I share many of Green Party Presidential Nominee Jill Stein's values. On climate and energy, I absolutely agree that our world is in crisis and that we need some form of a "Green New Deal," though whether that would be her plan, or some other approach, is, for me, still a point of debate. On her view that an energy transition would have multiple cost-saving and health … [Read more...]
Ways to reduce and prepare for climate change, while conserving peak natural resources and preventing pollution and waste.
There are times that I find myself wandering pensively in the woods, asking aloud, “so how should I presume?” I just read about the land sinking -- up to thirteen inches a year in some places -- in the Central Valley of California. I also just read about there being no mountaintops left in certain areas of West Virginia anymore. None. And, the coal companies are pulling … [Read more...]
Twenty-five years ago, existentialism was a hot piece of intellectual property. A literate public was buying up such books as William Barrett's Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy and Viktor Frankl's From Death Camp to Existentialism (later republished under the title Man's Search for Meaning). American psychologists were being introduced to the movement by … [Read more...]
If you'd like, I'm what you'd call an ex-(aspiring) filmmaker, an early vanguard of what promises to be, in one way or another, an eventual mass exodus from the film and television industries. I won't go into my reasoning behind film and television's future demise here, but suffice to say, if left to its own devices, the future of film and television is in the hands of peak oil … [Read more...]
I get it, you believe in peak oil. So do I, despite gas at $2.50 a gallon. But peak oil is no excuse for either you or me to just sit around waiting for the final oil crash to make the climate problem moot by bringing down industrial civilization. Even if you're the world's biggest doomer, you have to admit that the timing is too uncertain -- will the über-crash come in five … [Read more...]