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Peak Moment: Economic Localization - A Community Rediscovering Itself (with transcript)

01 Feb 2008 | |
View all related to agriculture | energy farms | Food | local economy | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Relocalization | rural | security | Transportation | urban
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In this freewheeling conversation, Jason Bradford and Brian Weller, co-founders of Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL), discuss local food security, creating a farm at a nearby grade school, being rooted in community, urban / rural friction in wealth and land use, regional trading partners, reinventing local public transportation, and more. Episode 95.

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Peak Moment: Facilitating Economic Localization in Willits, California

01 Feb 2008 | |
View all related to local economy | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | Relocalization

Jason Bradford and Brian Weller, co-founders of Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL), discuss their group's approach to educating and enrolling their townsfolk about declining oil and the imperative to reduce dependencies on imported energy, food, and other goods. They view their group as a mid-WIFE: a Watchdog, Incubator, Facilitator and Educator. They're pioneering "rediscovering where we live--and it's exciting." Episode 94.

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Triple digit oil price regardless of peak

28 Jan 2008 |
View all related to economics | Oil | Peak Oil
View all related to David Strahan | Paul Horsnell

The real value of oil is "way, way, way above $80" according to a leading analyst. Paul Horsnell, head of commodities research for Barclays Capital, says it is hard to see the price falling below $80, even allowing for a lot of pessimism about the economy, and that the long run price is likely to be in triple digits – but not because of resource constraints. At least not immediately.

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James Howard Kunstler on the human habitat

14 Jan 2008 |
View all related to city | City Structure and Design | Peak Oil | Relocalization | Renewables
View all related to James Howard Kunstler | Duncan Crary

Author James Howard Kunstler talks with Duncan Crary of the Institute for Humanist Studies about the tragedy/comedy of suburban sprawl, what makes a successful town, and the fantasy of alternative fuels.

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Reality Report: evolution, addiction and economic demand

03 Jan 2008 |
View all related to addiction | economics | evolution | Peak Oil | psychology | Reality Report | Resource Depletion
View all related to Jason Bradford | Nate Hagens

Nate Hagens returns to discuss evolution, addiction and economic demand; or, how our brains trick us to want more than we need. Nate is a former Wall Street investments manager and has an MBA from University of Chicago. He is completing his doctoral studies at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Nate is also an editor for The Oil Drum, an online source for news, analysis and discussions about energy and our future. Jason Bradford hosts The Reality Report, broadcast on KZYX&Z in Mendocino County, CA.

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Former BP Chief Petroleum Engineer on limits to reserves growth

20 Dec 2007 |
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Reserves growth in existing oilfields is largely illusory and will not put off the date of peak oil, according to BP’s former Chief Petroleum Engineer. Speaking at an investment conference organized by 13D Research in New York, Jeremy Gilbert argued that although reserves growth has added twice as much oil to reserves than has discovery over the past 25 years, this apparently reassuring historical trend is no guarantee of the future.

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Henry Groppe: IEA to blame for $100 oil spike (with transcript)

16 Dec 2007 |
View all related to economics | Oil | Peak Oil
View all related to Henry Groppe | David Strahan

When the oil price soared to over $99 per barrel earlier this year, the cause was not surging demand, nor speculation, nor even impending peak oil, but a forecasting error by the International Energy Agency. That's according to a presentation by veteran analyst Henry Groppe, one of the most independent thinkers in the oil patch, at an investment conference organized by 13D Research in New York last week. NEW: A transcript of this interview is now available.

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Richard Heinberg's Museletter: What Will We Eat as the Oil Runs Out?

03 Dec 2007
View all related to Food Security | Local Food | Museletter | Oil | Peak Oil | Relocalization | Resource Depletion
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Our global food system faces a crisis of unprecedented scope. This crisis, which threatens to imperil the lives of hundreds of millions and possibly billions of human beings, consists of four simultaneously colliding dilemmas, all arising from our relatively recent pattern of dependence on depleting fossil fuels.

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Peak Moment: Practical Tools to Grow an Intentional Community

03 Dec 2007 | |
View all related to cohousing | ecovillage | intentional community | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil

Communities Magazine editor Diana Leafe Christian concisely spells out what the successful 10% of intentional communities do: common vision and purpose, fair participatory decision-making, clear agreements in writing, good balance of right and left-brain knowledge, methods of staying accountable to agreements, criteria for new members, good communication and processing skills. She also discusses peak oil effects on the wider community. Episode 83.

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Peak Moment: A No-Nonsense Look at Climate Change and Petrocollapse

28 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to Climate Change | Energy | Peak Moment Television | Peak Oil | petrocollapse

Former energy analyst Jan Lundberg opens by singing "Have A Global Warming Day" and closes with "The Depaver's Song." In between is an unabashed look at climate distortion, peak oil, and declining ecosystems, all bringing a necessary collapse of our "pigging out" economy. He envisions a future with radically curtailed energy use, and people coming together groping for local solutions. Episode 81.