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  • #238: Coal, Pipeline Politics, and $5 Gas MuseLetter #238 / March 2012 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 123 KB) This month’s Museletter comprises three short pieces on the topic of energy. First is an update on China’s devastating coal consumption; the following two concentrate on the current headline energy issues in the US – Keystone XL, and gas […] 4 responses March 12, 2012
  • $5 Gas = Long, Hot, Crazy Summer Here in northern California gasoline is now retailing for $4.20 a gallon. Prices haven’t been this high since mid-2008. Forecasts for $5 per gallon gas in the US this summer are now commonplace. What’s driving prices up? Most analysts focus mostly on two factors: worries about Iran and increased demand from a perceived global economic […] 4 responses March 2, 2012
  • #237: The Fight of the Century MuseLetter #237 / February 2012 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 143 KB) The Fight of the Century As economies contract, a global popular uprising confronts power elites over access to the essentials of human existence. What are the underlying dynamics of the conflict, and how is it likely to play out? […] 8 responses February 16, 2012
  • #236: MuseLetter: The 20th Anniversary Issue MuseLetter #236 / January 2012 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 161 KB) Welcome to the 20th anniversary edition of the Museletter. This month’s edition includes a short Muse memoir, two new pieces, and two reprints of favorites from the past. Thanks for your continued support. MuseLetter: The 20th Anniversary Issue The […] 2 responses January 10, 2012
  • #235: Soaring oil and food prices threaten affordable food supply MuseLetter #235 / December 2011 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 160 KB) December’s Museletter is a compilation of three recent pieces. All three are in essence about the political failure to recognize that we are reaching real limits to growth. The first concentrates on the effect of high oil prices on […] 6 responses December 14, 2011
  • Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy Originally published at The Guardian.   The tide of economic growth that has flowed since World War II may finally be ebbing.   For politicians and most economists, this is like saying the sky is falling. Growth has become guidepost and grail, the sine qua non of economic existence. Growth is necessary to job creation […] 2 responses December 14, 2011
  • #234: What We’re For MuseLetter #234 / November 2011 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 149 KB) What We Are For   Every activist engaged in combating human-caused climate change or specific elements of the current energy economy knows that the work is primarily oppositional. It could hardly be otherwise; for citizens who care about ecological […] 6 responses November 21, 2011
  • End-of-Growth Uprising Goes Global It began in Tunisia and Egypt, then spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It spilled into Spain, Greece, and Ireland. It leapfrogged to Wall Street. And this past weekend it erupted in London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Taipei, and Sydney. In hundreds of towns and cities around the world the uprising’s refrain is similar: […] 8 responses October 17, 2011
  • #233: Our Problems are Resolvable In Principle MuseLetter #233 / October 2011 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 80 KB) This month’s Museletter begins with a message to all those around the country taking part in the #Occupy movement. You may be interested to know that PCI sent a contact of ours, activist/videographer Ben Zolno, to meet with demonstators […] 4 responses October 12, 2011
  • What Are Your Demands? Now that there is a nascent movement taking form on the streets of American cities, the media are asking, Who are your leaders?, and, What are your demands? The leaders will emerge according to their abilities. The demands will bubble up on their own as well—but here perhaps suggestions are possible. I hesitate to speak, […] 6 responses October 7, 2011
  • MEMO TO THE #OCCUPY MOVEMENT (A Post Growth Economy) Here’s a fact that’s hard for most Americans to swallow: economic growth is over. Given the finite nature of our planet and its resources, the recent trend of global economic expansion was destined to end. No stimulus package or slashing of social programs is going to flip the economy back to an expansionary trajectory. We’ve […] 3 responses October 5, 2011
  • #232: Welcome to the Post-Growth Economy MuseLetter #232 / September 2011 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 105 KB) The September Museletter is comprised of two pieces related to my book ‘The End of Growth‘. The first is the op-ed which the mainstream press seems reluctant to publish as they hang desperately on to idea that economic growth […] 7 responses September 15, 2011