Peak Oil and a Changing Climate

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videonation | January 03, 2011

The scientific community has long agreed that our dependence on fossil fuels inflicts massive damage on the environment and our health, while warming the globe in the process. But beyond the damage these fuels cause to us now, what will happen when the world’s supply of oil runs out?

In a new video series from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, Bill McKibben, Noam Chomsky, Nicole Foss, Richard Heinberg and other scientists, researchers and writers explain.

Go here to learn more about “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate,” and to see the other videos in the series.

Peak Oil and a Changing Climate: An Introduction (Video)


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9 thoughts on “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate

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  7. Speculation in oil prices seems to be ignored here, while the likelihood that technological progress will cheapen the extraction of oil is underestimated — especially if it takes place in a post-capitalist future. There is no reason to dress up such a failure of the imagination as clear-sighted realism.
    As Greg Palast says in the video, there might well be heaps of oil left. He would prefer it to be otherwise; I am not so convinced by global warming catastrophism, even when it emanates from people whose political views I partly share and whose intellects and overall decency I admire (notably Noam Chomsky). (Many meteorologists have doctorates, even if they’re not interviewed by the *New York Times*.)
    The problem is not ‘growth’ but *capitalist* growth.

  8. Watch out for methane hydrate “boom,” going on right under our noses.

    I have reason(s) to believe that the search for how to extract these highly volatile crystals (fire ice0 is what caused the Deepwater Horizon disaster. It is critically unstable to extract what is needed – and we are paying the price already with BP blowouts in the Caspian Sea as well as in the GOM.

    (Incidentally ANOTHER BP messup by BP on the Alaskan pipeline over the weekend !!)

    THAT’s the next ruling class “solution.” This exposure of methane hydrates is already contributing to climate warming … and if we do not stop this, we are all toast.

  9. Peak oil is here folks … Happened in 2006 …

    The increases in “energy liquids” are lower density replacements such as nat gas liquids, tar sands and ethanol …

    The IEA has acknowledged “peak oil” though in a roundabout way …

    Fact is we have passed peak oil and the only reason oil hasn’t skyrocketed so far is the demand destruction from the depression in Japan, the US and Europe.

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