May 2011

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HPIn Europe: Biofuels audience warms to advocate for third industrial revolution

Here is a thesis on energy that’s being expounded at the heart of European policy-making these days: Thirty years after peak oil per capita and at the apex of peak globalization, the machines and..

Here is a thesis on energy that’s being expounded at the heart of European policy-making these days: Thirty years after peak oil per capita and at the apex of peak globalization, the machines and infrastructure of the oil age are on life support. Oil prices will not edge over $150/bbl without turning off the engine of global growth, as they did in 2008. But, there is an alternative—a third industrial revolution. So says the US author and polemicist, Jeremy Rifkin, who is something of a controversial figure back home in the US. He’s been outspoken long, and loudly, enough to have his detractors. I might hesitate to give space to him in this editorial here if his ideas weren

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