30 Aug 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Conflict | CorporatismView all related to Bob Jensen
Never before, even in my life, I've seen some pretty dramatic examples of subordination of journalism to power. Take the “91” Gulf War, an extraordinary capitulation on the part of American journalism. But that doesn't even touch what happened after September 11th. After September 11th, any space in the mainstream for dissent was pretty much shut down. Some of us were allowed in at the margins in brief appearances, but for the most part after September 11th, the wave of hyper-patriotism and the way in which the Bush administration very cynically manipulated that sense of patriotism and manipulated people's fear and anger and grief and revenge, right.
30 Aug 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Conflict | Natural GasView all related to David Pursell
Quite frankly, the Americans in general, are not educated about where those resources come from and what the implications are. You think that’s crazy, having fought 10 years ago in the Middle East because Saddam Hussein took over a key oil exporting country and the situation we have now in Iraq. But quite frankly, the American consumer is a bit of a whiner. They don’t care until prices are high. There are many unfortunate outcomes of the Enron and the trading scandals but I think one of the most unfortunate outcomes is John Q. Public saying that the whole energy crisis was a figment of Enron’s imagination.
10 Mar 2001 View all related to Climate Change | Local MoneyView all related to Richard Douthwaite
Most people don’t realize that we are using a particular sort of money at the moment. We are using a debt-based money. That is, virtually all free money that is used in industrialized countries at the moment only exists because somebody has borrowed it. So, for example, if you have paid off all your debts, you don’t owe anything on your house or your car, you don’t owe anything to the bank and you’ve got a positive bank balance, then you have money because someone somewhere has borrowed that money and he’s paying interest on it.
30 Aug 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Fisheries | Resource Depletion | WaterView all related to Daniel Pauly
What is hard to consider is that it is technology that is the problem. Because we have reached in fisheries, everywhere really, the stage where we have too much fishing effort. That is, we are capable of catching anything that moves, anyplace, anytime, if we want to. In fact, we have so much effort that they step on each other’s toes all the time so we should reduce that effort so that the biomass can be rebuilt. That is, every time we make our boats more effective, more efficient, we make the problem worse.
30 Aug 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Natural Gas | OilView all related to Colin Campbell
In the way that oil is traded the price is set by the marginal barrel so that a small surplus, or a small shortage, has an entirely disproportionate effect to the overall supply. So there was panic buying in the West and oil - in today’s prices - oil shot up to almost $100 a barrel briefly - and this tipped the world into recession. And so it was about 12 years or so before - and recession then further curbed demand, and demand fell, reduced pressure on price - and so it was about 12 years before the production of oil rose again to the level it had been in 1979.
30 Aug 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Corporate Disobedience | Corporatism | Globalization | RelocalizationView all related to Julian Darley
So the idea of relocalizing is extremely important for putting fiscal power back into the hands of ordinary people so they can make better and more decisions about where their currency goes. And how that fits into corporate disobedience is that if you have worries about globalization, if you don’t like global corporations, like Enron and Worldcom – if you don’t like those kinds of corporations, and you don’t want to promote them, (and there are many others – food corporations, pop companies – pop drinks and fizzy drinks and so forth), then why do you keep buying the products?