Category Archives: Peak Oil

Peak Oil 4: Consequences of Peak Oil

The scale of all human enterprises will contract with the energy supply. We will be compelled by the circumstances of the Long Emergency to conduct the activities of daily life on a smaller scale, whether we like it or not, … Continue reading

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Peak Oil 3: National and Global Production Peaks of Oil and Other Resources

“We’ve embarked on the beginning of the last days of the age of oil.” — Mike Bowlin, Chair, ARCO “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his … Continue reading

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Peak Oil 2: Oil Formation, Exploration, and Recovery

To understand why the amount of oil stored in the ground is finite, and the amount that we can retrieve is even smaller, we need to review how oil forms and how we recover it from the ground. The oil … Continue reading

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Peak Oil: Background

Climate says we should change, but peak oil says we will be forced to change (Hopkins 2008). Oil is an amazing liquid, and an ephemeral, invaluable gift[i]. It has been the world’s most important source of energy since the mid-1950s. … Continue reading

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Change Your Transportation

Transportation has a huge environmental impact, so society must focus on reducing that impact. Consider the environmental impact of a single automobile that travels an average of 100,000 miles in its lifetime. There is the damage that results from the … Continue reading

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Book Abstract

The environmental impacts of increasing human population, consumption, and technology are now widely recognized and global in scale. Humanity is now bumping up against the limits defined by earth’s carrying capacity. Rising costs of many natural resources reflect the combined … Continue reading

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How Much Oil in Alaska?

*Note: my spring semester is over, so I will be publishing at a much greater frequency. My goal is to dispel the falsehoods spread by talk show hosts and politicians. Last night an acquaintance said he had heard from several … Continue reading

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