I had the great pleasure of videotaping a long conversation with KrisCan in mid-July, which is now online in seven parts. Topics included the Deepwater Horizon spill, the implications for U.S. oil production, my critique of various energy policies, and the challenges of energy transition.
For those who aren’t familiar with KrisCan, she’s an independent producer of online media about peak oil, small farming, and related topics. She has a rare way of approaching these subjects that’s creative, fun, illuminating, and yet grounded in reality, and I’ve been a fan of her work since she started it. Check out her YouTube page and her web site.
Part 1: Deepwater Horizon & other Peak Oil Thoughts – Consequences of the oil spill for the future of energy in the U.S.
Part 2: Forward Capacity – Specifics on deepwater drilling, technology, and the impact of the spill on forward production capacity.
Part 3: All Hands On Deck – Why instead of simply having faith that technology will fix our energy problems, we should be focusing on building local resilience.
Part 4: Command Economy – Why command economies like China have the advantage over capitalistic economies like ours right now, as they aggressively build rail capacity.
Part 5: Incentivize Not Penalize – Why cap and trade failed, why feed-in tarrifs (FiTs) are a superior policy tool, and what our climate and energy goals should be.
Part 6: Executing Energy Transition – Why biofuels, particularly ethanol, can’t substitute for petroleum, yet still manage to dominate in the policy arena.
Part 7: Plan A Way Forward – Why we need to grow up in a big hurry, understand the challenge of energy transition, and get on with it.