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November 25th, 2008

America’s Automotive Future is Not the Internal Combustion Engine

In the last column here, I suggested that any bailout of the Big Three include alternative energy metrics against which the three companies compete for better loan repayment terms.  In the week since that column was published there has been much discussion about whether America can afford to allow its’ auto industry to go down […]

 

 

September 7th, 2008

Future of Energy – The Price of Oil

Recently, people have been asking me a lot of questions about the fluctuating price of oil “What is the price of oil going to be?”  “Was the recent price spike of $147 a barrel an all-time high that we won’t see again?”  And “Will the global economic slowdown drive the price of oil back down […]

 

 

August 24th, 2008

The Oceans are Beginning to Die

It was two years ago that I first wrote about ocean dead zones. These are areas of the ocean that, due to a lack of oxygen, no longer sustain any life.  While dead zones can happen naturally, they usually are caused by the results of human activity.  A primary cause is nitrogen-rich nutrients from agricultural […]

 

 

July 23rd, 2008

Future Forecasts – Culture

There have been many cultural changes so far in 2008.  Some of these changes are in response to the rapid increase in the price of oil and other commodities.  Some of these changes have been due to technological innovations.  In both cases new behavior patterns are being established that will, to some degree become permanent […]

 

 

July 16th, 2008

Future Forecasts – The Price of Oil and Peak Oil

Regular readers know that I have long predicted the current price of oil and that we are now moving through Peak Oil These subjects were included in my “Forecast for 2008″ To quote from that January 9, 2008 column: “In 2008, gas will, for a period of time reach $4 on the national level. A […]

 

 

July 7th, 2008

Trains, Planes and Electric Automobiles

Two weeks ago I said that I would be writing several columns about transportation in the U.S. This is the final one of that series, at least for now. In the life of this blog I have written about the future of transportation and what it will and should look like. I am sure I […]

 

 

July 2nd, 2008

The Future of the Big Three – Part Two

GM, Ford and Chrysler represent to a large degree the Industrial Age legacy of manufacturing in the U.S. “What was good for General Motors was good for the United States” was, for decades in the 20th century a very true statement. The manufacturing might of America post WWII was an economic miracle and the apotheosis […]

 

 

June 30th, 2008

The Future of the Big Three – Part One

The fact that you know what I mean when I write the two words “Big Three” points to the power of Detroit and U.S. automotive marketing in the last half of the 20th century. The fact that they are no longer the big three in terms of sales in the U.S. points to the reality […]

 

 

June 25th, 2008

Congratulations America, Trend Lines to be Proud of

The two trend lines are the decline in gasoline consumption and the decline in miles driven.  These two are obviously connected and are obviously caused by the price of oil.  For the first time in close to 30 years, we have something to be proud of when it comes to our driving behavior. Two different […]

 

 

June 23rd, 2008

Keep on Trucking – Not!

This will be the first of several columns on the state of transportation in the U.S. Regular readers of this column know that for years I have predicted the current high price of oil, the sales collapse of the truck and SUV markets and the need for electric cars. In addition it has been stated […]

 

 

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