There Are No Good Outcomes

Not in complete agreement with this article as to start a transition away from oil would be a good outcome and high oil prices should help, the trouble is there is nothing really to transition to yet. Or at all. Plus, as much as I loved the electric KTM SX prototype I tested, internal combustion engines are still much more versatile and will be around for a (long) while yet, just being increasingly more expensive to run (assuming of course enough oil makes it out of MENA to run them). At least motorcycles get great MPG. The KTM 690 engine just won the distinction of being the most fuel efficient bike in South Africa , averaging 3.0 Liters/100km (78.4 mpg) in Econorun 2010.

As Colin Cambell said, We’re entering the second half of the age of oil. How steep the slide down the back is remains to be seen, but if you want to somewhat understand where we are at, this article is a good place to start:

The political class and their mouthpieces in the corporate controlled mainstream media are desperately trying to spin the oil price surge as a temporary inconvenience that will not derail their phony recovery story. Brent crude closed at $116 per barrel yesterday. West Texas crude closed at $104 per barrel. Unleaded gas has risen by 22% in the last month and 60% since September 1, 2010. I’m sure this slight increase hasn’t impacted Ben Bernanke or Lloyd Blankfein. Their limo drivers just charge it to their unlimited expense accounts. Joe Sixpack, driving his 15 mpg Dodge RAM pickup, is now forking over an extra $1,200 per year in gas expenditures, not to mention more for everything impacted by oil such as food, utilities, and anything transported to their local Wal-Mart by truck (everything). Luckily, the Federal Reserve and crooked politicians only care about their comrades in the top 1% elitist society, for whom oil is an investment, not an expense.


  1. Robert 5 years ago

    Methanol may exist as a practical alternative to electric and hydrogen. As a liquid fuel, it would require much less retooling of our engines and distribution system.

    Conventional liquid fuels are largely an effective way to densely package hydrogen and carbon for combustion. Nobel Prize winner George Olah advocates the use of methanol as a practical realization of the hydrogen economy.

    Methanol retains the relative safety and energy density of liquid fuels. In addition, related to concerns about CO2 and global warming, methanol can be a venue for the industrialization of carbon-fixing from the atmosphere for the production of a carbon-neutral liquid fuel.

    Olah’s work relates to the efficient conversion of natural gas into methanol and to fixing CO2 out of the air to produce methanol.

    Methanol could be a huge step in the right direction, especially considering the massive natural gas reserves of the U.S. T. Boone Pickens advocates for this well.

    If I were choosing an alternative energy future for the U.S., methanol would be high on my list for many reasons.

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    admin 5 years ago

    Interesting but Petroleum is unfortunately still far more convenient to produce, transport and use than any other energy source.
    I guess part of the problem too is that any transition needed to begin 10 or 20 years before peak oil (As stated in the Hirsch report), so we are already 10 – 20 years too late, meaning the transition is going to be seriously rough to say the least. It was and will continue to be felt economically first as we saw in 2008 making any new expensive technologies prohibitively expensive for almost everyone, but then socially too as we are seeing now in the middle east as the reactionary policies of the central banks to print money (as well as other reasons) push food prices up to the point that revolutions happen.

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