Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Xmas Links

Merry Xmas everyone!  Or other seasonal festival of your choice.  Blogging will probably be very light this week.  In the meantime here's a few links:
  • Ugo Bardi has come around to my point of view that, while peak oil is a real problem, climate change is ultimately a more serious one.
  • Looking for winter weirdness due to the warming Arctic - Russia and the UK seem to be getting the prize so far this winter.
  • New York Times reviews the year's developments in electric cars and plugin-hybrids.  Obviously, not all these attempts will work out, but still it's encouraging to see so many green shoots.

1 comment:

RJMeyers said...

Interesting. I hadn't yet seen your peak oil, climate change, singularity, and financial crisis post. I agree with the ordering of the magnitude of the threats, but I worry that the ideologies that led to the financial crisis will prevent us from addressing peak oil and climate change. Either because (1) they will prevent us from investing in alternative energy/tech at the scales necessary or (2) they will lead to further economic crises, each of which will slow us down, with the cumulative effect being a significant reduction in total effort.

Although your argument about price signals leading to change on peak oil is a strong one, so perhaps that will be how real change gets rolling. The pocketbook is pretty likely to override ideology.