Tag Archives: Obama

The Demise of the Car

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent website, Peak Prosperity.com. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at เกมยิงปลาสุดมันส์ www.dongythoxuanduong.com. Enjoy. — Gregor India’s recent series of power blackouts, in which 600 million people lost electricity for several days, reminds us […]

Understanding the New Price of Oil

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent website. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at เกมยิงปลาสุดมันส์ www.dongythoxuanduong.com. Enjoy. — Gregor ___________________________________________________________________________ In the Spring of 2011, when Libyan oil production — over 1 million barrels a day (mpd) — was […]

The Price of Growth

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent website. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at เกมยิงปลาสุดมันส์ www.dongythoxuanduong.com. Enjoy. — Gregor ___________________________________________________________________________ Growth. It’s what every economist and politician wants. If we get ‘back to growth’, servicing debts both private and […]

Obama Memo: Redeem Yourself With Rail

Has the Obama Administration, in its first three years, helped the United States ween itself from fossil fuels? Or more urgently, from oil? The 2005-2008 period sent another stern warning that a discretionary, oil-based lifestyle was unlikely to be sustainable in America. The data now proves this out. From the highs of 2005, US oil […]

Obsolete Expertise and the US Economy’s Energy Problem

If you came of age in the twenty years leading up to the millennium, it’s likely you will treat energy as a non-limiting input to the US economy. As a journalist, policy maker, or economist, you are far more likely to produce political explanations when faced with economic dilemmas. The Great Recession has offered the […]

Speculator Ghosts in the Oil Machine

Persistent strength in the price of oil has once again unleashed maximum nonsense about the influence of speculators. Yes, it’s painful that oil never returned to earth after its 2004 repricing. But, in the search for an explanation, substituting the arcane for the obvious will not help: speculators did not create 5-6 years of flat […]

Visualizing US Energy Policy

There is a rather antiquated belief that the oil and gas industry drives US energy policy. This is usually framed in people’s minds as a pleading oil and gas lobbyist making sure that the US stays hooked on oil. While this image may be accurate with regards to the US coal industry, which does indeed […]

Spring on the Tracks

Amherst, MA – Here in New England we live with the sedimentary layers of several historical periods and the legacy of our 19th century railroad era is all around us. You just have to look beneath the brambles of the lilacs, or follow the small traces along your local bike path. Of course, we still […]

Washington’s Dilemma

Washington is bluffing that it will not bail out California, and every other state suffering from collapsed revenues and massive job losses. If cuts in police and schools don’t force DC off from its current position, then the math will. Because in many states the aggregate revenue losses and looming cuts to state payrolls will […]

Oil in the Americas

The US President is not yet a subscriber to my newsletter. But given his attention to Mexico and Cuba this week, one wonders that he somehow got a copy of my March issue: Saga North America: How The North American Oil Crisis Will Force Ottawa, Washington, and Mexico City to Confront One Another As Never […]