Another title for this piece could be oil prices and politics. The last few weeks have been full of worries about the fate of Canada’s oil sector. Global oil prices are falling, pipelines are stalled and a few prominent tar sands investments have been canceled. All of these stories have been accompanied by cheering from . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Let’s not be too quick to cheer for the market as oil prices slump
This will be a weekend of global climate activism. Marches and forums are planned around the world, with the largest set for New York City: the three-day Climate Convergence and the People’s Climate March on Sunday expected to draw hundreds of thousands. I spoke with Arun Gupta, co-founder of The Indypendent, author and journalist living . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Arun Gupta on climate catastrophism and building a climate movement
Here is an excellent report from Desmogblog’s Kai Nagata
By Kai Nagata
It turns out we have yet to reach peak oil, after all. And in this topsy-turvy world where the U.S. now produces more oil than it needs to import, it may be Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s power that has peaked instead. Why? Because . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Peak Harper-Steve Oversees Dropping Prices and a Glut of US Oil and Gas
While I enjoy reading the works of James Howard Kunstler, I’m always hesitant to talk or write about them. His low-tech vision of the future seems too far out there…his predictions too cynical, his outlook too pessimistic. And then a news story will grab my attention and make me wonder if he is, in fact, . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Book Review: Too Much Magic
The idea that the US might one day produce more oil than Saudi Arabia, popularized by an International Energy Agency (IEA) report, has gone viral in recent weeks. It’s like the “Call Me Maybe” phenomenon, but for Very Serious People! 🙂
Alas, the idea that the US will out-produce Saudi Arabia is a vaporous mirage. . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The US once was, but will never again be, the Saudi Arabia of oil
I had the good fortune this week to be in the audience during Dr. David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin’s Eco Tour stop in Winnipeg, part of a cross-country book tour. Dr. Suzuki is a world-renowned geneticist and Canadian television personality who has hosted the CBC science show, The Nature of Things, for 31 years. He . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: David Suzuki & Jeff Rubin Address Our Economy’s Disconnect With Reality
The Riverview Hoop House was one of the projects on display during a walking tour of urban agricultural projects organized by the Sustainable South Osborne Community Co-op in June in Winnipeg. Coordinator Scott Harrison explains how it works. Photo: Paul S. Graham
Where does your food come from? If you’re like most of . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video: Sustainable South Osborne
Yes, there is oil in the ground – we just can’t afford it. The folks over at the Post Carbon Institute have just put out this video on the propaganda Big Oil is busy spreading in response to the peak oil crisis: In recent months we’ve seen a spate of articles, reports, and op-eds claiming . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: On Fossil Fools And Fracking Lies
It’s becoming a recurring theme to blame the high oil price on “speculators”. This of course implies some sort of clear distinction between someone legitimately purchasing oil contracts or someone purchasing or selling them purely for profit. There is of course a difference. You might call the first one a country or a company. You . . . → Read More: Hellberta: The speculation about speculators speculating about oil price
Why moderation? Why would one want to stay closer to the political center? Is there empirical or even theoretical proof that such a stance would be the ideal?
It is safe to say there are as many theories and their advocates as the day is long.
Before we proceed I would like . . . → Read More: Fusing and Musing: Why ‘Moderation’ is a big deal…
We are all familiar with the concept of peak oil. Oil is a non-renewable resource therefore at some point global production will reach its maximum capacity and then decline, creating an urgent need for alternate energy sources. Peak oil has already occurred in the United States, in 1970 in fact, as the accompanying graph shows.
. . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Peak oil? How about peak everything?
Many heterodox economists and post-carbon researchers – most notably Richard Heinberg in several books but particularly in his seminal The End of Growth and Chris Martenson in The Crash Course – have recognized that, among other lesser causes, because of peak oil, the core source of energy that has been driving our economy for over . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Peak Everything and a Perpetual No Growth Economy
There is an effective response to the climate crisis. In this TED Talk from 2009, Rob Hopkins speaks about a practical and inspiring solution to the challenges of peak oil and climate change, the transition movement. The transition movement helps people prepare for life without oil, and in the process build strong, resilient communities that . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: How To Survive Peak Oil & Climate Change
Well it would appear that China has finally found a spot to park it’s unwanted USD. That would be here in good old Canada and all it cost them was leasing us two Pandas. What a deal! Back in 2011 I wrote a quick post about why Canada’s economy is good, bad and bullshit. . . . → Read More: Hellberta: February mid-month round-up: Greece burns, Alberta gambles & Canada trades soul for Pandas
ANIMA MUNDI official trailer 2011: Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed? Anima Mundi is an innovative documentary about the planetary animal called Gaia and the . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Soul of the World
In chapter 1 of what now may be considered the beginnings of a World-War III we discussed what was then the active military action against Libya. We covered economic hitmen and the typical approach taken by western nations to overthrow or at least get nations to play along with their game.
Of course there are many other . . . → Read More: Hellberta: The Great Oil War [Chapter 2] : Iran
I’m happy to say that since my last post Occupy Edmonton is doing very well. Edmonton (and the whole world) showed tremendous support tonight. I dare say Occupy Edmonton is nearing the amount of critical mass it needs to carry forward as a major movement. But where to?
All around the world it seems this . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Occupy: Out with the old, in with the new
“We Will Lead Every Revolution Against Us” — Theodor Herzl
It’s unfortunate I have to write this post as I have been an avid supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement before it even began in the United States. During the first week there was a media blackout at which point I told many people . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Reflections on Occupy / My experience with Occupy Edmonton
Not long ago a naive younger version of myself decided he would be ‘left-wing’. For many years I subscribed to this ideology. I amongst many others took part in partisan flame-wars on news article comments. “Everyone on the right doesn’t have a clue”, I told myself. Five years later, my perspective has changed considerably. I . . . → Read More: Hellberta: In a war of ideology, everyone loses
It’s 3:45am. For the past week I’ve had a churning in my stomach I can’t shake, and with it I can’t sleep. So much is on my mind, but so much is always on my mind — why should this week be any different? So I’m going to just sit here, and write in my . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Another sleepless night
Update* Forbes is sourcing bogus stuff. I have contacted the author to either verify or correct.
Update2* I’ve contacted the author, and he was not aware the source was bogus. Bloomberg has not made this announcement, at least not yet. I still recommend giving these videos a watch though.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE ===========================================================In the wake of . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Forbes openly admits to internment camps in the U.S.A.
With a variety of different green energy proposals floating around, it is worth recalling what the various schemes are and what their advantages and disadvantages are. In Part I, I look at an overview of the particular at the systems being implemented … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Green Energy Proposals Part I: An Overview
In all of North America, Ontario is unique in its approach and scale of tackling the dual problems of declining cheap fossil fuel availability and global warming. It has implemented North America’s highest rates for feed-in-tariffs, a program that pays… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario Election 2011: This is, and must be, a referendum on green energy