Saturday, December 15, 2012

Michael Ruppert on Peak Oil

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 50 -- December 15, 2012

This week in New World Notes, radio program #250, December 18, 2012

Michael Ruppert on Peak Oil

A lucid and interesting explanation of "peak oil" and its consequences. Michael Ruppert convincingly argues that the problem exists, how large the problem is ( = very), and why we can't swap some other source of energy for the cheap, plentiful petroleum that used to be available.

Ruppert also shows some of the geopolitical results of peak oil--Cheney's top-secret energy panel, our war on Iraq, etc. But he ends on an optimistic note--sort of.

From Chris Smith's 2009 film, Collapse.

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Notes, credits, & links

Personal grumble: Ruppert's brief critique of nuclear energy is negative (as it should be)--but not nearly negative enough, for my tastes. He could have mentioned 20 additional reasons nuclear power is a terrible idea.

Especially good is his discussion of the insanity of our (petroleum-intensive) globalized corporate agribusiness.

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Series overview:
Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want ... and what they're trying to make us settle for.

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Finding and pumping deep-sea oil is extremely expensive--and prone to environmental disasters. Saudi Arabia is now drilling at sea. Ruppert asks: What does that tell us about the Saudis' oil reserves on land?

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