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Hurtling Towards Climate Chaos: US Oil Production Set to Explode

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Projections released Tuesday that US oil production is set to surge to record levels shows the US continuing down the path of runaway climate change.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:46 pm
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Projections released Tuesday that US oil production is set to surge to record levels shows the US continuing down the path of runaway climate change.

Reuters reports:

[...] the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday that the country's crude oil production will rise by the largest amount on record in 2013, and is set to soar by a quarter over two years.

Seth Kleinman, global head of energy strategy at Citigroup, told the BBC that the rise was due "entirely because of the application of fracking."

The EIA's figures came the same day as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2012 was by far the hottest year on record for the US.

Dr. Shaye Wolf, climate science director with the Center for Biological Diversity, warned that "the blazing temperatures that scorched America in 2012 are a bitter taste of the climate chaos ahead."

While Wolf says the NOAA data "puts the heat on President Obama to take immediate action against carbon pollution," the projections for surging oil production show the US has no plans for escaping what climate expert James Hansen has described as a "planetary emergency."

Daphne Wysham, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, stated Wednesday that Obama's 'all of the above' energy strategy

[...] dooms the U.S. and the world to higher temperatures, more nuclear accidents and higher energy prices. Meanwhile, poor countries like Uruguay are on track to 90 percent renewable energy by 2015 and rich countries like Germany and Denmark are on track to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 if not sooner. The U.S., with vastly more sun and wind resources, can and should do more to pull us from the brink of climate catastrophe.

- Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Common Dreams |


mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:12 pm
> " US oil production is set to surge to record levels "
Yeah, maybe, but certainly not for long.

JL A (281)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:28 pm
Such a sad story of shortsightedness sacrificing successful futures for our families to proliferate exponentially profits in the present for polluting corporations.

Nicole W (646)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:48 pm
thank you Kit

Laurie H (817)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:45 pm
This is terribly sad news to hear. Just ignoring all the warnings and continue business as usual, there will be a major price to pay.--Our environment is ailing now, I suspect this will pale in comparison in the future. Pollution running out of control, fracking, compromising our planet, shallow thinking for quick fixes, doesn't add up. Thanks so much Kit!!!~

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 9:21 am
I think fracking should be banned. Oil is bad for the enviroment. Fracking triples the damage and dials up fast forward.

Tim C (2420)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 9:48 am
thanks Kit.

Mike M (40)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 9:55 am
Money in their pockets is all the want to hear or know.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:09 am
When will enough be enough?

. (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:54 am
This issue has been in the hands of the President for 4 years; let us see if these next four will make any difference.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:58 am

The issue has been on the table for forty years, not four years. The only way to make a difference is for the people to make absolute demands of the government.

Mike S (86)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:32 pm
Sadly noted. Thank you for posting Kit.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:39 pm
I think oil is trying to make their money while they can before the world turns green. We need to stop these billionaires from ruining our environment and wildlife.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:46 pm

Or maybe they are just hoping they can find a way to take over the alternative fuel sources before they are outdated by communities making the conversion to better, and clean fuel sources.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:55 pm

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 12:56 pm

David C (131)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 1:34 pm
greed, laziness, and lack of foresight are killing the world....and politicians bought and sold are unwilling to do anything to stop it.....

we could be cleaner, greener, safer, renewable future energy if we were willing as a society and world community, but it seems we're not....

still I won't give up hope, my children are only teens.....

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 1:35 pm
Thanks Kit. Great post. I agree with J.L. A.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 2:25 pm
What makes it Impossible for "real people" to give up oil/gas is that the up front expense of "renewable" enegry is just too freaking high to get around. For housing & transportation we are doomed to keep "reliable" utilities & old-fashioned gasoline, at least if you don't live in Urban areas - and maybe, especially so. If you own your own home you can't afford geothermal (though there are tax credits for the wealthy who can), wind turbines are expensive & even solar is too independent homeowners can't afford that on top of mortgage & maintaining the place & taxes...vehicles are ridiculously high as well, as if they want to make their quota on Every car/truck/SUV instead of making it on more over-all sales.. so hybrids remain outrageous, electric is out of the question for rural ares & too high as well. It SEEMS like a conspiracy to keep America tethered in the last century..but goodness knows I wouldn't want to imply That..;)

Deborah W (6)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 2:38 pm
Well deserved ... only as strong as our weakest link, we all own a part of this. Comeupance time!

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 2:38 pm

We can't do it alone, but we can do it as community investments. That does require a new FACE of leadership in our communities and in our desire to move this forward. I still believe America is the CAN DO country and we can do this - but we must begin now.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:01 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. I'm 100% against fracking. Just so unfortunate that the corporate media presents this as "a good thing."

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:21 pm
Why is energy extraction/production going in the wrong direction -- greed, ignorance etc I guess.

So sad -- it will be so hard to survive higher and higher temperatures and further climate chaos.

Jason S (50)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:33 pm
Good posting, thnks

Sonny Honrado (5)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:05 pm

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:21 pm
How stupid can we be!

Tammy Taylor (12)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:51 pm

Judy C (97)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 8:10 pm
This is suicidal. I hope this trend can be stopped, but how?

Ro H (0)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:08 am

Craig Pittman (52)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:11 am
It would seem as though oil will have to be totally depleted on all its forms or for climate related catastrophies to overwhelm North America before we actually change our attitudes and policies.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:48 am


Though there are many city and community efforts directed at alternative fuels, the movement is slow, Perhaps until we can boost these efforts or a way to boost these efforts is by giving tax credits or subsidies. Currently, should we stop all subsidies to OIL,GAS and COAL, we will see an immediate response by a rapid and soaring cost increase. That will impact both the economy and each family still dependent on fossil fuels for their electric source, gasoline etc....

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:56 pm
Thank you, Kit.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:58 pm
This was to be expected.

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 8:27 am
Noted, thanks Kit. Have a comment on this subject but will hold it for another time since I'm 2 days late in reading this post.

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