Energy Security and Peak Oil
Global Energy Scenario
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and Greenpeace International have produced this global energy scenario as a practical blueprint for how to urgently meet CO2 reduction targets and secure affordable energy supply on the basis of steady worldwide economic development.
Both these important aims are possible at the same time. The urgent need for change in the energy sector means that the scenario is based only on proven and sustainable technologies, such as renewable energy sources and efficient decentralised cogeneration. Ittherefore excludes “CO2-free coal power plants” and nuclear energy © Greenpeace International and EREC.
While waiting for the formal release of the of National Petroleum Council’s report on the prospects for world oil and gas production, it seems like a good time to review the general peak oil situation prior to what many believe may be difficult times later this year.
The underlying fact is that OPEC oil production and indeed total world liquid fuel production currently is about 1.2 million barrels a day lower than in July 2006. Demand from China, India, most oil exporting states, and some developed countries keeps increasing so obviously a lot of poor countries are consuming a lot less oil than they were last year.Read More
On the precipice: Energy security and economic stability on the edge 16 July 2007
by Daniel L. Davis
Reducing DoD fossil-fuel dependence…
I am a Major in the United States Army. When looking at this report for the first time, one may legitimately ask why an Army officer is writing about energy issues. The genesis for this project began many months ago when I was conducting research for a project related to the development of the future force in the US Army. I believed it was important to include an effective assessment of what the world might look like in the year the force was projected to complete its initial fielding (2030).
So I set out to discover what some of the best minds in the world had to say about what the world might look like 20-plus years from now. Specifically, I intended to examine population growth, food production, water availability, and energy supplies.
What I discovered shocked me. Read More
France spreads offers of nuclear cooperation 12 July 2007
France has offered to cooperate on nuclear energy with gas-rich Algeria, having already said it would cooperate with Georgia. It has also extended a cooperation agreement with Vietnam. During a tour of north Africa this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy indicated that he is willing to share French expertise in civil nuclear power with Algeria. He met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika while on a visit to Algeria and Tunisia to promote his plan for a ‘Mediterranean Union’ involving southern European countries and their north African neighbours.
Bush: ‘Nuclear a key to economic vitality’
22 June 2007
US President George Bush paid a visit to the recently restarted Browns Ferry 1 nuclear power unit on 21 June, making forthright statements on the benefits of nuclear power.
US President George Bush in the Browns Ferry 1 control room. (Image: White House, Chris Greenberg)
Bush visited the machine shop and control room of the 1155 MWe boiling water reactor unit before addressing about 230 workers and local officials.
In a wide-ranging speech on energy, Bush hailed nuclear as a safe, clean, affordable and reliable power source, which “is a key component of economic vitality, because it provides 20% of electricity.”
On environmental issues, he said that “if you are interested in cleaning up the air,then you ought to be an advocate for nuclear power. There is no single solution to climate change, but there can be no solution without nuclear power.”
“The world is seeing the promise and potential of the peaceful use of nuclear energy,” said Bush, adding that Browns Ferry workers were acting in the spirit of President Dwight Eisenhower, who famously called for the worldwide use of peaceful nuclear power at the United Nations in 1953. Full Story
Mr. Bushes Oil Security Blanket. The New York Times. January 27th 2007
One of the stranger and so far unexplained items in President Bush’s energy program is his proposal to double the capacity of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, to 1.5 billion barrels, over the next 20 years. The proposal carries a $65 billion price tag — one of several reasons Congress should question Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman closely when he comes looking for the money.
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