Monthly Archives: December 2013

Book Review of “Wheel of Fortune. The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia”

Alice Friedemann’s review of “Wheel of Fortune. The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia”, by Thane Gustafson. 2012. Update July 2013: Former Soviet Union peak oil and gas has excellent graphs of Russian oil and gas production and where … Continue reading

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Philip Cafaro on immigration and population

Here are some of the bullet points of what to do from “Arguments for Reducing Immigration” from Life on the Brink. Cut legal immigration from 1 million to 200,000 per year Reduce illegal immigration by strictly enforcing sactions against employers … Continue reading

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The Passengers are killing the crew of Spaceship Earth

What follows was written by Captain Paul Watson, who helped found Greenpeace in 1972 and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in1977.  His books include: Sea Shepherd: My fight for Whales and Seals, Cry Wolf, Ocean Warrior, Earth Force, and Seal … Continue reading

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Richard Heinberg and Post Carbon

December 2013 During the past decade Post Carbon Institute’s influence has grown markedly, thanks in no small part to all our supporters and allies. And we’re proud of the impressive list of accomplishments we’ve racked up (see this) in that … Continue reading

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Metal recycling limited and not even possible in some cases

[ I always wondered why more recycling wasn’t done, surely that would be cheaper than the entire process of mining, crushing ore, smelting, fabrication and so on.  But it turns out there are a lot of issues with recycling, and … Continue reading

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Dave Foreman: More Immigration = More Americans = Less Wilderness

Dave Foreman. 2013. More Immigration = More Americans = Less Wilderness. Earth island Journal. The Big Thing facing Earth today – dwarfing all else – is the mass extinction of animals and plants unprecedented in size and scope for 65 … Continue reading

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Read Chagnon’s “Noble Savages” instead – “Falling Sky” is co-written by one of his attackers

A book review by Alice Friedemann at energyskeptic of “The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman” by Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert. Anyone who knows about the baseless, hateful attacks on Chagnon by Tierney and other cultural anthropologists like … Continue reading

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Aaron Lehmer-Chang in Earth Island Journal

Environmental groups, pundits, politicians, and the average citizen think alternative energy is a solution to climate change and the energy crisis.  It took me years to figure out why this wasn’t true.  I can speed your learning curve up — … Continue reading

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The “Solar Revolution” is financial, not from new breakthroughs

Jeff Himmelman makes the case that the “solar revolution” is caused by new financial instruments and strategies in the New York Times August 9, 2012 article “Here Comes the Sell”: The innovation that has pushed Sungevity and the rest of … Continue reading

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