Michael Klare: Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon?

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 7:01 pm

So here we are in a record-breaking “polar vortex” with Florida’s Everglades going on a freeze watch and Minnesota registering wind chills of -60 degrees Fahrenheit. This most extreme of weather systems, which should warm the hearts of climate deniers, may in fact turn out to be climate-change related (thanks to a melting Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet). Meanwhile, halfway around the world, Australia has been experiencing a staggering heat wave, having just emerged from a year that included the hottest day, week, month, and overall average on record for that continent.


Late Night: Fire Sales

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 8:00 pm

Hard to believe, but yet another corporate malefactor turns out to be a hollow shell, devoid of assets and accountability, and this time half of a town got obliterated because of it. With every emerging detail, the derailment and explosion of an unmanned (!) train in Lac Megantic, Quebec turns out to be the same old plot with new characters. A larger concern with assets to protect “spins off” its shoddiest and riskiest parts, and any attendant liabilities, and leaves it alone to flame out, usually not so literally, but still leaving everyone but the con artists at the top holding the conveniently empty bag just the same.

None of Shell’s Arctic Ocean Oil Is Destined for Your Gas Tanks, Unless You’re in China

By: Sunday December 30, 2012 5:00 pm

Reading Edward Teller’s post on the trials and tribulations experienced by Shell Oil in its efforts to get at all that tasty delicious crude oil below the floor of the Arctic Ocean made me think of this fact: Unless you live in China, none of that oil is destined for your car’s gas tank.

What Fraction Of America’s $4+/Gallon Gasoline Is Due To The War In Iraq?

By: Friday July 11, 2008 1:42 pm

Gasoline prices at the pump have gone up by over $2.50 since before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom to today. A question asked: How much of that price increase is a premium due to the Iraq War and other Middle East tension? A question asked … Answered?

GRITtv: Meet the OEA

By: Tuesday May 20, 2008 1:50 pm

Can you imagine a world where the government cares about and enforces fuel efficiency? Meet the OEA, via The Freedom From Oil campaign. And tune in later for the full hour with a roundtable discussion on faith and politics, and an interview with the filmmaker behind Battle for Haditha.

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