Where is the peak oil guy who was predicting an energy apocalypse on these pages two or three years ago? Every time I said we could be self sufficient with oil if the government would just get out of the way, he would go nuts. I told him it took 1.8 gallons of Diesel to produce one gallon of ethanol. That provoked him to write passionate defenses of government global warming initiatives. The price of crude has dipped below $48 a barrel as I write this. We have a glut of natural gas. Maine families are saving on heating costs. I said back then that the peak oil guy must have been paid to post that stuff.
Those old facts remain true. Russian refrigerator ships were buying up our fishermen's "by-catch" and mapping the petroleum deposits under the Gulf of Maine at the same time. It's nice to reminisce.
Meanwhile, many paper mills are dying and the environmentalists are circling for the kill in Northern Maine.