Category Archives: Simple living

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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Methane (Again)

There’s bad news on the climate front.  Methane emissions are quite a bit worse than previously thought. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science is now all over the internet and in the news. … Continue reading

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The Fire Blog (continued)

Last year, I wrote a blog about the wildfires in Colorado. Wildfires were huge, and after the Waldo Canyon fire, President Obama came out to Colorado and gave a soothing speech. This year, we once again have wildfires burning in … 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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Issues with the Basic Income

Vegans, environmentalists, and basic income advocates need to be talking to each other.  But in many cases, they have not even HEARD of each other.  In this rather lengthy post, I will raise four questions that environmentalists and vegans might … Continue reading

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The Basic Income

We all understand the importance of eliminating mindless consumerism and learning to live more simply. But at the same time we face huge economic inequalities. If we truly all start to live simply, won’t this mean that we’ll be producing … Continue reading

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It’s the System

I went to the Denver Earth Day fair in Civic Center park on Earth Day, mostly out of a sense of curiosity but also just to be a witness to whatever it is that the environmental movement can put forward. … Continue reading

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Michael Pollan and the Inuit Diet

While promoting the excellent DVD Food, Inc. on Oprah on January 24, Michael Pollan made the following statement: “The Inuit in Greenland you were referring to [have a] 75% fat diet — no type II diabetes, no heart disease.” The … Continue reading

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Bikes on the Sidewalks — why not?

Confusing laws and confusing situations do not encourage more bicycle riders.  In Denver it is technically illegal to ride your bicycle on the sidewalk. You are supposed to ride your bicycle on a bike path or on the streets. Laws … Continue reading

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Vegetarians, Meet Peak Oil

  Vegetarians haven’t been much aware of peak oil, and I am continually annoyed at things like “The Vegetarian Travel Issue” in vegetarian magazines. Oil underlies our economy, including our food system. Peak oil means that we are entering a … Continue reading

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