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The Haft of his Axe

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“Why are we behaving as if we actually deserve to go extinct?” In Nanjing they have banned gas and diesel powered motorbikes, scooters, and trike-cabs or trike-trucks and replaced them with electrics. While most vehicles are retrofits, new electric bikes and trikes are sold in showrooms and all around the city repair shops, battery stores, […]

A Season Of Consequences, By John Michael Greer

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One of the many advantages of being a Druid is that you get to open your holiday presents four days early. The winter solstice—Alban Arthuan, to use one term for it in the old-fashioned Druid Revival traditions I practice—is one of the four main holy days of the Druid year. Though the actual moment of […]

The Oil And Gas Situation – 2016 Year In Review

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In the history of the oil and natural gas industry in the United States, 2016 will be remembered as one of the most eventful in terms of major market developments, asset transactions and developments in public policy. As we approach year’s end, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of […]

Peak Oil : The real inconvenient truth

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The media talks about ” climate change ” all the time but rarely talk about ” Peak oil ” . When most people think of oil they of oil shooting out of an oil well . This is the cheapest form of oil to produce. This type of oil is mostly found in the middle […]

The case for optimism

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A quick glance at the headlines over the past year would be enough to give anyone a grim outlook on the future of our world – but there are good reasons to be hopeful. David Rothkopf makes the case for why the fate of future generations is far from doomed The average person, looking around […]

Why the Peak Oil Movement Failed

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As I glance back across the trajectory of this blog over the last ten and a half years, one change stands out. When I began blogging in May of 2006, peak oil—the imminent peaking of global production of conventional petroleum, to unpack that gnomic phrase a little—was the central theme of a large, vocal, and […]

Richard Heinberg : Think Resilience

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This is the first of a series of 22 short videos that explore the interrelated crises of the twenty-first century, and what we as citizens, students, and community leaders can do to respond to them. Think Resilience: Preparing Communities for the Rest of the 21st Century, a 22-chapter, 4-hour video course delivered by Richard Heinberg that […]

A Precarious State of Affairs

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When asked about the state of the world today a single descriptor appears in my mind as distinct and maddening as a warning klaxon on a sinking ship: a precarious state of affairs. There are many who see the varied symptoms of the problems that face not only the United States, but civilization across the […]

From Oil Age to Soil Age

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The Design Museum in London opens at its new home this week with, as its centrepiece, an exhibition called Fear and Love curated by Justin McGuirk. I contributed the following text to the book. Above: Debra Solomon examines nature’s internet at Schumacher College in England) Why we need a new story In 1971 a geologist […]

The Fifth Side of the Triangle

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One of the things I’ve had occasion to notice, over the course of the decade or so I’ve put into writing these online essays, is the extent to which repeating patterns in contemporary life go unnoticed by the people who are experiencing them. I’m not talking here about the great cycles of history, which take […]

Roadmap to Currency Collapse

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One of the main questions those of us who have been observing collapse since the 2008 Financial Crisis have always tried to answer is just how a banking collapse would play itself out?  Lately, there have been ever more clues on the shape it will take as it moves around the globe. The first indication […]

Kunstler: A History of the Future

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For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not what they expected it would be. In this arresting work of speculative fiction, social critic James Howard Kunstler takes an imaginative leap into the future, a few decades hence, and shows what life may be like following the long emergency, after the terminal decline […]

2016 Energy Books: What’s Good, What’s Not

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This is the third year I’ve done a post on energy books, and this year I’m focusing on books that have been published since last year’s post. The most expensive part of reading a book is not the $29.95 you pay at the register but the opportunity cost of your time. So, in order to […]

Tumbling Down the Net Hubbert Cliff

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  Discuss this article at the Energy Table inside the Diner I gave a mini presentation at a Griffith University “sustainable economy” seminar on 29 November 2016 As the themes were slanted towards “business opportunities”, I chose this title for my talk: “Tiny House Communities: grassroots solutions for those with sufficient initiative to exit […]

Transition in Ireland

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Ireland is one of the most advanced countries in energy transition, getting over a quarter of its electricity from renewables. It also has one of the most ambitious targets—to obtain 40% of its electricity generation from renewables by 2020—and the resources to be more than 100% powered by renewables, given time and technological development. On […]

Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker on Return to Joy

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Return to Joy is a compelling and potent invitation to the reader to consider that joy is the ultimate nature of reality and that its absence lies at the root of the current, unprecedented global crisis. In this book, Andrew and Carolyn mine the mystical wisdom of the ages that places joy at the core […]

Heinberg: An Order of Chaos, Please

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Trump’s Coal Delusions During the second presidential debate on October 9, Republican presidential nominee (now President-Elect) Donald Trump claimed that “clean coal” could meet the energy needs of the United States for the next 1,000 years. Now that Mr. Trump will be in the position of making national energy policy, it’s worth examining that assertion. […]

NASA’s peer-reviewed EM Drive paper has finally been published

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After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA’s long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the ‘impossible’ propulsion system really does appear to work. The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive could produce thrust – something that seems impossible according to our current […]

Screening of local film ‘Peak Oil: A Love Story’ on Dec. 2

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Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT) invites the public to a showing of “Peak Oil: A Love Story” on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Memorial Library. This hour-long film was made by Nelson Cole of Cambridge and features Iver Lofving, a Skowhegan resident. Peak oil is defined as “the point […]

The discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand

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In Focus magazine, World Energy Council Secretary General Christoph Frei describes the backdrop in which the energy sector is preparing for the new energy realities, for the Grand Transition. According to Frei, the “Discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand” (also see the latest World Energy Scenarios report launched at the […]

Peak Oil & System Justification: Denial Will Be Costly

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Scientists say there’s a tension in the brain between responding to new information and resisting overwhelming amounts of conflicting data—and the latter can prevent opinion change. Altering opinion depends on using different psychological methods tailored to different types of belief.… ‘There’s not much convincing people,’ even when the beliefs in question are purely false, says […]

Dark Peak by George R. Fehling

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by Frank Kaminski, originally published by Mud City Press  | TODAY George R. Fehling’s DARK PEAK (Founders House Publishing, October 2015, 259 pages, $15.99) George R. Fehling’s novel Dark Peak is both an effective thriller and a heartfelt eco-polemic. Set in rural Vermont a century from now, it portrays a community at war over the fate […]

How I Survived Collapse: Chapter 3

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Note to Readers:  I’m quite backed up with HISC chapters and several non-fiction articles, so I will be publishing during the week as well as the Sunday Brunch article for a while to work through the backlog.  Check back on the Diner regularly to look for new chapters of HISC. Karl’s Story It was midsummer […]

Richard Heinberg: Resilience scripts

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This is the first of a series of 22 short videos that explore the interrelated crises of the twenty-first century, and what we as citizens, students, and community leaders can do to respond to them. Over about four hours total, we’ll do the following: 1.     We’ll examine the interrelated crises themselves, in four main spheres: […]

Civil War II – Fourth Turning Is Intensifying

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“History offers even more sobering warnings: Armed confrontation usually occurs around the climax of Crisis. If there is confrontation, it is likely to lead to war. This could be any kind of war – class war, sectional war, war against global anarchists or terrorists, or superpower war. If there is war, it is likely to […]

Peak Oil & System Justification: “Threats”

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Energy and the economy represent just two self-relevant domains that people can feel uncertain about, both in terms of how they operate at a societal level and how people should act on them. This kind of unfamiliarity can be problematic for day-to-day functioning, and can also be psychologically stressful. NO BLAME ASSIGNED In short, it […]

Patterns of Commoning

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As part of our series on the 100 Women Who Are Co-Creating the P2P Society, the P2P Foundation’s Michel Bauwens interviews Silke Helfrich on her work in the commons, and her collaboration with David Bollier on Patterns of Commoning. Bauwens: Silke, could you first give some background about yourself and your collaboration with David Bollier […]

Peak Oil & System Justification: Uncertainty

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    The management of uncertainty is served by resistance to change insofar as change (by its very nature) upsets existing realities and is fraught with epistemic insecurity. *     MORE ON CHANGE & UNCERTAINTY     If you have a strong psychological need to keep things as they are, you’re likely to reject […]

What Triggers Collapse?

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Massive disruption often happens quickly by Charles Hugh Smith Though no one can foretell the future, it is self-evident that the status quo – dependent as it is on cheap oil and fast-expanding debt – is unsustainable. So what will trigger the collapse of the status quo, and what lies beyond when the current arrangements […]

An Afternoon in Early Autumn

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I think it was the late science writer Stephen Jay Gould who coined the term “deep time” for the vast panorama opened up to human eyes by the last three hundred years or so of discoveries in geology and astronomy. It’s a useful label for an even more useful concept. In our lives, we deal […]

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