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Oil, Cognitive Dissonance, and American Politics » Sociological Images
"In the TED video below, Lisa Margonelli of the New America Foundation Energy Policy Initiative gives a fascinating 17-minute talk on the political psychology and the political economy of oil… and how the former distracts us from the latter."
oil  energy  psychology  design  politics 
august 2011 by tsuomela
ClubOrlov: Video Interview: The Nation
" Dmitry Orlov, engineer and author, warns that the US's reliance on diminishing fuel supplies might be sending it down the same path the Soviet Union took before it collapsed.

In this fifth video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, Orlov, who was an eyewitness to the collapse of the Soviet Union, asserts that as oil becomes more expensive and scarcer, the US will no longer be able to finance its oil addiction and the economy will hit a wall."
america  future  energy  resources  environment  oil 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Go fly a kite: Mapping the oil spill the open source way |
Last month, as the mainstream press reported on the worsening environmental and economic crisis that is the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf Coast, I and a small group of DIY mappers flew down to New Orleans to coordinate a grassroots, citizen effort to map the spill. Instead of helicopters and satellites, we deployed a new generation of low-cost tools, including weather balloons and kites with cameras attached.
open-source  mapping  gis  energy  oil 
june 2010 by tsuomela
What Not Being Able To Buy Oil In Dollars Means | Crooks and Liars
The key break point, the end of the dollar hegemony, will come when the Chinese are able to move to a consumer economy. At that point, the Chinese will no longer need America as consumers, and they will let the Yuan float. The devastation this will wreck on the US economy is hard to overstate. Standards of living will crash. In the long run, being forced to live within its means, and no longer having to compete against massively subsidized foreign goods may turn out to be good for the US, but that won’t make you feel better as your effective income collapses or you lose your job.

This is probably two economic cycles out. We’re talking 12 to 16 years. So there’s time yet. Probably.
economics  america  resources  limits  peak-oil  oil  energy  currency  world 
october 2009 by tsuomela
ITS-Davis: Automobiles on Steroids: Product Attribute Trade-Offs and Technological Progress in the Automobile Sector
This paper estimates the technological progress that has occurred since 1980 and the trade-offs that manufacturers and consumers face when choosing between fuel economy, weight and engine power characteristics. The results suggest that if weight, horsepower and torque were held at their 1980 levels, fuel economy for both passenger cars and light trucks could have increased by nearly 50 percent from 1980 to 2006
transportation  research  automobile  energy  oil  efficiency  regulation  fear  design 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Three Polar Politics In Post-Petroleum America | Corrente
The present break down of political forces follows three different views of this thesis. The first view is that the land casino merely needs to be allowed to run. This is the "Confederate" wing of American politics. The second view is that the land casino can continue longer, but only if carefully managed, this is the "Moderate" view. The third view is that it requires careful management to transition away from the land casino, or the "Progressive" view.
american  politics  polarization  progressivism  resources  oil 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Ωφορία | The Agonist
Euphoria - title. Another lengthy essay by Stirling Newberry. Thesis: Obama's economic policies are basically Bush's policies competently managed.
politics  economics  future  obama  policy  taxes  oil  peak-oil 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Michael Meacher: Will the oil crisis lead to nuclear proliferation | Comment is free |
The geopolitical implications of this gathering crisis for world oil supply 2010-15 are immense. The risk of further military interventions and conflicts in the Middle East is clearly high. Total world oil reserves are estimated at 2.5-2.9 trillion barrels, of which half has now been already consumed, while half of the 51 oil-producing countries reported output declines in 2006. Non-Opec production is expected to peak and decline within the next five years, driven mainly by burgeoning demand from China and the US, together with restricted output from Iraq.
oil  economics  energy  policies  future  foreign-policy  war  politics  nuclear 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Upsetting the oil drum | The Agonist
it means not only a radically different structure of the economy, but a change in who runs American industry. And this is what the current political order is fighting to the death.
economics  energy  oil  environment  politics 
june 2008 by tsuomela

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