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Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise
For the “first time in human history,” the paper says, capitalist economies are “shifting to energy sources that are less energy efficient.” This applies to all forms of energy. Producing usable energy (“exergy”) to keep powering “both basic and non-basic human activities” in industrial civilisation “will require more, not less, effort.”

“Sink costs are also rising; economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use. Climate change is the most pronounced sink cost,” the paper states.

EROI is a simple ratio that measures how much energy we use to extract more energy.

Now we’re using more and more energy to extract smaller quantities of fossil fuels. Which means higher production costs to produce what we need to keep the economy rolling.

But it’s harder and more expensive to get out. And the environmental costs of doing so are rising dramatically, as we’ve caught a glimpse of with this summer’s global heatwave.

...Mason completely ignores the colossal, exponentially increasing physical infrastructure for the ‘internet-of-things.’ His digital uprising is projected to consume evermore vast quantities of energy (as much as 1/5 of global electricity by 2025), producing 14% of global carbon emissions by 2040.

Overall, the paper claims that we have moved into a new, unpredictable and unprecedented space in which the conventional economic toolbox has no answers. As slow economic growth simmers along, central banks have resorted to negative interest rates and buying up huge quantities of public debt to keep our economies rolling.

The economic transition must involve efforts “to lower total energy use.”

Key areas to achieve this include transport, food, and construction. City planning needs to adapt to the promotion of walking and biking, a shift toward public transport, as well as the electrification of transport. Homes and workplaces will become more connected and localised. Meanwhile, international freight transport and aviation cannot continue to grow at current rates.

As with transport, the global food system will need to be overhauled. Climate change and oil-intensive agriculture have unearthed the dangers of countries becoming dependent on food imports from a few main production areas. A shift toward food self-sufficiency across both poorer and richer countries will be essential. And ultimately, dairy and meat should make way for largely plant-based diets.
economy  capitalism  energy  sustainability  oil 
september 2018 by campylobacter
Noam Chomsky: How the Trump Presidency Is Enriching the Rich
At one level, Trump’s antics ensure that attention is focused on him, and it makes little difference how. Who even remembers the charge that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Clinton, depriving the pathetic little man of his grand victory? Or the accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower? The claims themselves don’t really matter. It’s enough that attention is diverted from what is happening in the background. There, out of the spotlight, the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency: the constituency of private power and wealth, “the masters of mankind,” to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase.
iran  Iraq  northkorea  israel  EuropeanUnion  uk  Germany  MilitaryIndustrialComplex  wealthinequality  oil  nuclearProliferation  capitalism  war  BernieSanders 
october 2017 by campylobacter
President Trump Wants to Kill These 17 Federal Agencies and Programs. Here's What They Actually Cost (and Do)
The total cost, per American, of the following 17 programs said to be on the chopping block is $22.36/year-- of which more than 1/3 comes from a single clean-energy program. By contrast, housing subsidies, like the mortgage interest deduction, which are disproportionately used by the wealthy, cost $296.29/American.

01 Corporation for Public Broadcasting
02 National Endowment for the Arts
03 National Endowment for the Humanities
04 Minority Business Development Agency
05 Economic Development Administration
06 International Trade Administration
07 Manufacturing Extension Partnership
08 Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
09 Office of Violence Against Women
10 Legal Services Corporation
11 Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
12 Environment & Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
13 Overseas Private Investment Corporation
14 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
15 Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability
16 Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
17 Office of Fossil Energy
art  science  energy  climatedenial  civilrights  oil  smallbusiness  violenceagainstwomen  judicialSystem  environment 
january 2017 by campylobacter
Obama Said to Use 1953 Law to Restrict Offshore Oil Drilling - Bloomberg
Using the so-called 12(a) provision of Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to keep drilling out of big chunks of the nation’s territorial oceans is sure to draw a legal challenge, and there is scant legal precedent on the matter. Trump may rescind Obama’s order, but the statute doesn’t include a provision for reversal and that action may take years to work its way through court.

"I see no evidence that Congress ever intended for these withdrawals to be reversible; courts should respect that," Lawrence said.

The Republican-led Congress could advance legislation to undo the ocean withdrawals and eliminate the underlying provision empowering Obama’s move.
arctic  oil  environment  legislation  canada 
december 2016 by campylobacter
Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – Medium
If we can’t burn oil, it’s not worth very much. If we can’t defend coastal real estate from rising seas (or even insure it, for that matter), it’s not worth very much. If the industrial process a company owns exposes them to future climate litigation, it’s not worth very much. The value of those assets is going to plummet, inevitably… and likely, soon.

Experts now call the differences between valuations and worth in fossil fuel corporations, climate-harmful industries and vulnerable physical assets the “Carbon Bubble.” It is still growing.
oil  capitalism  sustainability  economy  globalwarming 
december 2016 by campylobacter
The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity - Bloomberg
Call it peak fossil fuels, a turnabout that's happening not because we're running out of coal and gas, but because we're finding cheaper alternatives. Demand is peaking ahead of schedule because electric cars and affordable battery storage for renewable power are arriving faster than expected, as are changes in China's energy mix.

1. There Will Be No Golden Age of Gas
2. Renewables Attract $7.8 Trillion
3. Electric Cars Rescue Power Markets
4. Batteries Join the Grid
5. Solar and Wind Prices Plummet
6. Capacity Factors Go Wild
7. A New Polluter to Worry About
8. The Transformation Continues
statistics  energy  solarenergy  sustainability  oil  globalwarming 
december 2016 by campylobacter
US Veterans Build Barracks for Pipeline Protesters in Frigid Weather
Some of the more than 2,100 veterans who signed up on the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group's Facebook page are at the camp, with hundreds more expected during the weekend. Tribal leaders asked the veterans, who aim to form a wall in front of police to protect the protesters, to avoid confrontation with authorities and not get arrested.
nativeamericans  oil  capitalism  imperialism  landUse  waterQuality  veterans  policebrutality 
december 2016 by campylobacter
'Where Evil Resides': Veterans ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock To Engage The Enemy — The US Government
On Dec. 4, Clark Jr. and Wood Jr., along with a group of veterans and other folks in the “bravery business,” as Wood Jr. puts it — 500 total is the goal, but they’re hoping for more — will muster at Standing Rock. The following morning they will join members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, including Young, for a traditional healing ceremony. With an eye toward the media, old military uniforms will be donned so that if the veterans are brutalized by the police, they are brutalized not as ordinary citizens, but as people who once served the government they are protesting against. Then body armor, ear plugs, and gas masks will be issued to those who didn’t bring their own. Bagpipes will play, and traditional Sioux war songs will be sung. The music will continue as everyone marches together to the banks of the Missouri, on the other side of which a line of guards in riot gear will be standing ready with rifles, mace, batons, and dogs. Then, the veterans and their allies — or at least the ones who are brave enough — will lock arms and cross the river in a “massive line” for their “first encounter” with the “opposing forces.” The goal is to make it to the drilling pad and surround it, arm in arm. That will require making it through the line of guards, who have repelled other such attempts with a level of physical force Sioux tribal members and protesters have described as “excessive” — claims that recently prompted a United Nations investigation. Of course, that’s what the body armor and gas masks are for.
veterans  nativeamericans  capitalism  oil  NODAPL  waterQuality  pollution 
november 2016 by campylobacter
Medical Fund for Sophia Wilansky by Michael Basillas - GoFundMe
Sophia was safely taken out of North Dakota for emergent surgery and is currently in stable condition. Below is her statement as conveyed by her father, lawyer Wayne Wilansky. “At around 4:30am after the police hit the bridge with water cannons and rubber bullets and pepper spray they lobbed a number of concussion grenades which are not supposed to be thrown at people directly at protesters or protectors as they want to be called. A grenade exploded right as it hit Sophia in the left forearm taking most of the undersurface of her left arm with it. Both her radial and ulnar artery were completely destroyed. Her radius was shattered and a large piece of it is missing. Her medial nerve is missing a large section as well. All of the muscle and soft tissue between her elbow and wrist were blown away. The police did not do this by accident - it was an intentional act of throwing it directly at her. Additionally police were shooting people in face and groin intending to do the most possible damage. Sophia will have surgery again tomorrow as bit by bit they try to rebuild a somewhat functioning arm and hand. The first surgery took a vein from her leg which they have implanted in her arm to take the place of the missing arteries. She will need multiple surgeries to try to gain some functional use of the arm and hand. She will be, every day for the foreseeable future, fearful of losing her arm and hand. There are no words to describe the pain of watching my daughter cry and say she was sorry for the pain she caused me and my wife. I died a thousand deaths today and will continue to do so for quite some time. I am left without the right words to describe the anguish of watching her look at her now alien arm and hand.”
nativeamericans  oil  capitalism  policebrutality  violence 
november 2016 by campylobacter

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