly, geopolitically. He notes we will increasingly produce less because of geopolitical problems--as in Nigeria, Iraq, and elsewhere.
Editor Tom Whipple discusses two significant publications available free on the ASPO-USA.com website and through email subscription: daily Peak Oil News and the weekly Peak Oil Review. He describes how oil scarcity is already being felt in island nations and other less-developed countries.
Connecticut State Legislator Terry Backer provides sound advice on how to get a peak oil resolution through a legislative body: through someone experienced in getting legislation introduced, and by speaking the language of legislators. He succeeded in his state by framing peak oil within economic issues and government's responsibilities to the people of his state.
(27 November 2008)
Radical Retrenchment -- A reference model
DavebyGolly, The Oil Drum
Nate Hagens and the Campfire format encouraged me to write this, (well, something, not necessarily this.) That I do not provide statistics, graphs, formulas, references, footnotes should not be taken to mean I think them unimportant. They are. But I am essayist (at most). The exercise here is to apply logic to research already done by others. The issue: what ought be done to allow us, our species, to survive the decline and end of the industrial era?
(3 January 2009)