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  • Museletter #301: Coal Is a Dinosaur and so is the growth economy MuseLetter #301 / June 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 518 KB) In the Museletter this month, two essays. First: Might peak coal improve our chances of avoiding the worst climate change impacts? And what are the implications for economic growth? Second: What are the implications of Donald Trump’s announcement that […] No responses June 19, 2017
  • Museletter #300: Juggling Live Hand Grenades MuseLetter #300 / May 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 102 KB) Here are a few useful recent contributions to the global sustainability conversation, with relevant comments interspersed. Toward the end of this essay I offer some general thoughts about converging challenges to the civilizational system. “Oil Extraction, Economic Growth, and […] No responses May 25, 2017
  • Museletter #299: Goodbye Administrative State, Hello Community Resilience MuseLetter #299 / April 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 148 KB) This month’s MuseLetter leads with a piece examining the Trump Presidency’s assault on the administrative state. A second essay explores the arguments for helping forests migrate in response to climate change. Goodbye Administrative State, Hello Community Resilience White House […] No responses April 19, 2017
  • Museletter #298: “Traditionalism” through the Lens of Cultural Ecology MuseLetter #298 / March 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 122 KB) This month’s MuseLetter kicks off with an article looking at the cultural ecology behind the current political battles in Washington, as well as their global context. The second piece focuses on what we might do to address the situation. […] No responses March 28, 2017
  • Museletter #297: Awaiting Our Own Reichstag Fire MuseLetter #297 / February 2017 by Richard Heinberg This month’s Museletter brings together three essays that sound alarms on the early days of the Trump administration. Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 177 KB) Awaiting Our Own Reichstag Fire Millions of Americans now share the profoundly disturbing experience of watching and waiting as their nation […] No responses February 21, 2017
  • Trump Versus the Media: This Could End Badly The first week of the Trump presidency has seen an extraordinary and unprecedented confrontation between, on one hand, the new leader and his spokespeople, and on the other, mainstream American media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and CNN. On Saturday January 21st, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer made an […] No responses January 28, 2017
  • Museletter #296: The Peak Oil President? MuseLetter #296 / January 2017 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 430KB) This month marks 25 years of MuseLetter. During this time I’ve written and published something like 1,200,000 words, which found their way into a dozen books. Special greetings to long-time subscribers—you know who you are—who remember the printed version of […] No responses January 24, 2017
  • Will the US Really Be a Major Energy Exporter? The analytical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy now says the United States will become a major energy exporter in a few years. Will this eventually prove to have been an accurate prediction? The forecast is contained in the Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) for 2017, released on January 5th. In […] No responses January 24, 2017
  • Museletter #295: Localism in the Age of Trump MuseLetter #295 / December 2016 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 104 KB) During this time of increasing political polarization and hostility, take some time this holiday season to be especially kind to the people around you. May we all prosper in the year ahead! Best wishes, Richard Localism in the Age […] No responses December 19, 2016
  • Museletter #294: An Order of Chaos, Please MuseLetter #294 / November 2016 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 272 KB) First up this month is an article looking at President-Elect Donald Trump’s big promise to power the US on ‘clean coal’. Next is a piece I wrote shortly before the election which looks at the crisis of political legitimacy. […] No responses November 23, 2016
  • Museletter #293: Resilience scripts MuseLetter #293 / October 2016 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 121 KB) This month’s MuseLetter consists of the first few chapters of the script of a video series we’re producing. It will be targeted at an academic audience but will also be released for general viewing; it will be accompanied by […] No responses November 4, 2016
  • Museletter #292: Exploring the Gap Between Business-as-Usual and Utter Doom MuseLetter #292 / September 2016 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 104 KB) Exploring the Gap Between Business-as-Usual and Utter Doom Predicting the future is a fool’s errand, but everybody does it. As long as we’ve had language—for tens of thousands of years, at last estimate—we’ve been able to formulate the question, […] No responses September 28, 2016