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At a dinner debate organised by Friends of Europe and General Motors Europe on 16 October, EU Commission official Paul Hodson reacted to the Doornbosch-Steenblik report published for the Round Table on Sustainable Development of the OECD (the report is NOT an officially endorsed OECD document BTW). In their study “Biofuels, is the cure worse… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The Energy Bulletin ran an excellent blog post on Tuesday which raised my eyebrows. I hope that some of our EU China connaisseurs would react to it. The post written by David DuByne, who teaches business English in China, states that the Chinese government is preparing to shift from being an export-driven economy to becoming a… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

At the recent US summit of largest greenhouse gas emitters, the Bush government presented a matrix of US policy achievements to convince others that the US administration is tackling climate change. Seven NGOs reworked the document and tell the “true story” behind the US climate/energy policy. Anyone who volunteers to produce a similar matrix for EU… » read more

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Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Volvo presented no less than 7 biomass-driven (“CO2-free”) trucks during the 2007 European Transport Forum in Brussels yesterday. With its high-level campaign the company wants to demonstrate that it can provide the car engine technologies needed for the alternative fuels to take off. Although there is a lot of vocal support… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Ministers from the 12 OPEC [see also Wikipedia] countries are expected to be holding their official production output steady when they meet tomorrow in Vienna. Currently OPEC produces about 27 million barrels of oil per day but the International Energy Agency has been pushing them to bring more oil to the market. OPEC, on the other hand… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Technorati Tags: Heinberg, peak oil, ecological economics American journalist Richard Heinberg is one of the most prolific writers of the peak oil community. His books The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003), Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World (2004), and The Oil Depletion Protocol (2006) have become real classics… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The current turmoil hitting the financial markets might have a few interesting lessons for those political and economic leaders who keep denying the reality of declining natural resources (peak oil, gas, coal etc.). First of all, just like the peak resources deniers, the financial “experts” and the “establishment economists” have for years underestimated the risks of deregulated globalised… » read more

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The publication of a new US report on global oil and gas supplies yesterday confirms that the world economy is on the verge of a new “oil shock”. Coming ten days after the IEA’s gloomy prediction of increasing oil supply tightness by 2012, the National Petroleum Council’s report “Facing the hard truths about energy” admits… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In the UK’s Independent, David Strahan, the author of the excellent book “The Last Oil Shock: a survival guide to the imminent extinction of petroleum man”, uses new rumours of an imminent merger of Royal Dutch Shell and BP to make the case that the big oil majors are facing difficult times. The real motivation… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer