Now a War on Coal? – Today’s Quote

…a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.  …The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants.  Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal.  On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.

White House Climate Adviser Daniel P. Schrag via WH Climate Adviser: ‘A War on Coal Is Exactly What’s Needed’ | The Weekly Standard

Andrew’s Note:  Why not declare ‘war’ on a plentiful domestic energy resource when shipping energy from an unstable region halfway across the globe and passing proclamations demanding quota-share for inefficient, expensive new energy technologies provide such attractive alternatives.

Super Bowl Greenout?

A Super Bowl Greenout?

Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts. The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.

via Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront | Department of Energy.

It’s amazing how much energy you can save by just turning off the power for a while….maybe we should start calling such situations after touting green energy ‘greenouts’ instead of blackouts!  I know the pre-game green hype is likely unrelated to the ‘greenout’ but it’s a funny thought…

Something that isn’t funny is the fact that the United Kingdom has warned their populace to expect rolling ‘greenouts’ due to new environmental policies…how long before we see the same thing?

Kunstler on Energy – Today’s Quote

The economy we’re moving into will have to be one of real work, producing real things of value, at a scale consistent with energy resource reality.

James Howard Kunstler


Gates on Energy Strategy – Today’s Quote

The American people are going to pay a terrible price for not having had an energy strategy.

Former Secretary of Defense & Director of Central Intelligence Robert Gates

DOD’s Warning About our Energy Future and Peak Oil

Andrew’s Note: Today we continue running a section discussing Oil from the Energy Section (Part II, Trends Influencing World Security) of the Joint Operating Environment (JOE) 2010. The JOE is the Department of Defense’s keystone document used to project the world in which it will operate up to 25 years into the future.  As I mentioned yesterday, it’s a sobering read for the prepper and likely to turn the non-prepper into one.  Read on to learn what the Department of Defense thinks about Peak Oil and our energy future:


To meet even the conservative growth rates posited in the economics section [of the JOE], global energy production would need to rise by 1.3% per year. By the 2030s, demand is estimated to be nearly 50% greater than today. To meet that demand, even assuming more effective conservation measures, the world would need to add roughly the equivalent of Saudi Arabia’s current energy production every seven years.

Absent a major increase in the relative reliance on alternative energy sources (which would require vast insertions of capital, dramatic changes in technology, and altered political attitudes toward nuclear energy), oil and coal will continue to drive the energy train. By the 2030s, oil requirements could go from 86 to 118 million barrels a day (MBD). Although the use of coal may decline in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, it will more than double in developing nations. Fossil fuels will still make up 80% of the energy mix in the 2030s, with oil and gas comprising upwards of 60%. The central problem for the coming decade will not be a lack of petroleum reserves, but rather a shortage of drilling platforms, engineers and refining capacity. Even were a concerted effort begun today to repair that shortage, it would be ten years before production could catch up with expected demand. The key determinant here would be the degree of commitment the United States and others display in addressing the dangerous vulnerabilities the growing energy crisis presents.

That production bottleneck apart, the potential sources of future energy supplies nearly all present their own difficulties and vulnerabilities. None of these provide much reason for optimism. At present, the United States possesses approximately 250 million cars, while China with its immensely larger population possesses only 40 million.

Peak Oil:Future World Oil Production from JOE 2010

As the figure at right shows, petroleum must continue to satisfy most of the demand for energy out to 2030. Assuming the most optimistic scenario for improved petroleum production through enhanced recovery means, the development of non-conventional oils (such as oil shales or tar sands) and new discoveries, petroleum production will be hard pressed to meet the expected future demand of 118 million barrels per day.  [Interesting to note that the document actually uses the term “Peak Oil”] (more…)

Today’s Quote

I also believe that Hurricane Katrina did reveal a weakness in our energy supply systems, highlighting the reliance this country has on the gulf coast for our energy resources.

Colonel & Former Congressman Steve Buyer

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