The oil industry’s fake abundance story
From Kurt Cobb’s Resource Insights blog
We now have nearly an entire population in the United States and nearly an entire media establishment that believes that oil is abundant–not because of the objective facts, but because of the oil industry’s highly successful public relations campaign, a campaign that is still underway. The reason it is still underway is that it is essential to repeat the fake abundance story again and again in order to drown out any possibility that contrary facts will make their way into the public mind.
Breaking The Shackles Of Oil
By Prem Shankar Jha, Tehelka
The Indian government expects oil prices to rise as high as $120 per barrel for several months because of fighting in Iraq, potentially driving a hole of at least $3.3 billion in the Budget. Here is a way to break the shackles of oil upon the economy and achieve a number of other goals as well.
Thinning dense forest cover cause for concern
From Deccan Herald
India lost almost 2,000 sq km of moderately dense forests in the last two years, out of which nearly 80 per cent vanished in eastern and north-eastern states, triggering concern in the environment ministry. DH file photo. For representation purpose
India lost almost 2,000 sq km of moderately dense forests in the last two years, out of which nearly 80 per cent vanished in eastern and north-eastern states, triggering concern in the environment ministry.
Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different
By Gail Tverberg, Ourfiniteworld.com
We live in perilous times. We have leaders who think they know the answers but, in fact, they do not. The debt problems we face now are not just overspending problems; they are signs that we are reaching limits of a finite world. World leaders do not seem to understand this connection. It is not even clear that they understand the connection of debt problems to the need for cheap-to-produce, high-quality energy products.
Population Fact Sheet
When assessing the adequacy of basic resources such as land or water over time, population is the universal denominator: as population expands, per capita availability shrinks. An overview of the latest statistics from Earth Policy Institute.
China’s Solar Panel Production to Double by 2017
China installed a world record amount of solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity in 2013. While this was the first time the country was the number one installer, China has led all countries in making PV for the better part of a decade. China now accounts for 64 percent of global solar panel production—churning out 25,600 megawatts of the nearly 40,000 megawatts of PV made worldwide in 2013—according to data from GTM Research.