Gary Horvitz

Gary is a former medical professional and nomad, a Buddhist thinker, writer and activist in Durham, NC. In addition to dancing and grieving at the ever-whirling edge of creation and destruction, Gary is the author of the forthcoming Just Passing Through: Reflections on Nonduality, Impermanence and Mortality, currently serialized on Substack and is also a co-facilitator of One Year to Live.

What batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

Himalaya glacier

Money & Grief

When it takes one barrel of oil to produce a new barrel of oil, it’s game over. That will be the moment when growth, debt and grief will achieve singularity. That will be the moment when the value of money will erode, and we will face an imperative to finally metabolize the grief that was so long stored in that value.

March 6, 2024

Red mud residue

Global Energy Transition: Mining Waste Management

Over the past decade, the global mining industry has become intensely focused on reducing risk to continue to qualify for financing and particularly to retain their social license to continue operation. Here, we will look a little more closely at another troubling aspect of how we expect to leave behind the fossil-fuel economy: total material requirements and waste.

January 11, 2024

The Cantino planisphere of 1502 shows the line of the Treaty of Tordesillas.

Re-Colonizing in the Name of Progress

The real contribution of native tribes at this point might be to be more aggressive in  showing us exactly what we are losing. Will that make any difference?

December 11, 2023

Deep sea giant tube worms

Global Energy Transition: Race to the Bottom

Existing sampling technologies used to determine mineral density on the seabed estimate volumes 3-5x greater than all known land-based reserves. Yet studies on the environmental effects of creating plumes of sediment that will settle and cover (and smother) organisms on the sea floor or the effects of ploughing up large areas of the sea floor indicate that for all practical purposes, the damage is permanent.

November 2, 2023


The Global Energy Transition: Human Rights Risk

The pressure to hold miners and governments accountable for the entire field of known risks and externalized costs will certainly encounter resistance. But it will also increase operating costs and reduce the bottom line. At some point, the ongoing destruction undermines the social license of the industry and raises the cost of financing.

October 12, 2023

Greenbushes lithium mine

The Global Energy Transition: Critical Minerals & Water Scarcity

The water issues surrounding copper and lithium are daunting and may seem shocking (and dangerous) to tolerate. New mines will exacerbate existing water scarcity. Yet at some point (not yet) every EV battery that hits the road will not only reduce our reliance on oil but will save substantial amounts of water. The question is, do we have sufficient supply to complete this transition at all?

September 28, 2023

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