Energy conservation key to R.I.’s economic future

David M. Marquez, Providence Business News

Contrary to what many now believe, Rhode Island’s relative prospects are excellent. This is because the primary challenge to America’s economic recovery is likely to be the cost of energy. As recovery spurs rising energy consumption, prices will increase, perhaps dramatically. Since energy underpins all economic activity, those regions capable of operating in an energy-constrained environment will have relatively bright futures. Rhode Island, which already uses less energy per person than any other state, is particularly well-suited to meet the challenge.

archived May 19, 2009

Book review: Right Relationship Building a Whole Earth Economy

Jack Santa Barbara, Energy Bulletin

“Right Relationship” is a book for the worrying-about-collapse weary. It is a book for those of us who realize the world we live in is in great peril and that something fundamental has to change to ensure the human story continues and flourishes. The book arises from a Quaker tradition which has had remarkable successes in the past – the abolition of slavery being only one noteworthy example.

archived May 18, 2009

Solutions & sustainability - May 18

Staff, Energy Bulletin

'Recession apocalypse': preparing for the end of the world (and in the process lose weight and get fit)
The local UP-side of the global DOWN-turn
“Mow Green” takes on the loud guys
Vandana Shiva review: "Soil Not Oil"

archived May 18, 2009

The freedom lobby

Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

If you want the freedom to be thirsty or to be hungry or to be hopelessly flooded out of your home near the ocean, you can join the freedom lobby and enjoy a few more years or perhaps even a decade or two of huffing and puffing at the imaginary enemies of freedom before the real basis of your freedom, an intact and functioning nation and community, starts to degrade inexorably.

archived May 17, 2009

As you go out into the world…

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

[to the graduating class] I have been chosen to give you your very last bit of wisdom, something to carry with you into the future. So here is the sum total of that wisdom

“Everything you have been taught to expect is wrong.”

Unfortunately, that isn’t a joke. You have been taken in by a host of assumptions that are not true, and if you walk out of here believing what you have been told and taught over the last four years, you will leave woefully unprepared for you. The consolation, I can offer you, however, is that while what you have been taught to expect is wrong, the things you have actually learned may be of more use than you think.

archived May 16, 2009

Food & agriculture - May 15

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Against the grain of industrial agriculture, truly local bread stages a comeback
Legal or Not, Chickens Are the Chic New Backyard Addition
China goes farming as factories close

archived May 15, 2009

ODAC Newsletter - 15 May 2009

Staff, Oil Depletion Analysis Centre

A weekly review from a UK perspective.

archived May 15, 2009

Solutions & sustainability - May 14

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Working hard to live simply
K-5 curriculum for the post-carbon era
Local Living Economies - Protecting What We Love
Latest newsletter from Community Solutions
Bright Neighbor: Connecting and tightening neighborhood bonds

archived May 14, 2009

Food & agriculture - May 14

Staff, Energy Bulletin

The ‘Process’ of Rebuilding a Local Food Economy
Michael Pollan Dishes out Advice on Healthful Eating
How should we eat to ensure a sustainable future?
There is No Box: Big Ideas About Urban Agriculture and Local Food Systems

archived May 14, 2009

Deep thought - May 14

Staff, Energy Bulletin

Peak Oil or Climate Change: Which Is Most Urgent?
On American Sustainability - Anatomy of Societal Collapse
Global Citizenship- Opportunities for Change

archived May 14, 2009