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Embodied Energy: An Alternative Approach to Understanding Urban Energy Use

David Fridley Aug 12, 2010   

Everyone knows that it takes energy to produce anything. The energy used in mining, transport, processing, manufacturing, delivery, and disposal is “embodied” in every product we … >>

Temporary Recession or the End of Growth?

Richard Heinberg Aug 11, 2010   14 comments

This is an updated version of an article which was originally published in August 2009.   Everyone agrees: our economy is sick. The inescapable symptoms include declines in consumer … >>

The NCSL’s Energy Summit – The good, the bad, the missing.

Tom Whipple Aug 10, 2010   

Every year the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) holds an annual conference where legislators from all over the US gather for updates on major public policy issues facing the nation. … >>

Deepwater Horizon: The aftermath

Tom Whipple Aug 05, 2010   

With BP's oil well close to being permanently sealed, we are beginning to gain more insight into the effects the blowout will have on oil production in the years ahead. Government scientists are … >>

YOU Can be a BILLIONAIRE!!! Without Doing Anything

Richard Heinberg Jul 26, 2010   17 comments

This is the Introduction to an inspirational / financial-advice / environmental / diet / dating / self-help / survivalist / humor book that I started to write--and quickly decided should never be finished. ... >>

The peak oil crisis: thinking about China

Tom Whipple Jul 22, 2010   

With 1.3 billion people, China is unlikely to reach current U.S. energy consumption per capita for some time, if ever, but to double energy consumption in the last ten years is still an … >>

The Real Environmental Disaster

Bill McKibben Jul 20, 2010   

So—whew—the bleeding seems finally to have been staunched, three months after BP stabbed its hole in the bottom of the sea. It’s disgusting that it took that long to stitch it … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: A Mid-Year Review

Tom Whipple Jul 15, 2010   1 comments

It now appears that the run-away oil well will soon be brought under control and will stop gushing into the Gulf. While the litigation, cleanup, and economic impact of the sub-sea blowout are … >>

The 50-year farm bill

Wes Jackson Jul 14, 2010   4 comments

 We need new strategies for agriculture that emphasize efficient nutrient use in order to lower production costs and minimize negative environmental effects. The trouble is, the best soils... ... >>

Canada's Energy Superpower Delusion

David Hughes Jul 13, 2010   

This is a review of Chapter 8 of Open Canada's Report: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age A SUPERPOWER IN NEED OF SUPER POWERS First off, Canada is not now, nor is it ever likely … >>