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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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23952[X] This is big!#WindWaterSolar accounted for 99.2% of new electricity connecteWharf Rat-Thursday
23951Clean energy company announces staggering milestone achievement with wave energyWharf Rat-Wednesday
23950John Deere unveils new farming equipment that could change the face of agricultuWharf Rat-Wednesday
23949Astonishing Virtual Power Company Targets Texas – This is Not Cool ( Wharf Rat1Monday
23948Small increase for US March Oil Production – Peak Oil Barrel 06/05/2024Ovi By OvWharf Rat-Sunday
23947[X] Good morning with good news: Renewables generated 30% of world's electricitWharf Rat-Sunday
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
23938The new battery from CATL is blowing peoples minds. Will be available for $60/kwWharf Rat-May 27
23937WoodMac Sees $1 Trillion At Risk for Clean Energy Investments Under Trump By AlWharf Rat-May 27
23936‘Green’ hydrogen energy production just got a lot easier ( Story by SanjWharf Rat-May 27
23935[X] What is different on California's main grid Mar 7-May 23, 2024 vs 2023? SoWharf Rat-May 26
23934[graphic] The South Belridge Oil Field in Kern County, California. DAVID MCNEW /Wharf Rat-May 25
23933[X] More wins! For 45 days straight and 69 of 75, California #WindWaterSolar sWharf Rat-May 21
23932[X] The great news keeps pouring in A peak of 145% of California's main grid dWharf Rat-May 20
23931[X] Another record shattered Thur, May 16, California's main grid batteries Wharf Rat-May 17
23930[X] .@Airbus prepares testing 500-kW hydrogen fuel cell auxiliary power unit onWharf Rat-May 16
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
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