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This thread is based on the premise that we are within a few years of reaching Hubbert's Peak. It appears that our civilization is rapidly approaching the time when cheap and plentiful energy will be a thing of the past. This will put profound strains on our current lifestyles. Some predictions seem to have us running off a cliff into a Road Warrior world. Others foresee "a long slow emergency."

Recently, Willits, Ca, has started to lay the groundwork for a sustainable community after the end of cheap and readily available cabon-based energy. My little town of Laytonville is following the lead of our larger southern neighbors, and we are about 3 months behind them in the process.
Rat's Nest is meant for the exchange of information about helping communities survive whatever economic dislocations occur as the result of energy shortfalls. It is not meant for a discussion about the validity of peak oil or global warming, and I will ban anybody who shows up just to throw rocks in da nile. There are plenty of other threads for those discussions. We will assume that we are headed for trouble, and attempt to come up with a plan of action for your own community.
I live in a small community populated with old hippies, back to the landers, loggers, and ranchers. The old timers know how to survive bad times. Lots of us old Mother Earth News types moved up here to live closer to nature, so we start our sustainability projects in fairly good shape. Lots of folks are off-the-grid, provide their own water, & grow a lot of their own food (and smoke). I'm not sure how a project like this would work in NYC, so for those of you living there, think about moving to Maine. What can I say? And, if you live in SF, think South or East.


A peak oil superblog..

The new website focuses on preparation for, and dealing with, the effects of Peak Oil, economic collapse, and a host of other looming disruptions, any one of which could cause serious problems in our society.

The Willits Plan

My friend and Willits resident John thinks he can feed the world.

theme song, thanks to Rosie

This could be the great challenge and adventure of our lives. Should be fun...

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18753 I'm gonna post your article at Scrib's place. = Signs that the Model Wharf Rat-an hour ago
18752[graphic]T L Comiskey-last Friday
18751Off Grid/Energy Access New York Utilities Learned a Lot From Superstorm Sandy. Eric-last Friday
18750Utilities A California First: Enlisting Distributed Energy for the TransmissionEric1last Friday
18749China spoils launch of world’s first electric cargo ship by using it to haul coaEric-last Friday
18748The insanity of burning coal for power as solar costs plunge to 1c/kWh by 2020 Eric-last Friday
18747100% renewables with pumped hydro would use 1/4 the water of coal and gas By Eric1last Friday
18746Yes GHC up here did the same believing people should get great preventive care Eric-last Friday
18745European Utilities Commit To 100% Carbon-Neutral Electricity “Well Before” 2050 Eric-last Friday
18744These microscopic glass shells are supercharging solar power Deep beneath the seWharf Rat-last Thursday
18743The solar revolution on India’s rooftops is gaining momentum. The country added Wharf Rat-last Thursday
18742 Delivering low-emission energy PG&E delivers some of the nation’s clWharf Rat-December 5
18741U.S. Electrical Vehicle Sales Rose by 30 Percent in November, Likely to Hit NearWharf Rat1December 5
18740The Global Smack-down Against the Infernal Combustion Engine Achieves Full ChargWharf Rat-November 30
18739Just One More Reason Why Fossil Fuels Suck Tailpipe — The Cost of Wind and SolarWharf Rat-November 30
18738Global Electrical Vehicle Sales Grew by 63 Percent in the Third Quarter, But ModWharf Rat-November 26
18737Tesla announced tentative pricing for its electric semi. The 300-mile (480 km) Wharf Rat-November 26
18736I grew up in a private-practice household that didn't think much of Kaiser, Wharf Rat-November 26
18735Tesla big battery on track to be “energised” in coming days By Giles Parkinson Wharf Rat-November 26
18734OT Wonder what you think about this. I've noticed a change over the decadeEric-November 24
18733EIA’s Electric Power Monthly – October 2017 Edition with data for August by DENWharf Rat-November 14
18732i expected no less.abuelita-November 11
18731The CIA on Saturday said its director, Mike Pompeo, "stands by" the inT L Comiskey-November 11
18730looks like a raisin with legs.abuelita1November 5
18729[graphic]Wharf Rat-November 5
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