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Nov. 14th, 2005 | 09:18 pm
mood: tiredtired

According to www.ameinfo.com Kuwait's biggest field starts to run out of oil, this would be the worlds second biggest oil field. I found the link off of a comment in Prepare for peak oil now an essay written by richard heinberg of alternet.org

Also Grist interviews Matthew Simmons one of the peak oil prognosticator with the best credentials for understanding the world oil.

I wonder how we could convince congress to fund a transcontinental bullet train line, or that the very least one that runs up both coasts. It'd suck a lot less if we built it know than if we waited until most of the oil was unavailable. I'm not sure how many of us really would even be physically capable of building a rail line like was done for the first 1860s line. (I guess we could reuse some of the infrastructure that we have now, but converting our heavy rail system to run on electricity would be challenging.)

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from: irilyth
date: Nov. 15th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)

Electricity prices in the Northeast are expected to surge this winter, because so much of our electricity-generating capacity here is fired by natural gas.

Shifting to oil-powered electricity doesn't seem like it solves the peak oil problem. Isn't the real fix nuclear power, and other alternative sources of energy?

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 15th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)

The biased information I've gotten from the hyper liberal types are less fond of nuclear than solar and wind. It is certainly true that fission is a finite resource as well, though estimates vary on how long it'll last.

I suspect the powers that be prefer nuclear to the renewable energy is its still requires large centralized plants, solar, wind, and small-scale hydro are far more amenable to decentralized generation.

The challenge that our current society faces by being forced to switch away from oil, is that there's no energy storage media as convenient and energy dense as oil. So though we could power our computers and lights, automobiles and airplanes become increasingly difficult to operate.

Battery powered cars have been insanely expensive because they require so many batteries, so it's only fixed path vehicles that can be easily powered by electricity. (Trains and buses with overhead power lines)

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