Peak oil notes - Nov 15

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A midweek update.

archived November 15, 2012

You can't say that!

Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

Yes, the most effective way to slow climate change is to shrink the economy.

archived November 15, 2012

Deterrence in an Age of Decline

John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report

There are times, and this is one of them, when I wonder if somewhere in the last few weeks we all somehow got teleported into an alternate universe where nothing works quite the same way as were used to.

archived November 15, 2012

Don't just divest, re-invest

Asher Miller, Post Carbon Institute

What we really need is to invest our capital (both financial and sweat) in community-owned, distributed, and small-scale renewable energy. Why? Because we must fundamentally remake the energy economy as if nature, people, and the future actually mattered.

archived November 15, 2012

Gay, gay, marrions-les

Damien Perrotin, The View from Brittany

France is about to legalize gay marriage. This has caused some turmoil in some part of the opinion and the right wing opposition bitterly opposes it, mostly, I think, to show they are indeed the Opposition. Indeed, the very fact that a measure which concerns only 5% of the population has become, in the middle of a major economic crisis, one of the focuses of our collective conversation tells a lot about how impotent our rulers have become.

archived November 15, 2012

Crippling Intellects

Tom Murphy, Do the Math

People can be individually smart and collectively dumb. Or some may argue that people can be individually dumb yet collectively smart. When it comes to plotting a future path, I think we often get the worst of both worlds. In this post, I’ll look at the role that mental horsepower plays in our societal narratives, for better or for worse. We’ll explore two aspects to the problem: people who are so smart that they have dumb ideas; and smart people who are held captive by the manufactured “dumb” of society.

archived November 14, 2012

World Energy Outlook 2012 – NYT article focusing on the USA

Kjell Aleklett, ASPO International

Today the IEA’s World Energy Outlook for 2012 was released. I will comment on the report when I have had an opportunity to read it. At the moment numerous newspaper articles have misunderstood the contents of WEO2012.

archived November 13, 2012

Occupy Sandy, from relief to resistance

Yotam Marom, Waging Nonviolence

Two weeks ago I was in my hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, wading waist deep in a murky combination of floodwater, oil and sewage. More than a week later, after finally getting unstuck from New Jersey (even the deepest Jersey pride has its limits…), I found myself in a van full of Occupy Sandy activists delivering hot meals to housing-project high rises in Coney Island during a Nor’easter.

archived November 13, 2012

Cities–too big to fail?

Mary Logan, A Prosperous Way Down

This post is a follow-up to last week's post about our dialogue about big cities and descent.

archived November 13, 2012

The sufficiency economy: envisioning a prosperous way down

Samuel Alexander, Simplicity Institute

If a society does not have some vision of where it wants to be or what it wants to become, it cannot know whether it is heading in the right direction – it cannot even know whether it is lost. This is the confused position of consumer capitalism today, which has a fetish for economic growth but no answer to the question of what that growth is supposed to be for.

archived November 13, 2012