Friday, April 13, 2012

Peak Oil, Peak Natural Gas, Peak Electricity...

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New World Notes News
Vol. 5, No. 15-16 -- Friday the 13th, 2012

This fortnight in New World Notes, radio program #215-216, April 17 & 24, 2012

Peak Oil, Peak Natural Gas,
Peak Electricity:
Why 'More of the Same' is Not an Option

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In brief

It's not just oil. With growing demand and declining supplies, all forms of energy will soon become very expensive.

No alternative sources can produce as much energy as we are now obtaining from oil and natural gas--both of which are in decline. Some proposed alternatives (hydrogen, ethanol) are pipe-dreams.

Is this the end of The American Way of Life? Probably. Several experts lucidly explain what's happpening and what we have to do.

Experts speaking here include several petroleum scientists and engineers, ecologist Richard Heinberg, urban planners James Howard Kunstler and Peter Calthorpe, energy investment broker Matthew Simmons, political analyst Michael Ruppert, and journalist Barrie Zwicker (narrator).

For this two-part broadcast, I condensed and adapted the 2004 documentary film, The End of Suburbia.

Notes, credits, & links

More on Peak Oil:

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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.

Below: No known or forseeable technology can produce as much power, as cheaply, as oil and natural gas have been able to. Can expensive power and prosperity co-exist?

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