John Kaufmann was lead staff for the City of Portland’s groundbreaking Peak Oil Task Force. John worked with the Oregon Department of Energy for 29 years as solar specialist, manager, and policy analyst helping to make Oregon a national leader. He received the Professional Achievement Award from the American Planning Association-Oregon for getting 26 jurisdictions in the Portland Metro Area to jointly adopt solar orientation and solar rights ordinances, and received the 2009 Energy Manager of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Energy Managers-Oregon for Lifetime Achievement. Most recently, John was Senior Buildings Energy Manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.
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Local Goverment in a Time of Peak Oil and Climate Change
Many responses to peak oil urge individual and community solutions, ignoring government. They argue that since government hasn’t done anything to address the problem, citizens and businesses must take matters into their own hands. Some even argue that government is part of the problem, particularly federal and state governments. This attitude is shortsighted.
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises
John Kaufmann, Daniel Lerch, Bill Sheehan, Anthony Perl, William Rees, Tom Whipple, Stephanie Mills, Peter Whybrow, Michael Shuman, David Orr, Cindy Parker, Chris Martenson, Brian Schwartz, Richard Gilbert, Warren Karlenzig, Wes Jackson, David Hughes, Rob Hopkins, David Fridley, Gloria Flora, Joshua Farley, Hillary Brown, Michael Bomford, Asher Miller, Zenobia Barlow, Sandra Postel, Richard Heinberg, Erika Allen, Bill Ryerson
How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture