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Staff, Energy Bulletin

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archived October 23, 2012

The end of our collective love affair with brands

Rob Hopkins, Transition Culture

Yesterday was a day that produced the most extraordinary news. For the last 8 months or so, the No To Costa campaign in Totnes, supported by Transition Town Totnes, among others, has been campaigning to stop Costa Coffee from opening a branch in Totnes. Communities always lose battles like that don’t they?

archived October 29, 2012

Economic Growth: The missing link in environmental journalism

Brian Czech, The Daly News

Environmental journalists are like doctors. Doctors run from patient to patient, harried, dealing with symptoms more than causes. They’re too busy dispensing pills to talk about holistic health. It’s an approach that makes money for the health industry but isn’t so great for public health.

archived October 29, 2012

Our Words Are Our Weapons

Rebecca Solnit, TomDispatch

In ancient China, the arrival of a new dynasty was accompanied by “the rectification of names,” a ceremony in which the sloppiness and erosion of meaning that had taken place under the previous dynasty were cleared up and language and its subjects correlated again. It was like a debt jubilee, only for meaning rather than money.

archived October 29, 2012

Peak oil review - Oct 29

Tom Whipple, ASPO-USA

A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including:
-Oil and the global economy
-The Middle East
-Quote of the week

archived October 29, 2012

From Autobahn to Bioregion

John Thackara and A.J. Rangarajan, Doors of Perception

Considering that forty percent of the time we spend traveling, across all cultures, is spent walking or waiting, the challenge was stark: that the car is complicit in a wildly inequitable use of space.

archived October 29, 2012

Why the U.S. is NOT the new Saudi Arabia

Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

Last week's energy news included a piece from the Associated Press with a headline reading: "U.S. poised to become world's top oil producer; may soon overtake Saudi Arabia." If the reporter had actually examined figures available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration website carefully instead of simply parroting oil industry sycophants, he would have ended up with a headline more like this: "Marginal gains in U.S. oil production mean continuing high prices and imports for Americans."

archived October 28, 2012

Shale oil: The latest insights

Rembrandt Koppelaar, The Oil Drum

The impact of unconventional fuels like shale oil on the global energy system is still an issue of great uncertainty. Not so much because of the size of the tank (the resource base), but due to the large physical effort necessary to obtain a sizeable supply of this type of fossil fuel. For instance, to exploit tight shale oil formations we need large capital expenditures to obtain relatively low flow rates from many horizontally drilled wells.

archived October 26, 2012

Winemaking - 'For Medicinal Purposes'

Mark Watson, Transition Norwich blog

For Sustainable Bungay's 10th Plants for Life event last Sunday, Winemaking - For Medicinal Purposes, Nick Watts invited a dozen of us to his house for a practical demonstration of how to make fruit wine, in this case (sic) from raspberries.

archived October 26, 2012

US set to become “New Middle East” for discord and (hopefully) oil

Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book

AP Wire--As it heads rapidly towards energy independence, the US has been dubbed "The New Middle East" by Energy Department officials, hoping desperately that it will be true. Slightly rising oil production, a lot of shuffling paper around to make "liquids" look like oil, and a new policy of fostering internal discord and violence will, hopefully, make overblown claims about our energy situation slightly more plausible.

archived October 26, 2012