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The Solar Singularity Is Getting Closer

The “solar singularity” is the point where solar becomes so cheap in a majority of countries around the world that it is established as the default new power source. At this point, solar will very likely go vertical in its growth curve.

January 6, 2016
In-depth topic: Renewable energy
Energy

The Bail-Ins Are Back! Portugal Slaps Senior Bank Bondholders With €2 Billion Loss

Another bail-in. this time senior Portuguese bank bond holders are on the hook to bail out another failed bank.

December 30, 2015
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy

A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

Bail-ins happening to Italian banks. Ellen Brown summaries how legislation puts depositors on the very bottom of the totem pole when a private bank fails.

December 29, 2015
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy

The Crude Oil Export Ban–What, Me Worry About Peak Oil?

Last week Congress ended the US oil export ban, ostensibly due to the over-abundant supply from tight oil. But the irony, as Art Berman explains, is that the US is far more economically vulnerable and dependent on foreign oil today than it was when cru …

December 28, 2015
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

The New Silk Road: the Coming Tectonic Shift

The New Silk Road vision announced by China, even if half successful, would usher in a tectonic shift rocking the economic, geopolitical and monetary status quo, and will be the single most significant geopolitical development since the fall of the Soviet Union.

December 17, 2015
Finance & Economy

Liquidity: Closing the Gate

Faced with mounting losses in their bond portfolios and massive redemption requests, mutual and hedge funds begin suspension of any and all redemption requests. The next phase of the junk bond crisis has begun.

December 13, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

World Oil Supply & Demand from a Different Perspective

The recently released EIA global crude oil data gives a different perspective on the consumption side of the equation and serves as a good proxy for the relative state of the world economic regions.

November 28, 2015
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

Dealing with Auto Traffic Congestion

This Strong Town article draws an identical analogy between a natural watershed and our road system. The same principle of flood control applies to both.

November 18, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Transportation, Urban development

The Trouble with Big Oil in One Chart

The trouble faced by not only shale oil companies but also Big Oil can be summarized in one chart from a recent BP presentation.

October 20, 2015
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

The Myth of Users Pay Highways and Roads

The first and necessary step towards a rational re-thinking of our transportation priorities involves the dispelling of the long held and common myth that drivers pay for the full cost of the roads they drive on.

September 30, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Transportation, Urban development