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Obama’s Climate Initiative: the New Obamacare

| June 26, 2013

    Who Does He Think He’s Fooling? As with his sweeping health care legislation, the President’s long awaited climate initiative has winners and losers. With Obamacare, the big winners were the insurance/finance sector and the drug companies – the losers are doctors, nurses, hospitals and average Americans left reeling under skyrocketing insurance premiums. From […]

Who Funds the Climate Denial Industry?

| February 26, 2013

According to the Guardian, a newly released Greenpeace study reveals it’s not just Exxon and the Koch brothers who fund the climate denial industry. In a recent article, they describe how a secretive charity known as Donors Trust enabled anonymous billionaires to donate nearly $120m to more than 100 groups campaigning to cast doubt on […]

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth

| October 9, 2012

2011, Directed and produced by Dave Gardner http://www.growthbusters.org/ Film Review Growthbusters is the inspiring story of Dave Gardner’s efforts to challenge conservative Colorado Springs’ failed growth promotion policies. The film mainly focuses on the insanity of local councils cutting essential public services to “jump start” growth. However it also takes a broader theoretical look at […]

Taking on Big Coal – and Winning

| April 24, 2012

More good news this month. All signs suggest that ordinary Americans are winning the battle against Big Coal (see * below). However you won’t read it in the New York Times. The mainstream media is never eager to report on the victories of grassroots movements.  Thus the Times neglected to report, in January 2012, that […]

The World Economic Forum Weighs In

| January 25, 2012

This is the second of two posts on Global Risks 2012, a discussion document the global elite is considering this week at the World Economic Forum meets in Davos Switzerland. How Global Risks 2012 Came to Be Written The World Economic Forum’s Risk Response Network (RRN) was launched in 2004 to provide public and private […]

Surviving the Collapse – Possible Strategies

| January 17, 2012

Book Review-Part IV (of VI) Fleeing Vesuvius, New Zealand Edition (2011, Feasta and Living Economies) Parts 3 and 4 of Fleeing Vesuvius, “New Ways of Using the Land” and “Dealing with Climate Change,” focus mainly on  local and national strategies for reducing fossil fuel use (both to conserve fossil energy and reduce carbon emissions). Industrial […]

Peak Oil and the Importance of EROI

| January 13, 2012

Fleeing Vesuvius, New Zealand Edition (2011, Feasta and Living Economies) Book Review-Part II Obviously getting by without fossil fuels (owing to impending shortages of oil, natural gas and coal) will be an incredibly rude shock for all of us. Our current telecommunication, transportation and retail infrastructure, as well as our current system of industrial agriculture, […]

CO2 Emissions Affect Company Stock Values

| January 25, 2011

According to a recent study by Professor Paul Griffin (University of California-Davis), Associate Professor David Lont (University of Otago, New Zealand) and Yuan Sun (University of California-Berkeley), the amount of greenhouse gasses a company produces has a significant effect on its stock price. Griffin, Lont and Sun analyzed four years of data (2006-09) on firms […]

You Can’t Argue With Success

| January 21, 2011

Much of the work that went into the Voluntary Simplicity and Y2K movements (see prior blogs) has been incorporated into Transition Towns and other sustainability-related movements. There are now literally millions of groups worldwide focused on some aspect of bioregional sustainability. The most visible evidence of their success are the blossoming of home veggie gardens, […]

Sustainability: Choosing the Right Crisis

| January 19, 2011

I think Heinberg and Hopkins are right (see previous blog):  sustainability activists should focus on resource scarcity, rather than climate change. It’s just too damned hard to persuade large numbers of people to undertake major lifestyle changes around something they can’t directly experience. Except for extreme weather events, it’s virtually impossible for lay people to […]