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?



Reading through this update was an interesting experience:
- we see an increasing amount of countries realising that they need to get serious, more than before, in securing the energy-resources for their economies and people,
- some realise they are using the energy not very effective and are starting a drive for greater energy efficiency,
- other countries are doing research in substitutes for oil, in which bio-fuels and ethanol are rising to the surface, although it is quickly becoming clear that to replace the oil in a substantial way it would need more land than is available and that the net energy-balance of a lot of these substitutes is rather questionable,
- nuclear energy is of course also mooted, although it is clear that it will take decades before this will add in a substantial way,
- secondary recovery with the help of CO2 is said, on paper, to help to raise recoverable reserves, although it is not clear where the CO2 would need to come from and at what costs,
- the increasing regionalisation is also visible, notably in Latin America and Asia and in certain aspects also Europe, where the local market and economy becomes of higher importance that the global economy,
- and so we see movements to secure resources for the future, we see a drive for more efficiency, but what is completely lacking is the issue of reducing consumption of energy and resources by changing our way of living and consuming. This is an issue only read on sites of so-called “tree-huggers” and similar people. But isn”t it here where, especially the Western world should look at? We are a very wasteful society that squanders energy and resources to sustain a certain “way of living”. But it is exactly this way of living that will need to be addressed in finding a way towards the future, starting with the questions around education, expectations and role-models, and of course around the question whether the way the human race has chosen the last 150 years, increasingly being reduced and reducing ourselves to an economic consuming commodity, is the right one, and whether that is the real purpose of human life and living: being born, work (or not), consume and die?

Maybe there is something else and consuming may not be that important anymore in the future. And that would save huge amounts of energy and resources.


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