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Climate Change Tipping Points and the Question of Civilizational Survival

We urgently need to view climate change not as a slow, linear process to which we can adapt safely over time, but as a nonlinear set of events involving dramatic and irreversible changes to the global ecosphere.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Transition From Fossil Fuel to Green Energy Is Gaining Traction

Four key trends could speed the transition to renewables: the world’s growing determination to put a brake on climate change; a sea change in China’s stance on growth and the environment; the increasing embrace of green energy in the developing world; and the growing affordability of renewable energy.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE

The Real Story Behind the Oil Price Collapse

With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that once generated record-breaking profits for the oil industry has suddenly become hopelessly dysfunctional.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE

Carbon Counterattack

Instead of retreating from a moral assault that portrays them as the enemies of humankind, the major oil, gas and coal companies have gone on the offensive, extolling their contributions to human progress and minimizing the potential for renewables to replace fossil fuels in just about any imaginable future.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE

Fossil-Fueled Republicanism

In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE

Obama’s New Oil Wars

The Obama administration is wielding the oil weapon against two of the world’s leading producers, Iran and Russia. These efforts, which include embargoes and trade sanctions, are likely to have a great impact on world output, reflecting White House confidence that, in the pursuit of U.S. strategic interests, anything goes.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

A Global Warming President Presides Over Drill-Baby-Drill America

We should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. But the opposite is occurring. U.S. oil consumption climbed by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone and is set to rise again both this year and next.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts that appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics—notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

The Gravitational Pull of Planet Carbon

The pull is reflected in three recent developments in the energy news: a declaration of surrender by BP, a major setback in the European Union, and a strategic end-run by Canadian tar sands companies.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE

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Is a Green Energy Revolution on the Global Agenda?

As intensifying floods, fires, droughts, and storms become an inescapable feature of daily life across the planet, more people are joining environmental groups and engaging in increasingly bold protest actions. Sooner or later, government leaders are likely to face multiple eruptions of mass public anger and may, in the end, be forced to make radical adjustments in energy policy or risk being swept aside.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE

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Fossil Fuel Euphoria

For years, energy analysts had been anticipating an imminent decline in global oil supplies. Suddenly they’re singing a new song, and the expected boost in energy is predicted to provide the United States with a cornucopia of economic and political rewards, including industrial expansion at home and enhanced geopolitical clout abroad.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE


The Race for What’s Left

It’s dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Entering a Resource-Shock World

Two nightmare scenarios—a global scarcity of vital resources and the onset of extreme climate change—are already beginning to converge and in the coming decades are likely to produce a tidal wave of unrest, rebellion, competition and conflict.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

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World Energy Report 2012: The Good, the Bad, and the Really, Truly Ugly

The “good news” of the World Energy Outlook 2012 is really the bad news: The energy industry’s ability to boost production of oil, coal, and natural gas in North America is feeding a global surge in demand for these commodities, ensuring ever higher levels of carbon emissions.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Would Hand Oil Decisions to the States

“[W]hat Romney seeks to do is roll back 50 years of environmental legislation in the United States,” says Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare in a podcast discussion of his new piece “The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 READ MORE

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