Post Carbon Fellow Chris Martenson

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Post Carbon Fellow Chris Martenson

The Post Carbon Institute announced in today's newsletter that Chris had been named as a new Post Carbon Fellow.  A snippet of the announcement and bio are below.  A pretty good group of fellows being added.

Congratulations to Chris!  Post Carbon is an important organization and should provide a valuable forum for introducing people to the Crash Course, enlarging the discussion and directing the actions that flow from that effort.


As part of our new direction, we're adding more experts to our team and producing new reports and books to help people make sense of the global transition. We're pleased to welcome the following colleagues as our newest Post Carbon Fellows:

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben, author and activist. Bill is author of twelve books, most recently Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007). He is co-founder and Director of, an international campaign building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis.

Joshua Farley

Joshua Farley, ecological economist. With economist Herman Daly, Joshua co-authored the foundation textbook Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications (2003). He is a fellow of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics.

Warren Karlenzig

Warren Karlenzig, urban sustainability expert. Warren has developed sustainability plans and metrics with nations, states, major cities, and corporations. He is President of Common Current and author of the highly-regarded city rankings book How Green is Your City? (2007).

Chris Martenson

Chris Martenson, finance expert and educator. Chris is creator of The Crash Course, a virally-popular 20-chapter online video course that educates viewers on our broken economic system, the crisis of population demographics, and Peak Oil.


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Re: Post Carbon Fellow Chris Martenson

A couple recent studies emphasize the importance of getting to a post-carbon society.


Schmidt and Archer N and V figureBoth papers come to the same broad conclusion, summarized in our figure, that unless humankind puts on the brakes very quickly and aggressively (i.e. global reductions of 80% by 2050), we face a high probability of driving climate beyond a 2°C threshold taken by both studies as a “danger limit”. Comparing the two papers is obscured by the different units; mass of carbon versus mass of CO2 (moles, anyone? Is there a chemist in the house?). But chugging through the math, we find the papers to be broadly consistent. Both papers conclude that humankind is already about half-way toward releasing enough carbon to probably reach 2°C, and that most of the fossil fuel carbon (the coal, in particular) will have to remain in the ground.


Chris is in very good company on an issue that is at the cutting edge of determining our children's survival.

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Re: Post Carbon Fellow Chris Martenson

Congratulations, Chris.  A well-deserved accolade.  Post Carbon Institute is doing great work and I know you'll make an important contribution.

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