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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.

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23963[X] Charging toward 100 days with 100% WWS! On Sat, June 22, @California_ISO gWharf Rat-1 AM
23962a win is a win [X] A win is a win. Today is the 95th day out of the last 107 Wharf Rat-last Friday
23961OPEC Update, June 2024 – Peak Oil Barrel 06/19/2024D Coyne The OPEC Monthly OiWharf Rat-last Friday
23960Growing seaweed / mussels around offshore windfarms: apnews.comWharf Rat-last Friday
23959[X] NASA’s average budget in the 2010s seems to have been about $24 billion in Wharf Rat-last Friday
23958Gas power output nearly halves in California in one year as batteries steal the Wharf Rat-last Thursday
23957Solar is currently 19.01 GW; new record? [X] Battery peak discharge breaks anoWharf Rat-last Thursday
23956I've been noticing a jump in CAISO's nuclear power the last few days; frWharf Rat-last Thursday
23955Scientists make crucial discovery that could revolutionize energy storage technoWharf Rat-last Thursday
23954Even more useful as an energy store during periods of slack demand and abundant S. maltophilia-last Wednesday
23953Startup develops thermal battery hotter than boiling steel that could revolutionWharf Rat-last Wednesday
23952[X] This is big!#WindWaterSolar accounted for 99.2% of new electricity connecteWharf Rat-June 13
23951Clean energy company announces staggering milestone achievement with wave energyWharf Rat-June 12
23950John Deere unveils new farming equipment that could change the face of agricultuWharf Rat-June 12
23949Astonishing Virtual Power Company Targets Texas – This is Not Cool ( Wharf Rat1June 10
23948Small increase for US March Oil Production – Peak Oil Barrel 06/05/2024Ovi By OvWharf Rat-June 9
23947[X] Good morning with good news: Renewables generated 30% of world's electricitWharf Rat-June 9
23946WWS 2 GW above demand right now, even with solar past its peak, cuz wind is overWharf Rat-June 2
23945Elevator shafts might allow them to be retrofitted.Mannie-June 2
23944Good idea. I wonder if they can retrofit existing buildings.Wharf Rat-June 2
23943seattletimes.comMannie-June 2
23942Genesis woos car enthusiasts with stunning new designs for its EV lineup: 'TWharf Rat-June 1
23941amp.cnn.comMannie-May 29
23940[X] Record solar output@California_ISO produced a record 203.7 GWh (prev recordWharf Rat-May 29
23939DOE unveils 10 potential ‘national interest’ transmission corridors where projecWharf Rat-May 28
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