Energy Transitions Past and Future

BP's Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill in Context

In the coming decades, world oil production will peak and then begin to decline, followed by natural gas and eventually coal production. There is considerable debate about when these peaks will occur because such information would greatly aid energy companies, policy makers, and the general public. But at another level, the timing of peak fossil fuel production doesn't really matter. A more fundamental issue is the magnitude and nature of the energy ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Mike LaBonte - Jun 7, 2010 - 8:26 AM PDT
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by Jon Mitchell - Jun. 7, 2010

This is a really excellent overview of the way energy underpins the growth (and decline) of our economy and our society. Anyone who reads this carefully will come away with a firm grasp of the historical trends.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jun. 8, 2010

Thoughtful and informative perspective on the series of energy shifts from wood to fossil fuels and beyond. Boston University professor Cutler Cleveland provides a factual overview of our energy options beyond peak oil, with multiple sources and extensive context on this important but complex topic. A worthwhile read.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Jun. 7, 2010

a fascinating description, combined with graphs, of the differences in energy density, energy quality and other factors which are relevant in making a transition to renewable energy resources. these are necessary complexities which must be taken into account, in addition to the energy return on investment also described here, in determining which resources may be most important to pursue. not easy to read, but helpful to understand what's involved when we discuss what the nations are attempting to change.

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Mike LaBonte
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by Mike LaBonte - Jun. 7, 2010

This provides a lot of useful information on a number of related topics. It does not tie them together all that well, however.

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Alexander Rose
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by Alexander Rose - Jun. 7, 2010

While not revelatory this is an excellent historic and present overview of the energy situation. Everyone debating the issue needs to have this under their belt first. Seems well cited as well.

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