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  • Blog
    Green New Deal

    Deconstructing The Green New Deal

    Despite serious flaws, it sparks a needed conversation
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:28 AM

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    The Green New Deal (GND) is important as a starting point to have a long, long overdue conversation about energy. Specifically: How are we going to eventually transition away from fossil fuels?

    As such, the proposal — while (very) far from perfect — should not be ignored and deserves our attention. 

    It's also important because it represents the sorts of zig-zags our social and political paths are inceasingly likely to take in the coming future as we're forced to face our looming economic, ecological and energy-related predicaments.

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  • Podcast

    Singing Frogs Farm: The Science Of Healthy Soil

    Focus on biology over chemistry
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 1:02 PM

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    Three years ago, I interviewed Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser about the remarkably effective model being pioneered at their farm, Singing Frogs Farm, a small micro-farm in northern California. It quickly became one of Peak Prosperity's most popular podcasts of all-time.

    Developed over years of combining bio-intensive land/forestry management theory with empirical trial & error, the farming practices at Singing Frogs have produced astounding results.

    This week, I sit back down with Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the science behind their latest farming practices & techiniques, the importance of biology over chemistry when it comes to gardening, and the hands-on workshops they offer, and what they think it takes to make a 'resilient farmer'.

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    Signs Of Distress

    The need to change is becoming more obvious than ever
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2:06 AM

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    The world is edging closer to the final moments after which everything will be forever changed.

    Grand delusions, perpetuated over decades, will finally hit the limits of reality and collapse in on themselves.

    We’re over-budget and have eaten deeply into the principal balances of all of our main trust accounts. We are ecologically overdrawn, financially insolvent, monetarily out past the Twilight Zone, consuming fossil fuels (as in literally eating them), and adding 80,000,000 net souls to the planet’s surface — each year! — without regard to the consequences.

    Someday there will be hell to pay financially, economically, and ecologically as there simply isn’t any way to maintain these overdrafts forever. Reality does not renegotiate. Its deal terms aren't compromisable.

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    Off The Cuff: The Path Forward

    Deep down, we know what to do. Chris goes solo again.
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, August 11, 2017, 6:14 PM

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    In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris talks about:

    • Our Ecological Budget Is In The Red
      • Our short-sightedness is dooming us
    • Our Economic Budget Is In Similar Danger
      • Again, we are living way above our means
    • Politically, We're Stumbling Badly, Too
      • North Korea, Russia, Syria, domestically…the list is long
    • We Can Do Better
      • There are plenty of better models out there, if we look for them

    Recording from vacation on a small island in Maine with no power, this is different than our standard Off The Cuff. Chris takes time to reflect on the repercussions of our poor policy choices and how those are manifesting in the world. What makes our mistakes so regrettable in his eyes is that there are clear ways to do things better — we don't need new magical solutions to appear; there are models that work right on the table, ready for use; if only we're bold enough to embrace change.

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    Ocean Acidification: An Ecological Nightmare

    A far as global crises go, it's a doozy
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 1:10 AM

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    The oceans are facing numerous difficulties including pollution (especially from farm run off), over-fishing, and dragnet methods that ruin innumerable other things besides the targeted catch — but all of that pales in comparison to the problem of ocean acidification.

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  • Podcast

    Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

    And why they're so hard for us to address
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4:11 PM

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    As we embark on a new year, it's important to keep the really big elements of our global predicament squarely in mind. To that end, we're surfacing this excellent discussion on population growth that Chris recorded in 2012 with Bill Ryerson of the Population Institute.

    At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

    The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them)? What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it?

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  • Podcast

    Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

    And why they're so hard for us to address
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7:55 PM

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    At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

    The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them?) What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it?

    Population management is an inflammatory issue. It's nearly impossible to discuss without triggering heated emotions, and rare is the leader who's willing to raise it. And by going unaddressed globally, the risk of problems created by overpopluation grow unchecked. War, poverty, starvation, disease, inequality…the list goes on.

    Which is why we feel we need to have the courage to address this very important topic directly. And to have an adult-sized conversation about these risks and what can done about them.

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