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222: Applying a Peak Oil Filter to Financial Choices

Monday, November 12th, 2012

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pm222_620.jpg“If peak oil occurs, it will dominate most everything else that we do, because energy drives everything.” Financial consultant Jim Hansen’s peak oil filter doesn’t just guide  investment decisions for his client portfolios. He applies it to his personal lifestyle (you may be surprised to learn what car he drives). He’s also concerned about community impacts when fuel prices are higher, like centralized hospitals dependent on people driving to them, rather than many smaller localized facilities. Jim makes an important point: “If I get it right but my community gets it wrong, it could overwhelm everything I’ve done personally.” [ravennacapitalmanagement.com]

 

BlipTV | Janaia’s journal Applying the Peak Oil Filter | iTunes | Audio

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221: Human-Powered Machines - Can Pedals Power the World?

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

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Jump on that bike and power up the blender for your morning smoothie! Matthew Corson-Finnerty shows several machines he has developed while at Aprovecho Center in Oregon. Watch us pedal power an electricity generator, a grain mill, a blender, and a straw-chopper. Matthew notes there’s “considerable difference between the power that one person can generate, and [what’s] generated by a fossil fuel engine or a coal-fired plant to provide electricity.” After watching these machines, what do you think? [aprovecho.netbikeblender.blogspot.com]

BlipTV | Janaia’s journal: Taking a Ride on Pedal-Powered Machine(s) | iTunes | Audio

 

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204: Oil Puts the Squeeze on the Economy

Friday, October 28th, 2011

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pm204_200.jpgThis turbulent, troubled global economy is precisely what Chris Martenson predicted in early 2010, “When Exponential Meets Reality” (episode 166). He asserts that we can no longer look at the economy without factoring in the terminal decline of its master resource — oil. The author of The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy and Environment believes that, as “the generation that gets to deal with hitting up to resource limits,” we first need a new cultural story to inspire
appropriate action. [www.chrismartenson.com].

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192: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

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pm192_150.jpg“There are no real solutions, there are only responses.” So say the expert contributors in The Post Carbon Reader, pointing to society’s complex, interdependent systems squeezed by growing demand and declining resources. Co-editor Daniel Lerch tells us renewable energy will never be able to replace fossil fuels. Thus resilience —  the capacity of a system to withstand disturbance while retaining its fundamental integrity — needs to replace sustainability as a guide to action. [http://www.postcarbon.org/reader]

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Read Janaia’s journal “Daniel Lerch and The Post Carbon Reader.”

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138 The Twilight of an Age

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

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pm138_150.jpgIn his book, The Long Descent, John Michael Greer observes that our culture has two primary stories: “Infinite Progress” or “Catastrophe”. On the contrary, he sees history as cyclic: civilizations rise and fall. Like others, ours is exhausting its resource base. Cheap energy is over. Decline is here, but the descent will be a long one. It’s too late to maintain the status quo by swapping energy sources. How to deal with this predicament? He lays out practical ideas, possibilities, and potentials, including reconnecting with natural and human capacities pushed aside by industrial life. [www.thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com]
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133 Two Views of a Post-Oil Future

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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ASPO-USApm133_150.jpgFrom the ASPO-USA 2008 conference: two long-standing peak oil awakeners: author James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency) and Post Carbon Institute Founder and President, Julian Darley.

Darley, founder of Post Carbon Institute, is big on sharing: Sharing ideas to quickly inform a public largely unaware of peak oil. Sharing cars as a quick way individuals can get fuel usage down. He notes the “Re” in Relocalization means positive actions we can revive from the past to enable the powerdown transition.

Kunstler describes his recent novel World Made by Hand, a richly textured life in a post-oil agrarian community where electricity and phone are rarely working, and people must of necessity rely on each other. He compares America’s current financial and political “fiesta of dishonesty” with the 1850s, which preceded the “last great U.S. convulsion.”

[www.postcarbon.org, www.kunstler.com, www.aspo-usa.com]

DVDs of the entire conference can be ordered through ASPO-USA at www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=662327

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132 Peak Oil and Its Effect on Climate Change

Friday, October 24th, 2008

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ASPO-USApm132_1501.jpgThe peak oil message is slow to gain acceptance, says energy analyst Randy Udall, because it’s at odds with our optimistic It’s-Morning-in-America mentality. Politicians “Don’t Do Depletion.” Randy describes challenges, mitigations, and exciting opportunities to create a prosperous path to a lower-energy future. In an excerpt from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference in September 2008, the co-founder of ASPO-USA points out cornucopian myths about energy that are being shattered by reality. His concern is that the peak oil crisis, while less known than the climate crisis, will impact us sooner, and is not being factored into climate policy decisions, Ironically, it may well make resolution of the climate crisis easier. [www.aspo-usa.com]

DVDs of the entire conference can be ordered through ASPO-USA at www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=662327

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130 Oil and Gas - The Next Meltdown?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

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ASPO-USApm130_150.jpgDrawing parallels with the current financial meltdown, Matthew Simmons expresses his alarm about gasoline stocks being the lowest in several decades and refinery production down following recent hurricanes. He warns that if there were a run on the “energy bank” by everyone topping off their gasoline tanks, the U.S. would be out of fuel in three days, and grocery shelves largely emptied in a week. In an interview plus excerpts from his presentation at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO-USA) conference on September 22, 2008, Matt highlights the risks and vulnerabilities in the finished oil products system, and answers questions from the audience. [www.simmonsco-intl.com, www.aspo-usa.com]

DVDs of the entire conference can be ordered through ASPO-USA by clicking here.

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Up Next - Association for the Study of Peak Oil Annual Conference

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

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080921_at_aspo.jpgPeak Moment Television was on the scene at ASPO-USA, the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil - USA,  September 21-23, 2008 in Sacramento, California. Upcoming episodes will include personal interviews along with excerpts from presentations.

First up will be Matt Simmons, reknowned energy investment banker, advisor to the Cheney energy task force, and author of Twilight in the Desert. His message was a zinger.

You’ll also hear from peak oil-savvy Jim Puplava of Financial Sense, Post Carbon Institute’s Julian Darley, Community Solutions’ Megan Quinn Bachman, Oil Drum’s Professor Goose (aka Kyle Saunders), ASPO co-founder Randy Udall, columnist Tom Whipple, and more.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks.

129 Meeting the Energy Challenge

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

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pm129_150.jpgRichard Heinberg, author of Powerdown, makes plain the dire situation we’re in as declining oil supplies fail to meet demand. He notes there are no easy “supply side” solutions (like substitute fuels): we must reduce demand, initially through conservation and efficiency. Julian Darley, president of Post Carbon Institute observes that while personal action is important, individuals can only do so much. A deeper response must come at the municipal level — to change infrastructures on how we heat, transport, and power our society. Sharing, he notes, can bring enormous energy reductions almost immediately: after all, two people rather than one in a car cuts energy use per person in half. Bottom line: Americans love rising to a challenge. And this IS a challenge! [www.postcarbon.org]

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