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    Peak Prosperity

    Peak Cheap Oil – Crash Course Chapter 20

    Still a very big, very real, threat to our way of life
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:31 PM


    Energy is the lifeblood of any economy.  But when an economy is based on an exponential debt-based money system and that is based on exponentially increasing energy supplies, the supply of that energy therefore deserves our very highest attention.

    What’s clearly at work here is that we’re finding more oil, but it’s expensive. Yet total global demand for oil will climb as developing countries expand their economies and world population continues to grow. Competition for hydrocarbons will become more fierce than it has ever been.

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    The Real Reason the Economy Is Broken (and Will Stay That Way)

    More and more economic sinkholes
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 1:54 AM


    We are far enough and deep enough into the most heroic monetary and fiscal efforts ever undertaken to finally ask, why aren't these measures working?

    Or at least we should be.  Oddly, many in DC, on Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve continue to steadfastly refuse to include anything in their approaches and frameworks other than "more of the same."

    So we are treated to an endless parade of news items that seek to convince us that a bottom is in and that we've 'turned the corner' often on the flimsy basis that in the past things have always gotten better by now.

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    The Really, Really Big Picture

    There isn't going to be enough net energy
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:54 AM


    [Many longtime followers of the Crash Course have asked Chris to update his forecasts for Peak Oil in light of the production increases in shale oil and gas over recent years. What started out as a modest effort at clarification morphed into a much more massive 3-report treatise as Chris sifted through mountains of new data that ultimately left him more convinced than ever we are facing a global net energy crisis despite misguided media efforts intended to convince us otherwise. His reports are being released in series over the next several weeks; the first installment is below.]

    There has been a very strong and concerted public-relations effort to spin the recent shale energy plays of the U.S. as complete game-changers for the world energy outlook.  These efforts do not square up well with the data and are creating a vast misperception about the current risks and future opportunities among the general populace and energy organizations alike.  The world remains quite hopelessly addicted to petroleum, and the future will be shaped by scarcity – not abundance, as some have claimed.

    This series of reports will assemble the relevant data into a simple and easy-to-understand story that has the appropriate context to provide a meaningful place to begin a conversation and make decisions.

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    My Recent Talk at the UK House of Parliament

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, March 1, 2010, 6:30 PM


    NOTE:  We had some difficulty with the links to this talk which we have now mostly fixed.  There’s no video, but audio for the whole event is now uploaded to this site as are the PDFs links to which are provided below. 

    My recent talk at the House of Parliament was recorded and has just been put up on their website.  A video of the talk itself, a PDF of the slides, and an audio (MP3) recording of the Q&A session are all available.

    I have only watched the video and have not yet listened to the Q&A, so I don’t know if that portion came out at all.  (I imagine that the questions themselves will not have been captured well by the single microphone at the front, so hopefully I remembered to restate the questions like a good presenter should).

    But the video is certainly passably good for a single camera perched on a table off to the side.  If you flip through the slides as I talk, it’s not too hard to follow along, although the slides cannot be seen at all on the mini-screen.

    (Links to everything below)

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