Monthly Archives: March 2009

Crash Course

Crash Course: Economy, Energy, and the Environment

As discussed previously on this blog, with time more and more is understood about the effects of decreasing net energy on the industrial economy. Eventually one comes to the realization that nearly everything in Industrial Man’s world will change or will have to be changed.

Few things will have a bigger impact on the day to day life of everyone in the modern industrial world as the destabilization of the exponential financial system. All of us have been taught the “power” of compounding. In high school, I was told that if I put a little money in the bank each year, eventually my wealth would begin to grow in a near vertical curve. I learned this from a teacher who did not understand physics, and it would be 30 some years before I realized the absurdity of this curve. Where would the energy come from to cover my consumption if this were to occur and I were to spend that money? The answer is of course that the system would fatally collapse because the energy is not available.

In the process of studying the decreasing net energy collapse of the exponential economy, I found a web-based course called “Crash Course” from Chris Martenson at http://www.chrismartenson.com. This course is very good and is available on the web and via DVD. Chris Martenson has a very deep understanding of what is happening to the exponential financial system. Chris has a PhD in science and an MBA in finance and is the best teacher of this material that I have found. Chris even allows you to burn and sell his DVDs for profit.

Please check out the “Crash Course.” If you are stuck without high speed Internet, please contact us here at Energy Strain and we will send you a copy of the “Crash Course” DVD.

Monthly PickensPlan.com Oil Import Data

As I mentioned several posts ago, T.Boone Pickens, each month, reports on three oil statistics, which include:  Barrels of Oil Imported by the U.S. , Money Sent Overseas and % Imported from Foreign Countries.

There is some good news this month, the amount if oil that we imported (339 million barrels) is down from last month (408.7 million barrels). Also, during February the US imported 62% of its oil versus 67.4 percent in January.

It is good to see less oil being used.  The down side to seeing these drops in oil usage is this: the US hasn’t put any dramatic oil conservation measures into place so, this decrease in oil usage is due to the US economy worsening.

When the oil import data for March is available I will let you know (a month from now, of course).

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