Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Impact of Climate Change on California: 8th Largest Economy, 40% of U.S. Shipping

Introduction California’s economy and population relies on one of the most extensive and costly infrastructure systems in the world. This includes thousands of miles of roads, highways and railroads, nearly 200 large water reservoirs of varying capacity, miles of canals, … Continue reading

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Exponential growth examples

Monbiot, George. 27 May 2014. It’s simple. If we can’t change our economic system, our number’s up It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing. The … Continue reading

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Expressways & Interstates are only designed to last for 20 years

Roads are Essential There are 4,016,741 miles of roads in the United States.  The most critical roads are the almost 47,000 miles long with 55,000 bridges and 4 or more lanes wide Interstate Highways, the largest single investment the American people … Continue reading

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My Favorite James Howard Kunstler podcasts

You can subscribe to these on iTunes, or go to http://kunstler.com/writings/podcast/ I haven’t listened to all of his podcasts yet, these are the ones I’ve best liked so far (I’ve left a lot of good ones out): KunstlerCast 253 – … Continue reading

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John W Day Jr, Charles Hall, et al: Ecology in Times of Scarcity

Day, J. W. Jr., Hall, C.A., Yanez-Arancibia , A., Pimentel, D., Marti, C. I., and Mitsch, W. J. 2009. Ecology in Times of Scarcity. BioScience. 59:4, 321-331. Abstract In an energy-scarce future, ecosystem services will become more important in supporting … Continue reading

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Energy price increases and the 2008 financial crash: a practice run for what’s to come?

Hall, C.A.S., Groat, A. 2010. Losing Faith in Economics. Energy price increases and the 2008 financial crash: a practice run for what’s to come? The Corporate Examiner. 37: No. 4-5: 19-26. The summer of 2008 saw the third year in … Continue reading

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Charles Hall “Peak oil, declining EROI and the probability of degrowth”

Charles A. S. Hall . March 2010. Peak oil, declining EROI and the probability of degrowth. Second Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity March 26-29th 2010, Barcelona Peak oil is not some fuzzy academic concern but … Continue reading

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Charles A. S. Hall “The End of Faith Based Economics”

Charles Hall deserves the Nobel Prize in Economics for his book “Energy and the Wealth of Nations” and “Making World Development Work: Scientific Alternatives to Neoclassical Economic Theory” Gowdy, J., Hall, C., Klitgaard , K., and L. Krall. 2010. Losing … Continue reading

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More diesel for tractors & trucks, less gas for cars

The 1980 rationing plan would shift whatever petroleum was needed to agriculture and other essential services before making it available to the public via rationing.   This would be diesel since tractors, harvesters, trucks, and trains can’t and don’t burn gasoline. … Continue reading

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Peak Resources and the Preservation of Knowledge

Peak Resources and the Preservation of Knowledge By Alice Friedemann    January 6, 2006 “Peak oil will affect more people, in more places, in more ways, than anything else in the history of the world”. Walter Youngquist, author of Geodestinies Summary … Continue reading

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