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Why "Supply and Demand" doesn't Work for Oil

A gradual switch to higher-cost energy products, in a sense, works in the opposite direction to a switch from beef to chicken. 

The "Syrian Sickness": What Crude Oil Gives, Crude Oil will Take Away

Crude oil had created modern Syria, crude oil has destroyed it.

Drought Influenced Syrian Civil War; So What, Says U.S. Congress

This singular thought, that climate change can stir dangerous human conflict, is gaining salience across much of the world.

Peak Oil Review - Nov 23

A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Quote of the Week -Oil and the Global Economy -The Middle East and North Africa -China -Russia -The Briefs

Despite Low Oil Prices, Renewable Power Gaining Traction, Energy Agencies Report — But Not Yet Fast Enough for the Climate

The shift away from coal and towards renewable sources of energy is slowly beginning to gain traction, two recently-released reports from American and …

The Elephant in Paris – the Military and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In the aftermath of the terrible killings in Paris, military responses are again taking central stage

Peak Oil Notes - Nov 19

 A midweek update.Oil futures fell as low as $39.91 a barrel in New York on Wednesday before rebounding to close at $40.75.

Keeping warm with minimal heating: small-scale solutions

I discuss some of the ways you can add the equivalent of an extra layer of clothes to your residence.

The Heresy of Intellectual Choice

The heresy of technological choice is a door.

Can We Afford the Future?

As a child of the 1950s I grew up immersed in a near-universal expectation of progress.

Portland Passes Groundbreaking Fossil Fuel Resolution!

In the hour before the city council hearing began on the proposition to ban all new and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland, roughly 200 people …