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Celebrate the Stampede or Step out of It?
by Jan Lundberg   
If being human and living have value, we ought to celebrate what we are and how we're doing. The only real celebration can be of the truth, based on joyous reality of an improved condition. Yet the truth today is that we are probably about to dangle from the noose that we ourselves stepped right into.

It's crazy to celebrate ecocide. Is there something else to celebrate that is also true? Sure, but it's not the whole truth: human dignity, beauty of life, love between two people -- wonderful and inspiring, but to celebrate them while closing off our senses to the bulldozing and poisoning going on around us is increasingly irrational.

 
Peak Oil is History
by Dmitry Orlov   
Publisher's note: Dmitry Orlov authored Reinventing Collapse, based on his firsthand observations of the collapse of the USSR and the socioeconomic prospects for the U.S. His new article describes the key physical, social, political and economic factors which energy industry analysts must take into account when forecasting oil production in order for their forecasts to be meaningful. Peak Oil is History is exclusively on CultureChange.org until November 1. - JL

The marketing blurb on the back cover of the first edition of my first book, Reinventing Collapse, described me as "a leading Peak Oil theorist." When I first saw it, my jaw dropped -- and remained hanging.

 
The Countless Centuries
by Peter Goodchild   
ImageI went for a five-hour walk in the desert yesterday morning and came across a second crumbling old castle out in the desert; I'd discovered one a few months ago. Close to it I found a series of stone-lined wells, about ten or twenty meters apart, with water in them about fifty meters down. But some of the land had been excavated, or perhaps recently re-excavated, between some of them, so I could see that the wells all connected underground.
 
Renewable Energy Realities for Both Sides of the Atlantic
by Culture Change   
In the past week Culture Change's independent oil industry analyst Jan Lundberg weighed in on renewable energy, electrification and overpopulation for a high-level Europe audience and for the U.S.'s iconic environmental group, the Sierra Club.

For Europe, Jan's message focuses on ground rules for imagining renewable energy on a massive scale. For the Sierra Club, Jan passed along to its Executive Director and magazine his concerns regarding oil's overwhelming role today and what that means for electrification and electric cars.

 
Human Power on the River for Locally Grown Grain
by Wheat Fleet   
ImageOn August 19, 2010 a fleet of twenty human powered boats will leave Eugene, Oregon to pick up locally grown grain and beans in Harrisburg and carry them to Corvallis. This is a nod to the history of using the river as transportation and distribution for the products grown in the valley as well as a promotion of the rich variety of grain and beans raised today in the Willamette Valley.
 
PLATAFORMA POLÍTICA DEL KLIMAFORUM10
by Miguel Valencia   
PLATAFORMA POLÍTICA DEL KLIMAFORUM10

(Translation of report previously posted)

Comunicado No. 8
México D. F. 9 de julio de 2010
Después de varias consultas, hemos adoptado la siguiente Plataforma Política del Klimaforum10:

1. EN REALIDAD EXISTE UN DESASTRE CLIMÁTICO, NO UN CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO

 
Political Platform for Klimaforum10 by Mexico's Grassroots
by Miguel Valencia   
Preparations made for Klimaforum10, parallel to the United Nations COP-16 climate conference in Cancún, Nov. 25 - Dec. 10:
Press release # 8
México D. F., July 9, 2010

After several meetings, we, the Mexican Promotion Committee for Klimaforum 2010, have adopted the following Political Platform of Klimaforum10:

1. THERE IS A CLIMATE CATASTROPHE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE

 
An Experiment in Country Living
by Peter Goodchild   
One thing my wife and I learned from seven years in rural Ontario is that country living doesn't always mean freedom from money issues, and of all our expenses the greatest and most persistent was the car. People who live in the country nowadays are actually more hooked on automobiles than those who live in the city, since there are long miles of highway between one's home and other destinations such as shops or a job.
 
Sex and Fertility in the Post-Petroleum Age
by Jan Lundberg   
I don’t know how I started thinking about this subject, but I decided it’s thought-worthy and bound to stimulate interest. I look forward to people’s comments at the bottom of this webpage, or at the next bar I hop to.

When the market economy really collapses, there will be a paucity of goods for everyone, including condoms and birth control pills – whether they are made out of petroleum or not.

 
How We Will Turn the Gulf Catastrophe into Positive Change
by Jan Lundberg   
ImageWe all want to really make it right in the Gulf. Will BP and the government handle it well enough? That's in doubt. It's actually up to us all. We need urgent environmental action especially involving energy consumption: let us cut oil use.

The grassroots coalition World Oil Reduction for the Gulf (WORG) has as its initial objective the promulgation and propagation of a powerful Resolution for immediate global remediation of the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

 
Knocking on the Corporate Door
by Jan Lundberg   
They don't have to answer
If they do not you're shut out in the cold
They have almost all the food inside
They open slots to feed those outside
You have some information, some truth, to share
The people outside need it more than the corporados
But the corporados control the loudspeaker
And they don't answer the door for truth.
So where do you go? Undermine the walls?
One by one, speak to those waiting for the feed slots to open?
Something's rotten inside
When it's bad enough the corporados will come out looking for food
They will find truth to eat
 
Sailing the Salish Sea: Passenger Service in BC
by Jan Lundberg   
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Carson Tak has made history as the first known modern-era sail-powered passenger service captain/entrepreneur. In his home waters of British Columbia's Georgia Strait in the Salish Sea, Carson provides travelers an alternative to the subsidized ferry that some call The Noise Boat. Besides noiselessy harnessing the wind as much as possible, his sloop Windswept beats the ferry service in some cases by offering direct voyages, so that a passenger does not have to take three ferries to make a destination.

 
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