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  • Blog

    These Are The ‘Good Old Days’

    At tipping points like now, the steps we take in the present determine our future
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 31, 2019, 6:07 PM

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    We happen to be alive at a time of peak abundance and technological miracles.  It’s never been easier or more comfortable to be a human.

    On nearly every dimension — longevity, dependable access to food, quality of shelter, personal safety, leisure time, intellectual pursuits, technological advancements — no previous generation of humans have enjoyed the excesses and luxuries that we currently do.

    What are you going to do with that good fortune while it lasts? Because it won’t for much longer.

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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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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 10/13 – Trapped By The “Walmart Of Heroin,” Best Government Money Can Buy

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, October 13, 2018, 4:39 PM

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    • You might not be anonymous, thanks to genealogy databases
    • Could Donald Trump be the last world emperor?
    • Jim Rogers: Worst Crisis In My Lifetime
    • Best Government Money Can Buy
    • Watch Boston Dynamics' Humanoid Robot Do Parkour
    • After Soyuz Failure, Space Is Now Weirdly Inaccessible to Astronauts
    • Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’
    • Another NASA space telescope just went into safe mode
    • Ebola 2018 Update: Still Dicking Around With Dynamite
    • USDA Surprises with Crop Yield Cut
    • High CO2 levels cause plants to thicken their leaves, could worsen climate change effects 
    • #ICYMI: Climate change could destroy us all, but who cares?! 
    • Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers

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  • Podcast

    Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

    What history predicts about our future prospects
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:20 AM

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    By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

    Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on — an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

    He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet.

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    We’re Not Going To Make It…

    …without real sacrifice
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 4:18 AM

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    Right now I'm on a Metro North train heading the NYC. I’ve been invited to sit on an advisory council at the UN on building a sustainable energy future.

    I’ll let you know how the meeting goes, after I take a few selfies to immortalize the experience in case I'm not invited back. 

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    Life Beyond The Tipping Point

    How to avoid the coming painful rendezvous with reality
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:08 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • There is not nearly enough net energy to meet our growth expectations in our lifetime
    • We are past the "tipping point". A hard rendezvous with limits to growth will arrive in the next 2 decades
    • What you can do to avoid that pain that the majority undoutedly will face
    • Prepare for the current "mother of all bubbles" to burst soon

    If you have not yet read, In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Energy Denial

    It is said that you cannot explain water to a fish and I have nearly as difficult time trying to explain energy to people today. We are surrounded by it so completely it is difficult to properly appreciate.

    But it is in every particle of food you eat, every piece of furniture in your house, every item you wear, and every trip you take — are all 100% dependent on energy that came from somewhere and subsidizes every single item and action.

    Fossil fuels are the vast majority of all the energy we use and, it cannot be repeated enough, they visibly and invisibly subsidize the so-called renewables, too. By that I mean solar and wind power cannot be generated until and unless the components are first manufactured and installed. And those activities are nearly 100% driven by fossil fuels today.

    To grasp this more fully, watch this time-lapse video of a wind tower being installed and, while marveling at the ingenuity and speed of the team involved, think about where all of the components came from:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84BeVq2Jm88

    How were the cranes, bulldozers and trucks built? What fuels do they run on? How did all those workers get there? Who grew their food and how did they come to eat it? How are the roads they drove on built and maintained? How is concrete made and how did it all get to the job site? What do the factories and foundries run on that built the windmill? How far did each windmill component have to travel before arriving at the site?

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  • Podcast

    Ugo Bardi: The Banquet of Consequences

    Why we've earned the coming future of resource scarcity
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:15 PM

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    Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

    ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

    "Growth is the problem; not the solution" says Ugo Bardi, Professor of Physical Chemistry at Italy's University of Florence and author of the recent book Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet.

    In this week's podcast, Professor Bardi and Chris discuss resource depletion and its growing impact on geopolitical events and the world economy.

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  • Blog
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    The Tangled Relationship Between Wealth & Money

    And why we're focusing on the wrong economic 'fixes'
    by John Michael Greer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 1:43 PM

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    One of the most dangerous mistakes possible to make in trying to understand the shape of the economic future is to think of the fundamental concepts of economics as simple and uncontroversial.  They aren’t. 

    In economics, as in all other fields, the fundamentals are where disguised ideologies and unexamined presuppositions are most likely to hide out, precisely because nobody questions them.

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  • Blog

    Daily Digest 1/18 – Foreclosures Stopped in Maryland, Lebanon Cbank Committed to Stability, Fossil Fuels On Demand

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 4:00 PM

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    • Ferguson On Whether The Financial Crisis Will Lead To America’s Decline
    • Cuomo Threatening Government Shutdown Over Budget
    • 10,000 GMAC Foreclosures Stopped in Maryland
    • Lebanon Cbank Committed To Stability
    • Confidence Among U.S. Homebuilders Stagnates on Lack of Credit for Buyers
    • A Brave New World Of Fossil Fuels On Demand
    • Scientists Warn California Could Be Struck By Winter ‘Superstorm’

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