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***How Sweden deals with nuclear waste

by Starvid Wed Aug 16th, 2006 at 09:20:17 AM EST

Sweden is rather famous for being a country interested in environmental issues. It's rather less famous for being the world's biggest per capita consumer of nuclear power. These two things taken together results in the Swedish nuclear waste program, which has been called "the rolls-royce of nuclear waste programs".

(Much more information below)

From the front page ~ whataboutbob

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***A few words of wisdom from Lundin Petroleum

by Starvid Fri Aug 11th, 2006 at 04:56:26 AM EST

Lundin Petroleum is the biggest Swedish oil company and the darling of small investors. These quotes are excerpts from an article in my morning newspaper.

Lukas Lundin:

-There will be even more problems with oil, now or within the next two years. It will not run out, but it will become so expensive that alternatives are forced forward.

But I think oil must reach 200 dollars per barrel first, demand is so unelastic. But that could happen within the next one to three years.

From the front page - whataboutbob

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***Really, really good mainstream peak oil story

by Starvid Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 03:58:26 AM EST

From the Chicago Tribune via the Oil Drum, I give you

A Tank of Gas, a World of Trouble!

From the front page ~ whataboutbob

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This Week in Nuclear - Nuclear News Podcast

by Starvid Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 05:51:03 PM EST

PodCast for News, Facts and Commentary Related to the Use of Nuclear Energy to Make Our World Safer, Cleaner, and Less Dependent on Fossil Fuels.

This is probably the only radio show in the world which is solely reporting on news concerning the global nuclear power industry. And it's free.

There are 23 episodes this far, all excellent.

Check it out here.

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Toyota plan plug-in hybrids

by Starvid Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 03:03:03 PM EST

A hybrid is a car with both a conventional internal combustion engine and an electric motor. A plug-in hybrid can on top of this be charged from any electrical outlet and has a "pure" electrical range of maybe 15 to 30 kilometres, or significantly more. They can reduce the oil demand for transportation by 70 % while increasing electricity consumption by only 5 %. Did I mention it costs less than half a euro to drive 10 kilometres with a plug-in?

And now Toyota is going to develop one.

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US energy secretary: The oil suppliers have lost control of the market

by Starvid Sat Jul 15th, 2006 at 06:20:31 PM EST

The Toronto Star

"This is the first time in my professional lifetime that the suppliers of oil in the world have really lost control of the markets," Bodman said during a two-day trip to Western Canada where he toured the rapidly developing oilsands region in northern Alberta.

"They are unable to turn the spigot and increase supplies, and therefore are unable to control oil prices."


At last someone important spells it out.

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Welcome to Peak Oil TV

by Starvid Wed Jul 12th, 2006 at 11:02:18 AM EST

Real Oil Crisis
What would happen if the world were to start running out of oil? Conventional wisdom says we've got 30 years, but there's a growing fear amongst petroleum experts it's happening much sooner than we thought - that we are hitting the beginning of the end of oil now. So how soon will the oil run out, and can we stop our economy collapsing when it does? How prepared are we for the real oil crisis?

ABC Australia - 11/25/05 -  Run Time 13 minutes

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"Economic Brief: The New Role of Coal in Energy Security"

by Starvid Mon Jul 10th, 2006 at 09:45:35 AM EST

More than any other energy source, coal increased its share of production, consumption and exports in energy markets during the last two years. The analysis of the current trends and policies in the energy industry suggest that a revival of coal is destined to last for the foreseeable future, which will have important consequences for both political decision-makers and investors.

Oh yeah, we are so fuxxored.

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The Swedish commission against oil dependence delivers its report

by Starvid Thu Jun 29th, 2006 at 04:54:30 AM EST

As you might know, due to the worries over peak oil the Swedish government created a "commission against the oil dependence" (chaired by the PM himself), which has held several televised hearings on oil and alternative energy. It has now released its report on these subjects.

From the diaries - whataboutbob

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Nuclear renaissance in Europe, part 2

by Starvid Sat May 6th, 2006 at 11:32:32 AM EST

In this second part of the diary series we will continue looking at the nuclear developments in Europe as the so-called nuclear renaissance restarts nuclear developments across the Continent.

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Nuclear renaissance in Europe, part 1

by Starvid Sun Apr 30th, 2006 at 08:41:26 AM EST

With ever increasing energy prices and the fears stoked by the Ukraine-Russia gas war, nuclear energy seems to be coming out the wardrobe, even in Europe.

But how much of this talk about a nuclear renaissance is just that, talk and no action? Answering that question is what this series of diaries is about.

We'll be looking at all European nuclear countries (and all the new potential ones), their current reactor fleets and at the current nuclear projects.

From the diaries ~ whataboutbob

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