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A Forecast of Our Energy Future; Why Common Solutions Don’t Work

In order to understand what solutions to our energy predicament will or won’t work, it is necessary to understand the true nature of our energy predicament. Most solutions fail because analysts assume that the nature of our energy problem is … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged economic growth, energy, energy forecast, fossil fuel, limits to growth, oil | 630 Comments

Our Energy Predicament in Charts

A friend asked me to put together a presentation on our energy predicament. I am not certain all of the charts in this post will go into it, but I thought others might be interested in a not-so-difficult version of … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil, Financial Implications | Tagged energy, energy predicament, finite world, fossil fuel, oil, oil prices, solar PV, space solar | 183 Comments

Why World Coal Consumption Keeps Rising; What Economists Missed

A primary reason why coal consumption is rising is because of increased international trade, starting when the World Trade Organization was formed in 1995, and greatly ramping up when China was added in December 2001. Figure 1 shows world fossil … Continue reading

Posted in Alternatives to Oil, Energy policy, Financial Implications | Tagged China, coal, economists, fossil fuel, India, international trade, Kyoto Protocol, oil leverage, recession | 59 Comments

Why High Oil Prices Are Now Affecting Europe More Than the US

The world is presently sharing a limited supply of oil. When oil prices rise, oil production doesn’t rise very much, if at all. The issues then become: Which buyers get the oil? What uses get priced out of the market? … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications | Tagged Brent, debt defaults, diesel, Europe, Eurozone, fossil fuel, gasoline, imported oil, natural gas, oil, oil prices, peak oil, petroleum, recession, West Texas Intermediate, WTI | 75 Comments