A sustainable society must depend upon renewable resources, which oil cannot be. It must recycle nonrenewable resources, and burned oil cannot be recycled. It needs to restore the base of renewable resources — our forests, soils, cities and human minds.
The news that ExxonMobil has just posted the highest profits in history should bring down to earth those congenital optimists who, for the last 20 years or so, have been claiming that the best way to do well is to do good. ExxonMobil got their record-breaking billions the old fashioned way: through high oil prices.
Oil giant Exxon Mobil yesterday reported the biggest profit in corporate history- some $36.1bn (£20bn) after tax for 2005. The profit was on the back of soaring oil prices. The company’s turnover – some $371bn – would make it the 17th biggest economy, just behind Russia but ahead of Taiwan or Sweden. The obscene profit … Read More
More on that story of Britain’s stagnated climate change strategy. The Guardian reports how the strategy has “been paralysed for seven months by a dispute between two Whitehall departments.” So yesterday we find out that Blair says climate change is worse than previously thought – the greatest threat facing humanity. Today we read about the … Read More
Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that climate change could be much more serious than previously thought in a new government report on global warming published today. The report is a major update to a scientific conference held in Exeter last year by the British government on the subject.
Whilst everyone else gets excited about the potential for renewable energy, the Chief Executive of Shell, Jeroen Van Der Veer shows a remarkable lack of foresight or imagination. Writing in the Financial Times this week, Van Der Veer outlined his “vision for meeting energy needs beyond oil”.
Let’s move on from the last blog about the political will being needed to make technological change. Two reports on two different continents show how we could reduce our oil dependency now, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions given political will and economic investment.
Writing in Monday’s Financial Times, James Woolsey, the head of the CIA from 1993 to 1995 and Robert McFarlane, who was Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser, argued that “America must end its dependence on oil”.
Dr. Jeremy Leggett on peak oil in the UK Independent. Leggett, trained as petroleum geologist, advisor to Greenpeace for a long time, has a knack for being ahead of his time. Now he’s on peak oil, and its pretty compelling stuff. Click here to download a pdf version of his article.
Chomsky: ” Well, you know, if you have three gray cells functioning, you know that…the U.S. invaded Iraq because it has enormous oil resources…” http://www.alternet.org/story/30487/