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  • Disengage From the Spectacle. There's much work to do, and not much time. New from @richardheinberg

    Disengage from the spectacle Post Carbon Institute 15 Mar '17, 12pm

    Disengage from the spectacle. Learn what you need to know in order to assess immediate threats and general trends, but otherwise avoid spending long periods of time ingesting online, print, radio, or televised media. It’s bad for your mental health and takes time away from other items...

  • #CLIMATE #p2 Essay: "Traditionalism" through the lens of cultural ecology.

    “Traditionalism” through the Lens of Cultural Ecology Post Carbon Institute 27 Feb '17, 12pm

    The fossil fuel era is now failing. Unless society migrates rapidly away from carbon-based fuels, climate change will increasingly batter the economy in a hundred different ways. But even ignoring climate change, there is still the problem of depletion: oil, coal, and natural gas are ...

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    The Über-Lie Post Carbon Institute 06 Feb '17, 12pm

    If that’s what we see developing around us and we want something different, we will have to propose economic, political, and social forms that are appropriate to the biophysical realities increasingly confronting us—and that embody or promote cultural values that we wish to promote or...

  • Awaiting Our Own Reichstag Fire

    Awaiting Our Own Reichstag Fire Post Carbon Institute 17 Feb '17, 4pm

    All of this speaks to the new administration’s evident intent to go full authoritarian on us. But success in carrying through with such intent is far from guaranteed. Donald Trump stands at the head of a cadre of insurgents that has managed to seize an extraordinary level of power in ...

  • The Peak Oil President? Post Carbon Institute 12 Jan '17, 11am

    Yet there are good reasons to be cautious in claiming a peak. Famously, several analysts have already called the peak too early—in 2005, 2008, and 2010. It was an understandable error. World production of conventional oil was indeed stalling during that time; what the too-early peakis...

    1. How Powerful Is Big 08 Jan '17, 9am
  • 2 new reports bring into ? everything EIA is telling us abt oil&gas:

    2016 Shale Gas Reality Check Post Carbon Institute 13 Dec '16, 5pm

    Shale gas production overall has been revised upward in all years, with revisions exceeding 30% after 2025 and reaching 50% in 2040. All plays have been revised upward with the exception of the Eagle Ford and early years in the Fayetteville and Barnett – in some plays/years by more th...

  • #CLIMATEchange #p2 Will the US really be a major energy exporter?

    Will the US Really Be a Major Energy Exporter? Post Carbon Institute 16 Jan '17, 12pm

    In order for U.S. tight oil production to significantly recover (it’s currently down by over 15 percent from its peak in 2015)—much less to grow to levels commensurate even with the more modest EIA forecasts—the industry desperately needs higher prices to incentivize much higher drill...

  • A Hard-Nosed Optimism

    A Hard-Nosed Optimism Post Carbon Institute 18 Feb '17, 3pm

    In last week’s essay I used the phrase “hard-nosed optimism” to describe the attitude needed now as “an alternative to the lies of divisive bullies who take advantage of the elites’ failures in order to promote their own patently greedy interests.” This is the optimism Antonio Gramsci...

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