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CATEGORY: ENERGY — 21.FEB.2014
Progressive Commentary Hour
Energy is What We Have to Spend; Money Just Represents Who Controls the Energy —
Energy mavens Kurt Cobb and Nate Hagens update us on the energy predicament. Cobb observes that the average daily price of oil has stayed near the all-time high over the last three years, and he explains the math on why the US will never be energy independent. Hagens reviews the incredible numbers on how many "slave equivalents" are found in a barrel of oil, reminding us how dependent we are on energy and how relatively cheap it actually still is. He offers a number of maxims that are critical for everyone to understand: (1) Energy is what we have to spend; money is who controls the energy. (2) The economy is a subset of the environment, not vice versa. (3) Biology determines what we need; culture determines what we have and how we get it.
Page for full track listing | Download/listen 57:08
GP comment: Hagens paints a bleak picture when he discusses the psycho-social challenge of trying to convince the general populace to be sustainable, but his logic is undeniably consistent with observable behaviors and attitudes.
Original Show Pub Date: 10.Feb.2014
CATEGORY: RESILIENCE, FINANCIAL — 18.FEB.2014
FerFal: Here's What It Looks Like When Your Country's Economy Collapses —
Want to know what it's like living through a currency collapse? Argentina is providing us with a real-time window: The country has defaulted on its sovereign debt three times in the past 32 years and looks poised to do so again soon. Fernando "FerFal" Aguirre began blogging during the hyperinflationary destruction of Argentina's economy in 2001 and has since dedicated himself to educating the public on issues related to resilience. He sees many parallels between the path that led to Argentina's decline and the similar paths most countries in the West, including the US, are currently on.
Go to page | Download/listen 36:41
GP comment: To a large extent, problems in the non-US economies today are due to the Fed-based players creating chaos in other financial markets to keep demand high for the US dollar, which they are simultaneously debasing. If the US does ever default on its debt, it would be a much bigger deal than an Argentine default because the dollar is the global reserve currency. Its demise would mean an end to the free boost in standard of living the average American has enjoyed for 2/3 of a century.
Original Show Pub Date: 08.Feb.2014
CATEGORY: COLLAPSE, EMPIRE — 14.FEB.2014
Apocalypse, Man—World's End According to Michael C. Ruppert —
Michael Ruppert says we have a choice to make: approach living with a new state of consciousness, or descend into a dog-eat-dog scenario of endless war and grasping for depleting resources. This clip is from a new, half-completed film called Apocalypse, Man, which updates the stark assessment of the world Ruppert offered in 2009's Collapse. Topics include dirty energy technologies as exemplars of pre-collapse insanity; the militarization of local police departments as an early step on the path to centralized totalitarian control; why the public rejection of the US intention in Syria is a hopeful sign; and how Native American philosophy can inform "what we do next."
Watch | Download/listen 32:43
GP comment: There are bits of navel gazing here and there that will appeal only to Ruppert fans, but the meat of his analysis is must-listening for everyone.
Original Show Pub Date: 21.Jan.2014
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CoLLapse (2009) (Documentary)
DESCRIPTION: Americans generally believe that a future of abundant clean energy can replace today's waning dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. Michael Ruppert knows better. A former LAPD detective turned independent reporter, he predicted both trouble with oil and the current financial crisis. In Collapse, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation and doesn't hold back on his thoughts about the apocalypse we face—the collapse of industrial civilization.
→ Check out at the film's web site
Crude Awakening, A The Oil Crash (2007) (Documentary)
REVIEW: A Crude Awakening serves as an excellent introduction to the subject of Peak oil and all of the related topics—the huge rise in human population numbers, locations, and living standards made possible by cheap and abundant petroleum products; the economic risk related to high oil prices and fuel shortages; the problems inherent in non-renewables like coal and nuclear and the challenges facing alternatives like ethanol, biodiesel, wind, solar, and hydrogen; the ultimate likely impact of "energy descent" on our modern way of life; and the politics of petroleum, including war for oil. The film puts the story together in a cogent, comprehensive way, leaving those who already know about Peak Oil with an expanded, reinvigorated understanding of the subject and provides newbies with a clear picture of a complex topic that promises to change life as we know it.
→ Check out DVD on Amazon.com
Starring: George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Alexander Siddig, Tim Blake Nelson, William Hurt
REVIEW: Syriana sets out to explain to us how things really are when it comes to oil, The Middle East, and US policy, and to do so in an entertaining manner. For those of us who are watching keenly as modern industrial society begins its slow, deathly descent towards the center of the petroleum whirlpool, Syriana is a must-see.... Read full review of Syriana
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What a Way to Go — Life at the End of Empire (2007) (Documentary)
REVIEW: This is a different sort of "Peak Oil movie." Rather than just focusing on the approaching decline in oil production and its likely effects on our petroleum-powered modern lifestyles, What a Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire, presents that issue merely as a symptom of a larger problem—modern society as empire.... Read full review of What a Way to Go
For more movies on such topics, see the following sections of Grinning Planet's movies page:
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"Surveying the available alternative energy sources for criteria such as energy density, environmental impacts, reliance on depleting raw materials, intermittency versus constancy of supply, and the percentage of energy returned on the energy invested in energy production, none currently appears capable of perpetuating this kind of society."
— Richard Heinberg, from his article,
"Temporary Recession or the End of Growth?"
"The end-of-the-fossil-hydrocarbons scenario is not therefore a doom-and-gloom picture painted by pessimistic end-of-the-world prophets, but a view of scarcity in the coming years and decades that must be taken seriously."
— Deutsche Bank
"Through our inattention, we have wasted the years that we might have used to prepare for lessened oil supplies. The next ten years are critical."
— Kenneth S. Deffeyes, Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak
"The United States has compensated for its production decline by importing oil. The planet does not have that option."
— Russell A. Brown, Argonne National Laboratory
"The Senate is now considering increasing government subsidies for corn growers to produce more ethanol. If we produce enough ethanol we can postpone our next invasion of a Middle Eastern country for two to three years."
— Jay Leno
Mike Ruppert's latest site to report on the unwinding of the ponzi world and to foster lifeboat building
A mix of original articles by Baker and other authors of the "reality thinkers" class
Articles about peak oil and the possible aftermath
James Howard Kunstler's weekly essays about the descent of The World As We Know It
Essays, books, point papers, and information on making the transition to the coming lower-energy world
Information clearinghouse and network for resilience-focused groups worldwide. (formerly Energy Bulletin)
How does one go about preparing to survive the End of the World as We Know It? Here's a good start.
Deep thinking from John Michael Greer -- "Druid perspectives on nature, culture, and the future of industrial society"
An evolving exploration into the head, heart, and hands of energy descent
Top group dealing with the technical details of peak oil/peak energy, as well as the implications for society
Alliance of US and Canadian businesspeople dedicated to building local living economies
Dedicated to the development, growth and enhancement of small local communities (that can better survive peak oil)
Group blog written by authors interested in the benefits of eating food grown and produced in their local "foodshed"
All about peak oil and the end of the oil age
Demonstration project that aims to dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate community dependence on fossil fuels for essential services
Supports the restoration of towns and urban centers as a way of sustainable living for the future
Join forces with people in your area to discuss peak oil issues
Works to promote better understanding of the world's oil-depletion problem
Information on a plan designed to allow a relatively smooth transition to a future with reduced oil supplies
Community discussion area for peak oil
Mission is to help communities establish a Transition Initiative in their locale
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