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VeraSun Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Posted by plunsfo, November 1, 2008, 6:55 am

VeraSun Energy Corp., one of the nation's largest ethanol producers announced late Friday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Associated Press VeraSun, which is based in Sioux Falls, S.D., avidly rode investor enthusiasm for ethanol, a corn-based product typically mixed with gasoline. But from an initial public offering in 2006, company shares have generally pushed downward, changing hands at... (read more)

A Resolution Acknowledging the Challenge of Peak Oil (Chapel Hill, NC)

Posted by plunsfo, November 1, 2008, 6:50 am

Chapel Hill, NC, has passed a peak oil resolution. A RESOLUTION ACKNOWLEDGING THE CHALLENGE OF PEAK OIL AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL TO PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A POST PEAK OIL ECONOMY (2008-10-27/R-3) WHEREAS, peak oil is generally defined as the point in time when half of the world’s oil reserves have been used, resulting in increased... (read more)

"Closer To Home" Film Project, Newsletter #1

Posted by Sundog, October 30, 2008, 10:46 pm

Closer To Home Newsletter #1 September 18, 2008 Greetings, It’s time for the first update from the producers of the Closer To Home Film Project - Jan Spencer, Peter Eberhardt and John Jordan-Cascade. This update provides a brief overview of what we have done so far. We are making a movie! Closer To Home Movie website - Our intention is to make... (read more)

Mind Numbing Oil Facts

Posted by plunsfo, October 30, 2008, 5:06 am

Around here I am famous for many things (and many people have a fistful of restraining orders against me to prove it), but most of them are for always loudly recommending that people buy gold, silver and oil when their governments are acting like spendthrift, profligate, Leftist morons. Like now. Undeterred, I am always soon back to screeching -... (read more)

World will struggle to meet oil demand

Posted by plunsfo, October 30, 2008, 4:45 am

[Ed note:] Official IEA Statement on Unauthorized Press Coverage of World Energy Outlook 2008 The Financial Times carried a cover page article this morning [below] and a second article on page 4 allegedly reporting on the findings of the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2008. This article was drafted without any consultation with the IEA. It appears to be based on an... (read more)

Join us on Eugene Friendly Neighborhood Farmers

Posted by Sundog, October 29, 2008, 10:50 pm

Join us on Eugene Friendly Neighborhood** Farmers A place for city farmers in the Eugene Friendly neighborhood to connect About Eugene Friendly Neighborhood Farmers A place to connect with backyard gardeners, beekeepers, chicken owners etc. in the Eugene Friendly neighborhood area. Eugene Friendly Neighborhood Farmers includes place for Blogs, Events, Discussions, ...and Photos! To join, paste this URL into your web browser: Membership is rapidly growing! ** Friendly... (read more)

Dawn of the New Energy Order

Posted by plunsfo, October 26, 2008, 6:34 pm

How will America change the way it uses energy? Last month we offered a draft speech that would let the new US President to tell us how. Here's the speech updated with the most excellent insights of our readers. "Good evening, America. It is unusual for the President to launch a major initiative on Day One, but these are unusual times.... (read more)

Forbidden Cures

Posted by Anita Laurin, October 26, 2008, 5:04 pm

This author explains how our medical system became so petroleum intensive and why. (Click on the title and scroll down a bit to read.)... (read more)

Nation's Mayor's Focus on Air Travel in America

Posted by plunsfo, October 24, 2008, 10:58 pm

Press release describing the U.S. Conference of Mayors recent forum focusing on air travel in America. Highlights: Increasing jet fuel prices and growing flight delays have created a crisis with U.S. air travel in that 12 U.S. airlines have ceased operating since 2007 according to the Airport Transport Association (ATA). ATA also predicts that by the end of 2008, dozens of U.S. airports... (read more)

[nuclear power and radiation] The Breast Cancer Risk No One is Talking About

Posted by Anita Laurin, October 24, 2008, 6:55 pm

Review of article This is a really important article by independant researcher Leuren Moret. She has been studying nuclear power, radiation and their impact on our health. What she has concluded after years of research is quite frankly alarming and is yet one more reason we need to stop nuclear power as a non-solution to our energy issues. In a previous... (read more)

Credit crisis hits energy investment: industry

Posted by lifetree76, October 23, 2008, 9:19 am

This is something that the PC president mentioned, that a lack of capital would preclude some projects in the fossil fuels industry from going forward. Here it is confirmed in the mainstream press... Credit crisis hits energy investment: industry Wednesday October 22, 11:58 am ET By Greg Keller, AP Business Writer Industry: Europe's need to invest in energy threatened by... (read more)

Re-Cap of our October Education - Action Meeting

Posted by dmaebori, October 22, 2008, 9:32 pm

October 14 Education - Action Meeting Recap We met at the Unitarian Church in Orenco for a lively interactive meeting consisting of 3 parts: Update, Preparation, Project both personal and group. Part 1, Update: Peter provided many vital pieces of news concerning peak oil: • There has been a recent crash of the oil market, as we know. The price had... (read more)

McCain, Obama Policy Advisors Debate Future of U.S. Energy

Posted by plunsfo, October 21, 2008, 5:07 pm

Representatives from the Obama and McCain campaign faced off in last night’s presidential energy debate, co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative and the MIT Energy Club. Both Jason Grumet, adviser to Obama, and James Woolsey, adviser to McCain, agreed that the US must reduce its oil dependence, but argued over financing a transition away from oil. Former Director of the C.I.A.... (read more)

New Energy Economy Emerging in the United States

Posted by plunsfo, October 16, 2008, 6:08 pm

As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging in the United States. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving... (read more)

Farmer in Chief

Posted by plunsfo, October 16, 2008, 6:02 pm

Dear Mr. President-Elect, It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much thought to, at least since the Nixon administration - the last time high food prices presented... (read more)

Save the UBC Farm Online Petition

Posted by Shelby Tay, October 16, 2008, 1:59 pm

(Over 10,000 signatures collected as of today, October 16, 2008) World Food Day is coming up on October 16th [today!]. In honor of food eaters everywhere we want to celebrate World Food Day by presenting UBC President Stephen Toope with 10,000 names on our Save the Farm petition, and we need your help. To date we have collected roughly 7,000 signatures.... (read more)

Sweet Releaf Tour- Good News Story

Posted by shine_on, October 13, 2008, 1:57 am

The Sweet Releaf Environmental Tour came to Bundaberg this weekend, with Bundy getting a taste of musician gowiiee at the Bundaberg CBD pavilion on Saturday morning as a prelude to the event at the PCYC on Saturday night. The turnout was almost exclusively under 18s, and it was inspiring to see the genuine interest in environmental issues. Channel 7 News... (read more)

Seven Steps to Transform the Global Financial Crisis

Posted by Anita Laurin, October 11, 2008, 4:21 pm

Vancouver, B.C. - In "As Europe falls into the Abyss," UK journalist Ambrose Evan-Pritchard writes: "We face extreme danger. Unless there is immediate intervention on every front by all the major powers acting in concert, we risk a disintegration of global finance within days. Nobody will be spared, unless they own gold bars." (See Appendix II... (read more)

Ask the next Prez about peak oil

Posted by Erica Etelson, October 10, 2008, 11:22 am

The final presidential debate on October 15 will focus on domestic and economic policy. Ask moderator Bob Schieffer to grill the candidates on energy policy. Submit your peak oil questions to Denise Li, Senior Producer of Face the Nation, at Here's a sample question: "In 2005, a DOE report warned of "extremely damaging" and "chaotic"... (read more)

Bailout gives tax break to bicycle commuters

Posted by plunsfo, October 9, 2008, 3:12 pm

The $700 billion bailout bill intended to stop the tailspin of the nation's financial sector did something else: It includes federal tax benefits for people who commute by bike. Starting in January, workers who use two-wheelers as their primary transportation mode to get to and from work will be eligible for a $20-a-month, tax-free reimbursement from their employers for bicycle-related expenses.... (read more)

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