On July 17th, 2008, Vice President Al Gore challenged the nation to produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources within 10 years. Post Carbon Institute has responded to Gore's challenge by putting forward a new plan: "10 Steps in 10 Years for 100 Percent Renewable Power." The plan shows how we can make Gore's vision a reality, with a keen understanding of the roles that energy depletion, the vulnerabilities of the supply chain, and the limits of technology all play.
Like my title? Never let it be said I’m not ambitious.
A student in my class asked me for a list of skills we need to get ready for peak oil, prioritized. I admit, it took me about a day after she asked to stop thinking “Holy Crap, how do I figure that all out!” But it is an interesting question. And while it isn’t all just about food preservation, I thought I’d take a shot at it. I will, of course, be relying on my fearless readership to point out gaps in my thinking.
We recently reached the 2 year anniversary of peakoilblues.com. To mark this milestone I invited back our earliest contributors to give us an update of how their lives have changed since they first wrote us two years ago.
Food rise has Bolivia's coca farmers planting rice instead of cocaine
The promise and perils of agricultural trade liberalization: Lessons from the Americas
Africa's last and least - cultural expectations ensure women are hit hardest by burgeoning food crisis
The people who most need a food reserve are the people who struggle the most to get it. As food and energy costs inflate, and the safety net for the poor begins to break apart, the lower your income, the more urgent it is for you to take advantage of economies of scale, to buy food at lower prices, the more necessary it is that you have some reserve to tide you over in hard times. But that’s incredibly tough if hard times are already here.
We’re often told in the Peak Oil community “get out of debt,” and yet, as we continue to pay the minimum on the credit card each month, it appears to have little effect on the overall balance of the bill. Should we forget about getting out of debt and just start putting up supplies? Not unless you have a crystal ball that tells you when all US banks will fail, and that whatever entity takes them over will be unable to figure out how to collect your monthly payments.
Here are some concrete suggestions on how to break out of the cycle.
College leaders, with help from facilities managers, sustainability directors, faculty members, and even students, should think hard about how systems on their campus would operate in an energy-scarce world. That thinking should range beyond running part of the campus fleet on a cafeteria's fryer oil, a seemingly-popular response at the moment.
Bush will end executive ban on offshore drilling
12mn barrels per day 'is Saudi Arabia's oil limit'
Peak oil media guide
Le Québec doit conquérir son indépendance énergétique d’ici 2030
Wendell Berry on Small Farms, Local Wisdom and the Folly of Greed Digging In (excerpts)
World a-twitter over peak oil
Book review: World Made by Hand, Part I
Asking one of the less comfortable questions about our energy future...