As a society, (or a species, take your pick), we are terrible at planning and strategising much further than what we are planning to eat for dinner. while Japanese companies plan for world domination in five generations, we are stuck in a revolving door of problems that need immediate attention. But even when we get […]
“With just 5% of the world’s population, the United States now burns up to 20.6 million barrels of oil a day, or 25% of the worlds current output.” The insatiable demand for oil means that US ports must accept on supertanker every four hours, just to keep the country running. From America’s perspective, the large […]
The media madness and hype has whirled around the topics of peak oil and peak energy – there have been the deniers, and apparently any argument that goes against the mainstream business as usual case needs to have it’s fair share of deniers. More power to them, freedom of speech and all that. But what […]
The automobile is king in this town, I was reminded of this, as, for the second time in a month a local paper features a large spread about the local car dealers. This time it refers to the opening of a new Hyundai dealership by Craig and Keith Kalawsky. The last big article was about […]
Image via Wikipedia The battle to prevent the effects of climate change have been compared to the Apollo space mission of the 60’s. A recent report and various articles around the web have picked this idea up again, this from Joseph Romm, writing at Salon.com… Goodnight, moon travel | Salon Kennedy ended his speech with […]
“Oil Removes the Toil” is the reason why mediocre businessmen can live like kings, even blue-collar workers sip lattes made from shade grown organic coffee beans grown in some far away jungle and drive SUV’s and pickups with 350 horsepower engines. Just think about what that means – the engine, fueled with oil, is equivalent to the pullling power of 350 horses.
Much was said about progress, or the absence of it in Castlegar. Allowing chickens, it is feared, will return Castlegar to some time pre-1993 when the animal control bylaw was introduced. Apparently the price of progress is reduced control over our food supply and reliance on multi-national corporations to provide even the most basic product from somewhere in the world where they can convince them that they should be involved in this global economy swindle.
Back in the sixties, a bold group of thought-leaders considered the path of growth that the world appeared to be heading on, and asked themselves the question, “can there be limits to growth?”. At the time, this was considered a preposterous idea, right in the golden age of the automobile and suburban sprawl with cookie cutter bungalows popping up all over North America.