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Below is a list of sources and resources related to each episode of the Crazy Town podcast.

Episode 13 – Band-Aid Town (May 29, 2019)

Episode 12 – Helicopter Money and a Game of Kick the Can (May 22, 2019)

Episode 11 – My Dinner Is Stuck in Traffic: Saving Fuel for the Farm (May 15, 2019)

  • Read Jason Bradford’s The Future Is Rural for a comprehensive report on the food system and needed changes.
  • Source of statistic that US farmers represent 1% of population: USDA (2014) 2012 Census of Agriculture. United States Summary and State Data. Volume 1, Geographic Area Series, Part 51.; U.S. Census Bureau (2012) “Population Estimates, Detailed Tables.
  • Food, Energy and Society, revised edition. Pimentel and Pimentel, eds, 1996, quote:
    “During the age of the Pharaohs and pyramid projects, ancient Egypt had a population of 3 million. About 95 percent of society was involved in agriculture. The surplus energy of about 5 percent was utilized for the Pharaohs and the construction of the great pyramids.” pg 5
  • New York to Egypt energy reference: Pierre Chomat, Oil Addiction: the World in Peril (Universal Publishers, 2004). The reference is on pages 14-15.
  • Food System energy return on investment, University of Michigan, Center for Sustainable Systems
  • Reference on food waste, and a second reference
  • David Holmgren’s quote from Retrosuburbia
  • On-farm energy use statistics from USDA researchers

Episode 10 – Tackling Inequality, One Pair of Lederhosen at a Time (May 8, 2019)

Episode 9 – They’ll Think of Somethingism (May 1, 2019)

Episode 8 – Mosquito-Flavored Popcorn, or What Climate Scientists Are Getting Wrong (April 24, 2019)

Episode 7 – Deer Sinew and Beetle Biscuits: Raising Kids in the Age of Climate Chaos (April 17, 2019)

Episode 6 – Zombies, Magic Rocks, and Techno-utopia (April 10, 2019)

Episode 5 – Solar Freakin’ Roadways (April 3, 2019)

Episode 4 – My Car Is Bigger Than Yours (March 27, 2019)

Episode 3 – One Point Twenty-One Jigawatts (March 20, 2019)

Episode 2 – Punching Ronnie in the Mouth (March 13, 2019)

Episode 1 – Orangutans, Santa Suits, and Airplanes on Fire (March 13, 2019)

  • The Reluctant Radical is the movie about Ken Ward, the guy in the Santa suit protesting climate change.
  • The orangutan sanctuary in Borneo near Sandakan, Malaysia.
  • Population estimate of all primates, including the Great Apes (orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees).
  • Human population growth rate per year is currently about 83,000,000 (births minus deaths). That number divided by 365 days in a year is about 277,000 people a day, so every two days, human population growth equals total great ape population size. See data here.
  • Current vs background extinction rate.
  • The discussion that a barrel of crude oil is roughly the equivalent of 11 years of human labor is based on the following math: One barrel of oil has 5.7 million BTU, which converts to 1,700 kWh. A typical person can work at an output of about 70 watts for several hours. If you multiply 70 watts times 8 hours a day, you get about 600 watt-hours (or 0.6 kWh) of work per day for a human laborer. Divide 1,700 kWh by 0.6 kWh to yield 2,833 days. Since each work year is about 250 days, divide 2,833 by 250 to get 11 years of labor in a barrel of oil. Here’s a reference for the energy density of a barrel of oil.
  • Bobby Woo, the 200 millionth American, is now an attorney in Atlanta.