Saturday July 2nd, 2011 - Episode
26: Goodbye & Sayonara Japan
Japan consumes roughly
4.5 million barrels a day in gasoline and diesel fuel but none of
it is produced by the country. In 1996 Japanese oil consumption
peaked near 6 million barrels a day and has never recovered. The
country is also facing deflation and kamikazi attacks by zombie
banks. The only thing that has kept Japan growing over the last
20 years is imported natural gas from Australia, the carry trade
and foreign consumption in the rest of the world. As global capital
dries up and the world hits peak oil it's time to say sayonara Japan.
A New York state employee is facing criminal charges after prosecutors
say he stole gasoline intended to help stranded motorists. Brian
Lee was facing arraignment in Nassau County district court on Wednesday.
He faces charges including petit larceny, official misconduct and
falsifying business records. The name of his attorney was not immediately
-- With gas prices remaining high, gas thefts are still a common
problem facing law enforcement. One of the latest reported incidents
was at a Tehachapi gas station. Four men were arrested on charges
of diesel fuel theft and drug possession after being caught stealing
from the same gas station on two different occassions with the
same two vehicles according to police. Both incidents were all
caught on tape.
Police arrested Karleena
Lorren Kempf, 35, 99 Elm St., on eight counts of stealing gas
from the HyVee store at 2110 E. Main St. According to police reports,
station manager Bradley Hopping told police the driver of a white
Saturn had taken gas and driven off without paying eight different
times between May 19 and June 10. The most recent time he was
able to get the license number. He provided police with the receipts
of the thefts that gave the times and amounts of gas stolen.
Many people know about
peak oil but how about peak gold? In this episode I explore global
gold production information from the US Geological Survey and
notice that gold production appears to peak every 30 years but
continues to increase about a decade later. Is there a lag between
price and production? Is 2001 the peak for global gold production?
These are just a few of the topics covered in this program. I
also interview Ron a local gold dealer just outside of Toronto,
Canada and get his opinion about the gold market.
One month after a Mississauga service station attendant died from
injuries sustained while chasing a driver who fled without paying
for gas, Ontario police chiefs will vote on urging the province
to make pay-first pumps mandatory. Earlier
this week, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police started pushing
for similar legislation.
Fredricton Times - Hoodies
Down At Gas Stationsg
MIRAMICHI - We've all
heard the adage "no shirt, no shoes, no service." Well,
now a Miramichi based-fuel distributor and convenience store owner
is adding "no hoodies" to that list. Brian Kingston, owner
of Kingston's Fuels, has posted signs on the entrances to all of
his Petro-Canada businesses in the city, advising customers that
wearing a hood inside the store will not be tolerated.
A MAJOR crackdown on thieves
who fill up and drive off from petrol stations has been launched
in Nelson and Colne. The Forecourt Watch scheme will see stickers
and posters displayed, warning people that the theft of fuel is
a criminal offence. Staff at service stations in the towns will
also be able to share information with each other and police about
suspects, vehicles and known offenders.
Friday June 10th,
2011 - Episode
24: Nikola Tesla & Peak Oil
From my own research I
understand Tesla to be naïve in his interpretation of human
nature. He believed that war would become a thing of past and that
people act out in their own rational self interests. In the end
the technologies he created didn’t fill the void in his life.
Instead he found some level of fulfillment by caring for sick and
hungry pigeons on the streets of New York City. He lifted humanity
up and mankind simply ignored his accomplishments and went on an
energy consumption binge.
Whenever gasoline prices soar, station owners know to be on the
lookout for people who will fill up their tanks and dash away without
paying. But with most stations making folks pay before filling up,
criminals have had to be more creative. Last
week one Brookfield gas station was hit twice by what looks to be
a crew that dispensed more than $6,000 in gasoline after disabling
the meters on two of the pumps.
The Edmonton Sun - Pay
Before You Pump: Police Chiefs
Alberta police chiefs
are calling on the province to make it mandatory for drivers to
pay for their gas before pumping it. Bringing in such legislation
is a necessary move, said the Edmonton Police Association boss.
"We're strongly in support of it," said Sgt. Tony Simioni.
Making drivers pay before they pump would prevent crimes and help
free-up policing resources, he added. "The volume of time,
effort and money that goes into gasoline theft is huge," he
PRESCOTT - A man who pleaded
guilty to five counts of fraud related to the theft and use of a
City of Prescott gasoline credit card will spend the next 3-1/2
years in prison. Arthur Castaneda, 35, was arrested in November
after officials discovered that he was using a city Parks and Recreation
department credit card to fuel his personal vehicles.
What do oil and Christianity
have in common? In this episode I explore the idea that as people
use more energy they become less religious. According to Matt Savinar
we all worship oil as our new god. As oil leaves our economies what
will we worship then?
The manager of a Des Moines convenience store was treated at a hospital
shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after being hit by a car during
an alleged gasoline theft. Myles
Byrnes, 52, saw a young man pumping gas into a black Cadillac with
no license plate on the back, police said. He walked outside the
Kum & Go store at 3104 University Ave. to check the vehicle
for a front plate. There was no front license plate either.
The Toronto Sun - Gas
& Go Crime on the Rise
LLOYDMINSTER, SASK. -
As drivers continue to watch prices climb at the pump, police are
seeing more and more people not paying up. Although multiple ‘gas-and-dash’
incidents are occurring every week in this city, this type of theft
isn’t unknown to the RCMP due in part to Lloydminster’s
location between Saskatoon and Edmonton. However, with some gas
stations charging $1.29/litre, gasoline theft has become a bigger
element of Border City crime.
VILLAGERS are being
asked to join in the fight against church lead thefts.The Diocese
of Lincoln, which covers south Lincolnshire, is encouraging residents
who live near or regularly pass churches to be vigilant in the wake
of lead thieves striking in the area.Head of communications Will
Harrison said: “It’s a massive problem.“A lot
of the churches are in small villages and there isn’t anyone
around. “Some of the thieves are so brazen that they go in
posing as legitimate workmen. “What we want to do is to call
on anyone who passes near the church to remain vigilant. “If
anyone walks their dog near a church, please wander through the
churchyard and see if there is anyone about.