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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Coal in China

27 Jun 2008
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China is the world's foremost coal producer and consumer, surpassing the United States by a factor of two on both scores and accounting for 40 percent of total world production. Museletter #195.
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Ron Cooke: Financing Energy Independence

24 Jun 2008
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The Cultural Economist Ron Cooke considers a proposal for financing small-scale alternative energy installations.
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The Balloon Goes Up: Are We At A Peak Oil Tipping Point?

11 Jun 2008
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If the peak oil balloon really is going up, we should expect to see world leaders, politicians, business chiefs and the mainstream media in general realizing and admitting that something new is happening. But are we really at the tipping point for peak oil? Julian Darley answers: Yes, no and maybe.
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How Do You Like the Collapse So Far?

05 Jun 2008
View all related to Climate Change | collapse | Peak Oil | psychology
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Richard Heinberg: No one knows the long-term carrying capacity of planet Earth forhumans, absent cheap fossil fuels, but it’s likely a lot fewer thanseven billion. The implication is not just sobering; it’s paralyzing. So what to do with such traumatic knowledge?
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter: Coal in the United States

28 May 2008
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The United States has the world's largest coal reserves. With energy prices constantly rising and coal considered a "cheap" alternative, Richard Heinberg's survey of the literature on coal reserves is important reading. There's reason to believe that reserves are being overestimated, as they have been through the industry's history. Museletter #194.
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Saying Goodbye to Air Travel

14 May 2008
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Richard Heinberg muses on the passing of the days of cheap air travel: The airline industry has no future. The same is true for airfreight. Noair carrier has a viable plan to make a profit with oil at currentprices—much less in years to come as the petroleum available to worldmarkets dwindles rapidly.
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The Day the Gas Dried Up

30 Apr 2008
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As U.S. gasoline prices crest the astronomical price of four dollars a gallon, many Americans are complaining that prices are too high to bear. They might spare a thought for the Scottish who would be grateful to pay $8.30 a gallon, if only they could get it.
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From the Pump to the Plate: Rethinking & relocalizing our food and fuel systems

01 May 2008
View all related to Energy | Food | HopeDance | Relocalization
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In this article for HopeDance Magazine, Post Carbon Institute founder Julian Darley
discusses the connections between food and energy, both globally and as locally as your kitchen table.
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Richard Heinberg's MuseLetter #193: It's Happening

28 Apr 2008
View all related to Auto | Coal | Museletter | Peak Oil | technology
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In this month's MuseLetter, Heinberg shares some material from his upcoming book on coal. Also included are his May column for The Ecologist magazine ("What Car do You Drive?"), a Foreword that he wrote for the new edition of Mat Stein’s brilliant book When Technology Fails, and a brief blog for the Post Carbon Institute website.
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MuseLetter #192: Resilient Communities: A Guide to Disaster Management

03 Apr 2008
View all related to community | Museletter | Peak Oil | post carbon cities | resilience | Sustainability
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The following is a proposal to help make communities better able to respond to the coming economic shocks from resource depletion, beginning with Peak Oil, and perhaps also to shocks from other causes (such as the ongoing subprime mortgage and credit collapse). Making existing petroleum-reliant communities truly sustainable is a huge task. Virtually every system must be redesigned—from transport to food, sanitation, health care, and manufacturing.