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The Prize

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Uploaded on Dec 17, 2010

Adapted from Daniel Yergin’s book “The PRIZE: Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power”

Originally from a PBS Documentary. This video posted for non-profit educational purposes.

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Oil Smoke and Mirrors

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Uploaded on Dec 14, 2010

“I heartily recommend this documentary. It should be watched by every citizen of the U.S.” – Dale Allen Pfeiffer. Author “Eating Fossil Fuels”. Please visit: http://oilsmokeandmirrors.com/ and purchase a copy of the DVD or send the producers of this film a donation, to help support future productions of this caliber in the future.

“Oil Smoke & Mirrors” offers a sobering critique of our perceived recent history, of our present global circumstances, and of our shared future in light of imminent, under-reported and mis-represented energy production constraints.

Through a series of impressively candid, informed and articulate interviews, this film argues that the bizzare events surrounding the 9/11 attacks, and the equally bizzare prosecution of the so-called “war on terror”, can be more credibly understood in the wider context of an imminent and critical divergence between available global oil aupply and and global oil demand.

The picture “Oil, Smoke & Mirrors” paints is one of a tragically hyper-mediated global-political culture, which, for whatever reason, demonstrably disassociates itself from the values it claims to represent.

While the ideas presented in this film can at first seem daunting, it’s ultimate assertion is that these challenges can indeed be met and surpassed, if, but only if, we can find the courage to perceive them.

“Oil, Smoke & Mirrors” is an independent production. The producer has neither association with, nor membership of, any political organisation.

Additional Links for getting educated on Oil:

A great article I read in Boston Bimmer Magazine:
http://www.r2controls.com/2010_04_GAS…
(This guy knows his stuff)

Absolutely you must read a book called “The Prize” – By Daniel Yergin
I am going to try to upload the PBS documentary here to YouTube for education purposes, but otherwise you can find it posted on Disclose.tv Just search for “The History of Oil Money Power and Corruption”

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Noam Chomsky – Peak Oil and a Changing Climate


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Uploaded on Jan 20, 2012

In this sixth video in the series “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate” from The Nation and On The Earth Productions, linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky talks about the Chamber of Commerce, the American Petroleum Institute and other business lobbies enthusiastically carrying out campaigns “to try and convince the population that global warming is a liberal hoax.” According to Chomsky, this massive public relations campaign has succeeded in leading a good portion of the population into doubting the human causes of global warming.

Known for his criticism of the media, Chomsky doesn’t hold back in this clip, laying blame on mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times, which will run frontpage articles on what meteorologists think about global warming. “Meteorologists are pretty faces reading scripts telling you whether it’s going to rain tomorrow,” Chomsky says. “What do they have to say any more than your barber?” All this is part of the media’s pursuit of “fabled objectivity.”

Of particular concern for Chomsky is the atmosphere of anger, fear and hostility that currently reigns in America. The public’s hatred of Democrats, Republicans, big business and banks and the public’s distrust of scientists all lead to general disregard for the findings of “pointy-headed elitists.” The 2010 elections could be interpreted as a “death knell for the species” because most of the new Republicans in Congress are global warming deniers. “If this was happening in some small country,” Chomsky concludes, “it wouldn’t matter much. But when it’s happening in the richest, most powerful country in the world, it’s a danger to the survival of the species.”
http://www.thenation.com/video/158093…

The Nation “Peak Oil and a Changing Climate”
http://www.thenation.com/article/1574…

Noam Chomsky – Peak Oil and a Changing Climate http://climateforce.net/2012/01/20/no…

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Noam Chomsky on Peak Oil, Economics, Financial Markets, Bailouts, Investment, Climate Change (1998)

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Published on Nov 4, 2013

Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production is expected to enter terminal decline. Global production of oil fell from a high point in 2005 at 74 mb/d, but has since rebounded setting new records in both 2011 and 2012. There is active debate as to when global peak oil will occur, how to measure peak oil, and whether peak oil production will be supply or demand driven.

The aggregate production rate from an oil field over time usually grows until the rate peaks and then declines—sometimes rapidly—until the field is depleted. This concept is derived from the Hubbert curve, and has been shown to sometimes be applicable to the sum of a nation’s domestic production rate, and similarly to the global rate of petroleum production. However, the discovery of new fields, the development of new production techniques and the exploitation of unconventional supplies can disrupt this correlation. Peak oil is often confused with oil depletion; peak oil is the point of maximum production, while depletion refers to a period of falling reserves and supply.

M. King Hubbert created and first used the models behind peak oil in 1956 to accurately predict that United States oil production would peak between 1965 and 1971. His logistic model, now called Hubbert peak theory, and its variants have been used to describe and predict the peak and decline of production from regions, and countries, and has also proved useful in other limited-resource production-domains. According to the Hubbert model, the production rate of a limited resource will follow a roughly symmetrical logistic distribution curve (sometimes incorrectly compared to a bell-shaped curve) based on the limits of exploitability and market pressures.

Some observers, such as petroleum industry experts Kenneth S. Deffeyes and Matthew Simmons, predict negative global economy implications following a post-peak production decline—and oil price increase—due to the high dependence of most modern industrial transport, agricultural, and industrial systems on the low cost and high availability of oil. Predictions vary greatly as to what exactly these negative effects would be.

In 2008 oil prices reached a record high of $145/barrel. Governments sought alternatives to oil, particularly the use of ethanol, but that had the unintended consequence of creating higher food prices, particularly in the developing countries. Throughout the first two quarters of 2008, there were signs that a global recession was being made worse by a series of record oil prices.

Optimistic estimations of peak production forecast the global decline will begin after 2020, and assume major investments in alternatives will occur before a crisis, without requiring major changes in the lifestyle of heavily oil-consuming nations. These models show the price of oil at first escalating and then retreating as other types of fuel and energy sources are used. Pessimistic predictions of future oil production are that either the peak has already occurred, that oil production is on the cusp of the peak, or that it will occur shortly. In 2013 the International Energy Agency (IEA) projected that global oil production capacity would grow 8.4 mb/d over the next 5 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil

Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and its projected continuation. Since the early 20th century, Earth’s mean surface temperature has increased by about 0.8 °C (1.4 °F), with about two-thirds of the increase occurring since 1980. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain that it is primarily caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. These findings are recognized by the national science academies of all major industrialized nations.

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Noam Chomsky on Free Market Capitalism


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Published on Jul 9, 2014

Compilation of Prof. Chomsky on Free Market Capitalism

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Thomas Piketty on the history of money


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Published on Jul 9, 2014

THE economist explains how wealth and income inequality have evolved over the past century, and why making access to education more meritocratic could help tackle both problems

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Population Growth and Food Supply: Bottom Up or Top Down? | Tom Wilson


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Published on Jul 9, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. University of Arizona Professor Tom Wilson presents an economic perspective about population growth and food supply.

Tom Wilson is an Associate Professor of Practice at The University of Arizona, as a faculty member of the Soil, Water and Environmental Science Department for over 12 years. After getting an undergraduate degree in Biology from Reed College he worked at various jobs including a position as a horticulturist at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. He later received his Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science from The University of Arizona and shortly afterwards accepted a Lecturer position in the same Department. He is a Bart Cardon Teaching Academy Fellow, and works closely with the UA Honors College, serving on the Curriculum Committee and teaching two Honors classes, including HNRS 170A1 Human Reproduction and the Environment. He also teaches several classes for Soil, Water and Environmental Science, including the introductory Soil Science Class. Outside of the fall and spring semesters he co-teaches a summer class in Namibia and a winter class in Ecuador, and is developing a second summer class in Australia, all through the UA Study Abroad program. He has received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Teaching Award, the Provost’s General Education Teaching Award, and was a finalist for this year’s UA Five Star Faculty Award.

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