Archive for December, 2006


The Real Scoop on Biofuels – by Brian Tokar

posted December 29, 2006

From: ww4report.com, Dec. 15, 2006

“Green Energy” Panacea or Just the Latest Hype?
By Brian Tokar*

You can hardly open up a major newspaper or national magazine these days without encountering the latest hype about biofuels, and how they’re going to save oil, reduce pollution and prevent climate change. Bill Gates, Sun Microsystems’ Vinod Khosla, and other major [...]

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U.S. Green Building Council

posted December 27, 2006

Here is some general info on the USGBC, as well as what the Arizona Chapter/Southern Arizona Branch aims to do here in our state.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places [...]

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Making Other Arrangements by James Howard Kunstler

posted December 26, 2006

This article by James Howard Kunstler appeared in the Jan/Feb issue of Orion Magazine; On the web at http://www.orionmagazine.org/pages/om/07-1om/Kunstler.html

Making Other Arrangements
James Howard Kunstler
AS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC CONTINUES sleepwalking into a future of energy scarcity, climate change, and geopolitical turmoil, we have also continued dreaming. Our collective dream is one of those super-vivid ones people have [...]

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Bio-Intensive Gardening for Self-Sufficient Cities

posted December 26, 2006

Cultivating Our Garden, by John Jeavons
http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC42/Jeavons.htm
Biointensive farming uses less water, land, machinery, and fertilizer
- and more human labor
One of the articles in A Good Harvest (IC#42)
Fall 1995, Page 34
Copyright (c)1995, 1997 by Context Institute | To order this issue …
“They’re making people every day,
but they ain’t makin’ any more dirt.”
- Will Rogers
A sustainable community involves [...]

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Joint Meeting of Tucson Crossroads and Sustainable Tucson

posted December 12, 2006

[ Tuesday, December 12, 2006; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Objectives for the December 12 meeting:

Teach-In on Water (Kerry Schwartz)
Discuss organization of our coalition for effective action:
Review of resources already in place; what critical elements are missing?
Identify the top two or three projects our coalition can accomplish in the next three to six months.
Share progress of coalition members pursuing independent projects.

December 12, Tuesday
4-6 pm
Ward Six [...]

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Ecological Economics

posted December 12, 2006

Excerpt from Rachel’s: Is It Time for A New Economics?
It is now time — long past time — for a Copernican/Darwinian
revolution in economics in which humans cease to be seen as the
privileged species, homo economicus — at the center of everything and
exempt from the limits of the biosphere. Instead, humans need to be
placed within the [...]

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Has Politics Contaminated the Food Supply?

posted December 12, 2006

HAS POLITICS CONTAMINATED THE FOOD SUPPLY?
By Eric Schlosser
New York Times
December 11, 2006
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/11/opinion/11schlosser.html
This fall has brought plenty of bad news about food poisoning. More than 200
people in 26 states were sickened and three people were killed by spinach
contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. At least 183 people in 21 states got
salmonella from tainted tomatoes served at restaurants. [...]

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Plant trees, disband the army, work together: the Tuscan way of surviving collapse

posted December 12, 2006

From the highly recommended website: transitionculture.org
Plant trees, disband the army, work together: the Tuscan way of surviving collapse by Ugo Bardi.
Rob writes: Ugo Bardi is a Professor at the Dipartimento di Chimica at Università di Firenze in Italy, and is also President of ASPO Italy, who so ably hosted ASPO5 in Pisa earlier [...]

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Bamboo for Tucson

posted December 11, 2006

Another option for Tucson is bamboo construction. We must be very
concerned about introducing invasive species, but if we are going to
become “indigenous Tucsonans” we must be prepared to survive here.
These are two examples of remarkable bamboo construction — a 150 foot
car bridge and a 20,000 square foot pavilion. They do use concrete and
steel to [...]

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Biofuels debate continues

posted December 11, 2006

ISIS Press Release 11/12/06
Biofuels: Biodevastation, Hunger & False Carbon Credits
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Europe’s thirst for biofuels is fuelling deforestation and food price hikes, exacerbated by a false accounting system that awards carbon credits to the carbon profligate nations. A mandatory certification scheme for biofuels is needed to protect the earth’s most sensitive forest ecosystems, to stabilise climate and [...]

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GORE PLANS TO INITIATE A GRASSROOTS CARBON FREEZE MOVEMENT

posted December 11, 2006

GORE PLANS TO INITIATE A GRASS-ROOTS ‘CARBON FREEZE’ MOVEMENT
By Eric Auchard
Reuters
December 10, 2006
[ See original article ]
BERKELEY, Calif. – Al Gore plans to start a grass-roots political movement
next month to seek a “freeze” on carbon emissions that scientists say are to
blame for global warming.
The former vice president’s campaign is modeled after the nuclear freeze
movement of [...]

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A Conversation with Matt Simmons

posted December 2, 2006

by Stuart Staniford , The Oil Drum
November 15, 2005
While at the ASPO-USA Denver World Oil Conference, (Matt Simmons received the M. King Hubbert Award from ASPO-USA in November 2005) I managed to buttonhole Matt Simmons in a corner for a while. Here’s what we talked about.
SS: Tell me a little bit about where you grew [...]

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Grain-Derived Ethanol: The Emperor’s New Clothes

posted December 2, 2006

by Robert Rapier
March 23, 2006
Energy security. Homegrown fuels. Better markets for our farmers. And by gosh, it’s good for the environment. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Where do I sign up?
However, the truth behind grain-derived ethanol is masked behind half-truths and myths promoted by a very powerful lobby on behalf of agricultural and ethanol interests. This [...]

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Global-warming ‘time bomb’ seen in Arctic melting

posted December 2, 2006

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 7, 2006
Global-warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate “time bomb.”
Methane — a greenhouse gas 23 times as powerful as carbon dioxide — is being released from the permafrost at a [...]

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Electrification of Transportation is key to Tucson’s Sustainable Mobility

posted December 2, 2006

by Bob Cook
October 6, 2006
Transportation is the largest user of energy, accounting for more than 60% of all energy demand.  More than 99% of all transportation is powered by petroleum fuels and more than 65% of U.S. petroleum consumption is from imported oil. Trends in petroleum and natural gas supply and demand indicate rising costs [...]

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A Challenge to Tucson’s Growth

posted December 2, 2006

by Bob Cook
August 3, 2006
Many Tucsonans have forgotten that Pima County experienced zero population growth in 1990. The growth machine stopped as out-migration equaled in-migration due to negative economic factors. We are kidding ourselves if we base all of our “so-called sustainability” plans on the assumption of continued 2% annual growth and not face up [...]

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Time to discard fifty years of energy myths

posted December 2, 2006

by Stewart Udall and Matthew R. Simmons
November 20, 2005
This summer’s hurricanes have triggered the most serious energy emergency in the nation’s history. With gasoline, natural gas and heating oil at near-record highs, many families face the chilly prospect of much higher energy bills in the future. The entire economy is at risk, but airlines, tourism, [...]

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Ethanol Can’t Erase Foreign Dependence On Oil

posted December 2, 2006

By H. Josef Hebert
The Associated Press
July 11, 2006
WASHINGTON — Ethanol is far from a cure-all for the nation’s energy problems. It’s not as environmentally friendly as some supporters claim and would supply only 12 percent of U.S. motoring fuel — even if every acre of corn were used.
A number of researchers, the latest in a [...]

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Our most neglected problem—global warming

posted December 2, 2006

Our most neglected problem—global warming
by Stewart L. Udall
November 19, 2006
“We are all riders on the Earth together.”
— Archibald MacLeish (1969)
The aftermath of a discordant election is a good time to focus on our biggest, most neglected problem — global warming.
Two powerful energy trends are converging to define the parameters of a changing world. The first [...]

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