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Speaking About Collapse

If you are interested, check out my peak oil review commentary for this week, which explores what collapse really is – and what we might do about it. The main issue is that it is a heck of a lot more normal than most folks imagine. The piece is a shortened excerpt taken from my…

I’m obviously always a fan of Greer’s work, but I thought this week’s post was particularly apt – he addresses the larger question of whether we must keep up industrial civilization until it falls apart (note, I do not say “if it falls apart” – implicit in the keeping up is that it brings us…

The theory, of course, is that eventually an inflection point in renewable production *might* be achievable, after which point total gobal energy consumption would decline. The fact, unfortunately, is that we’re nowhere near achieving such an inflection point, as Tad Patzek carefully points out: The rate of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions are virtually…

I had been mulling over precisely how to frame this piece for a while, when I read Erik Lindberg’s “This Is a Peak Oil Story.” which admirably gets at the essential point that I’ve been wanting to make – that our collective crisis comes to all of us at different times and different ways than…

Should Americans Cut and Run?

An anonymous guest poster at ClubOrlov makes the case that America isn’t a place you want to live – and that Americans should get out of Dodge: Americans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world–by a wide margin. If you had any idea of…

American Banana Republic

In yesterday’s NY Times Op-ed, Kristof apologized for comparing US income inequity to that of “Banana Republics” – that is, for insulting other nations by comparing them to the US, which has now achieved wholly unprecedented levels of economic injustice. My point was that the wealthiest plutocrats now actually control a greater share of the…

Things Fall Apart – Slowly

Actually, it isn’t all that slow, because a decade ago, all of this would have been largely unthinkable. The problem is that we don’t see the gradual decline and fall – we are only vaguely aware that some things aren’t quite what they used to be, and our progressive narrative tells us that they will…

Before I take off for the weekend, I thought I’d leave you with another re-run on the very basic process of adapting to rapidly changing conditions. Today I’m starting another Adapting-In-Place Class, beginning with the basics of evaluating whether you have a future where you are, what your other choices are, and then triaging your…

Regulating the Disaster

We still don’t have the faintest idea how much oil is spewing out of the well in the Gulf. Nor do we have the faintest idea what the full environmental consequence of what may well be the biggest single-event human-caused. ecological disaster of all time (the very fact that I have to add the word…

A reader of mine named Aaron emailed me to ask if I’d respond to Alex Steffen’s latest piece at Worldchanging. Aaron writes: I’d be interested to hear what you have to say about Alex Steffen’s recent post over at worldchanging.com. I think that it is a well considered and well informed post that addresses many…