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Reflections on Houston in a Time of Contradiction
by Samantha Harvey
16 Oct 2017 at 4:50am
Perhaps one gift the Trump administration has given us is the final lifting of this veil ? just in case there was any lingering faith that authority still meant something and could be depended on. Now we no longer need suspect. Benefit of the doubt is over ? it?s all a façade, a sham, a bully?s blow-horn silencing a people?s wisdom. So now we know. What we do with this knowledge holds the key to the future.
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Peak Oil Review: October 16 2017
by Tom Whipple
16 Oct 2017 at 4:24am
Prices climbed last week with Brent up almost 3 percent to $57.17 a barrel and WTI up over 4 percent to close the week at $51.45. The major developments affecting prices was an unexpected jump in Chinese oil exports of 1 million b/d in September to 9 million and the announcement that the President would not certify Iranian compliance to the nuclear accord.
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by Chris Nelder
13 Oct 2017 at 4:15am
?Deep decarbonization? is all the rage in energy circles, but what does it really mean for actually retrofitting and remodeling buildings? Is it just about replacing oil and gas-fired boilers and furnaces with electric equivalents? Or does it actually mean something far more complex and interesting? Our guest in this episode is a registered engineering technologist in building construction technologies and an award-winning expert on the integration of the building sciences and health sciences…
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The Future of Renewable Energy
by Brian Davey
13 Oct 2017 at 2:33am
What Kris De Decker’s articles show is that trying to build an electrical energy system mainly with wind and solar that would be able to meet the demand for electricity at all times as we have now is a futile endeavour. It would be way too expensive in money, resources and energy. We must get used to the idea of using electricity only when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing (enough).
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Do Energy Industry Activities Threaten Dams? BC Hydro Now Says Yes
by Andrew Nikiforuk
12 Oct 2017 at 7:15am
A 2013 technical memo on seismic considerations at Site C dismissed fracking as a potential threat to public safety. But since then a wave of industry-triggered earthquakes ? and BC Hydro?s concerns about the waste water disposal well near the Peace Canyon Dam ? suggest that fracking and dams are simply incompatible land uses.
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Peak Oil Review: 9 October 2017
by Tom Whipple
9 Oct 2017 at 11:45pm
US crude futures fell to $49.23 on Friday for a weekly loss of nearly 5 percent ? the first weekly drop in more than a month. Hurricane Nate struck the US Gulf Coast Saturday night forcing the temporary closure of some 70 percent of US offshore oil production. In comparison with other recent hurricanes, Nate was relatively weak, so the damage to oil production and refining should be minimal and production back to normal in a day or two.
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Secretary of Energy Moves to Save Coal: The Art of the Squeal
by Joel Stronberg
5 Oct 2017 at 1:47am
When the Department?s report was finally released, it admitted the rise of increasingly cheap and available solar and wind were not the culprits condemning coal and nuclear to the slag heap of U.S. power supplies. Still, the report suggested?strongly?the nation needed to prop up the two sectors the market was otherwise turning away from–for reliability and security reasons.
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Peak Oil Review: 2 October 2017
by Tom Whipple
2 Oct 2017 at 7:31pm
1. Oil and the Global Economy
2. The Middle East & North Africa
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Puerto Rico: When the electricity stops
by Kurt Cobb
1 Oct 2017 at 9:39am
When the electricity stops in modern civilization, pretty much everything else stops. Not even gasoline-powered vehicles can get far before they are obliged to seek a fill-up?which they cannot get because gas pumps rely on electricity to operate.
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Will Public Banking Bring More Clean Energy Programs to California?
by Nithin Coca
29 Sep 2017 at 4:14am
At a recent forum at Oakland City Hall, experts from the public banking and community energy sectors explored how the creation of a public bank could help communities transition to clean energy while creating economic opportunities.
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Energy and Authoritarianism
by Richard Heinberg
26 Sep 2017 at 9:04am
Could declining world energy result in a turn toward authoritarianism by governments around the world? As we will see, there is no simple answer that applies to all countries. However, pursuing the question leads us on an illuminating journey through the labyrinth of relations between energy, economics, and politics.
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