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Peak Oil

It's Time to Put the Brakes on Building Big Highways

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

American transportation money should be spent on fixing the roads we have, as well as investing in non-driving transportation modes that are increasingly attractive to the public, especially the massive millennial generation, which will be the chief user of today's transportation investments.

Innovation Key to Climate Change Swerve

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Climate change economics have shifted practices in every industry, perhaps most notably in insurance, agriculture and the military. For the first time, most Americans are experiencing the kind of extreme weather that my classmate saw in subtropical Florida. Now, the ethics component is gaining widespread public acceptance too.

Bakken Trains

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

There has been an alarming rise in the incidence of train accidents in the last two years involving the derailment of tanker cars carrying crude oil, spilling large volumes of toxic crude oil into waterways.

Soft Landing or Crash and Burn? The Choice Is Ours

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Dave Pruett

The industrialized world, as we know it, owes its existence to fossil fuels. But it's a Faustian bargain. We're addicted, and there's hell to pay.

Preparing for Climate Change: The Overview

Richard Ha | Posted 08.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Food security has to do with farmers farming. If the farmers make money, the farmers will farm!

A Real Danger: The Rising Cost of Food

Richard Ha | Posted 05.19.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

The rising cost of food is a real and present danger. Last month the price of meat in the U.S. rose at the fastest rate in ten years. The cost of shri...

Peak Oil and Peak Water vs. Peak Network

Reid Hoffman | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Reid Hoffman

Dealing with resource scarcity will compel companies to adopt new technologies, new manufacturing processes, and new management practices -- all of which will drive innovation faster and faster. As the global middle class expands, there will be massive opportunities for entrepreneurs to create more efficient industries and more productive business ecosystems. Technologies and industries will collide in new and unexpected ways, and these entrepreneurial mashups, inspired in part by scarcity, will potentially produce greater utility and prosperity for society at large.

New Spy Technology to Spawn Oil Revolution

James Burgess | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
James Burgess

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology--from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs.

Hawaii: A Microcosm of the 1914 World

Richard Ha | Posted 04.21.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Let's not go through 30 or more years of crisis and disaster. Let's learn from the past, and from what others are doing around us. Let's all pull together and think on a bigger scale.

A Big Picture Look

Richard Ha | Posted 03.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Geothermal addresses all three of those points. It's inexpensive compared to using oil to produce our energy; we already know that it works; and after decades of experience with it here, the comparative risk is low.

Peak Oil Is Dead

Michael T. Klare | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Michael T. Klare

Reservoirs of energy once considered inaccessible can be brought into production, and others once deemed exhausted can be returned to production; rather than being finite, the world's petroleum base now appears virtually inexhaustible.

'La La La La La' Anyone?

Richard Ha | Posted 02.09.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Farmers and other Ag and business people on the Big Island are in disbelief - to put it mildly - that Mayor Kenoi signed Bill 113, the anti-GMO bill, last week, without first putting together a group to research the science and investigate the serious, unintended consequences we know will result.

Study: Which Sectors of U.S. Economy Will 'Peak Oil' Imperil?

Richard Ha | Posted 02.04.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

We know that energy-related costs will be high then. And that we need to provide food for Hawaii's people. It's as though soon, we're going to have to go. But where will we go?

The New Ahupuaa, Revisited

Richard Ha | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

I sat on one of the panels, and said that our sustainability philosophy has to do with taking a long-term view of things. We are always moving so we'll be in the proper position for the environment we anticipate five, 10 and 20 years from now.

Let's Adapt to Change, and Survive

Richard Ha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

What we're doing on the Big Island with Bill 113 is trying to make a law that prohibits us from helping ourselves. It is the exact opposite of what we should be doing.

Fossil Fuel Euphoria

Michael T. Klare | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Michael T. Klare

What we're seeing is a sea change in elite thinking on the future availability and attractiveness of fossil fuels. There are good reasons to be deeply skeptical of such claims, but that hardly matters when they are gaining traction in Washington and on Wall Street.

Say 'No Can,' or Find a Solution?

Richard Ha | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

A recent bill up before the Hawai'i County Council would have criminalized Big Island farmers for using biotechnology to grow their crops with less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. A second bill is still on the table, and I almost cannot think of anything that would take us further away from where we need to be heading.

Bad News For Climate Change Policy

time.com | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green

Oil isn't likely to peak any time soon. And that's bad news for climate policy....

The Reward for Being Right About Peak Oil: Scorn Heaped With Derision

Stephen Hren | Posted 05.26.2013 | Green
Stephen Hren

Friends, readers, don't believe the hype. The age of oil is coming to an end, but this can be a very good thing if we realize it and make forward-looking choices to leave this dark cloud of exhaust behind us.

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?