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Relocalization: A Strategic Response to Peak Oil and Climate Change

23 May 2007
View all related to Climate Change | Oil | Population | Relocalization
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"Many trends of the last century or more, made possible by cheap and abundant energy sources, are going to be reversed. These trends include population growth, centralization of political and economic power, vastly increased quantity of global trade, and mass tourism... Many proponents of current economic policies may be well intended, but often we end up with unsound rationalizations to justify short-term, often individual interests. What has been lost is a sense of the common good, future generations’ needs, and non-human welfare." - Jason Bradford, PhD

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Listen to Richard Heinberg Read Museletter #181: Talking Ourselves to Extinction

23 May 2007 |
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Updated: Richard Heinberg reading Museletter 181 (audio). Language is a powerful meta-tool that dramatically amplifies cooperative human efforts to control the environment. Language also opens the possibility for religion and science—which otherwise would not exist. Language helped generate our current ecological dilemma. Can language help solve it?

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Richard Heinberg: Coal’s Future in Doubt

09 May 2007
View all related to Coal | Museletter | Resource Depletion
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MuseLetter #179 (March, 2007), “Burning the Furniture” http://globalpublicmedia.com/museletter179 consisted of a summary of the conclusions of a recent study by the Energy Watch Group (EWG) on future global coal supplies. That study, “Coal: Resources and Future Production,” http://www.energywatchgroup.org/files/Coalreport.pdf published on April 5, found that global coal production could peak in as few as 15 years. This astonishing conclusion was based on a careful analysis of recent reserves revisions for several nations.

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Richard Bell: House Hearing Puts the Heat on Climate Stagnators

22 Apr 2007
View all related to Climate Change | Coal | global warming | Nuclear | Renewables | Sierra Club
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The new House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held its first offical hearing with witnesses from the Sierra Club to the former head of the CIA. Several Republican members of the committee were still dragging their heels, but the witnesses agreed across the board that global warming was real, that human activities were worsening global warming, and that the peoples of the world face a crisis that requires urgent and drastic actions.

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GPM Exclusive: Richard Heinberg Museletter Interviews

04 Apr 2007 | |
View all related to Museletter | Resource Depletion
View all related to Richard Heinberg | Julian Darley

In this new regular feature exclusive to Global Public Media, Richard Heinberg discusses his most recent Museletters with GPM's Julian Darley.

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Ron Cooke: Will The Price Of Oil Cause A Recession?

03 Apr 2007
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Although the world economy continues to grow, the economic health of the United States is at risk. There are several potential problems. In this short essay we examine how the price of oil impacts our economy, and conclude a recession is highly probable. If America does experience a recession, or even a period of declining GDP, the resulting economic malaise will spread to all of its trading partners.

That’s one of the “benefits” of globalization.

Richard Bell: I'm Going to Go and Eat Some Worms

28 Mar 2007
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For the last month, the words “China” and “India” have floated over and through the House and Senate hearings on energy and climate change.

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Richard Heinberg's Museletter #180: Iran: We Will Know Soon…

27 Mar 2007 | |
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For the past two years or so informed commentators (including Seymour Hersh and Scott Ritter, among others) have been predicting a US air attack on Iran. MuseLetter for March 2005, titled “Onward to Iran,” summarized relevant information available at that time. In recent months concern over America’s intentions has grown even more intense, to the point that it has become the fulcrum of nearly every discussion about the future of world affairs.