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I began last week’s post with a variation of these questions:

How do optimistic projections from ExxonMobil’s “The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040report—which I highlighted in that post—square themselves in the face of the oil production challenges suggested by the news excerpts which were also included in that piece? How long do those opposed to climate change and peak oil implications dance away from the unpleasant truths?

What is the benefit beyond avoiding painful discussions today? At what point do those contrarian viewpoints give way to a recognition that there is more than enough evidence already in play to make those challenges both very real and quite formidable now?

How does postponing not just acknowledgment but any and all efforts to come to mutual understandings and a commitment to work cooperatively in addressing these matters make it any easier or better for anyone?

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Earlier this year, I offered two posts [here & here] on Perfect Storm – Energy, Finance and the End of Growth, a well-reasoned 2013 report continue reading…

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An observation worth noting … and pondering, from Marco Pagani: continue reading…

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An observation worth noting … and pondering, from Robert J. Brecha: continue reading…

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‘Tight oil is an important contributor to the U.S. energy supply, but its long-term sustainability is questionable. It should be not be viewed as a panacea for business as usual in future U.S. energy security planning.’ [1]  continue reading…

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Peak oil demand is a provocative theory and would rely on some unanswered questions being met: namely on the  continue reading…

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[W]e must realize that all resources are inextricably interconnected, and also require energy to produce. We can’t overlook continue reading…

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An observation worth noting … and pondering, from the 2012 reportThe New American Oil Boom,” issued by the Energy Security Leadership Council (a project of Securing America’s Energy Future). continue reading…

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For parallelism with the language of finance, net energy should refer to energy produced minus energy invested, whereas EROI should refer to energy produced divided by energy invested…. continue reading…

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An observation worth noting … and pondering, from the 2012 reportThe New American Oil Boom,” issued by the Energy Security Leadership Council (a project of Securing America’s Energy Future). continue reading…