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Archives for July, 2012

Always with the Preps

The most important thing about the power outages in the mid-Atlantic is that no one expected them to be this bad, so no one was ready.  The storms on Friday were stronger than expected, so no one, including the power company, was prepared.  That meant that for 3 million homes, the loss of electricity was…

  In honor of Making Home, my new book on Adapting-In-Place which comes out in August, New Society has offered to sponsor a spot in my Adapting-in-Place class that starts tomorrow.  In exchange for a sponsored spot for a low-income participant who couldn’t otherwise afford to take the class, New Society will ask for a weekly…

A little while back we took our current foster sons to visit the university where Eric teaches physics.  The boys had never visited a university before, and were curious about who goes there and what they do when they are there.   This led to a discussion of the value of a college education, what…

I can’t really blame George Monbiot or anyone else for buying the narrative hype.  Right now the overwhelming narrative is that we have no energy constraints at all.  Folks wonder aloud whether the US should join OPEC.  Increasingly ridiculous projections are made about the potential of shale oil and new drilling techniques.  Slight upticks are…