Almost exactly one year ago, global oil production peaked. While few now understand the profound importance of that event, with hindsight it will be common to look back at July 2008 as the end of an era.
Below is an article written by Richard Heinberg, one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators, with an appeal to mark July 11th as Peak Oil Day.
How can we continue feeding humanity in a future of declining resources and environmental crises?
With growing recognition of the role that our food system plays in the climate crisis and health epidemics like diabetes, a movement is underfoot to buy local, organic food. But this movement is still far too small. And even many of those who are making voluntary decisions to buy local and seasonal don't fully understand just how dangerously at risk and dependent upon fossil fuels is our food system.
Post Carbon Institute, in collaboration with the Soil Association in the UK, recently published a report that explores the growing vulnerabilities of the current food system, and the steps needed to transition to a post-carbon food system.
Below the fold is a summary and a link to the full report.
If this diary gets picked up, I expect to take a lot of heat for my comments. But I just have to share my urgent appeal to John Edwards: please drop out of the race and campaign for Obama.
Now, before you jump down my throat, let me make something perfectly clear: John Edwards is my preferred candidate. John's position on the issues most strongly mirror my own. I was committed to his victory, so much so that I agreed to serve as a voluntary advisor to the campaign, and I believed that he had a chance to pull off a win. But that opportunity has passed. John's strategy to win in Iowa and use the bounce in media coverage and contributions into New Hampshire and beyond failed. So the question at hand is this: what now?
In case you haven't noticed, people are getting concerned about global warming. I know, I know. Glenn Beck thinks it's all just a hoax and he's on CNN for darn sakes, so why are we still talking about this? Well, because Grinchy Gingrich is now worried. So what's an honest-to-god patriotic American to think?
In all seriousness, this is the big one folks. The real deal. And everybody is scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get out of this mess. One line of exploration is capturing carbon dioxide out of the air or before its emitted and then storing it deep underground or in the oceans. There are all kinds of ideas being kicked around for how to do this, including one I had never heard before: synthetic trees.
Never heard of it either? Well, join me below the fold.
A few months ago, I shared with the dKos community the amazing opportunity my wife and I received as a result of the film An Inconvenient Truth. The opportunity? Funding for a year so that the two of us could quite our jobs and work towards mitigating the climate crisis. We were given the freedom to be creative and think big. (Hopefully, we lived up to the opportunity.)
At the time I asked for suggestions, and was overwhelmed with both a flood of positive well-wishes and some fantastic ideas. I can't stress enough how much the responses did to launch us in the right direction. I promised to post updates as our research progressed and ideas coalesced. It's been a while but here's the skinny. I hope you'll join me below the fold.
Yesterday, I posted a diary with some thoughts and questions
about Energize America
, the dKos plan to address our dependence on fossil fuels and the crisis of global warming. (For those of you who missed it, my wife and I were given an amazing opportunity
to work on global climate change as a result of An Inconvenient Truth
, and one of the suggestions we received was to work on Energize America.)
The diary is long and detailed and probably not of much interest for those who weren't involved in the creation of the plan. However, one question emerged that I think bears the attention of anyone who cares about our dependence on fossil fuels or the fate of our planet:
How can the dailyKos community best utilize its expertise and people power to bring to life the great ideas captured in Energize America? We proved that we could use them to elect politicians who truly represent the values of the American people... can we use them to shape a healthy energy and environmental future?
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a diary about what Al Gore did to me
(short version: his film An Inconvenient Truth
brought my wife and I an amazing opportunity to work on addressing global climate change), to which I received hundreds of terrific suggestions for areas to focus our efforts. I'll be following up in the near future with some of the leading contenders, hoping that the dKos community can help us flesh them out (to keep tabs on our developments, search for the Climate Changers
tag, that being the makeshift name for our to-be-determined project). But that's to come...
This diary is a follow up to one specific suggestion I received from numerous people---to check out Energize America, a 20-point plan developed--through much discussion on dailyKos---U.S. energy security by 2020.
This is just a very short diary to say THANK YOU to all of you kossacks who worked your asses off to win back our country. This was one battle in a protracted war (normally, I hate violent analogies but what can I say... I really would like to kick in the teeth of some of the genetically and morally challenged asshats who have shoved this country's head up its own ass the last 6+ years), but it was a big one.
On Sunday, I posted a diary entitled "Holy crap, look at what Al Gore did to me!!!"
about the amazing opportunity that my wife and I were given to work on addressing global climate change because of the film An Incovenient Truth
. We were both completely overwhelmed by the great mojo and ideas we received in response to our simple question: "What should we do?" I just wanted to take a quick second to follow up and let those of you who want to help us succeed know where we're headed.
Back in July, wclathe
posted a diary
about how An Inconvenient Truth
affected his family. I remember being really moved when reading hundreds of comments expressing all the ways---big and small---that the film motivated kossacks to live a little lighter on this planet. But I hadn't seen the documentary yet and so went on with my daily life. Little did I know at the time that Al Gore would turn my entire life upside down. And now I need your help.
So what did Al Gore do to me? To find out what and how you can help, please follow me beneath the fold...
Sorry if this has already been diaried, but I'm literally dashing out the door to attend the Bioneers Conference
, where I first heard word of this news
: The Department of Homeland Security plans to build a 500,000 square foot biolab where they intend to test some of the world's most dangerous diseases on innocent animals.
A high-security biological defense laboratory that might be built near Tracy to store and study incurable diseases such as the Ebola virus and mad cow disease would be no different than a biological weapons research center, according to a molecular biologist from the University of California, San Francisco.
"The only difference between defense research and offense research is your intent," said Dr. Judith Flanagan, who said the Level 4 laboratory would replicate the types of experiments terrorists and rogue states might conduct.
Ok, so dkos and the lefty blogosphere are getting a lot of attention these days. The Democratic politicos are knocking on the door, the Lieberman campaign is throwing a lot of eyes our way, and now apologists on the left and the rabid whackos on the right are going on the attack. Great. Make you feel good? Make you feel like we're finally having an impact?
Well, here's my take (and I'd be curious to hear yours): If we're all ultimately forgotten or, at most, a historical footnote, then we've won.