Category Archives: Ecological Economics

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

Clueless

The second debate between Obama and Romney demonstrated that both are clueless over the most critical issues facing the country and planet earth: those concerning the environment.  Do we really have another four years to fiddle away while climate change … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?

Everybody agrees the U. S. national debt is too high, but no one can agree on what to do about it.  Raise taxes, or cut spending, or both? So Congress decided to kick the can down the road one last … Continue reading

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Why Does Whole Foods Sell Meat?

(Hint: It has something to do with the economic system) James McWilliams recently (September 4) wrote an open letter to Whole Foods asking them to close their meat counters.  This is noteworthy because John Mackey, their CEO, is himself a … Continue reading

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Passive House Politics Getting Complicated

The “passive house” concept is taking off.  This is a new way of building homes that reduces the energy required for their maintenance by an amazing 90% from the standard construction.  This way of constructing buildings is essential if we … Continue reading

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Save Chatfield State Park

Kate and I recently visited Chatfield State Park, less than 25 miles from downtown Denver, on our bicycles.  It’s home to a lot of wildlife, woodlands, and wetland; its residents include deer, elk, porcupines, beaver, and 350 species of resident … Continue reading

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Politics and the Environmental Crisis

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into the political campaigns, and the networks are deluging us with stories about the U. S. presidential campaign.  Yet the most critical issue of our time, the environment, is getting zero attention. … Continue reading

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Does Digitization Decrease Empathy?

James McWilliams recently asked whether the digitization of communications decreases empathy, and thus potentially our empathy with other humans and animals.  He talks about e-mail between students and professors, “butchered” grammar in e-mail being used to substitute for the student … Continue reading

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The Fire Blog

Politicians fiddle while Colorado burns.  We need to change our lifestyle if we want to avoid this fate or one like it. You can’t “grow the economy” without increasing fossil fuel use and without making climate change worse, not to … Continue reading

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Too Smart For Our Own Good

Too Smart for our Own Good: The Ecological Predicament of Humankind.  Craig Dilworth.  Cambridge University Press, 2009. Wow, what a book! Craig Dilworth, a Canadian professor of philosophy, has written a significant new book on our ecological predicament. I hope … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t “Peak Oil” Catching On?

Oil discoveries have been declining for decades.  We now consume much more oil than we discover.  Despite the fact that the price of oil is now over $100 a barrel, oil production hasn’t really budged since 2005.  There’s an obvious … Continue reading

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