Natural Gas
Global Warming
  • Peddling PetroProzac: CERA Ignores Ten Warning Signposts of Peak Oil, by Randy Udall, Energy Analyst, Co-Founder ASPO-USA; Jeremy Gilbert, Former Chief Petroleum Engineer, BP; Steve Andrews, Co-Founder ASPO-USA [2006 November 15]
    "A number of independent, mainstream analysts have confirmed that growth in global conventional oil production may end soon.... However, a few outliers, like ExxonMobil and Cambridge Energy Research Associates [CERA], continue to insist that all is well, and that there is no immediate need for action.

    "... CERA seeks a sober dialogue to identify "clear signposts that will herald the onset" of either the peak or their "undulating plateau" of world oil production. Here, ten reasons why this turning point is likely between now and 2015."

  • The Energy Mandate, by Thomas L. Friedman [2006 October 13]
    "James Carville, the legendary Clinton campaign adviser who coined the slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid,” knows a gut issue when he sees one. So when Mr. Carville contacted me the other day to tell me about the newest gut issue his polling was turning up for candidates in the 2006 elections, I was all ears.

    “Energy independence,” he said. “It’s now the No. 1 national security issue. ... It’s become kind of a joke with us, because no matter how we ask the question, that’s what comes up.”

    "So, for instance, the Democracy Corps, a Democratic strategy group spearheaded by Mr. Carville and the former Clinton pollster Stan Greenberg, asked the following question in an Aug. 27 survey of likely voters: “Which of the following would you say should be the two most important national security priorities for the administration and Congress over the next few years?”

    "Coming in No. 1, with 42 percent, was “reducing dependence on foreign oil.” Coming in a distant second at 26 percent was “combating terrorism.” Coming in third at 25 percent was “the war in Iraq,” and tied at 21 percent were “securing our ports, nuclear plants and chemical factories” and “addressing dangerous countries like Iran and North Korea.” “Strengthening America’s military” drew 12 percent. Mr. Carville also noted that because their polls are of “likely voters,” they have a slight Republican bias — i.e., they aren’t just polling a bunch of liberal greens...."

  • Energy Policy: A world with less oil, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board [2005 July 11]
    "The United States still needs a transformative energy policy, one that moves consumers away from oil. ... But the first step toward energy independence is the recognition that the world's oil supply will soon decline...."
  • Imagining a $7-a-Gallon Future, comments on an article in the New York Times by Daniel Yergin [2004 April 4]
    "No price in America is more visible, indeed inescapable, than that of gasoline..."
  • Calculations illustrate fossil-fuel crisis: Plant-to-oil equations point up unsustainable profligacy [2003 October 29]
    "If you burned a litre of petrol on the way to work this morning, consider this: it took 23.5 tonnes of ancient, buried plants to produce. That's the equivalent of 16,200 square meters of wheat, roots and stalks included. So says new research that aims to raise awareness about the need to change our energy-consumption habits."
  • Technology Will Solve All Oil and Gas Supply Problems: The "Cargo-Cult" of the Modern World by Francis de Winter [2003 August]
    "In World War II ... some primitive tribes on remote islands ... suddenly found themselves with a landing strip in their midst.... This led to a stream of gifts and trinkets and novelties.... Around mid August 1945, with the end of the war with Japan, the planes stopped coming..."
  • Market launch of First Fuel Cell Vehicles from DaimlerChrysler in Two Years , Jürgen Schrempp [2000 June 19]
    Jürgen Schrempp calls engineers to action worldwide. Securing future energy supplies is a pressing problem for mankind.

    Rumor has it that there was a great internal debate in the company and much conflict over this, but eventually they came to share our conclusion, surprisingly being influenced by BPAmoco which is a shareholder.

  • Oil Supply: The Crunch Has Arrived!!, Brian Fleay [2000 March 13]
    Only a significant fall in IEA's expected world oil consumption for 2000 can reduce the risk of a supply shortfall later this year, and then only if OPEC substantially or completely lifts its production quotas in March.... Supply shortfalls are inevitable after 2000 to at least 2003 due to the lack of appropriate investment in the Persian Gulf countries. If the political obstacles to this investment are delayed unduly then the supply shortfalls will last longer.
  • Gas-Out or White-Out? Ron Swenson [2000 March 10]
    Response to a plea circulating on the internet: "Last year on April 30,1999, a gas out was staged across Canada and the U.S. to bring the price of gas down, and it worked. It's time to do something about it again... LET'S HAVE A GAS OUT."
  • The Stakeholders Who Estimate Oil Reserves , Ron Swenson [2000 February 21]
    It seems as if there are so many different oil reserve estimates. You would think in this day and age we would have it narrowed down!?
  • The USA Celebrates Continuing Prosperity ... at Whose Expense?, Ron Swenson [1999 August 1]
    Ignoring the threat of the coming global oil crisis, today citizens of Santa Cruz demanded in a public hearing that tens or hundreds of millions of dollars be invested in expansion of local highways.
  • Taking Stock: Absurdly Large Numbers, Ron Swenson [1997 October 8]
    Any reasonable fact can be obscured by picking units of measure which virtually no one can grasp.
  • The Decline of the Oil Age, Ron Swenson [1997 Summer]
    The automotive industry is skating on thin ice -- or rather on thin oil. All the oil that humanity is ever likely to extract from the earth would spread over the earth's surface in a film that is about the thickness of only a spark-plug gap!
  • Misinformation Campaigns Past and Present, Francis de Winter [1996 July 11]
    Many of the numbers on the status of petroleum reserves are official numbers issued by the nations involved. It should be noted that nothing short of war can force a nation to face the truth or to tell the truth, and that sometimes even war does not work.

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