Category Archives: Fossil Fuels

Oil Peak Threatens Economic Recovery

By David L. Brown Well, it’s finally official. We’ve been saying it for years here — that the world was passing Peak Oil and economic disaster would surely follow — but the wall of denial stood strong. Until now. According … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Economics, Fossil Fuels | 21 Comments

No End In Sight for Oil Price Troubles

By David L. Brown Just after I wrote the previous post about the up-and-down cycle of the petroleum markets, and their joined-at-the-hip effects on world economies, I saw the following news report on FoxNews.com. It makes an appropriate addendum to … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Default File, Economics, Fossil Fuels | Comments Off on No End In Sight for Oil Price Troubles

Stuck on the Cycle of Energy Supply & Demand

By David L. Brown Oil prices are climbing once again, accompanied by gloating predictions by oil ministers of $250 per barrel prices in the not far off future. What are we to make of this? Well, as I have written … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Economics, Essays and Opinion, Fossil Fuels | 10 Comments

A New Era for Automobile Efficiency?

By David L. Brown The government today announced new fuel economy and pollution standards for automobiles and light trucks. This is excellent if somewhat tardy news, but should be viewed with some reservations. Let’s take a look. First, I note … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Energy Technology, Fossil Fuels, Pollution, Transportation | Comments Off on A New Era for Automobile Efficiency?

Breath of Fresh Air at Energy Department

By David L. Brown Here’s some really good news. The incoming Obama administration has picked the Nobel Prize winning director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as the new Energy Secretary. I must say it is refreshing to see a … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Energy Technology, Fossil Fuels, Politics | 7 Comments

Riding the Petroleum See-Saw

By David L. Brown This is a followup to my recent essay “An Embarrassment of Oxymorons,” in which I made the point that going forward petroleum would either be priced higher, or would not be available at all. I explained … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Economics, Essays and Opinion, Fossil Fuels, Transportation | Comments Off on Riding the Petroleum See-Saw

Energy Problems Need Short-term Solutions

By David L. Brown I read somebody’s esteemed opinion yesterday that just made my jaw drop. After stating that electricity prices were rising in the US, and predicting that we will be experiencing brownouts and loss of power in about … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Energy Technology, Fossil Fuels | Comments Off on Energy Problems Need Short-term Solutions

No More Gushers — Post Peak Oil is Here

By David L. Brown I wrote here a few days ago that when oil breaks the $140 barrier there will be no stopping it from going to $150. Well, it’s happened, as Reuters reports this morning: LONDON (Reuters) – Oil … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Economics, Fossil Fuels | 11 Comments

Innovative New Vehicles Showcase the Future

By David L. Brown Yesterday I wrote two pieces that were rather disrespectful of two American icons, first General Motors and then Ford Motor Company. These companies are facing deadly serious trouble because they are stuck in the past, in … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Energy Technology, Fossil Fuels, Transportation | 9 Comments

Far Too Late, GM Finally Wakes to Reality

By David L. Brown Still having doubts that Peak Oil with the resulting high prices for gasoline and diesel fuel will cause economic changes? Read this lede graf from a FoxNews.com report this morning: General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner … Continue reading

Posted in Age of Oil, Fossil Fuels, Transportation | 12 Comments