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What’s Going on with Low Gas Prices, Shale Oil, American Energy Independence, and OPEC?

Orlin Wagner/AP (image source: Orlin Wagner/AP)

There’s a lot of confusion going on right now – as the price of gasoline in the U.S. is declining, we are becoming ever more complacent. Today we saw another steep drop in the price of oil…


Added by David MacLeod on November 28, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Watching the Watchdogs: 10 Years of the IEA World Energy Outlook


Added by David MacLeod on November 14, 2014 at 6:21pm — No Comments

New Energy Report from IEA Forecasts Decline in North American Oil Supply

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site.

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” reported this morning:

NPR’s Business News starts with the outlook for oil. This is a change of course – the International Energy Agency…


Added by David MacLeod on June 5, 2014 at 12:29pm — No Comments

An Energy "Renaissance"?

Reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog.

David – I thought we were entering an energy “renaissance” with new and easy ways to extract gas via fracking.  Obviously, I understand the downsides of fracking.  Can you elaborate?

Ken Mann

Whatcom County Councilmember

Yes Ken, I…


Added by David MacLeod on April 5, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

Oil Company Woes: This is What Energy Depletion Looks Like

The Bellingham Herald had a front page article Wednesday indicating the dismay being expressed by the County Council over the fact that the two largest corporate taxpayers are challenging their property tax assessments.  These would be BP Cherry Point refinery and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale.



Added by David MacLeod on March 14, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Recommended Reading

Small Scale Aquaponics: From Fish Poop to Seafood Dinner - Peak Moment TV with Janaia Donaldson

Tour a closed-loop water system where one critter’s wastes become another’s…

Added by David MacLeod on September 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Principles for the Pulse that is Peak Oil

From PatternDynamics (TM) by Tim Winton

From PatternDynamics (TM) by Tim Winton

A comment has just appeared below my blog post on…


Added by David MacLeod on April 22, 2013 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Peak Oil and the Illusion of Invincibility

Reposted from my blog Integral Permaculture.

Here’s an extended quote from this week’s Archdruid Report by John Michael Greer.  Worth reading in its entirety, but this section succinctly addresses the 'peak oil theory is dead' meme currently…


Added by David MacLeod on March 28, 2013 at 9:15pm — No Comments

World Energy Report 2012

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 (…


Added by David MacLeod on November 28, 2012 at 9:51pm — 1 Comment

“extreme energy = extreme methods = extreme disasters = extreme opposition”

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…


Added by David MacLeod on October 5, 2012 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

A Tough Oil World

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…


Added by David MacLeod on March 17, 2012 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Recommended Reading, Oct. 2, 2011

Celt's Garden: Community Emergency Readiness is All About Attitude

by Celt Schira, Transition Whatcom

...Columbia Neighborhood has spectacular pocket gardens as well as the best organized disaster preparedness in the city. Check it out. I like to walk down the alleys. That way I can peer into people's gardens…


Added by David MacLeod on October 2, 2011 at 6:35pm — No Comments

A Peak Oil Update

Interesting news lately on the 'Peak Oil' front.  Tom Whipple has been writing a column called "The Peak Oil Crisis" for several years now.  His latest article looks at how peak oil is "Killing Off the Recovery."  A good article, but most notable is his reporting that the International Monetary Fund has finally acknowledged peak oil (without calling it that): "in a…


Added by David MacLeod on April 25, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Are We Listening to Egypt's Warning?

Chris Martenson has the ability to discuss things very clearly and logically and without excess verbiage.  I recommend his latest post. 


Egypt's Warning: Are You Listening?

by Chris Martenson


One day, a fruit and vegetable seller was arrested in Tunisia, sparking social unrest, and a few weeks later the government of Egypt was set to topple. 

Such is the nature of complex, chaotic, and unpredictable systems. The stresses…


Added by David MacLeod on February 10, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments

The IEA and World Oil Supply Projections

A front page report November 9, 2009 in The Guardian tells us that "Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower."

"The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for… Continue

Added by David MacLeod on November 11, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Creation of a Local Peak Oil Task Force

The Energy Resource Scarcity / Peak Oil (ERSPO) Task Force of Bellingham and Whatcom County will soon be releasing its report. In preparation, I thought it would be a good idea to provide some background.

In the spring of 2007, local peak oil educator John Rawlins suggested to me that it might be a good idea to pass around a petition in support of a peak oil task force here in Bellingham, Washington. I didn't have time to get a petition drive going, but soon after that… Continue

Added by David MacLeod on November 1, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

A Response to “Small World” by Andrew Potter

A Response to “Small World” by Andrew Potter, published in the 8/12/09 issue of Cascadia Weekly

By David MacLeod (letter published in 8/19/09 issue of Cascadia Weekly

Andrew Potter’s book “The Rebel Sell,” which was an attempt to demonstrate that all counter-culture movements… Continue

Added by David MacLeod on August 20, 2009 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

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