The IEA is the international organization that many governmental bodies look to for authoritative data on energy, put in place during the energy crisis of the 1970s. They put out a major report once per year, and I have been reading the executive summary of this report for about 7 or 8 years. It is fascinating to see how the report evolves year after year. I wrote a piece for Energy Bulletin a few years ago, looking at the trend of the reporting from 2005 through 2009 (…Continue
Last night I had the privilege of introducing author Andrew Nikiforuk to the “Literature Live” audience assembled at Village Books in Bellingham, WA. His latest book is The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude. It…Continue
Back in 2008, the price of gas and oil was steadily climbing, and there was some openness in the community about the idea of "peak oil." A task force to study the issue was unanimously supported by both the city and county councils.
As the task force was going about its work, the economic crisis hit, and the price of oil dropped. As prices declined, so did the level of concern about the peaking of world oil production. Few connected the dots to realize that high oil prices…
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The complete version of my Letter to the Editor of Cascadia Weekly (published July 13, 2011. The letter was given the unfortunate title "Dark Future" by the Weekly. For sure, I see hard times in our future, but there are also many opportunities. As David Holmgren has written, "We have trouble visualizing decline as positive, but this simply reflects the dominance of our prior culture of growth." My primary reason for writing the letter was to point out that, contrary to Michael…Continue
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