From Peak Oil Barrel:
Sat, 2019-04-06 09:53 — Sheila Newman
I have just learned, regretfully, of the death of Jay Hanson. My first report was that it occurred in a diving accident. Subsequently, it has been clarified that he fell ill after diving, and died that night. Jay Hanson lived in Hawaii. He was the founder of multiple energy resources or peak oil lists from the 1990s, starting with the incredibly popular Dieoff website and DieOff list which looked at peak oil, population numbers, and scarcity. An intermediate list was Killer Ape-Peak Oil. The last list of which we are aware was [America2Point0] which Hanson closed ‘until further notice’ on 20 December 2016. Hanson was teetotal for many years and studied evolutionary psychology. He believed that humans would be ultimately unable to deal with resource scarcity or human induced climate change because they could not cope with major environmental and evolutionary problems involving themselves.
His list gave rise to a number of other lists, such as EnergyResources and ERT, as people formed different views on the energy resources and human survival outlook.
Jay Hanson’s dieoff page can be found in its old and new forms by clicking on the links: http://www.jayhanson.org/oldindex.htm and http://www.dieoff.org/. There is a 2003 interview by Scott Meredith at http://www.oilcrash.com/articles/hansn_02.htm. It was my own participation in the DieOff list and subsequent ones, especially EnergyResources, and then the Australian Running on Empty one (roeoz) that caused me to edit two editions of a multi-scientist authored book called The Final Energy Crisis, Pluto Press, UK, 2005 and 2008. The first edition was initiated and partly edited by Andrew McKillop, and finished by me, Sheila Newman, and the second edition, in 2008, was entirely edited by me, with mostly new articles.
The whole ‘peak oil’ and energy resources debate or story or study is not over by any means. Fracking is a desperate and ruinous sort of pause, which has been used to crank up demand. It seems that we have already entered the oil wars, however most of the public have little ability to understand this, due to the influence of the corporate press and similar on our education systems, which focus less and less on science and history. US-NATO activity in the Middle East, the East and South America – notable threats towards Venezuela – are signs of this.
Jay Hanson was a charismatic internet figure, and it seems odd today that his death is not being widely reported. He was likable, trenchant and a little despotic, with many avid and admiring acolytes and friends.
This article and obituary is a very quick response to the sad news. My condolences to his family and close friends, and to the movement he began.
Jay Hanson, my internet friend. He was probably more responsible for starting the whole Peak Oil Awareness Movement than any other person. May he rest in peace.
Thanks to Sheila Newman. Without your reporting, Jay’s death would have gone completely unreported.
Great tune – by the Canadian trio *RUSH*
Lie after lie…. time after time….
Officials in Wisconsin say they had to spend big in order to fend off six other states. The result? They say that Foxconn will build a $10 billion electronics plant in Mount Pleasant that would generate 22,000 indirect jobs and 13,000 factory jobs that will average nearly $54,000 a year in salary.
“13,000 good-paying, family-supporting jobs. That’s just the start and up to 22,000 jobs that are either induced or indirect because of it. All of you in this area, this region know, have heard the stories. All the people say, ‘I’m going to start to do business over there. I’m going to open a restaurant over there. I’m going to open a hotel over there. I’m going to build a new home over there,” Walker said during the incentive package signing ceremony.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) was also effusive of his praise for what Foxconn could do to transform Wisconsin’s economy.
“We’re going to look back at this day, at this moment, in the future and see that this was a very important turning point for southeastern Wisconsin,” he said.
But that number pales in comparison when Amazon said in mid-November that New York, Virginia and Tennessee will split 55,000 jobs with average salaries of $150,000.
Walker Out, Evers In … and what it means for Foxconn deal
Fueled by a resurgent Democratic base, Tony Evers defeated Gov. Scott Walker, denying the Republican incumbent a third term in office. Yet Evers unexpected victory over Walker could have a ripple effect on Walker’s biggest deal: the approximately $2.85 billion financial incentive package to lure the electronics manufacturer to Racine County.
Evers has implied that Foxconn – and the resulting financial incentive package are here to stay, though he said there could be some wiggle room when it came to negotiations.
According to a Milwaukee Biz Times article, Evers said that he would look at renegotiating parts of the contract with Foxconn with an eye on fortifying the state’s position on wages, Milwaukee-area hiring, public transportation and the plant’s energy efficiency. He said he would do so by using local transportation projects as negotiating leverage against Foxconn.
“I would really focus on compelling them to be good corporate citizens,” he said. “I don’t believe they want to be viewed as bad actors,” he said.
But shortly afterward, Evers ratcheted up his rhetoric in the Biz Times, indicating a much stronger stance than before.
“That’s a lousy investment,” Evers said in the Biz Times of Wisconsin’s $2.85 billion incentive package that Walker’s administration passed in November 2017. “Foxconn has already backtracked on several of its promises and is not being held accountable by Walker. When I’m governor, we’ll hold Foxconn’s feet to the fire and make sure that Wisconsin is getting the best return on investment possible.”
Evers has also gone public with his intention to revise air pollution regulations around the plant. “I’ve had many scientists look at that approval process and they’ve found many flaws with that decision made by the Department of Natural Resources,”Evers told the Wisconsin State Journal during the campaign. “So I would take that information and the approval and say, ‘How can we get from here to here?'”
Evers has gone on record saying that he favors disbanding the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – another one of Walker’s signature economic development projects.
Walkers best Economic Development? ENDLESS WAR!
With Walker gone, State Representative Boss Vos, City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Mount Pleasant Village President Davis DeGroot, in addition to most of the Mount Pleasant Village Board must be given the boot!
It is time to end the Looting of SE WI by Government Officials!
Mother Racine is there… Watching her Children…
Way back when…