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Peak Moment: Meeting the Energy Challenge

25 Sep 2008 | |
View all related to Energy | government | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil
View all related to Julian Darley | Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg, author of Powerdown, makes plain the dire situation we're in as declining oil supplies fail to meet demand. He notes there are no easy "supply side" solutions (like substitute fuels): we must reduce demand, initially through conservation and efficiency. Julian Darley, president of Post Carbon Institute observes that while personal action is very important, individuals can only do so much. A deeper response must come at the municipal level -- to change infrastructures on how we heat, transport, and power our society. Sharing, he notes, can bring enormous energy reductions almost immediately: after all, two people rather than one in a car cuts energy use per person in half. Bottom line: Americans love rising to a challenge. And this IS a challenge! Episode 129.
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The Story of Joe Average and Jane Median : A Simple Climate Tax Scheme

04 Aug 2008
View all related to Climate Change | fuels | government
A proposal for a fuel levy that could help reduce fossil fuel use - with a story that illustrates how important the structure of such measures could be to their eventual effectiveness.
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Peak Moment: Energy and Climate Initiatives in Santa Barbara

13 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to cities | Climate Change | Energy | government | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | Shelter | Transportation
Santa Barbara is lowering carbon emissions starting with a greenhouse gas emissions study; adding solar panels to city buildings; requiring lower energy usage for new buildings; converting vehicles to biodiesel and/or hybrids; giving free bus passes to downtown workers. City councilmember Das Williams urges citizens to push officials to make substantive (i.e., funded) changes to mitigate the effects of peak oil and climate change. (www.santabarbaraca.gov) Episode 101.