Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Honda collaborates on a hybrid for the home

By Chris Reidy, Boston Globe



Heating device that creates electricity as a bonus unveils today. American Honda Motor Co., which has been working on hybrid cars, is collaborating on a hybrid of sorts for the home: a roughly $8,000 natural gas system that ''co-generates" heat and electricity.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Food Pyramid Scheme

By Kathryn Mulvey, AlterNet. Posted April 22, 2005.



The food industry's fingerprints are all over the USDA's new food pyramid, in ways that hurt rather than help consumers

Friday, April 22, 2005

The Hot Breath of Civilization

by Ian McEwan, Published on Friday, April 22, 2005 by the Los Angeles Times



On Earth Day, a call for good data, not dogma

Fourth 'R' for Earth Day - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle ... Repair

by Wangari Maathai,Published on Friday, April 22, 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor



"One of the most important lessons we learned is that citizens need to be empowered. They need to feel that the life they want for themselves and their children can be achieved only when they participate in protecting and restoring their environment and expanding what I like to call "democratic space." They can't wait for others to do it for them; they need to take action themselves. Otherwise, the best theories about how to preserve ecosystems for use by humans and other species will remain just that: theories."

Bank says Saudi's top field in decline

By Adam Porter in Perpignan, France. Aljazeera.net



Speculation over the actual size of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves is reaching fever pitch as a major bank says the kingdom's - and the world's - biggest field, Gharwar, is in irreversible decline.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Peak Oil 'To Do' List: Why We Should Do These Things Anyway

by Kurt Cobb - Published on 9 Apr 2005 by Resource Insights.



There are economists who "know" that the world will come up with a cheap, effective, and widely available substitute for oil before we run short of it. And so, it follows that "getting ready" for a permanent oil shortage through concerted civic and governmental action is a "waste of resources." But even if they are right about the miraculous and timely appearance of oil substitutes, are they right that the things we would do as a global society to prepare for world peak oil production are a "waste of resources?" To address that issue I've prepared a Peak Oil "To Do" List. (I don't claim it to be exhaustive.)

Urban vs. Rural Sustainability

by Toby Hemenway, Published on 26 Dec 2004 by Permaculture Activist

Oil, Geopolitics, and the Coming War with Iran

by Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch.com


While our media is filled with stories on the Bush administration and Iran, they almost invariably focus on the Iranian nuclear program (or European negotiations and U.S. non-negotiations about the same). You could read our press for weeks at a time -- if you didn't stray onto the business pages -- and not be aware that Iran sits on a sea of oil and natural gas. In fact, I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that, for long stretches, a typical newspaper reader or prime-time TV news viewer, or, for that matter, an NPR listener, would have just about no way of knowing that our world runs on oil. Of course, our local gas stations are informative enough on the subject these days, so this reality is lost on few people. Still, the sort of piece that hit the front page of the British Financial Times the other day -- IMF warns on risk of ‘permanent oil shock' -- is not normally a front-page commonplace for us.


This has a certain importance when, in the British and Israeli press and on the Internet, rumors and reports abound that either the Bush administration or the Israeli government (in coordination with Bush officials) or both are planning air attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities as early as this June (with hopes of an oil-regime change in Tehran); or when the Washington Post reports on months of Iranian air-space infringement and air-defense testing on the part of American unmanned aircraft, and Seymour Hersh reports on American Special Forces (or Kurdish agents) moving in and out of Iran, again possibly in preparation for future attacks. (By the way, an interesting counter-argument against the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran appeared in the Asia Times recently.)


It's strange that, when it comes to news articles on Iran, oil plays just about no role whatsoever; that, as was true with Iraq before the invasion of 2003, it is little short of a taboo subject. Fortunately, we have Michael Klare, whose book Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Oil (as I've said before) is an indispensable volume for understanding our moment. Below, Klare does what should be done in our mainstream press -- he seriously considers the role of Iran's oil and natural gas reserves, and other energy-related matters in the Bush administration's Iran planning. Tom

Goodbye To All That Oil

By Stan Cox, AlterNet.



The peak oil idea – which says that world oil production will go into irreversible decline sometime in the next decade or two – is quickly morphing into conventional wisdom.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Earth Day! A call to unite in defense of our planet

by Dennis Hayes, Mother Earth News



Denis Hayes was national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970 — an event often credited with launching the modern American environmental movement. He is the recipient of numerous public-service awards, including the 1979 Jefferson Medal for Greatest Public Service by an Individual under 35; he was also named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Look magazine. Hayes remains chairman of the board of the international Earth Day Network (which operates in 160 countries). He also is president of the Bullitt Foundation, an environmental philanthropic organization based in Seattle.

Friday, April 08, 2005

No rush seen to accelerate fuel efficiency

By JEFF NESMITH Cox News - Rutland Herald



Although gasoline prices continue to soar, energy conservation advocates see little chance Congress will tighten automobile efficiency standards.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The Oil We Eat

Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004. Originally from Harper's Magazine, February 2004. By Richard Manning.


"we humans, a single species among millions, consume about 40 percent of Earth’s primary productivity, 40 percent of all there is. This simple number may explain why the current extinction rate is 1,000 times that which existed before human domination of the planet. We 6 billion have simply stolen the food, the rich among us a lot more than others."

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

From The Revealer



"If it feels good, do it": Chicken Soup for the Capitalist Soul.



By Scott Korb



They are not running away. They are not rebelling. They may not actually know, or be able to articulate, what they believe, but almost every one of them -- ninety-seven per cent -- believes in God. The vast majority of them -- like the vast majority of us -- are Christians. Very few are what might be called spiritual seekers; hardly any of them know what it means to say (or be) "spiritual but not religious." When prompted, nearly all of them speak positively about religion, yet with each other they hardly ever talk -- much less argue -- about it at all. They are conventional and, according to Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton, they "may actually serve as a very accurate barometer of the condition of the culture and institutions of our larger society. Far from being alien creatures from another planet, American teenagers actually well reflect back to us the best and worst of our own adult condition and culture."