when a nightmare scenario looks like the best outcome

Being the wildly paranoid old hippy that I am, I’ve been a long time reader of the Oil Drum, a very interesting site providing a survey of the geo-political situations surrounding the first world’s reliance on oil.  The current happenings in the Gulf of Mexico can be seen as an inevitable outcome of the pressures [...]

future prospects

From The Guardian

In the years approaching the credit crunch, whistleblowers were limited to a few insightful economists and financial journalists. Now whistles are blowing again about another grave threat to the global economy and the security of nations. They warn of an oil crunch: an unexpected crash in global production such that supply can [...]


This  is a fascinating op-ed from The New York Times that reminds us, if we need reminding, that we live in a time of great change and that some of the things that we once thought were the bedrock of our society have suddenly turned into dinosaurs gallumphing off to where ever it is dinosaurs [...]

you ain’t seen nothing yet

Beijing Smog
From The Guardian
“Van der Veer pointed out that the financial crisis would be a problem for a couple of years, “but the energy challenge will be a problem for at least 50 years”.
He told the audience to face three hard truths. First, the world’s population will increase from 6 to 9 billion over the [...]