North America

Food & agriculture - June 13

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Sharon Astyk: Tour my food storage
Michael Pollan, garden fresh
Greenhorns: Building A movement of young farmers
Gardens are where community problems are solved
Why our food system may suffer the same fate as our financial system
UC Davis begins $2.8 million in studies of agricultural nitrogen's impacts

archived June 13, 2009

Peak oil = peak demand?

Dave Cohen, ASPO-USA

People concerned with the economic problems attending peak oil—myself included—have labored under the mistaken assumption that winning an argument with CERA about the world’s upstream exploration & production prospects matters. I don’t think it matters at all, at least not as far as CERA and the Powers That Be are concerned. If CERA is making money and telling a good story, and they are, they are winning as far as IHS is concerned. The peak demand story maintains the status quo, so everybody in our Nation’s Capital is happy too. Win-win.

archived June 11, 2009

Peak oil notes - Jun 11

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A weekly round-up including:
- Prices and production
- Gas prices

archived June 11, 2009

Food & agriculture - June 11

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Do exports of water-intensive crops hurt drought-prone California?
India: Farm suicides turn children into farmers
Canada: Putting food on the table produces greenhouse gases
Biochar newsletter for June

archived June 11, 2009

The peak oil crisis: a letter from Baghdad

Tom Whipple, Falls Church News-Press

Like the soldiers surveyed in Baghdad, a critical mass of Americans and their political leaders are simply not ready to accept the consequences of what is about to befall us.

archived June 11, 2009

How To Boil A Frog (film review)

Amanda Kovattana, Energy Bulletin

A lively film promoting activism via video that is in itself a sophisticated example of the medium. With a personal narrative from author/activist Jon Cooksey, this is a rapid fire account of five problems that are bringing the human race to the brink of disaster due to ecological deterioration of the planet.

archived May 23, 2009

Why national health care is necessary for a viable food system

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

A while back, at a talk I gave, a small scale farmer asked me why my family didn’t farm full time. I observed that one of the reasons we don’t is simply that we have young children and we feel that we have a need for benefits.

archived June 9, 2009

United States - June 9

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Lagging Recognition
Industry Defends Drilling, Ignores Water Contamination
Upping the Ante

archived June 9, 2009

Understanding peak oil - Why we need the national academy of sciences to study peak oil (petition)

Phyllis Sladek, Understanding Peak Oil

A Call to President Barack Obama and to the Congress of the United States of America to Commission a Comprehensive Study of Oil Production Decline (termed “Peak Oil”): Facts, Impacts and Mitigation and Preparedness Options to be undertaken by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council

archived May 29, 2009

Economics - June 6

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Ailing, banks still field strong lobby at Capitol
Herman Daly: From a failed growth economy to a steady-state economy
How Wall Street Fleeced Millions from Wisconsin schools

archived June 6, 2009