A Conversation About Energy with Howard Lindzon

March 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm
Contributed by: Chris

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a freewheeling, videotaped chat with StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon on the present and future realities of energy. It was a lot more casual and conversational than any previous media appearances I’ve done  (at 10:30 PM with a glass of Scotch in hand), so it was more fun, if less professional.

Topics included peak oil, the end of economic growth, reversing globalization, oil prices, alternatives, and lots of other topics. View the video (25 minutes) below the fold.

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Letter to Congress: We Need a Real Energy Plan

March 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Contributed by: Chris

By special request, my column for Green Chip Stocks last week was a letter to Congress on behalf of the American people, asking for a real energy plan.
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‘Peak Demand,’ Yes, But Not the Nice Kind

March 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Energy and Capital last week, I explained why the “peak demand” argument is a good one–but not for the nice reasons.
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My Verdict on the Bloom Box

March 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Green Chip Stocks, I took a critical look at the new Bloom Box fuel cell system, and concluded that it’s a modest improvement over standard natural gas-fired grid power.
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Soccer and Energy Policy

February 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Energy and Capital, I drew some lessons from the world’s most beloved sport about how to formulate good energy policy.
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Why Rooftop Solar Is Set to Explode

February 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Green Chip Stocks, I outlined some of the pieces falling into place, particularly in the area of financing, that are setting the stage for an explosion of distributed rooftop solar in the U.S.
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The Oil Export Crisis Has Arrived

February 8, 2010 at 11:53 am
Contributed by: Chris

For Energy and Capital last week, I took a close look at the declining oil exports of Venezuela and Mexico, and saw U.S. imports taking the brunt of the loss. The recession has masked the decline of exports, but we’re going to feel it soon.
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The Day the World Turned from Brown to Green

February 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Green Chip Stocks, I marked the moment when public sentiment tipped away from fossil fuels and toward green energy.
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Resistance, Resilience, and Rebellion

January 25, 2010 at 6:31 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Energy and Capital last week, I pondered resistance, resilience, and rebellion as survival strategies in light of the Haiti earthquake and the recent brutal storm system that pounded my area.
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The Renewable Power Rebellion

January 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Green Chip Stocks last week, I considered secession as a useful strategy toward relocalizing communities.
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Interview with Financial Sense 1-16-10

January 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Contributed by: Chris

I appeared on the Financial Sense program today and discussed my article on investment themes for the next decade, the error in U.S.-centric views on commodities, the reasons for volatile oil prices, why socialist countries are so far ahead of the U.S. in their energy planning, and why local communities are wise to take control of their own futures in energy, water, and food–what Matt Simmons calls “BIMBYism,” or Build In My Backyard.

You can download the show (1 hour) here: RealPlayerWinAmpWindows MediaMP3

My segment begins at 43:53.

The Future of the Southwest: Localization and Carrying Capacity

January 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Energy and Capital last week, I offered a travelogue of my Christmas drive through the American Southwest, and mused on how it will manage the transition to a renewably powered, localized future.
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Energy Outlook for the Next Decade, Part 2

January 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Green Chip Stocks last week, I continued my two-part series on investment themes for the next decade, including my predictions for oil, natural gas, coal, renewables, uranium, efficiency, water, and agriculture.
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Investment Themes for the Next Decade

December 28, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For Energy and Capital last week, I offered some big-picture energy investment themes for the next decade. Part 1 of a two-part series.
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What If EIA Annual Energy Outlook Were Written by an Honest Person?

December 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Green Chip Stocks, I critiqued the 2010 Annual Energy Outlook from the EIA, and wondered what it would look like if it were written by an honest person.
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Investing in an Empire of Illusion

December 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Energy and Capital, I critiqued an America in thrall to its illusions, unable to respond meaningfully to the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and population, and cautioned investors to be self-reliant in facing the challenges ahead.
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Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

December 14, 2009 at 9:10 am
Contributed by: Chris

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle is an outstanding little book by veteran journalist Chris Hedges, offering one of the most trenchant critiques of American culture and the media I have ever read. I found in it many things I had always wanted to say, and inspiration for my piece “Investing in an Empire of Illusion”. Instead of reviewing it, I’ll just suggest that you buy it and read it.
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Dubai World and Masdar: A Tale of Two Cities

December 7, 2009 at 7:48 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For last week’s Green Chip Stocks, I contrasted Dubai World and Masdar City as icons of the past and future.
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Investing in Hard Assets

November 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm
Contributed by: Chris

For this week’s Energy and Capital , I look at the moves the big money is making into hard assets, and predict tough times ahead for the dollar and U.S. equities.
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Notes from the 2009 ASPO-USA Peak Oil Conference

November 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm
Contributed by: Chris

Here are my notes from the 2009 ASPO-USA Peak Oil Conference, October 11-13, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Length: 71 pages.

View the Web version below the fold, or download the PDF.

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