Vote Romney-Ryan to hasten collapse

Romneymobile in the final stretch

This election year, the total collapse of industrial civilization has gained a popularity not seen since the heyday of The Planet of the Apes franchise. All over the blogosphere, people who worry about climate change, peak oil, financial meltdown, debt slavery, species extinction, overpopulation and rampant commercialism along with the spread of military drones, techno-warfare and the … [Read more...]

Peak oil and climate change: hold your nose and vote

Obama at debate

At last night's third and final presidential debate, we heard about horses and bayonets, nukes and drones, Israel and Iran and whether we should just give up on Pakistan. But, for the first time since 1988, we didn't hear anything last night or in either of the two previous debates this year about climate change. As to energy, it came up much less in last night's foreign policy debate than … [Read more...]

Green Party’s Jill Stein: A missing voice in presidential debates

Jill Stein at Occupy Wall Street anniversary rally

Transition Voice has re-posted the article below from YES! Magazine. -- Ed. Like many of us here at YES!, medical doctor Jill Stein has been frustrated by the narrowness of this year's campaign for president of the United States. Crucial issues such as climate change, poverty, and the cost of war are completely left out of the conversation. No one tackles this problem as directly as Stein, … [Read more...]

Neither presidential candidate shows grasp of America’s oil predicament

Obama Romney Debate

The Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA (ASPO-USA) expressed concern that neither candidate for the U.S. presidency demonstrates a clear understanding of the realities and risks facing U.S. oil supply. In the first presidential debate on Wednesday night, President Obama and Governor Romney fed the misconception that America can drill its way to energy independence, when such a … [Read more...]

Five issues this election should be about, and one to drop

Ohio Cooperative Solar workers

Cutting through the campaign rhetoric and attack ads, here are five issues we believe should be at the center of the 2012 election, plus one that has no place in the public sphere. Every election year, the two parties choose the agendas and issues to highlight and ballyhoo. Often it feels as though we citizens have little power to turn the conversation to the issues we want addressed. But … [Read more...]

The debate over American Exceptionalism: We’ve finally hit bottom

Eagle flag

Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels in countries around the world, but American Exceptionalism stands out for its unique degree of stupidity and hubris. If there's one way the United States is truly exceptional today, it's that we've become perhaps the dumbest, proudest country on Earth. After all, more than 40% of our citizens believe in the Rapture. We act as if  two dollar gas … [Read more...]

What’s really in and out for 2012

Romney at Bain Capital

Every year popular magazines and newspapers produce "In and Out" lists that make a claim to cultural prescience through boldly distinguishing what's jumped the shark from what's just about to become a break-out sensation. Trouble is, too often the ins and outs are totally predictable, being driven by the mainstream corporate culture and so-called style makers. What they're calling this year's … [Read more...]

Despite Solyndra, public loves solar more than ever

I Love Solar Power T shirt

While the GOP seems to be trying to show its heavy donors in the dirty energy world that conservative politicians and media pundits can deliver value for money by bashing solar power, the American public has shown yet again that they still support solar power. And what's not to love? It's clean, unlike fossil fuels. And unlike wind, it doesn't need to be done on a huge scale to be worthwhile. … [Read more...]

To avoid Carter’s fate, Obama should follow Carter on energy

Carter and Obama

Today's energy crunch is starting to look more and more like the energy crisis of the late 1970s. But if President Obama doesn't want to end up like Jimmy Carter, maybe he should consider actually taking a page out of Carter's playbook and start leveling with the American public about energy. After the anniversary of Carter's "malaise" speech earlier this month, Mitt Romney tried to cast Obama … [Read more...]