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OR Governor Names energy Planning Council

Posted by plunsfo, December 19, 2008, 9:23 pm

Gov. Ted Kulongoski this week created the Oregon Energy Planning Council. Kulongoski announced his plan to create the council at the Governor’s Energy Summit in August. The 11-member council will provide analysis, advice and assistance on energy planning. The council will issue an energy planning report to the governor and the Legislature before Dec. 31, 2010, that will include information on Oregon’s... (read more)

New Books listed on the WCPO website

Posted by plunsfo, December 18, 2008, 7:45 pm

We just added this, and a few other books to our Get Stuff section on the WCPO website. And the holidays are here... so, who on your list needs to read some of these books? Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Old World Techniques and Recipes,by Centre Terre Vivante Typical books about preserving garden produce nearly always assume... (read more)

In 'Eat Local' Movement, Cuba Is Years Ahead[but where is Eugene?]

Posted by Sundog, December 17, 2008, 2:18 pm

Published on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 by Reuters [Where do you and your neighbors fit in to this? How about Eugene at large? Tough, important questions to ask. After the economy bottoms out, the price of oil has the potential to take off ^^ to points never seen... Please use the Neighborhood Resources Inventory, in our news section, and get... (read more)

Peak Moment DVDs - Economic Meltdown Sale

Posted by janaia, December 16, 2008, 1:51 pm

We're having an "Economic Meltdown Sale" with up to 40% off on Peak Moment Television DVDs through the end of January. Relocalization folks might especially want to get copies of Richard Heinberg's June presentation "Kiss Your Gas Goodbye." Just out, with Relocalizers in mind: five presentations providing a conceptual and practical framework on "Communities Preparing for Energy and Climate Change"... (read more)

The Energy & Environment Team

Posted by plunsfo, December 15, 2008, 9:16 pm

"The future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy," President-elect Barack Obama said at a Chicago press conference today announcing the leaders who will guide his administration's policy on energy and the environment. "The team that I have assembled here today is uniquely suited to meet the great challenges of this defining moment. They... (read more)

Global oil supply will peak in 2020, says energy agency

Posted by plunsfo, December 15, 2008, 4:24 am

Global oil production will peak much earlier than expected amid a collapse in petroleum investment due to the credit crunch, one of the world's foremost experts has revealed. Fatih Birol, chief economist to the International Energy Agency, told the Guardian that conventional crude output could plateau in 2020, a development that was "not good news" for a world still heavily dependent... (read more)

Peak Coal in 2025?

Posted by plunsfo, December 15, 2008, 3:10 am

For years, perhaps even decades, the American people have clung to the idea that, even if the oil-producing countries decided to shut off the spigot to punish us, we would still have coal reserves to rely on for energy. This understanding, which has led to complacency among the citizenry and almost complete indifference in the government regarding alternative sources of energy,... (read more)

Building an eco-oven

Posted by ahazelwood, December 13, 2008, 11:28 pm

Angela Dick and her little ones with their new cob oven. See photos of the building process by clicking here. About 25 people, some coming from as far away as Howard, helped SustainaBundy member Angela Dick build a cob oven in her backyard on Sunday, while learning to make their own outdoor cooker out of natural and found materials. Ms. Dick... (read more)

Green and lean

Posted by ahazelwood, December 11, 2008, 2:13 pm

GREEN is the new white this Christmas as families around the region look for eco-friendly alternatives to this year's festive celebrations. Kepnock parents Beth and Nigel Whitworth and their two children Matthew, 14, and Christopher, 8, have found that taking some of the environmental hazards from Christmas preparations can cut the price of festive celebrations. "You'll actually find that it's a lot... (read more)

Announcement from local SuDan Farms

Posted by plunsfo, December 11, 2008, 2:53 am

[Ed note: I am on a subscription notification of seasonal availability from local farms. As local farmers announce availability, I will post them here unless I receive objections from the readership.] Greetings from SuDan Farm in Canby...your source for the finest in grass-fed, locally raised lamb, pastured poultry, eggs & wool products! We have often received calls from people in the... (read more)

Western Governors Association Talk Energy with Obama Transition Team

Posted by plunsfo, December 7, 2008, 6:07 am

The Western Governors Association (http://www.westgov.org/) has met with the Obama Transition team and submitted a comprehensive request for energy and cimate change approaches. The Assocation represents the policies and initiatives of 19 Governors and three US-Flagged Pacific Islands. See the original document with the stated request here. If you wish to leave a relevan comment or further ideas about this... (read more)

Walk Against Warming

Posted by Sonya, December 3, 2008, 12:37 pm

Support urgent action on climate change this weekend. Come along to Walk Against Warming - starting in the skate park next to the Alex Surf Club, make a call for strong leadership and urgent action. Starts at 10am. Guest speakers (including Transition Towns), live music and a BBQ. We will be putting for a call for action, no more talk,... (read more)

Transition Indiana

Posted by Keith Johnson, December 1, 2008, 3:09 pm

UK Permaculturist Rob Hopkins' Transition Town project goes viral. Now's a great time to join hands and join up with this new organization which can be found here. Start, or join, a local / regional group and get involved. Merge a Transition group into your Relocalization group to magnify the effect of shared goals and intentions. ... (read more)

Local Food Grows in Central Texas

Posted by mgitterle, November 26, 2008, 12:57 pm

It is with guilty pleasure that I write this blog entry, to update readers on our progress toward food relocalization. The Bountiful Sprout, our member-owned food buying association dedicated to ensuring a robust, diverse, organic, local, food and household goods economy in the Hill Country of Central Texas (near Austin), experienced a huge milestone recently, as we "went live" with... (read more)

New Economic Fears Arise in Michigan

Posted by Stuart Kunkle, November 25, 2008, 9:04 am

New Economic Fears Arise in Michigan By SUSAN SAULNY and MONICA DAVEY Published: November 22, 2008 FENNVILLE, Mich. — The bad news keeps coming to Michigan, a state long stuck in recession and at ground zero in the national economic downturn. But unlike in months and years past, there are no exceptions to the despair, not even here among the bucolic... (read more)

Vermont Engineer Designs A Good Life [of Voluntary Simplicity] for $5,000 a Year

Posted by Sundog, November 24, 2008, 10:23 pm

[Jim is the real deal. I have been most fortunate to meet him and hear his inspiring talk. As Gandhi spoke, "we must be the change we want to see in the world". Voluntary Simplicity offers peace of mind in so many ways that consumerism does not!... Sundog] Published on Monday, November 24, 2008 by The Rutland Herald (Vermont) Vt. Engineer Designs... (read more)

Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain report

Posted by Sundog, November 21, 2008, 1:34 pm

"The beans and the red wheat are giant experiments which the agricultural establishment have deemed impossible to grow here as part of our local food shed. From my three years of experience, I would say that we haven't yet proven them wrong, but we are a long way toward doing so." --Harry MacCormack, Sunbow Farm, Corvallis, Oregon. Friends of Mud City Press, For... (read more)

Utilities cut off more customers who are behind on their bills

Posted by Stuart Kunkle, November 20, 2008, 1:16 pm

Utilities cut off more customers who are behind on their bills Updated 6/24/2008 8:51 AM As skyrocketing food and gasoline prices strain budgets, utilities are disconnecting many more customers who fall behind on their bills, and even moderate-income households are getting zapped. Electricity and natural gas shutoffs are up at least 15% in several states compared with last year. Totals... (read more)

The Peak Oil Crisis: The First Rule of Holes

Posted by plunsfo, November 20, 2008, 3:54 am

[Ed: Another brilliant masterpiece by Tom Whipple -- enjoy!] America has dug itself into the deepest hole it has been in since 1860 when the dispute over slavery reached its zenith. That hole took five years of war and 150 years of social discord before we could start climbing out. The current hole, reliance on fossil fuels for nearly everything, will also... (read more)

RUN CARS ON GREEN ELECTRICITY, NOT NATURAL GAS

Posted by plunsfo, November 19, 2008, 11:30 am

With the dramatic increase in oil prices earlier this year translating into higher prices at the gas pump in the United States, concerns over U.S. dependence on foreign oil are once again part of the national discussion on energy security. Combined with the growing understanding that carbon emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels are driving global climate change, the... (read more)



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