The Siren song of LNG exports

January 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I compared the new expected demands for US natural gas to the data on supply, and concluded that exporting LNG could be a grave policy error. Read it here: The Siren song of LNG exports
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The revolution will be bottom-up

January 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I looked at various ways that ordinary people are finding ways to reduce their energy consumption, relocalize food production, and create more sustainable communities in the absence of effective top-down leadership.  Read it here: The revolution will be bottom-up
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Interview with Financial Sense January 13, 2012

January 18, 2012 at 11:34 am
Contributed by: Chris

I appeared on the Financial Sense with Jim Puplava program last Friday, in a segment they titled “Political Stand-off in US Energy Policy.” We discussed energy security, the vulnerability of island nations to liquid fuel supply, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Left-Right stalemate over energy policy, the failure of our leadership to grapple with energy and transportation transitions, the “narrow ledge” of oil prices, and how oil has effectively replaced the Fed as the primary moderator of the economy.

You can download the show (21 mins) here: RealPlayer | WinAmp | Windows Media | MP3

See also: 

Energy politics at the piano bar

Reframing the transportation debate

The narrow ledge of oil prices

Have we reached an inflection point in economics history?

Regulation and the decline of coal power

January 11, 2012 at 11:54 am
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week I offered a deep dive into the data on coal-fired power, and found a sector that’s well into decline, but not just because of EPA clean air regulations. Read it here: Regulation and the decline of coal power
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Three deformations of the apocalypse

January 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For SmartPlanet this week, I took up a reader’s suggestion and offered three different outlooks on the next five years: the good, the bad, and the likely. Read it here:

Three deformations of the apocalypse
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New interview with Dr. Colin Campbell

January 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Contributed by: Chris

There is a terrific new half-hour interview with Dr. Colin Campbell on a West Cork, Ireland website, which anyone interested in peak oil, the economy, transition, and the future will want to watch. Dr. Campbell, as longtime readers of this blog know, was my first source of knowledge about peak oil, and I read his wonderful newsletter religiously. Campbell and  Jean Laherrère were among the first serious analysts to expand upon the work of M. King Hubbert in the mid-1990s, and along with several others, founded the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) and gave birth to the modern study of peak oil (use the search function on this site to explore all of those names and newsletters further). Having a pint with Dr. Campbell still ranks right up top on my “bucket list.” Here’s the interview:

In conversation with Dr. Colin Campbell, Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland

Campbell was also featured on the ‘Eco Eye’ program on Irish Television last night. If you’re in the UK you can probably see it, but sadly, they don’t allow it to be viewed from here in the US. Here is the link: http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1129353


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