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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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23933[X] More wins! For 45 days straight and 69 of 75, California #WindWaterSolar sWharf Rat-Tuesday
23932[X] The great news keeps pouring in A peak of 145% of California's main grid dWharf Rat-Monday
23931[X] Another record shattered Thur, May 16, California's main grid batteries Wharf Rat-last Friday
23930[X] .@Airbus prepares testing 500-kW hydrogen fuel cell auxiliary power unit onWharf Rat-last Thursday
23929January Non-OPEC and World Oil Production, Big Drop – Peak Oil Barrel 05/11/2024Wharf Rat-May 14
23928[X] Most people have no idea how incredible this is.— MWharf Rat-May 12
23927[X] California blasts more records away:#WindWaterSolar met 150.13% of demand tWharf Rat-May 6
23926[X] It's pouring rain outside, and 2/3 of California is covered with clouds & rWharf Rat-May 4
23925Data reveals big milestones for California's renewable energy production (kcWharf Rat-May 1
23924[X] Two more records fall Mon, Apr 30 in Calif 1) 24-hour min #WindWaterSolar Wharf Rat-April 30
23923More Conversations with Crazy Uncle Bob: Why Not Nuclear? – This is Not Cool (thWharf Rat-April 30
23922Very Small %? Most gas stations have generators ready to go Sun Sentinel sun-Pogeu Mahone-April 30
23921[X] Records are made to be broken. Today, Sun Apr. 28, #WindWaterSolar supplyWharf Rat-April 29
23920Electric Aviation Gains Foothold – This is Not Cool ( [youtube videoWharf Rat-April 29
23919[X] Former head of US nuclear regulation (NRC) co-authored report stating SMR dWharf Rat-April 28
23918[X] PacifiCorp became the first entity in the Western United States to formallyWharf Rat-April 28
23917More Solar Answers for Uncle Bob: “Solar is Not Reliable” – This is Not Cool (thWharf Rat-April 27
23916OPEC Update, April 26, 2024 – Peak Oil Barrel 04/26/2024D Coyne The OPEC MonthWharf Rat-April 27
23915California High-Speed Rail Authority releases first look at futuristic interior Wharf Rat1April 27
23914Reactor Buildout Assumes Stability in an Unstable World – This is Not Cool (thinWharf Rat1April 26
23913California ISO - Taking the Long View: The ISO’s Collaborative Approach to TransWharf Rat-April 25
23912[X] Good News and Nothing But @billmckibben "On the list of problems, free cleWharf Rat-April 23
23911We hit 18.3 GW of solar at 12:25 today. I'm really impressed by what we'Wharf Rat-April 22
23910[X] Okay, this is crazy Today, California met 148.3% of demand with #WindWaterWharf Rat-April 21
23909Renewables Routinely Exceed Demand, Batteries Set Record on CAISO System | RegioWharf Rat-April 20
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