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Get the information and insights you need to navigate the future for your business, your family, your community, your country. Our economy, national security, and environment are all linked to oil.  It touches every aspect of modern life. But oil is changing, and your world is changing with it. The ASPO-USA Conference, co-hosted with The University of Texas, will help you understand and … [Read more...]

Neither presidential candidate shows grasp of America’s oil predicament

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The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA (ASPO-USA) expressed concern that neither candidate for the U.S. presidency demonstrates a clear understanding of the realities and risks facing U.S. oil supply. In the first presidential debate on Wednesday night, President Obama and Governor Romney fed the misconception that America can drill its way to energy independence, when such a … [Read more...]

Transition plans and meetings a waste of time, says Greer

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After he spoke on the panel about local solutions at the ASPO-USA Truth in Energy Conference held in Washington, DC earlier this month, I asked John Michael Greer to give us some of his thoughts about the Transition Movement. He obliged us and so we offer his comments in full below. Greer is the author of numerous books on peak oil and other subjects including The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if … [Read more...]

Could gold become money again?

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"There just won’t be enough gold coins to go around," said Gail Tverberg, known for years on the Oil Drum as Gail the Actuary, at the ASPO-USA conference in Washington, DC last week. "If you have gold, maybe you can find somebody who will sell you some piece of land. But otherwise it will have very limited use, unless you have some certificates that will go with it for denominations we need. And … [Read more...]

The world’s meanest oilmen get a Coke at Occupy DC

Last Friday night, after a day of live blogging the ASPO-USA conference near Capitol Hill, I walked ten blocks over the the Washington Convention Center to join Occupy DC and some environmental groups in a protest against the Koch brothers. Inside the center Koch front group Americans for Prosperity was holding their Defense of the American Dream Summit featuring among others Herman Cain, Grover … [Read more...]

Who will sound the peak oil alarm?

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Don't expect to hear that the age of cheap oil might be coming to an end in President Obama's next State of the Union speech. Don't expect Energy Secretary Steven Chu to announce gas rationing to begin in January so America can gradually prepare for more expensive oil. And don't expect ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute or OPEC to apologize for cooking their books all these years and … [Read more...]

Complete live blogs from ASPO conference

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Check out Transition Voice's live blogging coverage of the ASPO-USA Truth in Energy Conference in Washington, DC from Nov. 3-5. Sponsored by Transition US. Days 1 and 2, with a variety of panels (featuring such speakers as Nicole Foss, Gail Tverberg, and Naomi Davis, founder of Blacks in Green) and a keynote talk from agrarian philosopher and sustainable food researcher Wes Jackson of the Land … [Read more...]

A peak oil movie you can skip

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When my friends with green groups dismiss peak oil as a propaganda campaign run by the oil industry to scare the public into chanting "drill, baby drill," I smile. Hey, I care about peak oil but I'm also an environmentalist from way back, I protest. The Sierra Club card -- I won't leave home without it. Climate change scares the crap out of me. Bill McKibben and Jim Hansen are my heroes. And … [Read more...]

Gas frackers attack fiery documentary

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When Gasland was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature in January, the natural gas drillers were furious. "While it's unfortunate there isn't an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood's elite," executive director Lee Fuller of industry group Energy In Depth said in a statement. "Without … [Read more...]