We will not replicate the excellent information available on the Energy Bulletin site. Our focus will be to supply links that: help clarify the problem, support the solutions outlined in our ei2025 Plan section, help someone who is coming up-to-speed and lastly, that highlight complementary organizations.



Recent News Articles

Energy Bulletin
http://www.energybulletin.net/about.php

The "go to" site for recent and consolidated energy related news articles. Their Mission: EnergyBulletin.net is designed to be a clearinghouse for current information regarding the peak in global energy supply



American Support of Our Cause

Yale Poll Reveals Overwhelming Public Desire For New Energy Policy Direction
http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/05-06-09-06.all.html

...92% of Americans say that they are worried about dependence on foreign oil. 93% of Americans want government to develop new energy technologies and require auto industry to make cars and trucks that get better gas mileage.


New GM poll shows Americans want energy independence
http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0506/30/0auto-233063.htm

AutoInsider June 30, 2005 - A new poll commissioned by General Motors Corp. backs up the need for American energy independence while offering the world's largest automaker a sobering assessment on its progress in developing energy-efficient vehicles.


MSNBC: Why isn't energy conservation a higher priority?
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9623739/

The simple answer is that — until very recently — it’s been extremely unpopular politically for anyone in government to stand up and tell Americans to use less energy. This is why we need you to sign our National Petition - let our political and industry leaders know you support our cause!



The Oil Problem Defined

Graph: US Oil Consumption, Production and Reserves Including ANWAR (graph)
http://www.energy.senate.gov/legislation/energybill/charts/chart8.pdf

US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Chart showing US oil consumption, ANWARs impact and our growing depency on others.


GAO 2000 Automotive Fuel Economy Report
http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/11000/11300/11328/rc00194.pdf

Report to Senator John McCain from the GAO in 2000. As the proportion of light trucks has increased and other shifts have occurred in the automotive fleet, the average fuel economy of new passenger vehicles has fallen to 23.8 mpg a weighted average of 28.1 mpg for cars and 20.3 mpg for light trucks 1 for model year 1999, the lowest level since 1980 and 8 percent below the peak of 25.9 mpg for model year 1988.


MPG Decline Through 2001
http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/2003/html/table_04_23.html


Still Relevent: Oil Consumption and Production in America
http://maps.unomaha.edu/Peterson/funda/Sidebar/OilConsumption.html

Jason J. Churchill October 25, 2000 Conclusion: If the natural resources of the world continue to be exploited at such a staggering rate, there will be nothing left to exploit. Conservation strategies have been implemented, especially at times when an energy shortage has occurred, but these strategies are all but forgotten when the shortage passes.


US Fleet - Fuel Efficiency Trends Over Time
http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/2003/html/table_01_20.html

Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Chart showing the impact of consumer buying behavior on overall US fleet fuel efficiency due to the shift in buying SUVs, trucks and vans.


CNNMoney: G8: Economic growth at risk from unstable energy supplies
http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/11/news/international/g8_summit.reut/index.htm

February 11, 2006: 5:41 PM EST Ministers from the world's richest countries meet in Moscow seek cooperation amidst heightened fear that energy prices could harm strong global economic growth.


CNNWorld: Chavez threatens to cut off oil to U.S.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/02/18/chavez.oil.ap/index.html

Saturday, February 18, 2006; Posted: 4:59 a.m. EST (09:59 GMT)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned he could cut off oil exports to the United States if Washington goes "over the line" in what he has said are attempts to destabilize his left-leaning government


MSNBC: Saudi Arabia, China ink energy deal
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10989062/

BEIJING - Saudi Arabia and China inked a deal on energy cooperation on Monday, amid efforts by China to secure overseas oil and gas deposits for its power-hungry economy.


MSNBC: Saudi Oil: A Slippery Future?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9503833/

With high energy prices and pressing concerns about supply disruptions, the arguments over the state and fate of the global oil economy keep getting more interesting by the day.


MSNBC: China signals switch in reserves away from dollar
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10725855/

Interesting financial move by China. The value of the dollar would tumble should oil ever be traded in Euros.


Iran's New Oil Exchange
http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CLA410A.html

The Iranians are about to commit an "offense" far greater than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro of Iraq’s oil exports in the fall of 2000.


Guardian Unlimited: Iran's message to the west: back off or we retaliate
http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1700266,00.html#article_continue

Excerpt: ...He also vowed that Iran will match any sanctions with measures of its own and warned that the west would quickly regret any resort to military action.


Reuters: Nigerian militants vow to blow up oil tankers
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L19747141.htm

LAGOS, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Nigerian militants who have kidnapped nine foreign oil workers and forced a sharp cutback in the country's oil exports threatened on Sunday to blow up oil tankers.


OPEDNews: Iran’s Oil Exchange threatens the Greenback
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_mike_whi_060123_iran_92s_oil_exchange_.htm

The Bush administration will never allow the Iranian government to open an oil exchange (bourse) that trades petroleum in euros. If that were to happen, hundreds of billions of dollars would come flooding back to the United States crushing the greenback and destroying the economy.


AMEInfo: Kuwait's biggest field starts to run out of oil
http://www.ameinfo.com/71519.html

The peak output of the Burgan oil field will now be around 1.7 million barrels per day, and not the two million barrels per day forecast for the rest of the field's 30 to 40 years of life, Chairman Farouk Al Zanki told Bloomberg.



Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

Government MPG Ratings & Comparisons
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm

Define what you need to have and then research and buy the most fuel efficient vehicle in it's class.


MSN Auto Reports: Highest Fuel Economy in the Most Popular Classes
http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4018922&src=LP%20pickups

The 2006 vehicles—including pickups, vans and SUVs—that lead their classes for the most efficient fuel consumption, according to EPA data.


Safety Vs Economy - A Valid Excuse?
http://www.safecarguide.com/exp/statistics/statistics.htm

Four-wheel-drive pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are designed to be driven for work, hauling, and off-road purposes. They were not designed to be people movers, and don't handle nearly as well as passenger cars or minivans.


Fuel Economy and Light Truck Technology
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/cars_pickups_suvs/fuel-economy-and-light-truck-technology.html

Union of Concerned Scientists: There are many technologies available to cost-effectively improve the fuel economy of sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), pickups, and minivans—whether used for hauling, off-road travel, or the trip to the supermarket.


Working Truck Fuel Economy: The Facts
http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/cars_pickups_suvs/working-truck-fuel-economy-facts.html

Union of Concerned Scientists on the facts concerning improving light truck (including SUV and Van) fuel efficiency.



Biofuels - Ethanol and Biodiesel

Brazilian Ethanol Program Overview
http://www.renewables2004.de/ppt/Presentation4-SessionIVB(11-12.30h)-LaRovere.pdf


Ethanol Can Contribute to Energy
http://rael.berkeley.edu/EBAMM/FarrellEthanolScience012706.pdf

Studies that reported negative net energy incorrectly ignored coproducts and used some obsolete data. All studies indicated that current corn ethanol technologies are much less petroleum-intensive than gasoline but have greenhouse gas emissions similar to those of gasoline.


ScienceDaily: Ethanol Can Replace Gasoline With Big Energy Savings, Comparable Impact On Greenhouse Gases
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060126194250.htm

Putting ethanol instead of gasoline in your tank saves oil and is probably no worse for the environment than burning gasoline, according to a new analysis by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.


American Coalition for Ethanol
http://www.ethanol.org/

Welcome to ethanol.org, the official website of the American Coalition for Ethanol. ACE is the grassroots voice of the ethanol industry, a membership-based association dedicated to the use and production of ethanol.


National Biodiesel Board
http://www.biodiesel.org/

The NBB is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the coordinating body for research and development in the US.


Renewable Fuels Association
http://www.ethanolrfa.org/

As the national trade association for the U.S. ethanol industry, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) promotes policies, regulations and research and development initiatives that will lead to the increased production and use of fuel ethanol.


Journey to Forever Online Biofuels Library
http://www.journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library.html



Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

How Hybrids Work
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/hybrid-car.htm

Any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power that can directly or indirectly provide propulsion power is a hybrid.


Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell vehicles
http://www.nrel.gov/vehiclesandfuels/hev/

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory works toward developing hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs); moving them from research and development to the marketplace.


Plug-In Partners
http://www.pluginpartners.org/

Plug-In Partners is a national grass-roots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible-fuel Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) exists today.


California Cars Initiative
http://www.calcars.org/about.html

CalCars is a group of entrepreneurs, environmentalists, engineers and other citizens working to spur adoption of efficient, non-polluting automotive technologies.


Plug-In America
http://www.pluginamerica.com/

PlugInAmerica.com is a coalition of RAV4 EV drivers, former Honda EV+, GM EV1, and Ford Th!nk City lessees, and clean air and energy independence advocates.


The Electric Auto Association
http://www.eaaev.org/

The Electric Auto Association (EAA) was formed in 1967 in San Jose, California. The EAA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles.


HybridCars.com
http://www.hybridcars.com/index.html

HybridCars.com is part web journal, part online community, and part hybrid market research organization.


Best Hybrid Vehicles
http://www.besthybridvehicles.com

Information and resources for Hybrid Vehicles. Lots of information for anyone who is interested in purchasing a Hybrid Vehicle of any kind.


Electric Vehicle Advocacy Group
http://drivingthefuture.com/

Good source of support organizations, sites and information on electric vehicles.



Getting Started - Recommended Reading

Framework for Understanding Energy Resources
http://www.rff.org/flash/energyresources/large.html

Great visual tool comparing various energy sources. Requires a media flash player. Hosted by Resources for the Future..


Secrets of the Kingdom
http://www.randomhouse.com/randomhouse/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400062911

Posner exposes the undeniable truth about U.S.-Saudi relations–and how the Saudis’ influence on American business and politics poses a grave threat to our security.


A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805068848/002-9998553-2869661?v=glance

A great history lesson, which describes in detail how the current political boundaries in the Middle East came about and why this area will suffer from unrest for centuries to come.


Energy Disclosed: Abundant Resources and Unused Technology
http://www.missouri.edu/~suppesg/book.htm

An interesting book which tells us that we have options but not the political will to implement them.


Plan B 2.0
http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB2/

“Our global civilization today is on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and eventual collapse,” says Lester Brown


Life After the Crash
http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/

Excerpt: In practical and considerably oversimplified terms, this means that if 2000 was the year of global Peak Oil, worldwide oil production in the year 2020 will be the same as it was in 1980. However, the world’s population in 2020 will be both much larger (approximately twice) and much more industrialized (oil-dependent) than it was in 1980


RollingStone: The Long Emergency
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/7203633?rnd=1113407778259&has-player=false


Saving Oil in a Hurry
http://www.iea.org/bookshop/add.aspx?id=197

Many IEA member countries and non-member countries alike are looking for ways to improve their capability to handle market volatility and possible supply disruptions in the future. This book aims to provide assistance. It provides a new, quantitative assessment of the potential oil savings and costs of rapid oil demand restraint measures for transport. Some measures may make sense under any circumstances; others are primarily useful in emergency situations.



Other Resources & Links

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)
http://www.rmi.org/sitepages/pid306.php

"Energy efficiency has been a major focus for Rocky Mountain Institute since its inception, and most of its present activities grew out of a strategy of targeting sectors with the biggest energy-saving opportunities."


National Resources Defence Council
http://www.nrdc.org/air/transportation/oilinx.asp

Which way forward from the energy crossroads America stands at? Will it be continued addiction to oil, despite the risks to our economy, national security and environment?


The Apollo Alliance
http://www.apolloalliance.org/about_the_alliance/benefits.cfm

The Apollo Alliance is a broad coalition within the labor, environmental, business, urban, and faith communities in support of good jobs and energy independence. It has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO and 23 international labor unions as well as a majority of national environmental organizations. The Alliance is developing public education campaigns and communications strategies to link allies and build a new national constituency for a bold, broad based, and immediate program of public policy to achieve energy independence.


Set America Free Coalition
http://www.setamericafree.org/

THE SET AMERICA FREE COALITION brings together prominent individuals and non-profit organizations concerned about the security and economic implications of America’s growing dependence on foreign oil. The coalition, organized by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), promotes a blueprint which spells out practical ways in which real progress toward energy security can be made over the next several years.


World Energy Council
http://www.worldenergy.org/wec-geis/

WEC's Mission: "To promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people"


International Energy Agency
http://www.iea.org/

An intergovernmental body committed to advancing security of energy supply, economic growth and environmental sustainability through energy policy co-operation


US Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy
http://www.eere.energy.gov/