Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My First Year Anniversary Celebratory Blogroll

September 8 is this blog's first year anniversary, so I thought that I would celebrate by finally putting up my blogroll.   I have tried to feature a number of blogs that I frequent, but perhaps don't get as much attention as they deserve.   Unless otherwise noted, these blog/websites are non-commercial with freely available material.    

I can’t say that I endorse or agree with every (or any) of the opinions of these bloggers, but, I do find their articles or podcasts interesting.  I hope that you do also.

Aleklett's Energy Mix:
Kjell Aleklett is Professor of Physics at Uppsala University, Sweden, and current President of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO)

Bit Tooth Energy:
David Summers is “Curators Professor Emeritus” of the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Dr. Summers is the founder of the widely read Oil Drum blog, but has since headed out to found yet another blog, which has many interesting posts and observations about peak fossil fuels, climate change and the environment.

Approaching 300 podcasts, KMO is like the ancient mariner of podcasters covering a wide range of topics relating to the changing consciousness of civilization: "c" stands for consciousness.

Ugo Bardi teaches physical chemistry at the University of Florence, in Italy and writes often about peaks in oil, resources, ideas and civilization.

Chris Martenson:
Chris Martenson is the creator of the freely available crash course, which is almost a pre-requisite for understanding the perspective of a number these other blogs.  Martenson describes himself as an information scout, and he writes mostly about economic matters, although like Stoneleigh, is well aware of the inter-relationship between energy and the economy.  The “daily digest” and the members-contributed material are freely available at the web site and great resources in themselves, but, most of Martenson’s recent writings are behind a pay wall.  Still, if you do get something out of the crash course and other material, you can support the website by buying the DVD or a membership for at least a few months, as I have done.  

Dmitry Orlov is a computer engineer who was born in Russia and immigrated to the US at an early age, but then traveled back and forth a few times during  the Soviet Union’s break down.  This puts him in a good position to compare the US and Soviet Union empires.  

The Downward Spiral: A Requiem for the American Dream
Taking on the pen name of the late Bill Hicks, "Bill" has taken on the onerous task of posting entertaining daily commentaries about the economy, peak oil and other topics related to the decline of the American Dream.  Bill is one of a few individuals who considers me to be an optimist; if you read his very first post you will see why. 

“3 Es”: 
Titled, “Knowledge is asking the Right Questions? Energy, Environment, and Economy”
eEs provides a free weekly listing of links pertinent to those who has viewed the crash course and who are looking for more detailed and current information related to the three Es: Economy, Energy and Environment.

Jim Puplava’s and John Loeffler’s free weekly webcast cover recent financial events and interview numerous guests, including a number of the people mentioned here.  This show has been a mainstay for me for the past few years now.  

James Howard Kunstler:
JHK’s blog and pod cast, advertized as covering "the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl” but actually it covers much more than that, peak oil/energy, economic decline, endless consumerism are common topics.  

Tad Patzek is a Professor and Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas.  His blog header says: "In this blog, I continue to write about the environment, ecology, energy, complexity, and humans. Of particular interest to me are human self-delusions and mad stampedes to nowhere."

Nature Bats Last:
Guy McPherson is professor emeritus at the University of Arizona and writes often about "the natural world, with a particular emphasis on the twin sides of our fossil-fuel addiction: (1) global climate change and (2) energy decline," and, I would add, practical preparations.

The Radio Ecoshock Show:
Alex Smith, based in Vancouver Canada runs the syndicated weekly Radio Ecoshock Show is heavily focused on global warming, but also sometimes features interesting guests that discuss peak oil, the economy and other aspects of the environment.

Stoneleigh's and Ilargi's The Automatic Earth:
Somewhat similar to Chris Martenson, TAE mostly discusses the economy, although the authors are well aware of the inter-relationship between energy and the economy.  Unlike Martenson, TAE is expecting deflation, so this provides an interesting counterbalance.  Also unlike Martenson, pretty well everything is freely available except Stoneleigh’s lecture, "A Century of Challenges," which I bought, as a way to support their website.

The Triple Crunch Log:
Jeremy Leggett is a geologist has worked in the oil industry and has published widely about fossil fuels and climate change.  His log emphasizes "matters relevant to the energy-, climate-, and financial crises, and issues pertinent to society’s response to this triple crunch."

I think that Steve's original idea was to have a round table discuss and interviews of the regular Chris Martenson Forum contributors, although the podcast has since expanded to include many other guests covering topics related to the three Es. 

Currently hosted by Robin Upton, Unwelcome Guests Collective is a group of broadcasters who produce a weekly public domain 2 hour talk radio show on a range of topics. that commercial media seems to be either unable or unwilling to cover.

Vaclav Smil is a Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba.  This is not really a blog, but the News and Publications sections of the site are actively updated with Smil's publications and interviews, which I often find interesting.


  1. Hey there, CW...thanks for the shout out. That's a great list with some I haven't visited before. Looks like I have more reading to do. :)


  2. Thanks for the listing! Checking out some of the other links now. Thanks again 3Es


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