Big Oil talks ‘transition’ but perpetuates petroleum, House documents say A House committee, accusing oil companies of deception, releases a trove of internal documents revealing how these firms view the ‘energy transition’ By Steven Mufson and Timothy Puko December 9, 2022 Some of the world’s major oil companies remain internally skeptical about the “energy transition” … [Read more…]
In The Atlantic, Patrick Sharkey writes about the causes of crime; “By zooming out and looking at the big picture, the question of what causes violence becomes quite answerable.” November 23, 2022 Patrick Sharkey is the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He … [Read more…]
The New York Times 11/08/2022 poking “a big hornets’ nest with a short stick.” Perhaps the best-known ecological economist, he faulted his mainstream peers for failing to account for the environmental harm growth can bring. Herman Daly, who for more than 50 years argued that the economic gospel of growth as synonymous with prosperity and … [Read more…]
On POLITICO is this article about the ECT, the Energy Charter Treaty. The world’s biggest dirty energy club is cracking up Major EU countries are quitting the Energy Charter Treaty. After a wild Twitter rant, the boss of its secretariat says he was hacked.
The New York Times published a Guest Essay titled “Globalism Failed to Deliver the Economy We Need” by Rana Foroohar. But the chaos is transitory, as it is largely driven by the tumult that attends any transition from an old economic order to a new one. Every economy goes through cycles of expansion … [Read more…]
Interview – Peter Kalmus: ‘As a species, we’re on autopilot, not making the right decisions’ Ian Tucker May 21, 2022 The Nasa data scientist explains why inaction on the climate crisis pushed him to chain himself to an LA bank – and why trusting in the ‘people in charge’ is so dangerous: ==================================== Do you … [Read more…]
In the New Yorker, Bill McKibben wrote an essay titled “In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things” Here, he references many new reports which fortify the case for moving to renewable energy now and reinforcing the need to stop burning. On the last day of February, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its … [Read more…]
In the Guardian: Abolish internet shopping in Belgium, says leader of party in coalition Paul Magnette, the Socialist party leader, describes e-commerce as ‘social and ecological degradation’ There are no options for commenting on this idea on the Guardian itself, so after you read it, come back here and let us know what you think.
In the NYT, an interview with Ms. Menker: The Ethiopian entrepreneur Sara Menker founded Gro Intelligence, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast global agricultural trends and battle food insecurity. When toilet paper shortages happened during Covid and everybody was running to stock up, I was like, “I don’t know why you’re stocking up. I have … [Read more…]
A NYT guest essay with some interesting and sobering facts on the current state of global battery technology. By Steve LeVine – Mr. LeVine is editor of The Electric, a publication focused on batteries and electric vehicles. His most recent book is “The Powerhouse: America, China and the Great Battery War.”