Category Archives: Resource Depletion

Looking Ahead to a Very Different Future

By David L. Brown The beginning of a new year is always a time to look ahead. The usual approach followed by new year prognosticators is to try to predict the next 12 months, and the accuracy of most forecasts … Continue reading

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Ethanol Praised as Food Stocks Fall, Prices Rise

By David L. Brown The world is slipping into an era of shortages — shortages of clean water, shortages of energy, shortages of food in many areas. This is largely a result of human population growth and the resulting depletion … Continue reading

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Hurray for High Gasoline Prices

By David L. Brown Even though they are preparing to take to the road in greater numbers than last year for Memorial Day weekend, $3+ gas is slowing down American drivers. The AAA says more drivers plan to stay closer … Continue reading

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Blindfolding the Truth About Oil

By David L. Brown The idea that there are limits to the amount of petroleum that can be extracted from the Earth have been around for a long time. When J.D. Rockefeller was pumping the stuff out of Pennsylvania to … Continue reading

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Net Energy an Increasing Problem with Oil

by Val Germann The Oil Drum website has taken up the net energy problem with a vengeance this week, getting my attention with some very dramatic information in this area. This problem has been reported on before here at Star … Continue reading

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Are Investors Mixing Oil and Water?

By David L. Brown There has been a paradigm floating around for a long time that goes something like this: “Water will be the oil of the 21st century.” I don’t necessarily agree entirely with that; my bet is on … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Heavy Footprint on Mother Earth

By David L. Brown Using United Nations statistics available back to 1961, a U.S. think tank called the Global Footprint Network (GFN) has calculated the impact of humanity on the resources of the Earth. Now each year the organization calculates … Continue reading

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Water Shortages Threaten World with Famine

By David L. Brown Who will feed the growing populations of the world’s third world countries in the coming years? Yes, the threat of famine has been dismissed repeatedly ever since Paul Ehrlich and others raised a warning in the … Continue reading

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Worlds Collide in “The Land Down Under”

by Val Germann Al Gore’s recent trip to Australia highlighted the two ever-more-diverging worlds of the energy/climate debate. In one planetary system are those who hold that humanity’s dependence on fossil fuel is leading to gigantic problems with both our … Continue reading

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The Trouble with China, “The Great Squanderer”

By David L. Brown The world’s fastest growing nation, both in terms of economic expansion and absolute population numbers, is firmly set on the path of building on the mistakes of the past. The Chicom leaders of the Middle Kingdom … Continue reading

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