The economy isn’t coming back

recession space

Presently Americans wait with bated breath, watching sales numbers and unemployment statistics, grasping for signs that an economic recovery is underway. We search for signals that indicate we’re growing, that there will be a job for everyone who wants one, and that the United States will resume the prosperity and standing in the world it once had. We wait in vain. The economy isn’t … [Read more...]

The 2013 in and out list

bacon tee

The end of 2012 brought with it a rash of the same-old same-old "In and Out" lists issued by the lamestream media and their corporate overlords. To wit, the annual Washington Post "List," this time tarted up by putting two newbies at the helm to give it some so-called edge. Bwa-ha ha! It still stunk of too much product placement, too many contract obligations, and a crap load of deference to … [Read more...]

Visual guide to the cost of growth. Review: ENERGY

noplace

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, the 195 color, mostly full page — often double page — photographs in the Post Carbon Institute's* latest book, ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, speaks volumes beyond its gigantic sized pages about the energy and environmental predicament humanity is immersed in today. But while the book is heavy on … [Read more...]

Top 10 peak oil books of 2011

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Welcome to our second annual list of the top ten peak oil books. Most of them are explicitly about peak oil, while others deal with energy depletion as a significant factor in the economy or the environment. A couple titles focus on responses to the myriad conundrums that Richard Heinberg has dubbed "peak everything" and that are now converging to create a perfect storm for global industrial … [Read more...]

What kids today really need to learn

Blackboard Jungle

Recently I sent an e-mail to a couple of local high school teachers who are involved with creating a new online class. One is a history teacher, the other teaches science. They wanted to teach students about “Problems of the 21st Century,” ostensibly to help prepare the next generation for what's ahead. I’m sure they considered climate change one of the “Problems of the 21st Century,” but I … [Read more...]

An economy beyond jobs: the new normal

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In his speech on jobs this Thursday night, President Obama will surely try to win back the six out of ten Americans who think he's handled the economy badly. And he'll probably offer some ideas to pump capital into the economy and create jobs, naturally watered down to offer as little offense as possible to the Tea Party and the US Chamber of Commerce. But given that the US may soon reach … [Read more...]

Kunstler and Heinberg chew the peak oil fat

Kunstler and Heinberg Podcast

In addition to his many books on peak oil and the tragedy of urban sprawl, James Howard Kunstler has a weekly podcast with Duncan Crary called the KunstlerCast. The most recent episode recorded an interview with Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-In-Residence at the Post Carbon Institute to discuss Richard’s new book The End of Growth. The interview lasts almost an hour, with the first part … [Read more...]

For peak oil, these stars are shining brightly

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We first launched Transition Voice nearly a year ago with two interviews: Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins and the late oil industry investment banker Matt Simmons. Since then, interviews with key figures in the peak oil movement, from James Howard Kunstler to Sharon Astyk to Nicole Foss, have become one of our most popular features. And we've kept 'em coming. Our latest was a discussion … [Read more...]

How to talk about the end of growth: interview with Richard Heinberg

Author Richard Heinberg

Just after the release of his newest book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality, I sat down with Richard Heinberg via Skype to get his take on what needs to happen to shift the conversation on peak oil and peak debt. The interview follows. LC: Thanks for taking some time to talk to me again. RH: Sure. LC: Did you consult an astrologer on the release date of the … [Read more...]

Economics has failed us, but there is life after growth!

The End of Growth

Meet Richard Heinberg, the most mild mannered thrasher you'll ever encounter. Heinberg, the geeky brains behind the energy and culture think tank Post Carbon Institute, has toiled away over the past few decades crunching the numbers on energy depletion. In the process, he has come to some some pretty grim conclusions. It's a wonder, then, that the guy seems so peppy. Perhaps it's a survival … [Read more...]