Alexander's Commentary
Change of face - change of phase
A Future?
Climate-Change – Change of Climate
Oil-Around 2013
Finally there: The Campbell’s Atlas of Oil & Gas Depletion
New time arising
Ein heisser Herbst? (A hot Autumn?)
Where is this going? – 3
Where is this going? -2
Where is this going?
Is it important?
A Moment of Truth at Passing
The Iran Hoax
The 2012 Adventure
Solstice Greetings
Taking on the future
A new beginning
Twist and Turn
Shale-gas: just a gas?
Little miracles, big wonders
Unconventional gas
To Peak or not to Peak, is that the question?
Going on ...
Time for change
Economy; What Economy?
Media Noise Windfall Profit
The Winds of Change
Signs of the future?
Reality and Hope
Best Wishes
What goes around, comes around
A throughout, integrated view
Signs of change?
P.P.P. versus Need
Working for climate-change?
Good signs
Contradicting signals
All over again? The difference between perception and reality.
The paradigm, the mind-set and reality
Two minds
Positive inclination
Different values?
The long view
Leaping to the future
New signs of hope?
A message of hope?
Some good news anywhere?
A project gone awry?
Traces of light
Driving the markets II
Driving the markets
Meeting reality
Silence for the storm?
The times are changing
The Theatre
Some Questions, no answers
Ocean carbon sinks and returns
The good news, the bad and the ugly
A President speaks the truth!
Green masks
Saving us with or from bio-fuels?
The good news
Driving the oil-price?
A new dilemma?
Kenya: a new oil-frontier?
Forecasting a trend?
Some early signs for 2008
2007; A year to remember
The good news
A bit of a shock II
Fraud alert - bogus job ads
A bit of a shock
A simple but far-reaching idea
Hype, Realism, Convergence
A touch of globality
Climate change and changing the climate
Refineries, Biofuels and internal demand
Figures, figures & figures
Pipelines, Biofuels & Reserves
Expectation, projections, contradictions.
A box of Pandora?
Changing systems
A dynamical environment
Projections and reality
Changing reality
A different reality II
A different reality
PPP: Prices, poverty and politics
A whirling 2007
The year of shifting balances
One world, two systems?
Oil and development?
The year 2065?
Mixed signals II
Mixed signals
A War on hold?
No Comment
Changing balances
Truth or Deception?
A fresh overview
Bigger picture first
National Interests vs. Shareholders Value
'The Dialogue'
Do we actually need to worry?

A different reality II


This new issue bears again several articles and facts that touch upon different realities being at play.

One reality is that we need to reduce the usage of mineral hydrocarbon-based fuels, especially oil, due to, amongst other, the excessive harmful emissions this causes, the result of which, in the way of the planet”s response, starts to threaten the basic fundamentals of human existence: we may not only see melting ice-caps, rising seal-levels, increasing super-storms and severe droughts but also collapsing food-chains, new epidemics and massive displacement.
And all this the coming decades.

One of the responses to this is the rapid expansion of plantations for producing the basis for plant-based oils or alcohols that can be used as liquid fuels and apparently have the advantage of, net, less emissions.

The reality is that it has been discovered that the creation of quite some of the plantations needed space to grow, for which vast tracts of rainforest and other lands have been “cleared”, resulting in substantial environmental destruction and more emissions than ever will be prevented by using the fuel from the plantation.

On other places the corn used for making alcohols was taken from the stocks meant for the “bread for the people”, resulting in excessive price-rises for the basic food for millions of poor people.

As another alternative there is an upcoming weed that may be very profitable in producing cellulosic alcohols, to be used as fuel. However it will need vast tracts to produce even a remote percentage of what actually would be needed. This will cause mono-cultures and massive usage of fertilisers (made from natural gas) and weed-killers and insecticides (mainly made from oil).

Reality is that the answers may not lie where the question comes from and that the thinking that brought us into trouble, may not bring us out of it. Just keeping on going, only a bit different is not the change that is needed.

Reality is, that it is already clear this is not working.

The possible question is whether it may be the (mainly) “Western” way of living, in a “civilisation” that bases its values on consumerism, distraction and monetary worth, currently practiced by a relative minority of humanity but responsible for the majority of emissions, that may be the culprit?

May it therefore be that, next to researching for solutions to the imminent problems, we need to look at what values a human society might want to base itself upon, in the future?

Reality in the future may be very different than reality is now.

Stay open,


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