An urban legend to comfort America: alternative energy will save us

Summary: This is post #5 in a series examining "urban legends" about energy that comfort Americans. There are solutions, but not the easy ones in which so many Americans have confidence. This is the last post in a series examining 5 “urban legends” about energy that comfort Americans.  I.      Our massive reserves of unconventional oil. II.    … Continue reading An urban legend to comfort America: alternative energy will save us

An urban legend to comfort America: oil is oil, even if it is not oil

This is the fourth post in a series examining “urban legends” about energy that comfort Americans.  These five myths are: I.      Our massive reserves of unconventional oil. II.     We’ll run crash programs to solve peak oil, just as we mobilized for WWII. III.    Demand creates supply, by raising prices. IV.    Oil is Oil, even … Continue reading An urban legend to comfort America: oil is oil, even if it is not oil

An urban legend to comfort America: our massive reserves of unconventional oil

Summary:  The bad news is that much of the good news about energy is wrong.  Repeated so confidently by so many for so long, these fallacies have become a major obstacle to our preparation for peak oil.  This post examines one such fallacy:  that the world has massive reserves of unconventional oil, and that those … Continue reading An urban legend to comfort America: our massive reserves of unconventional oil

Good news about oil, but for our grandkids – not us

A comment on this site said "The data really do speak for themselves if given a chance."  Unfortunately this is not so.  Change can disorient us, making it difficult to clearly observe and analyze the situation.  Lawrence Solomon demonstrates this for us in his article about peak oil.  Too many people make his mistakes, and we … Continue reading Good news about oil, but for our grandkids – not us

The world changed last week – with no headlines in the news

At least, in the American media.  Mostly small stories in the back of our newpapers about this significant event, a milestone on the road to Peak Oil. "King Abdullah stresses the need to keep oil for future generations", Saudi Press Agency, 13 April 2008 -- Excerpt: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah yesterday … Continue reading The world changed last week – with no headlines in the news