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A Message about Post Carbon Institute’s newest creative project.

GOD’S PLAN: PAGE 42,973, PARAGRAPH 6 – And Oil Shall Naturally Replenish Itself

In fact, God has hammered out a whole lot of plans. He has plans for me and you and everyone we know. His plans range from dinosaurs to pussycats, from Godzilla to Hello Kitty. Oh my heck, He even has plans for gun violence and rape pregnancies. So is it any surprise at all that He has a plan for that liquid solar energy that powers human civilization? Yes, God has a plan for oil.

Revolution Episode 3: Sword Porn, Hobos, Hobbits & Hobbes

Whether you buy into Revolution’s watered-down examination of social contract theory, the show’s premise reinforces Post Carbon Institute’s position that it is absolutely necessary that we plan our energy future. We must work hard to transition as smoothly as possible to largely fossil fuel free communities. If we’re caught off guard (too late?), chaos is quite likely.

Revolution Episode 2: Step on a Nail and Die, Already

"We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out… We weren’t prepared." That little bit of intricate exposition is from the show’s voiceover introduction. And it’s about as gripping as Revolution gets. The upside is we get to hang on those artful words every week.

Revolution: J.J. Abrams tells the Inconvenient Truth

It’s fifteen years after the Great Blackout. The United States, at the very least, is entirely free of electricity for reasons as yet unknown (but it sure smells like, get this, a conspiracy!) Humans have left the cities for the countryside to live in communal villages or prey on one another. The good guys sport henleys and hoes. The bad ones also wear henleys, but they ride horses and …

Straight Talk About Your Future

This is a first for us at Post Carbon Institute/Energy Bulletin: an online 'creative' fundraising campaign. We want to create a presentation deck for all the HUNDREDS of people who have asked us over the years for our slides. But rather than just dump our slides on people, we want to develop a presentation deck and story that is easy to present and personally resonant. Richard has written a …

Can space aliens save the world?

"Calling occupants of interplanetary craft to rescue our planet, as we seem incapable of doing so ourselves despite the best intentions of a vocal & divided minority of earth dwellers who struggle against those who have..." What we need is a revolution of thought on the scale of the Copernican introduction of heliocentrism.

MAN UP! It's time to suck the oceans dry

"Mining's Final Frontier" takes a golly-this-could-be-really-neato look at underwater mining. That's right...underwater mining. As in smashing the seafloor to pieces, sucking it up, then filtering for precious metals. China and Canada are all over it like monkeys on an overturned trailer full of bananas as they, and many other nations line up to be the first to "smash and …

Dems roll over, abandon climate bill. will citizenry follow suit?

And so we have it. At noon today (PST), we saw the predictable collapse of Democrat resolve to address the most serious crisis of our times...We can point  fingers at Washington, DC, but we should be pointing them at ourselves.

David kicks Goliath's ass: how we can beat big oil

Well, well, well. Who woulda thunk it? Goliath went down hard. Goliath, in his latest incarnation as California utility leviathan Pacific Gas & Electric, took to the field armed with all the weapons 45 million dollars can buy against...a pair of tiny websites and a tall red-haired dude with a busted video camera. And got his ass handed to him.