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Peak Oil

Peak What? Ask Barbie and Mickey Mouse

Terry Tamminen | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

There are a lot of disagreements about whether we have reached peak oil or when the downhill slope will hit a point that brings a significant percentage of our vehicles to a grinding halt, but the concept has made scientists and policy makers ask the question: What other critical resources may be peaking?

Shale Gas and Tight Oil: Boom? Bust? Or Just a Petering Out?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could be that despite fracking and its current bounty, we're not going to be able to drill our way to energy security after all.

Belief In Peak Oil Logically Implies Failure Of Alternative Energy

Bill Frezza | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Next time you hear a Peak Oil alarmist prophesying doom, calm him down by pointing out that if natural energy resources were to ever run dry, we would already be living in an alternative solar-windmill-algae cheap energy nirvana.

View From Inside Chesapeake's Board of Directors

Mason Inman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

Chesapeake Energy has been all over the news lately, with intense scrutiny of CEO Aubrey McClendon's attempt to take out more than $1 billion in loans for a complex deal to give himself a share of proceeds from the wells they're drilling.

Scraping the Bottom

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
John Feffer

Just about every commodity we depend on is becoming scarce: oil, natural gas, key metals, rare earth elements, and even arable land. As a result, like greedy little kids with a cookie jar, we are scraping the bottom to get all that remains.

Should Young Farmers Be Exempt From a National Draft?

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

Would you be willing to grow or raise your own food in a time of national emergency such as war? Do you even know how?

Resource Depletion Is a Bigger Threat Than Climate Change: An Interview With Tom Murphy

James Burgess | Posted 05.29.2012 | Green
James Burgess

Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favor amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up the shortfall in fossil fuels?

A Post-Fukushima World: Truths and Confusion About Global Energy

Vivian Norris | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

If renewable energy is less costly than fossil fuels and nuclear, then why aren't we ramping up the move to a planetary renewable energy policy?

My Decade of Being "Peak Oil Aware"

Stephen Hren | Posted 04.11.2012 | Green
Stephen Hren

After 9/11, in an attempt to understand the world, I did something I wasn't, as an American, supposed to do. I listened to Osama bin Laden and his complaints.

The Quest for Connection

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

Daniel Yergin has succeeded as a historian of energy, but failed as envisioner of a tolerable future. On the jacket of his new book, a parade of es...

Simple Solutions for Planet Earth and Humanity

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

This is my 100th posting in the Huffington Post. I've had a couple of retrospective articles, as for example at the end of 2008 with "Simple Solution...

EXTRA! EXTRA! Wall Street Journal and New York Times Finally Catch Up, Report "Peak Oil" Theory Is Bogus

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Times are a changing. With "peak oil" finally in proper perspective the hegemony of OPEC over the oil market is starting to sunder. The ascendancy of oil production in many corners of the world is beginning to change the accepted rules of the market.

Buddhism And The End Of Growth

John Stanley | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
John Stanley

It is increasingly obvious that natural limitations will soon force economic growth to cease. Buddhist teachings emphasize that this does not require a reduction in the quality of life.

The Perry Principle

Robert Walker | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

Rick Perry has dominated the headlines with public assertions that evolution is just a theory, and that the jury is still out whether human activity is responsible for climate change. He is just the latest public figure to call scientifically accepted ideas into question.

Who Killed Economic Growth? (And Why the Planet Is Listening)

Asher Miller | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green
Asher Miller


It's On Us, San Francisco

Morgan Fitzgibbons | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Morgan Fitzgibbons

While we like to think we've got it all figured out with our farmer's markets, strong bike culture and radical social tolerance, the reality is that the Bay Area, like every other major metropolis at this point in time, is a lot of talk and very little walk.

The Climate Post: U.K.'s "Greenest Government Ever" Charges Ahead With Nuclear Power

Mason Inman | Posted 07.19.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

David Cameron, has repeatedly pledged to create the "greenest government ever," and now the country has adopted a new, ambitious goal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, aiming by 2025 to slash them by half, compared with 1990.

Peak Stuff?

Carl Pope | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The real issue is not peak oil -- it's peak stuff. The world doesn't contain enough coal, copper, steel, or wood to enable Asia and Africa to develop even European standards of consumption and waste.

For the U.S. Military, Fuel Security Means Going Renewable

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

The military is the single largest consumer of oil in the U.S., using over 400,000 barrels per day. That's why military sources have begun exploring algae-based biofuels to break our use of foreign oil.

After the American Dream

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Craig K. Comstock

Over breakfast with a client who had a $90 million fortune, I asked a hypothetical question: would it decrease your motivation as an entrepreneur if i...

Renewable Electricity Is Our Only Viable Option: Part 2

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

I still hold long-term hopes for fusion, but my experience working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on laser fusion convinces me that we are at least a generation away before any kind of commercialization will occur.

Preparing for the Next Oil Shock

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Even before the recent upheavals in the Middle East, there were signs that the time is approaching when global oil extraction will peak and begin its terminal decline.

World on the Edge

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig K. Comstock

One of the attractive habits in American civilization is to ask: well, what's your plan? In his recent book World on the Edge, Lester Brown offers one.

The Coming Oil Crisis and Your Investments

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Talk of unrest in the Middle East fills the airways. Will the rising prices in oil end our "tenuous" economic recovery and plunge us into another recession?

The Carbon Bubble

Gregory Unruh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gregory Unruh

The carbon bubble, quite simply, is the constantly increasing consumption of fossil fuels. I call it the master bubble because it drives the growth of every economic indicator, from GDP to corn harvests.