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Rivers Need a Thorough Health Exam

Sandra Postel Oct 1, 2014   

It might be surprising that globally we don’t systematically monitor the health of our rivers. Imagine damming and diverting the arteries in our bodies without taking care to monitor the consequences. Our health would turn precarious, to say the least. ... >>

Paul Krugman’s Errors and Omissions

Richard Heinberg Sep 21, 2014   

In a New York Times op-ed, economist-columnist Paul Krugman took a swipe at my organization, Post Carbon Institute, lumping us together with the Koch brothers as purveyors of “climate despair.” Apparently our shared error is that we say fighting climate change and growing the economy are incompatible. ... >>

With 38% of Global Shale Gas Located in Regions of Water Stress, More Oversight of Fracking is Urgently Needed

Sandra Postel Sep 19, 2014   

As more data emerge, shale gas increasingly appears to be in the cross-hairs of the water-energy nexus, and far too little is being done to defuse impending conflicts. ... >>

The "Upstream" Story that Hasn't Been Told

Bill Sheehan Sep 12, 2014   

After ten years as Product Policy Institute we changed our organization’s name to UPSTREAM at the end of 2013. We changed our name to emphasize that critical environmental solutions to … >>

Quite Possibly the Dumbest Thing the Mustache Ever Wrote

Asher Miller Sep 8, 2014   

Over the weekend The New York Times published what could very well be the dumbest column Thomas Friedman has ever written. I know, I know… How could that be possible after the … >>

Introducing Petrolify®: The Power of Petroleum in One Little Pill

Asher Miller Sep 3, 2014   

Imagine there was a pill you could take every day that would provide you with wealth, freedom, and luxuries beyond the imagination of even the wealthiest kings of yesteryear. Well, guess what? You’re already taking it. And it’s called Petrolify®. ... >>

Blame the Environmentalists

Richard Heinberg Aug 11, 2014   

It's fairly clear that the fracking bubble will burst soon—almost certainly within the decade. ... >>

Groundwater Depletion in Colorado River Basin Poses Big Risk to Water Security

Sandra Postel Aug 5, 2014   

Let’s step back for a minute and consider the implications of the study released last week on the depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin. ... >>

What You Said

Ken White Jul 31, 2014   

As part of Post Carbon Institute’s strategic planning process, we asked for your advice on how we might refine our approach, and better position our efforts. ... >>

New Russia Sanctions: Washington, Delusional About US Energy Capacity, Lashes Out

Richard Heinberg Jul 30, 2014   

The effect of the sanctions will be to speed the Russian decline, forcing up world oil prices as soon as US tight oil maxes out and goes into its inevitable nosedive. ... >>