By Nate Hagens: Wise Words on Justice and Peace

I expect this post will upset many in my feed – so let me first clarify I am by no means an apologist for ISIS and abhor any act of violence. But the flood of ‘Pray for Paris’ comments and discourse on the internet is a microcosm of what currently ails our societies and has … Continue reading “By Nate Hagens: Wise Words on Justice and Peace”

By Nate Hagens: Carbon Fee and Dividend: It Won’t Work

I’ve had an uneasy feeling for a long time that a carbon fee and dividend policy proposed by many bright minds such as James Hansen will not work. My feeling was based on the fact that wealth is proportional to energy consumption and most of our energy is fossil carbon so unless you are reducing … Continue reading “By Nate Hagens: Carbon Fee and Dividend: It Won’t Work”

By Nate Hagens: There is No Green without Lean

Nate Hagens gave me permission to share this essay he wrote for the leadership of the climate and environmental movements. His objectives were:  “To persuade, or at least interest, some in the climate/environmental community to shift their programs and priorities away from planning for a BAU low-carbon future towards preparing for a lower consumption future, … Continue reading “By Nate Hagens: There is No Green without Lean”

By Nate Hagens: Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do About It

Here are a couple more excellent talks by Nate Hagens. He is now concluding his talks with some modest advice on what people can do to prepare. The Converging Economic and Environmental Crisis (10 July 2014) Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do About It (15 October 2014)

By Nate Hagens: Navigating through a Room full of Elephants

Many people understand pieces of our predicament. Very few understand all of the pieces. Nate Hagens has the best big picture understanding of anyone I know. Nate has a new blog called The Monkey Trap that he set up after the The Oil Drum closed down. Over the years I have collected a large library … Continue reading “By Nate Hagens: Navigating through a Room full of Elephants”

On Burning Carbon: The Case for Renaming GDP to GDB

Following is a single sentence description of our predicament that includes a simple proposal for how we might increase awareness and shift behavior in a positive direction. Given near perfect historic correlation, and sound physics to expect causation, between energy consumption and wealth, more specifically US$1 (1990) = 10 mW; and given over 85% of … Continue reading “On Burning Carbon: The Case for Renaming GDP to GDB”

Favorites

Start Here Welcome un-Denial Manifesto: Energy and Denial Why my interest in denial? Denial Theory (video version) Denial Theory (short version) By Alex Smith: Radio Ecoshock interview with Ajit Varki Darwin & Varki On Burning Carbon: The Case for Renaming GDP to GDB You know you are in trouble when… What would a wise society … Continue reading “Favorites”

By Art Berman: Stop Expecting Oil and the Economy to Recover

This recent essay by Art Berman may be the best historical analysis of oil and its relationship with the economy I’ve read. https://www.artberman.com/2020/09/03/stop-expecting-oil-and-the-economy-to-recover/ Here is my simplified summary of Berman’s analysis: both supply and demand for oil have recently fallen oil demand has fallen more than oil supply this despite an all-time record amount of … Continue reading “By Art Berman: Stop Expecting Oil and the Economy to Recover”