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Energy Crunch: Clean energy gains ground

Ever since oil and gas prices started to plunge, speculation that cheaper fossil fuels would mean a serious setback for renewables has been rife.

Ptolemaic Environmentalism

Neo-green environmentalism is holding onto the core belief in the rightfulness or inevitability of a human-governed planet.

Hype, Broken Promises, and Shales

The term shale revolution has been used so much that it almost has no meaning anymore.

P6: Enacting Cooperative Values

Principle Six (P6) provides a pathway for everyday people to use our cooperatively owned community institutions to move money into the hands of small, local, and cooperative businesses.

Resilience Roundup - Jan 23

A roundup of the news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere.

Design for a Shared Future

Sharing with others is one of the positive stories to tell in the face of a harsh future, but how we tell that story is paramount.

Tanking Asia Gas Prices Makes BC LNG 'Not Viable,' Expert Says

A liquified natural gas industry, as currently promoted by British Columbia's Liberal government, is not viable at current natural gas prices, and the proposed industry tax regime actually "gives a subsidy to the LNG industry," according to a royalty expert.

Agribusiness and Food Corporations Are not People

Five years ago today, the Supreme Court dealt a devastating setback to those working to reform our food and farm system.

A New Theory of Energy and The Economy - Part 1 - Generating Economic Growth

How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature.

Co-operative Commonwealth: Decommodifying Land and Money, Part 1

Access to land and the cost of that access are essential to the provision of affordable housing. Likewise, access to money, and the cost of that access, are issues fundamental to economic health.

A tale of two gardening methods

Now that I have worked with two different gardening methods, I look at each through the lens of soil fertility and how that affects what I grow.

Peak Oil Notes - Jan 22

 A mid-week update. Oil has been trading in a relatively narrow range -- $46-$49 a barrel in New York and $47-50 in London since the first week of January.

The Mariner's Rule

One of the things my readers ask me most often, in response to this blog’s exploration of the ongoing decline and impending fall of modern industrial civilization, is what I suggest people ought to do about it all.

Composting Coop Taps into the Unbroken Spirit of Rust Belt Cities

Today Cleveland boasts over 200 community gardens. I am proud to say I get to work with a handful of them in a unique way.

Our Renewable Future

Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy

Low Prices Driving Record U.S. Crude Oil Exports Despite Crude Oil Export Ban

As the oil industry cries poverty due to low oil prices in an effort to justify its attempts to lift all restrictions on exporting crude oil produced in the U.S., it is helpful to remember that this is an industry that was demanding tax breaks for oil production even when, in 2013, the top 5 …

The Price of Milk

Experiencing at first hand the economic impact of the climate in which dairy farmers are operating gives the issue a whole different meaning.

One of These Things Is Not Like The Others: IEA's January Report

OK. Which curve on this chart is not like the others? It's the U.S. and Canada's oil production curve over the past several years.

The Journey of Setting up a Reuse and Repair Centre – a Solution for a Circular economy

As consumers, we are taught to be dissatisfied with what we have.

The Promise of "Open Co-operativism"

Is it possible to imagine a new sort of synthesis or synergy between the emerging peer production and commons movement on the one hand, and growing, innovative elements of the co-operative and solidarity economy movements on the other?

Tea

When I and several others were helping build the cob house in County Clare a few years ago, some of us took a break for tea. As we walked back to the shelter across the wildflower fields, though, some of the other workers started picking various flowers along the way and piling them into baskets.

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