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Peak Oil and Energy Investment - ROI

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Peak Moment Television brings you online perspectives for self-reliant living in the face of energy, climate and economic uncertainty. These "conversations" are available for you to view online at their website. Check out "Energy Investment - Energy Return" here.

"It's tragic that we knew this 30 years ago...and it's here now!" says Charlie Hall. Now the question is what we do about it, and how much it's going to cost us.

Experts answer the question thrown out at Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA’s 2008 conference: "How do we better harness the intellect, energy and commitment, and what one thing would you have people ask an elected official to do about peak oil?"

Independent financial consultant Jim Hansen runs every investment through the “peak oil test”. In this presentation from the ASPO-USA 2008 conference, he explores traditional energy investments; opportunities in renewables, rail, and electrifying the transportation system; areas to avoid like airlines and trucking; and what to watch, like electric cars and the unwinding of globalization.

How about "peak everything"?

Oil isn't the only shortage facing our growing population, and endangered ecosystems. "It's important to find how much energy it costs to get back units of return...food, miles of travel, etc." Depletion of the "easy pickins" is being reached, oil, gas, coal, leaves us with lower "energy return on investments."

Ecologist and professor Charlie Hall looks at energy return on energy invested. Whether it’s a cheetah chasing antelope, or humans making ethanol — the energy we get back has to exceed the energy we put in, or the story is over. He compares oil’s energy return in the 1930’s (1 calorie invested returned 100 calories of energy) with the current situation (1:12) and still declining.

Peak Moment Conversation #136 "Energy Investment - Energy Return" with financial consultant Jim Hansen, and ecologist Charlie Hall, plus final Q&A from the ASPO-USA 2008 conference in September, is now online at www.peakmoment.tv (video), and www.globalpublicmedia.com (audio and video).

Peak Moment Conversations on Video

This is seventh Peak Moment Conversation videotaped at ASPO-USA 2008. "Energy Investment - Energy Return"

Other programs include:

  • Energy investment banker Matthew Simmons on "Oil and Gas - The Next Meltdown?"
  • Financial consultant Jim Puplava on "Making Financial Sense of the Coming Energy Crisis"
  • Energy analyst Randy Udall on "Peak Oil and Its Effect on Climate Change"
  • "Two Views of a Post-Oil Future" with author James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency) and Post Carbon Institute Founder Julian Darley
  • "Shocks, Shortages, and Scenarios - Planning for a Post-Oil Future" with Megan Quinn Bachman of Community Solutions, and Bryn Davidson of Dynamic Cities Project.
  • "Broadening the Peak Oil Conversation" with senior energy analyst Robert Hirsch and Kyle Saunders, "Professor Goose" of The Oil Drum website.



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