Category Archives: Peak oil

The near-term maximum output (or “peak”) of conventional oil, or of “all liquids.”

Al Gore is Vegan

Methane is a lot worse than we thought, but there is some good news about the climate as well, already well publicized. Al Gore has gone vegan. In the past many people have complained about Gore’s lack of interest in … Continue reading

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“Limits to Growth” and the Shutdown

Drama! Don’t you love it! The debt ceiling and government shutdown debates illustrate that what the government lacks in problem-solving ability, it makes up for in entertainment value. The government is running again, the debt limit has been raised, and … Continue reading

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Anthony Marr

We went to hear Anthony Marr last Monday night.  He spoke on “How to Save Planet Earth.”  Anthony Marr is unusual in the vegan community because, unlike most vegans, he has a scientific background and clearly understands the whole problem … Continue reading

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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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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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EcoMind Thought Trap #3

EcoMind: changing the way we think, to create the world we want. Frances Moore Lappé. New York: Nation Books, 2011. In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappé sets out seven “thought traps” which she seeks to defeat and replace with better ways … Continue reading

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EcoMind Thought Trap #1

EcoMind: changing the way we think, to create the world we want. Frances Moore Lappé. New York: Nation Books, 2011. In EcoMind, Frances Moore Lappé (most notably of Diet for a Small Planet fame, written in 1971) sets out seven … Continue reading

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Move Over, Meat: A More Wasteful Use of Corn

Vegetarians used to be able to say that most corn grown in the U. S. went for livestock. According to the USDA, that won’t be true this year. Something which is even more wasteful, even more mind-boggling in its stupidity, … Continue reading

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Interview: Why the environmental issue is important for vegans

Last January 21, the KPOV show “All Things Vegan” aired an interview of me in which we discussed a number of issues, the most important of which is why the environmental issue is important for vegans. The following clip gives … Continue reading

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Is a Steady State Economy Possible?

  Gail Tverberg, whose blog “Our Finite World” is one of my favorites (along with Juan Cole’s “Informed Comment”), recently wrote a blog titled “There is No Steady State Economy (except at a very basic level).” She contends that while … Continue reading

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