Alex Steffen: The real green heretics
Stratfor: Geopolitics of $130 oil
The final act of the Age of Oil has begun
The Carbon Age: the history of carbon
If the end of industrial society proves to be a slow decline rather than a sudden catastrophe, we stand to lose more of today's cultural heritage and knowledge base, not less. What can be done in the face of so challenging a future?
We are now being bombarded with ludicrous suggestions about how to get out of a crisis brought about by a gradual peak & decline of world oil production, a trend which has been evident for three long years now.
If your jaw still is on the ground after paying $4.19 for a gallon of gas, an upcoming conference in Michigan is calling your name.
Gail Tverberg: Peak oil overview
Nate Hagens: Peak oil - whom to believe?
Sharon Astyk: Peak energy overview
Energy Bulletin: Peak oil primer
Among the most challenging dimensions of the crisis of industrial civilization is the task of preserving its immense cultural heritage into a future where today's technologies of communication and information storage will likely no longer be available. The emergence of cultural conservers -- individuals who make the preservation of some part of our cultural heritage a personal mission -- offers one option for dealing with this challenge.
"A good place to learn about peak oil, energy conservation, energy efficiency, global warming—get it all in one spot.” (U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers) The conference is scheduled for Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A crucial role in shaping the future will be played by cultural conservers – individuals who choose to take on the task of learning and preserving some part of the cultural legacy of the past, and passing it on to the future.
The post-oil novel began as a little-known aberration within the speculative fiction genre. But it’s now hitting bestseller lists, generating comment in major papers, and garnering increasing acceptance from the mainstream of speculative fiction. Frank Kaminski takes a spirited, authoritative look at this blossoming subgenre
As the age of cheap abundant energy comes to its end, making meaningful plans for the future depends on a vision of the future we can expect. Many of the supposed answers to the challenge of peak oil, however, have been proposed in response to many other crises, real and imaginary. How much of our thinking about the future is defined by the attempt to find plausible problems for culturally favored solutions to solve?