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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

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18879Replacing India’s coal plants with solar and wind could save billions, analysis Eric-3 hours ago
18878Solar installs through the roof, as Australians deliver record growth By SopEric-3 hours ago
18877Regulation & Policy Solar Industry Tries to Stop a New 1,000 MW Gas Plant iEric-3 hours ago
18876Volkswagen To Pay $232 Million Settlement In Canada Relating To Diesel EmissionsEric-3 hours ago
18875Saudi Arabia plans to tender 3.3 GW of solar power plants in 2018 [graphic] 1.Eric-4 hours ago
18874Airbus Teams With Rolls-Royce For Electric Airplane 2 hours ago by Mark KaEric1yesterday
18873Here you go. Time to get a pure electric! Eric Electric Vehicles PG&E LaEric-yesterday
18872Calif. can beat that for electricity.Wharf Rat-yesterday
18871EU Parliament votes in favor of 2030 binding renewable energy target of 35% TheEric-yesterday
18870Smart Grid What Does the ‘Electrification of Everything’ Look Like in America? Eric-yesterday
18869Second Tesla “big battery” to power Victorian farm By Sophie Vorrath on 15 JEric-yesterday
18868PwC: by 2030, the transport sector will require 138M fewer cars in Europe and Eric-yesterday
18867China further cementing its clean energy dominance By Simon Nicholas on 11 JaEric-yesterday
18866Australian wind, solar investment hits record high as NEG threatens to push it oEric-yesterday
18865Big solar boom kicks off in SA with completion of 6MW Whyalla project By SophEric-yesterday
18864Markets & Policy Solar Trade Case Settlement, Exemptions May Still Be in thEric-yesterday
18863Club of Rome report paints dire picture of future of fossil fuels By Staff RepEric-Tuesday
18862Utility-Scale Solar IRENA: Global Renewable Energy Prices Will Be Competitive WEric-Tuesday
18861Increasing Renewable Energy In India Can Reduce Emissions, Water Use, & SuppEric-Tuesday
18860University Of New South Wales Signs World-First 100% Solar Agreement FacebookTwEric-Tuesday
18859<b>Utility Jobs Lost as New Power Plants Need Fewer Workers Older plantsEric-Tuesday
18858Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future? August 17, 2017 bWharf Rat-Tuesday
18857District heating warms cities without fossil fuels LONDON, 15 January, 2018 – Wharf Rat-Tuesday
18856German power sector: coal and nuclear down, renewables up in 2017 By Craig MoEric-Tuesday
18855Finance & VC China More Than Doubles America’s 2017 Investments in Clean EnEric-Tuesday
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