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Obama’s Chu–Echoing Carter’s Schlesinger–Sees Peak Oil and Gas

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_lynch">Michael Lynch</a> -- March 31, 2009

In hearings recently held by the House Science and Technology Committee, new Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu remarked that energy- intensive companies were seeking to save energy because it could result in large savings (so what’s new?). But then the DOE head said, “the more forward looking companies … see in the long term energy costs just increasing because in the long term, as noted before, oil, natural gas production will eventually peak and decline, plateau and decline” (emphasis added). [Note: this is a paraphrase from the recording, at about 1:32.]

Apparently, Secretary Chu has taken to heart the arguments of the Hirsch report, which was essentially a survey of expectations by various forecasters, primarily peak-oil advocates,

Conference of the Century! (Fantasizing about a 350 ppm CO2 Cap)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#mlewis">Marlo Lewis</a> -- March 30, 2009

Well, how else should we describe a conference addressing “The Greatest Challenge in History”? That’s what the 350 Climate Conference, to be held May 2 at Columbia University, calls global warming, which it also asserts is ”likely the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.”

The number “350? refers to the “safe upper limit” of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere–350 parts per million (ppm)–according to NASA scientist and Columbia University professor James Hansen, who will keynote the conference. Atmospheric CO2 levels today are roughly 385 ppm.

The online conference flyer explains:

Pickens Plan II: Retreat as Prelude to Failure? (worth reading Sunday)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 29, 2009

Several MasterResource posts on the problems of the original Pickens Plan, and the retreat to Pickens Plan II, are worth revisiting as T. Boone continues his multi-million-dollar quest for a government-engineered energy makeover.

Pickens, like Al Gore, does not want to debate his plan–he just wants to implement it with edicts. But fundamental problems remain with Pickens I and the scaled-back Pickens II. Here is a one-two-three punch by critics:

“Renewable” Energy: In Search of Definition

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#john-droz">John Droz, Jr.</a> -- March 28, 2009

Human Achievement Hour” Saturday March 28th at 8:30 PM (celebrate energetically–don’t turn off the lights)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 27, 2009

Energy Strangulation: The Obama Game Plan Emerges

By Kenneth P. Green -- March 26, 2009

The 70s: Bad Music, Bad Hair, and Bad Energy Policy (What Obama can learn from Carter)

By Donald Hertzmark -- March 25, 2009

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), T. Boone Pickens, and the Enron Legacy of Windpower

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 24, 2009

The Oil Price Boom – We Hardly Knew Ye

By Jerry Taylor -- March 23, 2009

On the Big Energy and Environmental Picture (good reading Sunday)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- March 22, 2009