Tag «fossil fuels»

Today’s radio interview (post-interview update)

I was was interviewed today on Alternative Energy Radio, a production of the Shades of Green Network. To listen to the podcast of this radio interview, click here or go to this url: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alternativeenergyradio/2009/12/07/wwwshadesofgreennetworkcom–the-green-economy-netw The topic, as usual: the collapse of civilization and the extinction of our species. Pretty serious stuff, I think. But to …

A radical in the Age of Denial

I received an email message from somebody who seeks my participation in a “save Arizona” panel (his name has been obscured to protect the guilty): Interesting blog site, Guy. Sorry to learn about your separation from UofA, I think. I really don’t know the school very well. You are a bit of a radical in …

Linking the Past with the Present: Resources, Land Use, and the Collapse of Civilizations

We have ripped minerals from the Earth, often bringing down mountains in the process; we have harvested nearly all the old-growth timber on the continent, replacing thousand-year-old trees with neatly ordered plantations of small trees; we have hunted species to the point of extinction; we have driven livestock across every almost acre of the continent, baring hillsides and facilitating massive erosion; we have plowed large landscapes, transforming fertile soil into sterile, lifeless dirt; we have burned ecosystems and, perhaps more importantly, we have extinguished naturally occurring fires; we have paved thousands of acres to facilitate our movement and, in the process, have disrupted the movements of thousands of species; we have spewed pollution and dumped garbage, thereby dirtying our air, fouling our water, and contributing greatly to the warming of the planet. We have, to the maximum possible extent allowed by our intellect and never-ending desire, consumed the planet.

Preparing for Collapse at the Mud Hut

I’ve dug trenches (requiring only a strong back and a weak mind, so it’s the perfect job for me) in which to install water lines, and even installed a

frost-free hydrant

near the chicken coop and duck house (I’m a plumber). This morning I laid

laid tile atop a counter

in the outdoor kitchen (I’m a mason). I’ve built several awnings for tools and shade, along with a few structures for animals (I’m a rough carpenter). And we’re growing considerable food, planted from seed, in our own garden beds and also in a neighbor’s field (I’m a sharecropper). My two favorite titles, then, are Professor Emeritus and Sharecropper.

Investing in Durability

Durability has always been a wise investment. Now is the perfect time to make a personal investment in durability, for myriad reasons. For one thing, most sellers still think fiat currency is valuable.

Neocon nation, redux

We cannot use politics as usual to deal with energy decline. Ditto for runaway greenhouse. In other words, there is no viable political solution to deal with either issue.