Despite drought, California is still bottling water for export

water bottles

There is an old saying “as goes California, so goes the nation.” If that is true, I would say that the nation had best strap on its seat-belt for some hard-times ahead -- and some battles over resources between ordinary citizens and big corporations. California is currently four years into the worst drought in recorded history. While the word "drought" gives the impression that this is a … [Read more...]

16 ways to avoid being a Transition hypocrite

derelict airplane

Martin Heidegger was obsessed with authenticity. He viewed ontological anxiety as the impetus for authenticity — a way to move us through our conformity. For Heidegger, we were born into a world of quiet conformity. Initially, everything we do, say, think and believe has been done before. The activities we regard as worthy of our time and effort (learning, work, play), the ultimate values and … [Read more...]

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...]

Do we have enough water to frack our way to energy independence?

dried mud in drought

In chemistry you quickly discover that oil and water don’t mix. The same is true in the energy industry. It’s unfortunate, because the new fuel sources that the International Energy Agency claims will allow North America to reach energy independence require tremendous amounts of water. Whether it’s from shale plays or the oil sands, millions of gallons of water are needed to pull that energy … [Read more...]

Gas frackers attack fiery documentary

GASLAND film poster

When Gasland was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature in January, the natural gas drillers were furious. "While it's unfortunate there isn't an Oscar category for propaganda, this nomination is fitting, as the Oscars are aimed at praising pure entertainment among Hollywood's elite," executive director Lee Fuller of industry group Energy In Depth said in a statement. "Without … [Read more...]

The great white shale

Leapfrogging into the dustbin of history.

Everybody likes good news. But perhaps nobody likes good news as much as exuberant traders and financial advisers who are in the business of selling willing investors on making a quick buck off the next greatest thing to come rolling down the pike. Such is the case for American shale gas, which, to hear it from some analysts, offers a Saudi Arabia on American soil, or rather, 11—count them—11 … [Read more...]