Nov 19 2009

A Plan to Power the US NOW 100% Without Imported Oil

Kal @ 11:27

This radical idea comes from John Michael Greer on his blog in a piece titled: Facing the Deindustrial Age

Thus it's one thing to try to find some way to power today's industrial system with renewable sources while leaving intact the structures of everyday life that give our civilization its extravagant appetite for energy. It's quite another thing, and much closer to the realm of the possible, to use renewable energy to meet the far more modest energy requirements of an agrarian society. Especially in North America, restating the question in this way opens up immense possibilities. Very few people who live on this continent, for instance, have noticed that it's only our energy-wasting lifestyles that keep us dependent on imported oil -- with all the unwelcome economic and political consequences that brings. Even 35 years after its own Hubbert peak, the United States is still one of the largest producers of oil on Earth. If the average American used only as much energy per year as the average European, America would be exporting oil, not importing it. Only our insistence on clinging to the dysfunctional lifestyles of an age that is passing away keeps such an obviously constructive goal off the table in discussions of national energy policy.

I will repeat the money line for emphasis: If the average American used only as much energy per year as the average European, America would be exporting oil, not importing it.

Of course, cutting consumption is not the only thing we should be doing. We should be adding renewable energy sources as fast as they can be manufactured until only the most basic transportation needs are powered by oil. If we limit the use of fossil fuels to powering airplanes, we probably have enough to last quite a long time.


Category: Sustainability | Solar | Resource Depletion | Politics | Economics | Climate Change

Nov 17 2009

I wonder if it is illegal to advocate killing legislators?

Kal @ 09:05

This wingnut email came from Greg and had the usual suspects in the distribution list. I suppose he would defend it with the usual, “pay no attention to the content, this is humor.” Well some things are funnier than others, and this one is pretty far down on the list, as well as being in bad taste.

Maxine's Perfect Solution


Cartoon Lady Here  is the solution:

While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution.  I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you're a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care.  A new hip?  Unheard of.  We simply can't afford to take care of you anymore.  You don't need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc.  Let's take care of the young people.  After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.



Category: wingnuttery | Politics

Nov 17 2009

Some can not believe a black man is President

Kal @ 08:47

This one has come around before, maybe even from Greg. It may have been when Shrub was President, certainly fit him better than Obama.

Post turtle


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Category: wingnuttery | Politics

Nov 7 2009


Kal @ 22:08

New definitition for an existing word.

stupak (STU-pak)  n.

1. The sepsis commonly experienced after unsafe back alley abortions.

Example: She died from acute stupak.

2. A six-pack of stupid.

Example: It takes a six pack of stupid to propose an amendment that would send us back to the "good old days" when women died from sepsis as a result of having to go to back alley abortionists.


Category: Morals | Politics | wingnuttery

Nov 5 2009

A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables

Kal @ 10:23

From the November 2009 Scientific American Magazine. Download the Full Paper from paper by Jacobson and Delucchi.

Key Concepts
Supplies of wind and solar energy on accessible land dwarf the energy consumed by people around the globe.

The authors’ plan calls for 3.8 million large wind turbines, 90,000 solar plants, and numerous geothermal, tidal and rooftop photovoltaic installations worldwide.

The cost of generating and transmitting power would be less than the projected cost per kilowatt-hour for fossil-fuel and nuclear power.

Shortages of a few specialty materials, along with lack of political will, loom as the greatest obstacles.

In December leaders from around the world will meet in Copenhagen to try to agree on cutting back greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come. The most effective step to implement that goal would be a massive shift away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. If leaders can have confidence that such a transformation is possible, they might commit to an historic agreement. We think they can.


Category: Sustainability | Steady-State Economics | Solar | Resource Depletion | Politics | Peak Oil | Climate Change

Nov 5 2009

It is not possible to continue infinite consumption and infinite population growth on a finite planet

Kal @ 09:15

There is a new movie out, “Collapse” – staring Mike Ruppert. It got a review in The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal: What is the central message of your movie?

Mr. Ruppert: It is not possible to continue infinite consumption and infinite population growth on a finite planet.



Category: Sustainability | Steady-State Economics | Resource Depletion | Recession | Population | Peak Oil | Economics | Climate Change

Nov 4 2009

Jesse Helms is dead and gone but the wingnuts remain alive and well in NC

Kal @ 20:33

And apparently in California as well. Wingnut e-mail of the day for November 3. 2009.

Seen on US Hwy 15-501 at  Grove intersection. (near Durham , NC )

North Carolina Sign E-mail and pass this around, keep it going, let the  country know the we can't afford Obama or his CHANGE!!! IF you don't agree, delete it! That is "one" of the rights we still have...

Another possibility if you do not agree is to laugh at it. I wonder if it is an actual sigh or just a Photoshop creation? Either way, it is clear that these e-mails are part of an organized disinformation campaign.

Thanks for the laugh, Mr. Wingnut.


Category: wingnuttery | misinformation

Nov 4 2009

Congress pay got your knickers in a knot?

Kal @ 19:48

Or just another excuse to bitch about the government in Washington.

There are too many mistakes in this wingnut e-mail to be sure I have them all, but the first two I checked were false. Also, congress persons get about $175,000 per year, which is not very much compared with the going rate for top level people in business and entertainment. In spite of this false diatribe, it is not really about pay.



Category: wingnuttery | Recession | Politics