Tag Archives: petroleum

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    Daily Digest 6/10 – Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms, Big Brother Is Listening And No One Cares

    by DailyDigest

    Monday, June 10, 2013, 2:27 PM

    • NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'
    • Neil Macdonald: Big Brother is listening in and no one seems to care
    • Leaker’s Employer Became Wealthy by Maintaining Government Secrets
    • Gold Price Reflecting Mike Maloney’s “First Deflation Then Inflation”
    • World’s Largest Coal Company Invests in Solar Power to Reduce Energy Costs
    • The Sequester May Start To Show In Data
    • After Drought, Rains Plaguing Midwest Farms
    • Mott Green, a Free-Spirited Chocolatier, Dies at 47

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    Daily Digest 5/31 – Deny, Deny, Deny; Doctors Give 8 Minutes Per Patient

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, May 31, 2013, 3:19 PM

    • Are We There Yet?
    • Global warming caused by chlorofluorocarbons, not carbon dioxide, new study says
    • For New Doctors, 8 Minutes Per Patient
    • Chilean president politely reminds Canadian business to follow the law
    • Social breakdown now trumps markets as eurozone’s greatest threat
    • Deny, Deny, Deny
    • Will Saudi Arabia Allow the U.S. Oil Boom? Interview with Chris Faulkner
    • GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

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    Daily Digest 5/2 – Running Out Of Planet To Exploit, What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, May 2, 2013, 3:56 PM

    • Federal Reserve Refuses to Submit to an Audit of Germany’s Gold Held in U.S. Vaults
    • Neil Macdonald: The secretive world of printing money
    • The Unofficial Inflation Rate
    • Lasers, microwave deployed in high-speed trading arms race
    • IRS Data Web Snares Mostly Low- and Middle-Income Taxpayers
    • Fed holds steady on stimulus, worried by fiscal drag
    • The Fed's QE Exit Will More Than Quadruple Interest Costs For The US
    • What Is YOUR Inflation Rate? 
    • Smart cites: Sustainable solutions for urban living
    • Muzzling Science: How Tories Control The Message
    • The future of business: what are the alternatives to capitalism?
    • A City That Turns Garbage Into Energy Copes With a Shortage
    • What If We Never Run Out of Oil?
    • Running Out of Planet to Exploit
    • Flow of Tainted Water Is Latest Crisis at Japan Nuclear Plant
    • GM joins call for US action on climate change

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    Daily Digest 3/21 – Detroit City Council ‘Still Relevant,’ Argentines Go For Gold

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    Thursday, March 21, 2013, 3:28 PM

    • AstraZeneca slashing 1,200 jobs in Delaware
    • Bankrupt San Bernardino approves over $1 mln in pay hikes
    • Detroit council: We're still relevant
    • Argentines go for gold. Literally.
    • Ficano wants retired deputy to drive and guard him, wash his car
    • Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts – New Zealand Goes Cyprus-Style, RBNZ Responds
    • Nearly 150 years after conflict ended, U.S. government still making payments to children of Civil War vets
    • In Spain, The Bitcoin Run Has Started
    • Canadian man to sell house for Bitcoin virtual currency
    • CIA's Gus Hunt On Big Data: We 'Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever'
    • Tories aim to divide, conquer with envoy who will canvas First Nations on energy projects
    • German scientists quit oil sands research over public climate concerns
    • Doctors call for ban of antibiotic use in farm animals as drug-resistant human infections hit ‘dangerous level
    • ‘We, as a nation, have to wake up’: First Nations leaders vow to do what it takes to block oil pipelines
    • Wave of prawn deaths baffles Chile city of Coronel
    • Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking Israel by swarm

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    Daily Digest 3/15 – Central Banks Souring On The Dollar, The Petro Business Cycle

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, March 15, 2013, 5:16 PM

    • Central banks souring on the dollar
    • Census: Record 1 in 3 US counties are now dying
    • The Petro Business Cycle, Part II
    • Myron Scholes Global Markets Forum: The Coming Crisis in Japan
    • The big winners in Detroit’s fiscal crisis? Wall Street bankers
    • How London’s gold and silver prices are ‘fixed’
    • UBS Loses $2.6 Billion In 2012, Hands Out $2.6 Billion In Bonuses
    • Bixi Toronto Stats And Cars In Canada
    • Greenspan: No irrational exuberance, stocks undervalued
    • Banking Big On The Singularity
    • Thieves Blight Nigeria's Swamps with Spilt Oil
    • 'Carmakers manipulate emissions tests'
    • Bee deaths: EU delays action on pesticides ban

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    Daily Digest 3/12 – Wild Arabia, In Search of Energy Miracles

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 11:27 AM

    • Best Game In Town
    • Wild Arabia
    • Former Mayor of Detroit Guilty in Corruption Case
    • In Search of Energy Miracles
    • Mayor of London to Invest £1 Billion in Bicycle Infrastructure
    • Scottish independence: Scottish government predicts 'oil boom'
    • Why Are the Big Financial Institutions Selling Oil BIG? 

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  • Blog

    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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    In a Bad Spot

    The future becomes clearer but more precarious
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, October 22, 2012, 11:24 PM


    After traveling some, speaking with lots of people, reading, and digesting, I cannot escape the conclusion that things remain hopelessly off track.  Whatever form of 'recovery' is being sought here simply will not arrive.

    The core of my views is shaped by the idea that the very thing being sought, more economic growth (and exponential growth, at that), is exactly the root of the problem.  I suppose I would take a similarly dim view of an alcoholic trying to drink their way back to health as I do the increasingly interventionist central bank and associated political policies the world over.

    Go on then, drink more, but I think we all know what the result will be.

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    Egypt’s Warning: Are You Listening?

    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 7:54 PM


    One day, a fruit and vegetable seller was arrested in Tunisia, sparking social unrest, and a few weeks later the government of Egypt was set to topple. 

    Such is the nature of complex, chaotic, and unpredictable systems. The stresses build for years and years, and nothing really seems to be happening, but then everything suddenly changes. Egypt is therefore emblematic of what we might expect in any complex system in which pressures are building, such as the US Treasury market.  

    Can events in complex systems ever be predicted? No…and yes. No, because the precise timing and details can never be predicted. Yes, because we can be certain that anything that is unsustainable will someday cease to continue and things that are horribly imbalanced will someday topple. We can also be certain that the change, when it comes, will be rather sudden and abrupt, rather than gentle and linear.

    That is, we can easily predict that a complex system will shift, and that it will probably do so rapidly, but not exactly when or by how much.

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