23 Jan 2008 View all related to economics | economy | Money | Museletter | Resource DepletionView all related to Richard Heinberg
It's becoming increasingly clear that 2008 will be a catastrophic year for the US economy, and therefore probably for that of the world as a whole. The reasons boil down to two: continuing and snowballing fallout from the subprime mortgage fiasco (exacerbated by an orgy of debt-leveraging), and record-high, continuously advancing oil prices. This brief portion of the February Museletter is so topical it bears immediate posting.
18 Jan 2008 View all related to economics | economy | MoneyView all related to Ron Cooke
early November, 2007, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of
Economic Analysis (BEA) announced the United States had achieved a
third quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 3.9 percent. That
number was later updated to 4.9 percent. Those numbers set off my
“reasonable test” alarm. How, I wondered, with an
accelerating rate of inflation and declining economic activity, could
the United States turn in such a stellar performance? The
BEA’s report flunked the reasonable test.
15 Jan 2008
| View all related to economics | intentional community | Ken Wilber | nonviolent | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture
Earth needs humans to figure out our shared destiny, says Alan Seid, whose interest is both the outer and inner dimensions of sustainability. Outside there's ecology, social systems and economics (e.g., in Permaculture). Inside is the psychological dimension of personal and group values and intentions. How do we meet people where they are, engender respect, promote crucial information-sharing, and motivate change? Episode 91.
03 Jan 2008 | View all related to addiction | economics | evolution | Peak Oil | psychology | Reality Report | Resource DepletionView all related to Jason Bradford | Nate Hagens
Nate Hagens returns to discuss evolution, addiction and economic demand; or, how our brains trick us to want more than we need. Nate is a former Wall Street investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. He is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Nate is also an editor for The Oil Drum, an online source for news, analysis and discussions about energy and our future. Jason Bradford hosts The Reality Report, broadcast on KZYX&Z in Mendocino County, CA.
26 Dec 2007 | View all related to Climate Change | economics | Reality Report | Resource DepletionView all related to Jason Bradford
In this edition of the Reality Report, economics Professor Joshua Farley of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont discusses the false assumptions of dominant economic theory, why this leads to problems, and what an alternative economic system might look like. During the interview, Prof. Farley explains how policies to protect the environment, stem the loss of biodiversity, conserve fossil fuels, and deal with climate change will fail without economic reform that first sets the sustainable scale of the human economy, secondly decides what is a just distribution, and finally allows the market to find the most efficient allocation. Among many publications, Prof. Farley is coauthor with Herman Daly of the college text book "Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications."
24 Dec 2007 | View all related to Climate Change | Coal | economics | Natural Gas | Oil | Resource DepletionView all related to David Room
"In terms of resolving these two problems of peak fossil fuels and climate change... mitigation policies for peak oil, peak coal and peak gas should be done in tandem with mitigation policies for climate change. And I think there's no reason that that shouldn't happen. In fact it makes the most sense to me." NASA research scientist Dr. Pushker Kharecha speaks with David Room about "Implications of 'peak oil' for atmospheric CO2 and climate," a paper Kharecha co-wrote with one of the world's foremost climate scientists, Dr. James Hansen. The paper, which has been submitted for peer-reviewed publication in a scientific journal, is one of few that consider both climate instability and oil depletion.
20 Dec 2007 View all related to credit | economics | MoneyView all related to Ron Cooke
Is institutional deception embedded in public policy? With an accelerating rate of inflation and declining economic activity, how could the economy of the United States manage to achieve a high growth, low inflation, performance?
16 Dec 2007 | View all related to economics | Oil | Peak OilView all related to Henry Groppe | David Strahan
When the oil price soared to over $99 per barrel earlier this year, the cause was not surging demand, nor speculation, nor even impending peak oil, but a forecasting error by the International Energy Agency. That's according to a presentation by veteran analyst Henry Groppe, one of the most independent thinkers in the oil patch, at an investment conference organized by 13D Research in New York last week. NEW: A transcript of this interview is now available.