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Our Renewable Future

January 21, 2015

Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy (7000 words, about 25 minutes reading time) Folks who pay attention to energy and climate issues are regularly treated to two competing depictions of society’s energy options.* On one...

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Economics of the Anthropocene

January 9, 2015

Post Carbon Fellow Joshua Farley was one of 45 leading scholars, authors and activists who convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the public presentation: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of...

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

January 8, 2015

This article initially appeared on Nov 19, 2014 and was only available to Peak Prosperity’s enrolled users. Many of them thought it important enough that it should be made available to the general public, which we are now doing...

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The Peak Oil Crisis (Dec. 31, 2014)

January 5, 2015

I know that it is getting harder all the time to believe that there really is a “peak oil crisis” lurking out there waiting to engulf our civilization and create all sorts of havoc. Nearly every day now oil...

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Why should we even bother?

December 29, 2014

  Let’s be honest, if you’re aware — at any meaningful level — of the full nature of the human (un)sustainability crisis, you’ve probably asked: Why bother? After all, the problems are so big and intractable–a climate march, Keystone...

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Going nontoxic—and staying in business

December 22, 2014

By Chuck Collins, Polly Hoppin, originally published by Yes! Magazine In 1996, Guatemalan immigrant Myra Vargas and her Venezuelan husband Ernesto bought J&P Cleaners, a neighborhood dry cleaner in Boston. But something always smelled funny. “The chemicals we used—we...

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The Oil Price Crash of 2014

December 19, 2014

Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the...