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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’ […]

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Joint Meeting of Tucson Crossroads and Sustainable Tucson

posted December 12, 2006

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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Biofuels debate continues

posted December 11, 2006

ISIS Press Release 11/12/06 Biofuels: Biodevastation, Hunger & False Carbon Credits ******************************************* 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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