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The Trouble with Apocalypse, by Kurt Cobb

By on 26 Sep 2011 in commentary with 2 Comments
The Trouble with Apocalypse, by Kurt Cobb

The trouble with apocalypse is that most people have already seen it at the movie theater, watched it on television, read it in a book, or heard all about it from the pulpit. So inundated with the language of crisis, that we have become immune to it. From the perspective of the historian our age has been chock full of “great transformations.” And, it is, after all, the historian’s business to write about great change even if he or she has to invent some.

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Jan Lars Mueller, ASPO-USA Executive Director, in WSJ Letter to the Editor

By on 26 Sep 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“With demand for oil and all forms of energy continuing to rise exponentially, and with huge uncertainty whether fossil fuels can keep pace, business as usual isn’t an option.” WSJ Letter to the Editor

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Review September 26, 2011

By on 26 Sep 2011 in Other with 0 Comments

Download Full PDF ASPO-USA 2011 Conference – Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy November 2-5, Capitol Hill Hyatt Washington DC Get the latest research, analysis, and insights on Peak Oil, the ripple effects that a new energy reality will have on the economy and modern life, and response strategies for businesses, government, and communities. More […]

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from Daniel Yergin’s essay “There Will Be Oil”

By on 19 Sep 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“There Will Be Oil” “Things don’t stand still in the energy industry. With the passage of time, unconventional sources of oil, in all their variety, become a familiar part of the world’s petroleum supply. They help to explain why the plateau continues to recede into the horizon-and why, on a global view, Hubbert’s Peak is […]

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Review September 19, 2011

By on 19 Sep 2011 in Peak Oil Review with 0 Comments

Download Full PDF ASPO-USA 2011 Conference – Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy November 2-5, Capitol Hill Hyatt Washington DC Get the latest research, analysis, and insights on Peak Oil, the ripple effects that a new energy reality will have on the economy and modern life, and response strategies for businesses, government, and communities. More […]

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The Bearable Weight of Not-Being, by Tad Patzek

By on 19 Sep 2011 in commentary with 2 Comments
The Bearable Weight of Not-Being, by Tad Patzek

My friend, Rob Dietz, has reminded me about these words by Aldo Leopold: “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” But when I mention the assorted causes of my internal bleeding to my wife and friends, they all look at me with disbelief and impatience. They do not feel the way I often do. What if their thinking is wiser and reflects what really can be done in a world overrun by seven billion people, who always want more than they have at any given moment and place? For most people on the Earth, “more” means safe water to drink, fresh food to eat, and a shelter with a cook stove and an outhouse. For the very few “more” means a $2.5 million watch and unlimited access to all conceivable resources to be used at will.

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Yergin Is Half-Right About Oil, But Other Half Is What Matters

By on 19 Sep 2011 in Other with 3 Comments

In “There Will Be Oil” (September 17, WSJ, Page C1), Daniel Yergin concludes that a peak in global oil production is “nowhere in sight.” By focusing on the timing of such a peak, however, he dangerously distracts attention from the monumental challenges facing the oil and gas industry today, and the new energy and economic […]

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Conference Adds New Networking Opportunities

By on 16 Sep 2011 in Other with 0 Comments

One of the strengths of every ASPO-USA conference is the opportunity for conference attendees to interact with leading Peak Oil experts, as well as each other. Focused discussions with conference speakers and side conversations with people sitting next to you or in the hallway are often some of the most valuable conference experiences. For many, […]

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Nominate 2011 Award Recipients

By on 16 Sep 2011 in Other with 0 Comments

Each year ASPO-USA recognizes individuals and organizations for exemplary efforts to address Peak Oil and resource depletion issues. We invite you to nominate candidates for the following awards, which will be presented at the annual conference, November 2-5, in Washington DC. The Matthew Simmons/M. King Hubbert Award, for exceptional leadership in advancing understanding of and […]

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New Board Members Appointed

By on 16 Sep 2011 in Other with 1 Comment
New Board Members Appointed

ASPO-USA is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors. All three will bring a wealth of experience, ability, intellectual rigor, and thoughtful leadership to our work. The new appointees are: Tadeusz (Tad) Patzek, Professor, University of Texas at Austin; Kurt Cobb, prolific author and speaker on Peak Oil […]

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Conference Brings All-Star Line-Up to Capitol Hill

By on 16 Sep 2011 in Other with 0 Comments
Conference Brings All-Star Line-Up to Capitol Hill

Get set for a star-studded line-up of speakers and four days of hard-hitting analysis and discussion at the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference, Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy, November 2-5 in Washington, DC. The conference is again being held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, but there will be an extra twist this year. The morning […]

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President Bill Clinton in a 2006 Keynote Speech

By on 12 Sep 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“A significant number of petroleum geologists believe that in this decade, and perhaps already, we have reached global peak oil production, something that happened in 1970 in America, where half of all the oil that we can get out of the ground has been taken out… that’s a cause of great concern independent of global […]

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Agenda for the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference

By on 12 Sep 2011 in commentary with 0 Comments
Agenda for the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference

This week, we would like to present our agenda for the 2011 ASPO-USA Conference – Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy to be held November 2-5 (Wednesday – Saturday) in Washington DC.

Wednesday is a pre-conference day featuring visits with Congressional offices and Congressional staff. Thursday will focus on the latest information on oil and energy trends, and analysis of their implications for the economy. Friday will focus on strategies and opportunities to adapt to a new energy and economic reality. Finally, Saturday will focus on interactive roundtable sessions where YOU will have in-depth discussions with speakers and other invited guests.

The Thursday morning session will take place inside the Congressional Auditorium, the 450-seat theater inside the U.S. Capitol. We hope to see you in Washington.

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Review September 12, 2011

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Download Full PDF ASPO-USA 2011 Conference – Peak Oil, Energy & the Economy November 2-5, Capitol Hill Hyatt Washington, DC Get the latest research, analysis, and insights on Peak Oil, the ripple effects that a new energy reality will have on the economy and modern life, and response strategies for businesses, government, and communities. More […]

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from the recently translated Peak Oil analysis by the German Military

By on 5 Sep 2011 in quotes with 0 Comments

“When considering the consequences of peak oil, no everyday experiences and only few historical parallels are at hand. It is therefore difficult to imagine how significant the effects of being gradually deprived of one of our civilization’s most important energy sources will be. Psychological barriers cause indisputable facts to be blanked out and lead to […]

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Review September 5, 2011

By on 5 Sep 2011 in Peak Oil Review with 0 Comments

Download Full PDF 1. Oil and the Global Economy Oil prices moved slowly upward last week as a tropical storm threatened gulf oil production. NY crude touched a high just below $90 a barrel on Thursday and London’s Brent briefly topped $115. Prices fell sharply on Friday, however, after a Labor Department report showed no […]

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Force Multipliers – By Christine Patton

By on 5 Sep 2011 in commentary with 4 Comments
Force Multipliers – By Christine Patton

Most approaches to “solving” our climate and resource crises focus on technology: replacing fossil fuels with a different technology (solar, wind, ethanol, nuclear), or increasing the efficiency of our current technology. We focus on increasing the efficiency of things which would then be used in the same way – adding insulation to single-family homes, or doubling the efficiency of single-user cars that sit idle in the garage and parking lot for the vast majority of their lives, or harnessing renewable sources of energy that would then continue to be used unnecessarily and wastefully. While these solutions may marginally slow the velocity of an economic and energy descent, they can’t seriously apply the brakes to the very unpleasant net energy free-fall that may be in store for our society.

Among the various solutions proposed to our predicament, the most promising innovation may be social innovation. Over the past one hundred years, we have manufactured vast amounts of things – houses, buildings, infrastructure, cars, machines, equipment, supplies, computers, networks, and so on. But these things – our already built resources – are often underutilized, or inefficiently used, due to our social customs, norms, habits, and expectations, and the psychology of status, privacy, and entitlement.

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