Category Archives: Ecological Economics

The economy is part of the environment, not vice versa.

Peak oil may be almost here

“Predictions are difficult, especially about the future.” This aphorism is nowhere more applicable than when predicting the date of “peak oil” — the maximum point of world oil production. In case you hadn’t noticed, oil prices are falling dramatically. Until … Continue reading

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Are the Economists Hopeless on Environmental Issues?

The world has serious problems, such as climate change, peak oil, and resource depletion generally. Economists should be leading the charge on these types of issues, but except for the very few “ecological economists,” like Herman Daly, they say increasingly … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges: Go Vegan for the Planet

Chris Hedges was a war correspondent, worked for the Greens in 2008 and 2012, and was part of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. He’s also, interestingly enough, a Presbyterian minister. He is known to me personally mostly as the author … Continue reading

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Ignoring Food Choices — Once Again

Richard Heinberg, a prominent member of the Post-Carbon Institute, has issued a 10-point plan on “How to Shrink the Economy Without Crashing It.” He makes plenty of excellent points, but it contains a glaring omission: it (once again!) leaves out … Continue reading

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Extracted (review)

Extracted. How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet. Ugo Bardi. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014. Many people have heard of “peak oil,” and are concerned that finite fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas cannot support … Continue reading

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Drilling Down (review)

Drilling Down. The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma. Joseph A. Tainter and Tadeusz W. Patzek. Springer, 2011. Remember the Gulf oil spill in 2011? This catastrophic and deadly failure has now begun to fade from the public memory, … Continue reading

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Are We Scared Yet?

The economy in Colorado is doing well. Population is growing, driving up housing prices. Fracking, livestock, and debt are providing jobs. Unfortunately, these are the very factors which are devastating the planet. Several months ago, Russian researchers reported a giant … Continue reading

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Vegans at the local Climate Rally

“You vegans seem to be pretty well organized!” This is what one of the leaders of the Denver climate march said to Kate and me as we marched down the 16th Street Mall today. I had to smile. Basically, my … Continue reading

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Radicalization

The recently-concluded Denver event “Hoofin It” (August 17-20th) featured a different hoofed animal each day at different restaurants for customers to eat. The meat is from “responsibly raised hoofed animals,” and it was a benefit for the Colorado Food Guild, … Continue reading

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Our contribution to 350.org

Kate and I received an e-mail from Micah Parkin, the leader of Colorado chapter of 350.org, asking for people to submit stories about local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  We submitted our story, which has now been published in … Continue reading

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