allaboutgeorge + energy   23

Trouble with decluttering? Being dependent on stuff is part of being human, Stanford scholar says
So it seems to me that we have to do something about our core way of being. Minimalism, the lifestyle of living with less, and other recent movements that criticize consumerism are an important step in the right direction.

But we need to do more at a global scale to bring about significant change. We need to seek social, economic and political solutions that lessen our headlong drive toward material accumulation.
minimalism  energy  development  business  creativity  design  archaeology  history 
17 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Their Moon Shot and Ours -
The Coda, 14,000 of which will be on the road in California over the next year and can travel 100 miles on one overnight charge, is a combination of Chinese-made batteries and complex American-system electronics — all final-assembled in Oakland (price: $37,000). It is a win-win start-up for both countries.
oil  gasoline  energy  hybrid  china  cars  electricity  oakland 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US | Energy Bulletin
My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use is the "Collapse Gap" – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the Cold War.
energy  usa  russia  war  oil  society  futurism 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - Georgia on My Mind - Op-Ed -
"[I]nnovation is now the only path to growth, prosperity, environmental sustainability and national security for America. But it is also an incredibly competitive world. Many information industries require that products be improved by 100 percent every 12 to 36 months, just for the company to stay in business."
innovation  creativity  usa  economics  russia  business  corporations  energy  security 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Steering Clear of Energy's Volatility -
"Amana Trust Growth (symbol: AMAGX) is the largest U.S. fund that invests according to Islamic law. The fund keeps trading to a minimum because Islamic law equates it to gambling. It has benefited from gains in some of its long-term investments, such as Apple. The fund is down 5.26 percent this year and up 15.31 percent over five years."
islam  investing  economics  religion  law  finance  apple  oil  energy  usa  stocks 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
As Oil Giants Lose Influence, Supply Drops -
“There is still a lot of oil to develop out there, which is why we don’t call this geological peak oil, especially in places like Venezuela, Russia, Iran and Iraq. What we have now is geopolitical peak oil.”
oil  energy  venezuela  russia  iran  iraq  politics  power  business  war  geography  environment 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Fears, Again, of Oil Supplies at Risk - New York Times (14 October 2001)
" 'If bin Laden takes over and becomes king of Saudi Arabia, he'd turn off the tap. [...] He said at one point that he wants oil to be $144 a barrel' -- about six times what it sells for now."
oil  terrorism  saudiarabia  energy 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
In Wyoming, the Dark Side of America’s Thirst for Energy - New York Times
“Throwing warm beating hearts at a failed energy policy is a tragedy, whether it’s the war or the oil fields. The jobs are a good thing. But going after it so frantically and doing so much damage is wrong.”
oil  wyoming  writing  energy  environment  war  politics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge | Turn down that thermostat, permanently
"The most pressing decision facing the next U.S. president and Congress may be how best to accelerate the transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to a system based on climate-friendly energy alternatives."
oil  energy  usa  politics  elections  campaigns  2008  russia  iran  congress  president 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge The kinder, gentler energy superpower
"They were shocked to find out how much of our oil comes from Canada. They know now."
oil  canada  energy  usa  globalization 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Economy and Geopolitics Decide Where Oil Goes Next - New York Times
“There is still a lot of demand that is outside of the United States. There is increasing oil consumption, particularly in the developing nations, and oil is getting more difficult to find.”
energy  economics  nytimes  china  india  globalization 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
You Must Remember This - New York Times
"Over the next 12 years, some economists predict, more than 150 million Indians will buy cars. China, meanwhile, may have 140 million cars on its roads by 2020."
china  india  scooter  marketing  oil  urban  cities  transportation  cars  energy  globalization 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Oil Industry Headlines: Week of November 2
This post uses my Creative Commons-license picture from my post-"Helvetica" downtown-S.F. walkabout a few months ago.
photography  sanfrancisco  energy 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Young Drivers Steer Toward Foreign Cars
"About 60% of buyers under 25 rated fuel economy as an extremely important reason to purchase a particular vehicle; vs. 47% for 25 to 34 years old; or 40% for those 35 and up, the firm said."
cars  japan  germany  usa  marketing  energy 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Ghawar, Going, Gone... | MetaFilter
"Think about what it would be like if you had to take a 5% pay cut every year for the rest of your life, that may help."
oil  energy  saudiarabia  usa  corporations  africa  china  india  refinery  sustainable 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Only Halfway There
"The only way one can effectively address this problem today and get an immediate kick is by raising the price at the pump and keeping it there [...] The best monument to 9/11 we could erect would be a mountain of crushed gas guzzlers."
democrats  september11  oil  energy  politics  cars  suv  saudiarabia  iraq  middleeast  mideast 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Fluorescent Bulbs Are Known to Zap Domestic Tranquillity -
"I have heard time and again that a husband goes out and puts the bulb into the house, thinking he is doing a good thing. Then, the CFL bulb is changed back out by the women. It seems that women are much more concerned with how things look. [...]"
energy  housing  aesthetics  men  women 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Oil on the Brain - Lisa Margonelli - Books - Review - New York Times
"The special relationships the United States nurtured with countries like Venezuela and the security guarantees offered to Saudi Arabia have lost their appeal; and the threats, which include sanctions and military intervention, have lost their effect.”
oil  books  security  globalization  energy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: GM Introduces Plug-In Electric Car
"The domestic industry spends hundreds of millions to cultivate image. What they've been slow to realize is that fuel efficiency is increasingly sexy to many Americans. Even if you don't buy a Prius, you have the sense that Toyota is with the program."
cars  energy  green  environment  usa  marketing  sustainable 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYTM: The Breaking Point
"If an outsider goes to the Fed and asks, 'How much money do you have?' they will tell you. If you say, 'Can I come and count it?' they will not let you. This applies to oil companies and oil countries."
oil  saudiarabia  energy  usa 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Kitchen Voyeur: Sunny Side Up
"Mary said, quoting Peter Matthiessen, 'Anyone who pushes a button to turn on the gas or turns a spigot for water doesn't know how most of the world lives.'"
solar  cooking  food  energy  environment  sustainable 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
World Oil Transit "Chokepoints" Country Analysis Brief
Let's see if it comes in handy sometime during the next four years, shall we?
oil  mideast  asian  energy  war 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NY: John Cassidy's "Pump Dreams"
“If people cared about oil imports they would buy different cars. In response to 9/11, people started putting flags on their S.U.V.s and buying Hummers. That tells you something.”
energy  oil  politics  saudiarabia  usa 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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