Category Archives: 3) Or a Fast Crash?

The case for a fast, rather than a slow ecological crash

The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill

THE MURDERER NEXT DOOR: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill, David M Buss http://www.amazon.com/Murderer-Next-Door-Mind-Designed/dp/0143037056 [pp. 36-44] THE COMPETITIVE LEGACY OF OUR ANCESTORS Every breath we take we owe to our ancestors-an unimaginably long and unbroken line of forebears who managed to … Continue reading

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Joseph Romm: we’re stealing from the next 100 billion people to walk the earth

Is the global economy a Ponzi scheme, are we all Bernie Madoffs, and what comes next? Part 1 By Joseph Romm, author of “The Hype about Hydrogen” By “paying ourselves” with the wealth from future generations — indeed, from the … Continue reading

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Oil, The Final Warning

OIL: THE FINAL WARNING June 25, 2008. Ian Sample. New Scientist (pg. 32) Howls of protest have been echoing round the globe as the price of oil punches through record highs with every passing week. In the UK, last month, hundreds … Continue reading

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Catton’s “Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse”

Book Review of  Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse, by William R. Catton, Jr. Reviewed by George Mobus Below are some excerpts (some paraphrased) from from this review: In Catton’s book, Bottleneck: Humanity’s Impending Impasse, Catton doesn’t mince words: we can’t evade … Continue reading

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Energy in the Food System uses 19% of all energy consumed in the USA. Pimentel 2008

Reducing Energy Inputs in the US Food System David Pimentel & Sean Williamson & Courtney E. Alexander & Omar Gonzalez-Pagan & Caitlin Kontak & Steven E. Mulkey. Hum Ecol (2008) 36:459–471 [some excerpts below. Clearly we’ve got to start reducing … Continue reading

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Energy in Food System. March 2010. USDA

Energy Use in the U.S. Food System 2010. P. Canning et al. USDA. Economic Research Report Number 94 Another great review of this article is Beyond Food Miles by Michael Bomford, a research scientist and extension specialist at Kentucky State … Continue reading

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What is “our” oil doing in their economy? — Saudi oil consumption trends

What is “our” oil doing in their economy? — Saudi oil consumption trends April 8, 2011. Jonathan Callahan Oil importing nations have long treated Saudi Arabia as an infinitely deep well of crude oil supplies. In 2005, Matt Simmon’s book … Continue reading

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Limits to Growth Articles

Below are links or excerpts of articles about limits to growth Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever April 29, 2011.  Jeremy Grantham, the Chief Investment Officer of GMO Capital (with over $106 … Continue reading

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Oil Reserve Estimates are WAY too high

Old Math Casts Doubt on Accuracy of Oil Reserve Estimates Asjylyn Loder. april 3, 2014. Bloomberg News Jan Arps is the most influential oilman you’ve never heard of. In 1945, Arps, then a 33-year-old petroleum engineer for British-American Oil Producing … Continue reading

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Charles Hall on EROEI in Scientific American

Will Fossil Fuels Be Able to Maintain Economic Growth? A Q&A with Charles Hall The inventor of the energy return on investment (EROI) metric argues that economic growth could soon stop—and that we need to get smart about incorporating the … Continue reading

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