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Why doesn't the 'long emergency' feel like an emergency?

What appears to be masking the ongoing emergency is the rise in stock and bond markets. The disconnect between the still sluggish economy and the stock market which keeps hitting new highs is one indication that dangers lurk in the world economy.

Orwellian Newspeak and the oil industry's fake abundance story

If you want to corrupt a people, corrupt the language. Once it becomes impossible to say the truth with the language we have, it will ultimately be impossible for us to adapt and survive.

Freedom in a full world

We are now living in a "full world." How must our ideas about human freedom change so that we can adapt and thrive?

Sleeper agents in the (somewhat) enchanted biosphere

The biosphere is vastly more complex than our limited human intelligence can comprehend. To those who believe we can simply manage our way out of our current set of predicaments, I respond (with apologies to Dr. Phil): "How's that workin' for ya?"

We will never run out of oil (which is entirely beside the point)

What if technology does advance, but not enough, and what if the price of oil is high, but not high enough to justify bringing it out of the ground at the RATE required for the smooth functioning of global society? What then?

Talkin' trash: Are we literally throwing away energy?

In Germany only about 1 percent of all municipal waste goes into landfills. This compares with about 68 percent in the United States. The U.S. could recycle more and turn much more of the residual waste into energy.

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

Most climate activists believe that talking about limitations on fossil fuel supplies hurts their argument for swift, decisive action on climate change. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg. The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California calls into question the premise of a decades-long revival in U.S. oil production and predictions of American energy independence.

Our shadow, the Borg, and the ruthlessness of efficiency

A fictional race of near automatons called The Borg appearing in the Star Trek series of television shows and movies have more in common with us modern humans than we'd like to admit.

Taxing the sun: The Koch brothers find a tax they like

The Koch brothers, the much-maligned fossil fuel titans, were in the news last week after their legislative stalking horse, the innocuously named American Legislative Exchange Council, was discovered pushing legislation in the states that would establish new fees on solar energy.
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