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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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18721Pretty scary stuff. It's been raining pretty hard in Seattle down south to Eric-last Friday
18720[graphic]T L Comiskey-last Friday
18719Higher Oil Prices Are Likely in Early 2018 Posted in The Petroleum Truth RepoEric-October 11
18718The case against Tesla and battery storage just hit peak stupid By Giles ParkEric-October 9
18717Methane News rcinet.caT L Comiskey-October 9
18716Energy Storage CAISO Suggests New RFO to Settle Question of Storage vs. PueEric-October 5
18715Regulation & Policy Behind the Backlash to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’Eric-October 5
18714Solar Grew Faster Than All Other Forms of Power for the First Time By Anna HiEric-October 5
18713Manufacturing Commissioners Hear Final Trade Case Arguments Before They SenEric-October 4
18712nexusnewsfeed.comT L Comiskey-September 30
18711Manufacturing Suniva, SolarWorld and Their Opponents File New Trade Remedy Eric-September 29
18710Wind Markets & Policy Cheap Offshore Wind Won’t Make UK Give Up on NucleEric-September 29
18709Industry Perspective 5 Key Takeaways From the ITC’s Solar Trade Case Vote [graEric-September 29
18708Grid Optimization Can Distributed Energy Resources Get Paid to Serve as ‘VirtuaEric-September 28
18707Hurricanes, batteries and backup power: An interview with Sonnen In this interEric-September 27
18706Utilities Hurricanes Cause ‘Apocalyptic’ Devastation to Caribbean Power GriEric-September 26
18705not unlike DT...RR was an assclown...... no brains no vision.....eosT L Comiskey-September 24
18704re solar tarriff With Man\y thx to Ronald Reagan...........................T L Comiskey-September 23
18703Yup, I bought two pallets worth this morning for a project. The sales lady saiEric-September 22
18702I guess I better buy another 15 panels asap. I have thirty 280w panels and theBroken_Clock-September 22
18701This is not good, ruling just minutes ago: Manufacturing Solar Tariff CasEric-September 22
18700 D-Day: USITC to rule on Section 201, injury phase pv magazine provides you witEric-September 22
18699ENGIE Partners With Investor For Major Wind Expansion In India [graphic] PostEric-September 22
18698All Turbines In Place At 332 MW Nordsee One [graphic] Posted by Betsy LilliEric-September 22
18697Twice-Rejected U.S. LNG Exporter Gives Project Another Shot By Ryan Collins Eric-September 22
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