Dimming And Peak Oil
out boys and girls it's official. If we start
going into an energy tailspin global warming
is about to go through the roof. It all started
a few years ago when Isreals' Minister Of
Agriculture measured the amount of sunlight
hitting isreal. He was startled to learn that
there was a 10% reduction in sunlight hitting
Other scientists had also reached the conclusion
that there was a 16% drop in Europe, 30% in
some regions of Russia, 10% lost over North
America and a drop everywhere else. And the
cause being pollution from the burning fossil
fuels. Global Warming is much worst then we
thought and is being masked by our carbon
Make Us Move
According to Wikipedia.org
: Thermal depolymerization (TDP) is a process
for the reduction of complex organic materials
(usually waste products of various sorts,
often known as biomass) into light crude oil.
It is a proven technique of turning organic
matter of all kinds into light sweet crude,
natural gas, distilled water and a mix of
minerals. If a 165 pound man was inserted
into one end of the machine on the other end
would come out approximately 40-45 litres
of oil, a few pounds of natural gas, 120 pounds
of distilled water and a few more pounds of
Review (Spoiler Alert)
Syriana was the most anticipated
film for peakniks last year. But it's not
as interesting as I had hoped.
It barely skims the surface of Peak Oil. It
avoids dealing with any real solutions to
big oil problems.
The trailer is also really misleading. "Imagine
30% of the US Population unable to heat their
homes, or gas
prices as high as $20 a gallon." But
nowhere in this film are these lines to be
heard. I often found myself
uninterested and bored and the person behind
me was snoring towards the end of the film.
No Joke! The most
positive thing it does is bring the peak oil
halfway to the mainstream. But it still has
a ways to go. More...
Tesla, The Enabler Of Suburbia
Nicola Tesla was a
Serbian inventor and a key man responsible
for todays suburban way of life. He created
our system of AC Power generation and much
of todays power grid relys on his inventions'
ability to transfer power over great distances.
This invention is no less then the Brushless
Polyphase Alternating Current Engine. Early
industrial cities were limited in size because
direct current power needed to be generated
2 miles or less from a factory or home. But
Teslas' invention allowed energy to flow anywhere
and everywhere. The suburbia of today would
probably have little or no electricity without
Tesla. Why would you drive a car to a place
that doesn't have electricity? You probably
wouldn't and instead you would stay in walkable
urban centers or dense cities with DC power
plants. Tesla allowed light rail to go from
the city to suburbia. Before him, electric
streetcars were inefficient and dangerous.
The Brooklyn Dodgers were named after people
dodging electrical discharges caused by DC
powered trollies. Early street cars were also
limited in the distance they could travel.
Forks, Wilson, Castaway Island & Peak
Coming back from
my working trip to Fiji in May of 2006 has
changed my view of these formerly cannibal
The chief product of this tiny island nation
is most certainly tourism. Tourism that will
vanish as fleets of
Jumbo Jets become incapable of deploying hoards
of backpackers and honeymooners onto the islands.
I had the
fortune of photographing a wedding on Malolo
Island. It was a place where everything is
shipped in. I felt like
I was in Florida with all the ammenities I
have come to expect in a first world nation.
All this from an island
barely bigger then a cul de sac. And the lifeblood
of it all is cheap fuel. The only exception
being the main
mode of transportation. People travel the
islands by boat, helicopter and sea plane
instead of automobile. More...
Wealth And The Future!
What exactly does
the word WEALTH mean? For many wealth means
how nice, new and up to date their lifestyle
and personal possessions are. How new is your
car? How expensive? Which brand? You are judged
based on these things and not the wealth of
knowledge or wisdom you might have in your
mind or heart. What happens when we cease
using cars when they become impossible to
make and unaffordable to drive? Will we value
clothing more? What happens when the cheap
shipments of clothing stop coming in from
China. What then? Will you be judged on your
vacation when air fuel becomes too expensive
for most to travel abroad? These are the questions
modern Western Societies will have to answer
in ten years time. More...
And The Childhoods' of The 1980s
"The planet of
Prysmos had enjoyed a technological age for
several thousand years, untill the realignment
of the three suns marked the end of the age
of science and technology and began the age
of magic. Prysmos had
now entered a kind of medieval age where all
forms of technology were now useless and mankind
on Prysmos had
to resort to a more primitive and simple way
of living." This is the storyline of
an animated childrens' show
in the 80s, called Knights of the Magical
Light. The show begins with a glimpse into
a society where all
technology stops and powerdown is immediate
and hard. The introductory credits show cars
and computers losing power and society coming
Peak Oil Dress Rehearsal
When the wars in
the former Yugoslavia broke out, the once
mighty Yugoslav Republic of Serbia was under
a terrible oil embargo and sanctions. When
I was seventeen I visited that country, my
country of origin and
saw the future of the world. I didn't know
it at the time, but the fate of the entire
industrial world was in
front of me. James Kunstler believes that
cities will shrink in size and the countryside
of the United States
would be repopulated when the peak arrives.
This is exactly what happened in Serbia during
the oil shortages
of the nineties. People migrated back to small
villages and grew their own food to survive.
Serbia has very
rich soil due to the annual flooding of the
Danube river. This body of water provides
nutrients to the
countryside when it floods.
Oil And The Land Down Under
One would think that
on a continent of only twenty-three million
people peak energy/oil wouldn't be that great
of a problem. That's what I thought before
I went there. Instead, Australia is a continent
with plentiful natural resources that are
now peaking and going into depletion. And
the continent lacks water, good farm land
and has suburban sprawl that equals that of
Los Angeles. More...
And Peak Oil
write this article from a dingy basement in
Toronto, Canada. It's the largest city in
this country but I wonder about how long I'll
be living here. My house is a mid-fifties
suburb about 15 kilometers from downtown.
It's not bad considering the subway is nearby
and it'll saved from the fate of having to
commute to work with a car. All I need to
do is find employment along the subway line
and I'll be alright. Everything depends on
how quickly peak oil extraction is reached
and what the rates of decline are. If it declines
10% annually then we are all in trouble but
a 2-5% decline will be relatively managable.
Red Crude Rising
Ronald Lairchild (March
In 1986 Tom Clancy and Larry Bond
wrote a war-thriller called Red Storm Rising.
Not one of Clancy’s usual “sniper-supermodel”
pieces, Red Storm Rising envisioned what would
happen if the now defunct USSR went to war
with NATO. The novel has gained a fair amount
of attention from military theorists and practitioners
across the world: “Red Storm Rising
is basic literature at many military academies
inside and outside the United States, as are
several other books by Tom Clancy.
Major And Peak Oil!
Dusko Jocic (February
A couple of
weeks ago I was surfing the web looking for
something new about peak oil conspiracies
and I happened to come accross the page, arkadysimkin.pl.
The site is about a Russian geologist that
looks for oil in extremely remote parts of
Russia with his team of scientists and specialists.
They uncovered something incredible in the
ice and find a gigantic creature that is at
least 20 times larger than the Wooley Mamoth.
The glaciers on an incredibly remote island
had melted and revealed the beast under the
ice. The creature is partially revealed and
there is more under the ice.
The Sun And The Steel Box
Ronald Lairchild (February
man named James Burke once made a show called
Connections (produced by the BBC). Connections
was dedicated to technology and the perils
of relying too heavily on technology and the
pitfalls we as a race create for ourselves
when we complicate our lives by putting technology
ahead of self reliance. The story of technology
is of course a story of an ever expanding
new things, and of course many of these new
things replace old things, which perhaps we
had better kept on hand just in case.
Oil A Bible Prophecy?
(January 31, 2006)
sure many of you are already cringing at the
sight of this articles title but most biblical
even make the connection that peak oil can
bring about the end of days. According to
the Book Of Revelation
in the new testament, Armageddon is supposed
to happen in the Middle East. Sounds like
a fairly logical place if
that's where all the oil is and nations are
starving for energy. The final battle is supposed
to begin when
Iran and its northern allie, (most scholars
say Russia) attack the nation of Israel. They
are repelled by the
revived Roman Empire, which is most likely
a European & North American Coalition.
Roll, 911 & Peak Oil
(January 10, 2006)
if 911 was a conspiracy and was staged for
a greater purpose? That's exactly what the
website and film LetsRoll911.org explains
with great enthusiasm and patriotism. There
is evidence that the planes that slammed into
the World Trade Center had missiles and explosives
on their under-carriages to help bring down
the twin towers. As well, people interviewed
in the film say that there were separate explosions
all over the buildings, during and after the
planes slammed into them. Many eye-witnesses
reported that the planes had blue logos on
their front sections and no windows and their
undercarriages were heavily modified. If these
weren't passenger flights what were they?
200 Year Housing Bubble
Dusko Jocic (January
few weeks ago I went to a workshop for potential
real estate buyers in Toronto. This seminar
was for for a system called Noble Wealth.
It was another one of those infomercial style
pitches where they try to sell you insider
information that is usually common sense.
It was about how to become a landlord and
make money through renting your property and
generating passive income. The seminar panel
talked about the housing bubble and how we
would all be spared from it and flipping houses
was here to stay. MORE...
Island of Voz
Ronald Lairchild (December
the little known country of Kazakhstan, on
the border of Uzbekistan, is something formerly
known as the Aral Sea. A Now a sea in name
only, its name is synonymous with pictures
of rotting landlocked fishing trawlers rusting
silently in what appears to be a desert. Now
at 40% of its original size and
20% of it’s original volume, it Aral
is a shadow of its former self and almost
completely barren. This sort of drastic change
is the legacy of the industrial might of a
now defunct superpower. MORE...
And The Mcfarmer
Jocic (December 17th)
Last year I drove
through the deserts of the Southwestern United
States. Fresh fruits and vegetables grew all
around me using year round sun, automated
irrigation and oil based fertilizers. With
this mode of production, farming becomes about
logistics and scale. It is hard to imagine
what life will be like when shipping this
produce becomes costly and inefficient.
Peakniks, Doomers, and Wall Street’s Itchy
Ronald Lairchild (December
For years the term “Peak Oil” was a
sort of economic bogeyman, used by high school teachers
economics teachers to frighten their students into
recycling every week. From time to time people would
use it to inspire movies from
Road Warrior to Syriana video games like Fallout.
When Hubbert presented his theory the E.R.O.E.I.
or “Energy Returned On Energy Invested”
was something like 50 barrels reapeded out of the
ground to every barrel used to pump the precious
resource from the ground. MORE...
Women Don't Belong In The Post-Petro Workplace!
Dusko Jocic (November
lthough women have come a long way in our society
with regards to equality in the workforce, there
be true equality. As long as the real objects of
value in our society are primarily built by males
always be dependent on man. Cheap energy has enabled
womens' liberation to thrive and women to have
equal income and say in the family but that age
of cheap and abundent fossil fuel is ending and
so too is
the age of equality. MORE...
Ronald Lairchild (November
The only people who use the word "bunker" with
any frequency are people in the military, World
War One buffs, and gamers. Most people remember
a time where bunkers were common, sometime before
flower children and the war on drugs. Known by names
such as "bomb shelters" or "blast shelters", no
matter what you call them they became a lot more
common in North American houses with the Cuban missile
As Oil Peaks, Welcome Back To Sesame Street.
As a kid I didn't
know the situation facing the characters on Sesame
Street. I didn't realise that the only people in
inner cities in the seventies and eighties were
those too poor to get out. That would explain why
Oscar the Grouch lived in a trash can and why an
armless Snufalufagus had a hard time getting a traditional
office job in the burbs. So why does Sesame Street
continue to be such a popular program for youngsters?
Iraq, Iran, And Uncle Sam.
Ronald Lairchild (November
the past fifty years few countries have seen as
much mutual animosity as Iran and The United States
of America. People in Iran have been having political
dealings with each other since the late 1800s, but
in the early 2000s rarely a month goes by without
tension either increasing or decreasing between
the two countries. The first of many major “sore
spots” came when Iran felt the effects of
something called Operation Ajax...
Or Damn The Nile?
(November 1st, 2005)
I have recently returned
from my amazing travels down the River Nile in Egypt
and what I have seen has left me absolutely breathless.
I am not refering to the palaces and temples built
by the Egyptians during the early, middle and late
kingdoms of Ancient Egypt. The structure in question
is the Aswan High Dam. Built in joint co-operation
between Egypt and the Former USSR, the dam was to
provide power for Egypt And Sudan as they began
to become fully developed.....
Ronald Lairchild (october
I grew up the only people who used Diesel were those
who had a farm or those who owned a Volkswagen.
Everyone knew at that time that Diesel was about
two thirds the price of Regular Gasoline and it
was also well known that a quarter tank of Diesel
could get you to the city and back. It was true
then that diesel-powered cars weren’t as fast...
Renewable Energy and The Economy.
is likely that renewable energy will drive our economy
in the post oil future. Commercial and residential
properties will run off of wind and solar energy
but this will impact overall employment negatively.
Low payed utility workers that do everything from
fix hydro lines to shovel coal into power plants
will be unemployed.MORE...
Ronald Lairchild (october 11th, 2005)
It wasn’t too long ago that
the engines of CN Rail visited my hometown. I was
born in the mid-seventies, and I can clearly remember
running to the fence at the back of the schoolyard
to watch the vast Diesel Engines rumble by, looking
to see what had happened to the pennies my friends
had placed on the tracks. When I walked home I always
had to watch to see if the train was coming, and
sure enough the tracks by my home had huge trains
go by at odd hours, so it paid to be aware.