Monthly Archives: July 2014

Watching The World Go By: Valencia, Spain

Sitting on a beach south of Valencia, 30 degrees and no clouds, with my iPad and a cold beer (and a ready supply from the bar 20 feet away from me). Only 30 minutes away is the city itself, with … Continue reading

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Energy & The Financial System: Presentation to Energy Systems Conference (June 2014)

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IEA Oil Market Forecast: Optimistic Assumptions And An Economy Unable To Grow Out Of Its Problems

The International Energy Authority (IEA) forecasts a yearly increase of 1.3% in global oil demand during the period 2013-2019. This contrasts with the assumption of global economic growth rising from 3.6% in 2014 to around 4% thereafter[1]. How does a … Continue reading

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Watching the World Go By: Quebec

I sit here in a Montreal coffee shop on a rainy day, looking through the window at people living their lives. I feel as if I am watching one of those movies where normality pervades, but the ominous soundtrack warns … Continue reading

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Energy & The Financial System: A Financial System Addicted To Exponential Growth

Unlike the rest of the content on this site, this is copyrighted work which cannot be reproduced without the prior and explicit permission of the publisher, Springer. This is the fourth chapter to my book on Energy & The Financial … Continue reading

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The Rich And The Gilded Cage

The Greek philosopher Plato used the Allegory of the Cave to illustrate deception of the mind by representations of reality, rather than true reality[i]. In this parable, inhabitants of a cave have been shackled since childhood, facing a wall, and … Continue reading

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