Post Carbon Newsletter - January 2011

    Congress, State of the Union       contents

   1. the end of growth
   2. the post carbon reader
   3. latest publications
   4. fellows in the press
   5. energy bulletin picks
   6. transition us update
   7. events
Happy New Year!

Many of us watched or listened to President Obama's State of the Union speech last week. In "Choosing Strategy Over Substance" PCI Executive Director Asher Miller mulls over the speech, coming to the conclusion that--however laudable his clean energy goals are--the President still needs to work on his energy and economic literacy.

To that end, we highly recommend that President Obama reads PCI Fossil Fuels Fellow David Hughes' essay, "Hydrocarbons in North America" (published as Chapter 17 of 'The Post Carbon Reader'). In fact, every U.S. elected official would do well to read this brief and engaging analysis of our current and projected energy future.

Please feel free to email your elected representatives a copy of Hughes' work along with a friendly note encouraging them to more deeply explore the tricky nature of our energy predicament. You can use this link to quickly find email addresses, but keep in mind a more personal appeal will likely receive more attention.

In other news . . .

the end of growth

the post carbon reader

latest publications

fellows and advisers in the press

energy bulletin highlights

transition US update

A monthly update from the US regional hub of the international Transition movement.

Garden challenge video We're hitting the ground running this year and we're grateful to be collaborating with such amazing people and projects all over the world. Thanks to Transition Voice for naming us as one of their "Unsung peak oil heroes of 2010." Catch Karen Lanphear of Sandpoint Transition Initiative in Idaho on NPR Marketplace talking about 'what individual cities are doing about climate change' and 'how communities are tackling climate change without politics.' (Download MP3).

Save The Date - May 14-15, 2011 - Last May Transition Initiatives and other community groups across Sonoma County, California, mobilized to plant 350 gardens in one weekend. At the end of the day over 600 projects were completed! This year Transition US is taking this challenge truly national. In coming months we will be working closely with local organizations to make it easy to bring this challenge to your community. Watch the video of last year's 350 Garden Challenge. Browse the map to find an initiative near you.
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Image credit: Huntington Beach — Flickr/paige_eliz
Image credit: Illustration of Hohokam irrigation by Peter V. Bianchi

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