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The Oil Depletion Spiral Revisited

The slump in oil prices is especially problematic for the tight oil industry which is dependent on cheap debt. Oil prices hovering around $80, if sustained, do not bode well with future supply of the liquid fuels.

November 18, 2014
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

Solar Industry Crosses Payback Milestone

Thanks to the stunning drop in the cost and energy input required in its manufacturing process, the energy payback times of solar PV systems have shrunk so dramatically that mass adoption of this renewable energy source is at hand.

November 15, 2014
In-depth topic: Renewable energy
Energy

Maple Ridge 2014 Election: Suburban Sprawl Candidates Survey

In light of the fact that the issue of suburban sprawl has surfaced again as one of the important election issues in Maple Ridge, BC, a questionnaire has been put together asking all mayoral and council candidates to state their level of agreement to t …

November 6, 2014
Urban development

EROEI and the Energy Cliff

Our society, the complexity of which is built upon a large surplus of net energy, will experience the effects of the energy curve and potentially even the energy cliff as the quality of our energy sources continues to degrade.

November 4, 2014
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

Suburban Sprawl Adds Salt To Maple Ridge’s Infrastructure Deficit Wounds

In a growing city such as Maple Ridge, BC, leapfrogging suburban developments are adding more inventories to the city’s asset base and making its infrastructure deficit worse than it already is.

October 13, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development

The Impact Of Suburban Sprawl To Municipal Budgets

Apart from its commonly known costs, suburban sprawl is hitting municipal governments with hidden costs as a result of misguided policies.

September 27, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development

The Oil Depletion Spiral

Squeezed between the rapidly rising cost of oil production and our society’s inability to digest high oil prices, the dynamics of the oil depletion spiral will be delivering increasingly frequent bouts of pain to our oil dependent economies.

August 31, 2014
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

And Justice For All – The Case Of Medical Malpractice Claims

By the age of 65, 99% of all high-risk specialty physicians practicing in the US had faced a malpractice claim.

August 14, 2014
Misc

Drilling Treadmill In Action – US Shale Oil update

See how the phenomenon of the drilling treadmill is playing out in the two biggest tight oil fields in the US.

August 3, 2014
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

Peak Malls? Retail Floor Space Overbuild Meets Tectonic Structural Shifts, Part 1

Multiple fundamental factors driving retail sales growth in past decades are shifting not in favor of the retail sector. Combined with an overbuild of retail floor space, this does not bode well for brick and mortar retail properties.

July 1, 2014
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development