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Drumbeat: November 30, 2011

Whether one agrees with theories of peak oil or not, the statistics show that the world is becoming more dependent on oil from less efficient, “unconventional,” sources. The chart below, adapted from data compiled by Dr. Tom Murphy of the University of California San Diego, shows that any alternative energy source will be less efficient than conventional oil. The consequence of this is that energy is becoming more expensive and those with access to cheap energy will have a productivity advantage. In conjunction, those nations that export energy gain greater economic and political power because they can influence the performance of larger economies that have to import oil and gas. Higher energy prices act like a tax that slows the economy by reducing productivity, and transmits wealth from the consumer to the producer. In addition, the Federal Reserve also influences prices...

Full article: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/8669

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