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Rich Turcotte is a retired attorney, former financial advisor, and now a writer.

The mission: informing others about the significance and impact of Peak Oil--while adding observations about politics, ideology, transportation, and smart growth. My work has been featured in the publications of the ASPO; Transition Voice; Energy Bulletin; Democratic Underground; Peak Oil News; PeakOil.com; Your Medieval Future, Daily Kos, and the Financial Press

A lifelong Massachusetts resident, he and his wife have two daughters and a son.

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October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Wednesday, September 21, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right: Different Worlds Pt 5 It would be much easier and certainly more comforting if the complexities of modern society and the needs, perspectives, and values of so many different others weren't factored into the mix. But simplistic decision-making carries a host of risks. Making things worse later for more of us isn't exactly an ideal worth pursuing.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Monday, September 19, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Start With Reality Pt 4 We're a long way off from a world without fossil fuels, but we're not so far away from a world where the plentiful and affordable and accessible supplies stop being plentiful and affordable and accessible
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right: Different Worlds Pt 4 There's much to be said for adherence to tradition and social order. A society changing its rules and principles on a regular basis is a society going nowhere fast. Chaos deliberately chosen is almost never a wise course of action for any undertaking! But that is hardly the beginning and the end of those conversations and considerations.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Monday, September 12, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Start With Reality Pt 3 For all the billions of barrels of fossil fuel resources still to be found and/or produced, the truth is that successfully doing so will require more investment [time, money, effort]; more energy to be used; longer lead times; adaptation to expanding geopolitical concerns; new technological hurdles, and sufficiently high market prices [for starters].
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right: Different Worlds Part 3 For those of us on the Left, the failure of conservatives to address the economic imbalances and the obvious harm amounts to callous disregard. It may be convenient to seek closure quickly and avoid troubling oneself with nuance and a range of considerations affecting policy, but that strategy has its drawbacks...

Boston MA sunset Monday, August 22, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Start With Reality Pt 2 When will there be a pause in denial and the flow of misleading half-truths so that all of us can begin the complex, years-in-the-making processes of adaptation to a world where fossil fuels are not the immediately available source of energy? The inevitable challenges of dealing with a depleting, finite resource are not limited in impact to those on the left side of the great political divide.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Friday, August 19, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right: Different Worlds Pt 2 Compounding the challenges of just getting the two political sides to the same table are the many underlying values, principles, beliefs, and ideological underpinnings that serve as the foundation for motivations and policy. They, too, are quite different and distinct.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Monday, August 15, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Start With Reality Pt 1 Optimism is almost always a better choice than doubt, but in most instances, it must be tempered by acknowledging realities. Facts can be both inconvenient and annoying when they conflict with a purposeful narrative, but ignoring them will not make them disappear
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Thursday, August 11, 2016 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right: Different Worlds Pt 1 Progressives have long sought compromise to at least move us all forward, whereas now in particular, the right's death-grip on their ideology and the banishment of compromise as a strategy leave us all wanting. Not a good place to be if the future matters.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, August 10, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Cherry-Picking The Facts Optimism is a wonderful attribute. But when it is deployed to mislead and misinform, the luster of "wonderfulness" wears off quickly. That this tactic has become too much the norm in both energy and political discussions is self-evident. What may not be quite so obvious is the long-term harm to all of us.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Thursday, August 4, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 10 Adhering to ideological traditions and/or avoiding any consideration of issues which suggest a greater public role in providing basic sustenance and support for the many not blessed with social and educational opportunities is convenient. But is it right by any measure of basic decency and concern for the common good?
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, August 3, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Where To Go From Here? Pt 5 Conventional crude oil has been in many ways the most astonishing discovery in our history--all the more significant given how its many benefits have extended in so many directions. While production totals are substantial enough for now, and most likely for quite some time to come, that's not the answer to any questions about the adequacy of our long term energy supply.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 9 The consequences of legislative pursuits benefiting the few at the continuing expense of the many will be unpleasant at best if too many of us continue to rely on convenient rationalizations rather than working together.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Tuesday, July 26, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Where To Go From Here? Pt 4 We remain free as always to choose to fear the consequences of a permanent decline in the availability of affordable and accessible fossil-fuel supplies. The enduring impact on our society and our ways of life as a result of a diminished supply of our primary energy supply is no small matter. So fear is certainly an option. But it's not our only one.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 8 We're now presented with new choices that have at least the potential to tone down the divisive rhetoric. That choice will also lead to a sounder appreciation for, and understanding of, the perspectives of those with whom we've been previously inclined to simply dismiss. Better outcomes for us all--while not assured--are much more likely than what present tactics offer.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Monday, July 18, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Where To Go From Here? Pt 3 A moment's pause to consider the practical realities of billions of others looking to improve their lifestyles on any scale by which we measure our own progress and achievements should realize immediately that a finite set of ever-more-challenging-to-acquire energy supplies needed to power those advances can only be spread so thin.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Friday, July 15, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 7 There's no denying the great divide separating the Left from the Right. The conflict does little but make problems more intractable, enduring, and ... well, worse! But what we overlook too often is the divide itself. That great big "middle" has room enough for everyone willing to take a few steps away from the beliefs--genuine or the result of a lack of accurate information--to which each side is firmly anchored today.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Monday, July 11, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Where To Go From Here? Pt 2 Our modern day society with all of its technological marvels and the wide ranging conveniences was made possible and sustained in large part because of the ready availability of conventional crude oil. Production of that finite resource peaked a decade ago.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Thursday, July 7, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 6 If our collective future--the one we intend to pass on to our children and for their benefit--still matters, then we have a duty to do what we can to make it a better and brighter one than the future one in which inequality, conflict, knee-jerk dismissal of inconvenient facts, and the many damaging components of intense polarization will create instead.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Thursday, June 30, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 5 Personal responsibility as a defining feature of our nation's character also encompasses the need to demonstrate integrity, honesty, and courage. We do so by accepting unpleasant truths, and then dealing with them to the best of our collective abilities, regardless of the ideologies we cling to in an abstract environment where outcomes never matter.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, June 29, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Where To Go From Here? Pt 1 Before deciding whether or not to accept the realities of a depleting finite resource and the impact this will have on our society--or ignoring it for whatever comforting alternative explanations suit one's needs--understanding the implications and those realities is a more beneficial approach.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Boston MA sunset Saturday, June 25, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Let's Get To The First Step The unpleasant truth now [or at least soon] is that the ready supply of fossil fuels we almost always take for granted are on their way to becoming not-so-ready. A host of factors now in place are steadily converting possibility into likelihood.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Saturday, June 25, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 4 Elevating the content and quality our public discourse while displaying more honorable public behaviors in the process--instead of what we witness on a daily basis--might prove more gratifying and meaningful in the long run, and for more of us. That's about as low a bar to overcome as one can set, yet even that low threshold is too challenging for some.

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Friday, June 17, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 3 What matters more: preserving ideology and one's identity via affiliations with like-minded peers, or a better future? Sometimes giving up one is the only way to gain the other. If we aren't all thinking right now about what kind of a nation we choose to be and what kind of a nation we choose to leave for our children, we damn well ought to start soon.
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Tuesday, June 14, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Now Is A Good Time To Get Serious Pt 5 Not soon as in imminent, but as measured in the course of progress and a future not that far away, changes loom in the availability, affordability, cost, and efficiency of our current, primary energy supply: oil. Failure to prepare or understand what's involved [hint: a lot!] will compound the challenges, and decrease the number and viability of options. That will not be a good place to be.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 2 A narcissistic demagogue as clueless as is humanly possible about both national and international policies, practices, standards, and relationships has somehow managed to incite millions of Americans by an almost nonstop stream of misstatements, adolescent--dangerous--button-pushing, fabrications, and pseudo-facts. This is now the standard for national political office?
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Monday, June 6, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Now Is A Good Time To Get Serious Pt 4 A fossil fuel-driven-and-made-possible life is all any of us have ever known. There are virtually no aspects of daily living that do not depend in some part on inexpensive, readily-available and easily-produced fossil fuels. That's not going to change dramatically overnight, but we shouldn't count on energy supply status quo for years and years to come.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

October Sky, Good Harbor Beach MA Thursday, June 2, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Left v. Right Pt 1 As each side bordering the political chasm digs in ever deeper to engage in skirmishes whose intensities and potential consequences seem to have no end point in sight, we should be wondering with greater urgency what sort of "community" will emerge from the wreckage
Series: The Left v Right Conflicts (13 Articles, 7873 views)

Boston MA sunset Thursday, May 26, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Now Is A Good Time To Get Serious Pt 3 Amid all the chaos and challenges and burdens which already suck up most of our attention, the problems associated with the challenges of future oil production call upon us to harness a vision for the future that is not just incrementally better than this one. Reliance upon the same resources, methods, beliefs, and strategies which have carried us into the 21st Century will not be the same ones carrying us forward.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Boston MA sunset Saturday, May 21, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Now Is A Good Time To Get Serious (Part 2) If nothing else, we'll need to recognize that, like climate change, Peak Oil is not some event looming on a distant horizon. Peak Oil is happening now. We must guard against the notion that Peak Oil's impact (like climate change) is just a one-time, cataclysmic episode "scheduled" to happen but only at some random time at an indefinite point sometime long into the future.

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Now Is A Good Time To Get Serious Pt 1 The truths, unpleasant though they may be, are the truths: inexpensive, readily available oil is slowly but surely becoming less readily available, more expensive, and harder to come by. The problems of maintaining an adequate, affordable, accessible supply of fossil fuel needed to power modern society aren't going away.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, May 4, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: We're Not That Different Pt 2 It's human nature to seek out information, evidence, opinions, etc, which support positions we've taken on a wide variety of topics. Contentious political and social issues provide glaring examples of this from both the left and right sides of the various debates. Climate change is certainly one of the more noteworthy subjects. The future availability and adequate supply of fossil fuels-oil in particular--is another.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, April 27, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: We're Not That Different Pt 1 We can all insist that we're always objective and always looking at all sides of important issues, but " not really. Human nature is what it is. This is true for conservatives and progressives--denials and finger-pointing duly noted.

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, April 20, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Chaos Isn't Such a Good Strategy Prominent voices--those unwilling to share with followers the full scope of our future fossil fuel/energy supply challenges--are too often given forums for public consumption. Failing to disclose/discuss all the facts is a disservice to the public.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, April 13, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Simplicity Isn't Always So Simple While there's surely some benefit derived in keeping things simple for readers and followers, I'm still unclear as to what the long-term benefits are for them [and the rest of us] when the full range of facts and considerations about our future energy supply are kept off of the discussion table.

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, April 6, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: The Reality There are certain realities about the recent spike in U.S. fossil fuel production which can be masked or misrepresented in only so many ways. Tight oil production generated from hydraulic fracturing [fracking] has shown itself to be more expensive and not as energy "dense" or efficient, for starters.

Boston MA sunset Thursday, March 31, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil Distractions Pt 3 We're not going to suddenly discover magical amounts of fossil fuel reserves though magical technologies because the Republican Party controls the House and/or because too many of its members are beholden to the industry. Energy resources don't concern themselves so much with political ideology. What's left [and there are still substantial amounts left] is going to be harder to find, extract, and pay for.

Boston MA sunset Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil Distraction Pt 2 Without recognizing and accepting the simple truth that we're drawing down a finite and depleting resource that necessitates almost unimaginable adaptations and transitions to Plan B, the limits of human ingenuity and technological prowess will be severely tested if we insist on exclusive and continued reliance upon the one finite resource mankind has relied upon more than any other.

LUN-A.jpg: Oil Drilling Platform Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil Distractions Pt 1 The reality--difficult as acceptance of it appears to be for some--is that by whatever phraseology one prefers, readily available and affordable conventional crude oil is no longer readily available and affordable--from the production standpoint. The energy source of choice for decades is no longer as abundant and accessible as it once was [temporary "glut" duly acknowledged], and the fossil fuel industry has had no choice in

Determined to preserve the primacy of fossil fuels to power us in the f Saturday, March 5, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Solving Energy Supply Problems In One Sentence As is still the case--unfortunately, for all of us--a large contingent of individuals, organizations, and other associations remain determined at all costs [literally] to preserve the primacy of fossil fuels to power us into the future.

Friday, November 7, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Optimism Helps, But.... Peak Oil (and climate change) are--to those of us who do accept the evidence and expert assessments--serious, fact-based realities which will soon enough impose some rather unpleasant, widespread, and irrevocable changes on how we live and work " all of us, even those on the Right who presently find almost nothing about either topic to be worth contemplating at all. That poses a dilemma....
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Thursday, October 9, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil Option Number 2? Do we stand our ideological grounds until there's no question at all what reality has in store, or do we start doing what good businesspeople and well-intentioned families and communities do: plan ahead? We want good solutions and plans for how best to transition away from a fossil-fuel-dependent way of life because that is what facts tell us is necessary.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

motherearth Sunday, October 5, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
More Info Isn't Necessarily Enough What seems like an obvious solution--more information and facts--in the apparent failure to understand the challenges which declining peak oil production rates (and/or climate change) will bring about is not quite so obvious. It makes perfectly good sense, but that doesn't matter, either. Nothing like human nature to muck up simple solutions!
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Thursday, September 25, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Inconveniences Pleasing narratives skirting the truth don't mesh well with unpleasant truths. But given what's at stake, to scoff at concerns about a peak in the rate of oil production based on those facts because they don't fit nicely into ideological narratives is beyond foolish!
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Monday, September 22, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
So Much For Energy Security Energy Independence and Energy Security are such comforting notions. Might be worthwhile for those otherwise pre-disposed to swallow the stories whole to pause for a moment or two and consider the effect and impact of actual facts. And while they're at it, pondering what the motivations have been for cherry-picking and misleading--and who is and is not being served by those tactics--might also be enlightening.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Oil Drilling Platform Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Production Details Matter The Happy Talkers like to assure the public that we have just zillions and zillions of barrels of oil just waiting out "there" for an intrepid company to yank it out of the ground (or beneath the sea) and supply it to us right quick. No fuss, no muss. No truth.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
All The Facts Matter Regardless of one's confidence in both their assertions and in their beliefs that "human ingenuity" and "technological advances" will save the day, reality offers a different take.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Thursday, August 21, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Better A Day Early.... For all the talk about this wonderful (and legitimate) increase in oil production from the fossil fuel industry's stable of cheerleaders, the annoying fact they all unfailingly neglect to acknowledge is that the tight oil formations being relied upon for the uptick deplete much more rapidly than do the conventional crude oil fields we've been relying upon for decades. And that's just one issue conveniently overlooked.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Thursday, August 14, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Transportation Considerations Fuel efficiency is all fine and well, and there's no question that continuing improvements should be a staple of ongoing energy policy. But given our almost-complete dependency on fossil fuels to power our transportation needs, it's not anywhere near enough.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Sunday, August 10, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Price Drops Sound Great, But.... Wishing economic realities were different is a nice balm, but wishing is just wishing. None of us want to be in a position not too far down the road where we're collectively kicking ourselves for once again postponing the hard work needed today to afford ourselves better opportunities tomorrow.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Saturday, August 2, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Be Careful About Long-Term Energy Optimism When prices have increased as much as they have in the past half-dozen years for perhaps the most essential product required to sustain our individual, industrial, and cultural lifestyles, the normal ebb and flow of prices takes on a very different and more challenging hue.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Friday, August 1, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Waiting "Until" Isn't The Best Plan No matter how rosy the scenario portrayed by fossil-fuel industry cheerleaders in order to keep themselves afloat one more day, the limits of geology--reality, actually--will eventually have to be reckoned with.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

oil drilling platform Saturday, July 26, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Thinking Ahead It's safe to assume that almost no one is looking for more calamities. Doom and gloom prophecies aren't likely to captivate many followers. Climate change heaped atop all of the financial stresses is bad enough.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

oil derrick Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Denial Tricks of the Trade It should come as no surprise at all that we have a dedicated cottage industry working double-time to dispute any concerns that the rate of oil production has peaked (or at least leveled off for about a decade).
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Thursday, July 17, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: A Few Basics Consistent with efforts to keep the public sufficiently uninformed, the fossil fuel industry downplays (or usually, denies) adverse consequences from fracking. Water pollution, health and environmental threats, damage to local infrastructure, and assorted other pesky, annoying facts are artfully ignored or spun to leave most citizens with the impression that fracking is about as destructive or harmful as picking daisies.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Peak Oil: Another Challenge Peak Oil is most often explained as the point when the maximum rate of oil extraction is reached--whether due to geological, economic, or technical limitations. A ceaseless global-production decline ensues. A lot of talk about the shale boom, energy independence, "We're Number One" oil-production chatter, and the usual assortment of Happy Talk Playbook chatter tends to dominate and thus confuse.
Series: Peak Oil - A Challenge Not To Be Overlooked (33 Articles, 21789 views)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Has Outrage Arrived? How many examples do we need before we are all persuaded that the official Republican Party platform is devoted not even a little bit to helping most Americans--at least the ones whose bank accounts don't show lots of zeros and commas in the "Total Wealth" columns?

Think Outside the Box Sunday, June 1, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New Rules? Have we become that selfish? Do we no longer possess the wisdom of generations before us who understood that governing and policy to benefit the most among us for the longest periods of time requires something much less than adherence to rigid, unthinking ideology?

Thursday, May 29, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Right's Gamble While more information won't necessarily change beliefs and ideologies overnight, the re-telling of the same expectations by those of us on the left will be borne out by the eventual realities not beholden to right-wing orthodoxy.

Thursday, May 22, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Good Old Days Wouldn't it be nice if we started revering integrity and democracy once again, and stopped celebrating vile hypocrisy, sabotage, political blackmail, and anarchy masquerading as leadership?

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