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Oil Price Out of Control

Thursday, 27 April 2006, 2:42 pm | Powerless New Zealand

As consumers around the world baulk at US$75 oil (per barrel) suspicion sets in that the oil companies are price gouging even when a few seconds rational thought informs us that oil is traded transparently on the open market to the highest bidder. Hilariously ... More >>

Peak Oil and NZ’s Flawed Oil Pricing Assumptions

Thursday, 23 March 2006, 10:17 am | Powerless New Zealand

PowerLess NZ Response to NZ’s MED Oil Pricing Assumptions and Scenarios. 23 March 2006 More >>

"A Leader Must Have a Vision"

Tuesday, 13 September 2005, 11:59 am | Powerless New Zealand

Never mind if that vision is an apparition, you'd think the vision that Don Brash had was one of Virgin Mary Mother of God indicating that oil will return to $35 a barrel. More >>

New Zealand Ponders Peak Oil

Thursday, 18 August 2005, 3:00 pm | Powerless New Zealand

As we all race to convert the fictitious new capital in our properties into Toyota Prados, LCD screen TVs, and package holidays to the Gold Coast cluelessness in regard to the global energy/economic situation continues unabated. More >>

Peak Oil and Mirage Realism

Wednesday, 13 April 2005, 2:20 pm | Powerless New Zealand

Realism is the philosophical notion that what our scientific theories tell us about the world are more or less, or approximately true. Scientific theories are generally considered to be the pinnacle of human knowledge. More >>

The Endless Supply of Oil and Other Fairy Tales

Tuesday, 15 March 2005, 4:31 pm | Powerless New Zealand

The rigour of science requires that we distinguish well the undraped figure of nature itself from the gay-coloured vesture with which we clothe it at our pleasure. Heinrich Hertz, 1895 More >>

Why the Petrol Tax is Good Thing

Friday, 4 March 2005, 11:19 am | Powerless New Zealand

The price of oil has increased around 300% since 1999 – a fairly obvious trend in anyone’s language. Yet politicians, voodoo economists, dubious media “analysts”, the AA and all manner of similar soothsayers and faith healers intent on ignoring ... More >>

The Age of Ignorance

Tuesday, 1 March 2005, 2:11 pm | Powerless New Zealand

The fundamental promise at the dawn of the 20th century was the democratisation of modernity. The ideology of modernity prescribed rational thought as the ultimate liberator informing us to the truth about the world and ourselves. The road to progress ... More >>

Peak Oil and The Sociology of Knowledge

Wednesday, 2 February 2005, 3:56 pm | Powerless New Zealand

The significance in differences in argument between what Colin Campbell terms the ''flat-earth fraternity'' and Peak Oil theorists is profound. More >>

2005: The Year of Global Oil Production Peak?

Tuesday, 25 January 2005, 11:11 am | Powerless New Zealand

By now anyone that listens to the news or reads a paper ought to know what Peak Oil means. The Green Party, primed by Jeanette Fitzsimons ''Picnic for the Planet Speech'' intends making it an election issue. More >>

Oil and NZ’s Department of Economic Mythology

Wednesday, 3 November 2004, 3:51 pm | Powerless New Zealand

A key assumption held by New Zealand’s Ministry of Economic Development (MED) covering the period between 2000 to 2025 is that oil prices will rise from US$20/bbl in 2000 to US$25 a barrel by 2020 and remain constant thereafter. More >>

PowerLess NZ - The 2007 Peak Oil date explained

Tuesday, 5 October 2004, 12:48 am | Powerless New Zealand

The real point is not so much the exact date of peak but the statement that the First Half of the Oil Age, which was characterised by growing production, is about to be followed by the Second Half when oil production is set to decline along with all ... More >>

The Price of Oil and Economic Growth

Wednesday, 29 September 2004, 2:52 pm | Powerless New Zealand

It may have come as a surprise to many (particularly market analysts) that the price of oil didn’t just magically stop at US$40 a barrel. As we push beyond the $50 per barrel barrier the G-7 finance leaders seem to have given up demanding the impossible ... More >>

Sustainable Growth = Protective Stupidity.

Thursday, 16 September 2004, 2:58 pm | Powerless New Zealand

The first and simplest stage in the discipline, which can be taught even to young children, is called, in Newspeak, crimestop. Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. More >>

Peak Oil: Suburbia’s looming fire-sale

Tuesday, 14 September 2004, 2:48 pm | Powerless New Zealand

One of the reasons a great many people, policy makers and leaders find it impossible to face the issue of peak oil is because it challenges the very beliefs that we argue are a priori truths about industrialised western societies, without requirement for ... More >>

Maui Gas: Experience the Depletion Cliff.

Monday, 6 September 2004, 1:11 pm | Powerless New Zealand

When the question of oil and gas depletion is raised the flat earth fraternity often can’t help themselves laughing whilst pointing out ''but we’ve never produced more than we are today, the world is awash in oil and gas''. More >>

Simon Upton forecasts end of industrial era

Tuesday, 31 August 2004, 1:43 pm | Powerless New Zealand

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter." ~Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland More >>

NZ relies on flawed global oil production data

Monday, 30 August 2004, 1:59 pm | Powerless New Zealand

Send a letter or email to Pete Hodgson, Minster of Energy, asking him what he is doing about the Peak Oil problem and you’ll get this response. More >>

ACT’s energy statements flawed

Tuesday, 24 August 2004, 2:14 pm | Powerless New Zealand

“[The] problem is that electricity is taken for granted. Just flip the switch and things happen. In short: Electricity is the quintessence of the 'modern way of life', but the electric power systems themselves are demanding, dangerous, and delicate. ... More >>

A rabble of knee-jerking hillbilly square dancers

Monday, 23 August 2004, 6:07 pm | Powerless New Zealand

The vast majority of New Zealand politicians currently resemble a rabble of knee-jerking hillbilly square dancers. The reason for this is in part because New Zealand, in fact Western democracies by and large are obsessed with reification, tradition and ... More >>



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