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Robert Rapier was one of the great pleasures of ASPO-USA’s recent conference – his presentation was one of the best and as a long-time admirer of his work, it was a pleasure to finally meet him personally. I also like his current piece on the most common misconceptions about peak oil. Like him, I don’t…

Back, Catching Up

Someone once observed that attending an ASPO-USA conference is like trying to drink from a firehose – there’s just so much information, so many amazing people, so many sessions, so much to do that it can be overwhelming as well as stimulating, engaging and delightful. Helping to RUN an ASPO-USA conference is a little like…

Fortunately, ASPO-USA is on the Case!

From The Onion: Admitting they had “absolutely no idea what the fuck [they were] doing,” millions of Americans immediately ceased trying to manage the country’s large-scale, ongoing disasters and pleaded with U.S. scientists, economists, educators, philosophers, and inventors to intervene and make things better again. “You are good at doing things, and we are bad,…

On the 31st of October we will officially reach 7 billion people on the earth. Over the next week or two we’ll be talking a lot about population issues, and I wanted to start by doing a light revision of an article I wrote some years ago about a concept a lot of people don’t…

From David Leonhardt at the New York Times, a good, if very partial explanation of why the overall future of the US and the Global North generally doesn’t look as promising as the 30s. See if you can guess what’s missing from the article. Still, the reasons for concern today are serious. Even before the…

More Doubt About 10 Billion

From Yale Environment 360, more questions about future UN population projections: For now, we can indeed be highly confident that world population will top 7 billion by the end of this year. We’re close to that number already and currently adding about 216,000 people per day. But the United Nations “medium variant” population projection, the…

Oil, Food, Riots, Instability

Last year at the 2010 ASPO conference (and over the years at other places) I’ve highlighted the connection between oil prices and food prices – and the ways that our increasingly tightly tied oil and food systems unravel together. If you missed these graphs last week, they’ll give you the beginnings of the picture, but…

Perhaps the first widely read piece I wrote was entitled “Peak Oil is a Women’s Issue” and focused on the ways that an energy decline might affect women. At the time it was written (the earliest version appeared in 2004) the peak oil movement was largely a group of men, mostly geologists, oil men, a…

1. To hang out with me, of course ;-). 2. To make your voice heard in Washington about this issue – because we don’t have much time to begin to act, and every person here who says ‘I care deeply about this’ helps reinforce our message of the centrality of this issue. 3, To hear…

Aaron Newton and I are starting out our first-ever Advanced Adapting-in-Place class, for people who have taken our previous course or who have been on the adaptation journey for a while. If you’d like to join us there are still spots available and world enough and time to join, so please email me at jewishfarmer@gmail.com.…