Monday, May 30, 2005

ExxonMobil Sounds Silent Peak Oil Alarm

EV World , Taken from Bulletin of Atomic Scientists [May 29, 2005]

"No oil company, much less one with so much managerial, scientific, and engineering talent, has ever discussed peak oil production before."

" Conventional petroleum production will soon--perhaps in five years, ten at best--no longer be able to satisfy demand. For their part, American consumers would do well to take a cue from their Western European counterparts, who enjoy a comfortable lifestyle despite a per capita use of petroleum that is half of that in the United States."

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Against Discouragement

by Howard Zinn, TomDispatch

In 1963, historian Howard Zinn was fired from Spelman College, where he was chair of the History Department, because of his civil rights activities. This year, he was invited back to give the commencement address. Here is the text of that speech, given on May 15, 2005.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Time is Ripe for Urban Agriculture

by Neil Pierce, Seatle Times

Big agribusiness processes commodities often high in sugar and fat, raises poultry, beef and pork in factory-like facilities, ships the shrink-wrapped products up to thousands of miles to supermarkets, and relies heavily on flashy packaging and advertising. How could anyone even loosen that hammerlock?