Russia & Central Asia

The trouble with Georgia

Dmitry Orlov, ClubOrlov

If senseless bloodshed is to be stopped and peace is to be restored to the Caucasus, Western and US leaders will have to activate several additional brain cells, and stop mindlessly repeating the meaningless phrase "Georgia's territorial integrity."

archived August 11, 2008

Russia-Georgia conflict

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Georgia and Russia nearing all-out war
Georgia: oil, neocons, cold war and our credibility
Energy pipeline that supplies West threatened by war Georgia conflict
A lesson on the United States’ need for Russia

archived August 9, 2008

Peak caviar

Ugo Bardi , The Oil Drum: Europe

Once, black caviar from the Caspian Sea was ubiquitous in Russia in its typical blue cans. Now, it has disappeared. "Peak Caviar" has taken place around 1980 in Russia. ... "Peak Caviar" is another confirmation of how common the "Hubbert" behavior is. It doesn't matter if a resource is theoretically renewable, as sturgeons and whales are. If sturgeons or whales are killed much faster than they can reproduce, then they behave as a non renewable resource; just as crude oil.

archived August 5, 2008

Peak Oil Review -- July 21st, 2008

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

An executive summary of weekly news from a US peak oil perspective, featuring:
- Production and Prices

- China's Energy Shortages

- British Petroleum in Russia

- Energy Briefs

archived July 21, 2008

Geopolitics - July 13

Staff, Energy Bulletin

The militarization of energy security
Russian oil to Czechs slows after U.S. pact
Pull-out demand signals final Bush defeat in Iraq
U.S., Iraq scale down negotiations over forces

archived July 13, 2008

Peak oil - July 4

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Michael Klare: Life at the summit
Russia's Medvedev sees oil price at $150
Middle East oil consumption shows strong growth
Oil megaproject update

archived July 4, 2008

Book Review: "Reinventing Collapse"

Graham Strouts, Zone 5

Written with the satirical wit of modern Voltaire, Orlov goes where few other peak oil writers have dared to go, and his sardonic Russian humor allows a stark look at American prospects through the eyes of someone who has witnessed collapse first hand.

archived June 30, 2008

Peak oil - June 27

Staff, Energy Bulletin

WSJ: Former Saudi officials at odds over 'peak' theory
Rep. Bartlett speech on peak oil
Mark Lynas : After the oil crunch?
And so it goes: the story of Kashagan (Caspian oil field)

archived June 27, 2008

Geopolitics - June 23

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Michael Klare interview
BP's Russian lament
How Iran would retaliate if it comes to war
Bomb Iran? What's to stop us?
Iran: Stop nukes by bombing oil wells, neocons suggest

archived June 23, 2008

Climate - June 18

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Disaster-prone deltas next climate risk
Conflicts fuelled by climate change causing new refugee crisis, warns UN
Climate chaos is inevitable; we can only avert oblivion
Warming could release trillions of pounds of carbon annually from E. Siberia's frozen soils

archived June 18, 2008