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Rat's Nest - Chronicles of Collapse
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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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22073The US Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Problem Is Catching up With It By JusWharf Rat-yesterday
22072Grid Edge The 5 Biggest US Utilities Committing to Zero Carbon Emissions by 205Eric1Wednesday
22071Energy How BP Plans to Make Oil-Like Returns From Renewables The oil major wanEric-Wednesday
22070South Australia wants to use EVs as mobile batteries and “solar sponge” [graphiEric1Monday
22069That's very cool. Now add more storage, and a grid connecting the entire islWharf Rat-Monday
22068South Australia solar power reaches 94 pct of state demand on Sunday [graphic] Eric-Monday
22067“The Best Electricity Plan: Overbuild Solar & Wind Power Plants cleantechnicWharf Rat1Sunday
22066From cottage industry to $7bn powerhouse: How Australian solar grew 100-fold in Eric1last Saturday
22065Industry Perspective How to Accelerate the Electrification of Buildings in the Eric-last Friday
22064Solar US Solar Market Performed Better Than Expected During Pandemic’s Worst MoEric-September 10
22063Wind BP Makes Offshore Wind Debut, Partnering With Equinor in US Market Oil giEric-September 10
22062It looks like my system peaked at 1 W today. At least the green light was on. YeWharf Rat-September 9
22061ACT secures two big batteries for Canberra and record low price for wind [graphEric-September 8
22060Energy giant to close biggest coal generator in Germany after just five years [Eric-September 7
22059Brown coal generators must now dance to the tune of rooftop solar [graphic] ThEric-September 7
22058Australia’s main grid hits new renewable energy record of 50.4 per cent [graphiEric-September 7
220579/1/20 World’s Largest—For Now—Battery Storage Project Online in California A bWharf Rat-September 7
22056Utilities Look to Green Hydrogen to Cut Carbon Emissions Wall Street Journal SeWharf Rat-September 6 Big four's electric dream: giants link-up for swappable Mannie1September 5
22054Spilled energy: Mining giant looks to take next step to 100% renewables [graphiEric1September 4
22053Huge 1,100MW offshore wind farm proposed in W.A. by oil explorer [graphic] MicEric-September 4
22052More than $A4 trillion to be invested globally in renewables in “crucial decade”Eric-September 3
22051Big battery costs have reached a tipping point – and gas is struggling to competEric1September 3
22050Renewables through the roof, as small-scale solar heads to stunning new highs [Eric-September 3
22049Energy Duke Energy Lays Out Its Long-Term Clean Energy Pathways — and Price TagEric-September 2
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