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Connecting Depressed Wages to High Oil Prices and Growth Limits | The Energy Collective

Connecting Depressed Wages to High Oil Prices and Growth Limits | The Energy Collective | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I discovered a disturbing connection between high oil prices and flattening or declining wages
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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California: Paradise Burning

The state’s Central Valley is gripped by one of the worst droughts on record, and the livelihood of the region’s farmers and shepherds is in jeopardy.
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U.S. Utilities Facing Fuel Shortage Problems As Winter Approaches

U.S. Utilities Facing Fuel Shortage Problems As Winter Approaches | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A record grain harvest is coinciding with a historic oil boom which leaves commodities competing for limited rail capacity, putting utilities under pressure…
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Despite Slumping Prices, No End in Sight for U.S. Oil Production Boom

Despite Slumping Prices, No End in Sight for U.S. Oil Production Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Even after a fall of as much as 25 percent in oil prices, several reports say it would take a drop of $10 to $20 more a barrel to slow production even modestly.
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Rising Inequality: Janet Yellen Tells It Like It Is - The New Yorker

Rising Inequality: Janet Yellen Tells It Like It Is - The New Yorker | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Yellen’s speech on Friday was surely the first time a Fed chief has pointed out that rising inequality threatens America’s sense of itself.
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A year after N.D. oil spill, cleanup goes on

A year after N.D. oil spill, cleanup goes on | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
BISMARCK, N.D. -- One year after a pipeline rupture flooded a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota with more than 20,000 barrels of crude, Tesoro Corp. is still working around the clock cleaning up the oil spill -- one of the largest to happen onshore in U.S. history.
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Researchers Cast Doubt on State Council Goals to Cut Air Pollution -

Researchers Cast Doubt on State Council Goals to Cut Air Pollution - | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The cabinet has big plans to reduce the smog bedeviling China cities by 2017, but experts say the targets will be difficult to reach – at best
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POLICY: U.S. takes the helm of council assigned to deal with fast-changing Arctic -- Monday, October 20, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

POLICY: U.S. takes the helm of council assigned to deal with fast-changing Arctic -- Monday, October 20, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is pushing to make climate change a focal point as the United States becomes the new leader of the international Arctic Council, a move that is winning praise from environmentalists, even though it's unclear how it may translate into action.
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UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor

UN experts: Detroit should restore water to poor | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as "a man-made perfect storm" Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with…
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SAFETY: The drilling industry's explosion problem -- Monday, October 20, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

SAFETY: The drilling industry's explosion problem -- Monday, October 20, 2014 -- www.eenews.net | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit froze the valve on the back of Greg Bish's frack truck. To thaw it, he fetched a blowtorch and put the 4-inch flame to the metal. The explosion blew him 75 feet, over a 7-foot-tall barbed-wire fence, and killed him. It might seem dangerous to apply a propane torch to the back of a large metal tank holding natural gas production waste, but in the oil and gas industry, it's not unusual.
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China sets tougher restrictions on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths

China sets tougher restrictions on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beijing has launched a five-month campaign that aims to finally crackdown on illegal extraction and smuggling of the coveted elements.
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Gonzalo: First hand account in Bermuda, next stop: The United Kingdom

Gonzalo: First hand account in Bermuda, next stop: The United Kingdom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hurricane Gonzalo departed from Bermuda leaving power outages, downed trees, and damaged homes and buildings. An on-the ground account of the storm indicated the eye passed over the island. By Oct. 20, post-tropical storm Gonzalo was approaching the United Kindgom, sparking severe weather warnings.
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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Update)

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, U.S. meteorologists say.
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When island nations drown, who owns their seas? - The Boston Globe

When island nations drown, who owns their seas? - The Boston Globe | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
As climate change jeopardizes the huge ocean claims of tiny nations, experts propose some bold legal solutions.
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Stunning Scenes From California's Central Valley Drought | Zero Hedge

No matter what you have read or seen so far on California’s historic Central Valley drought, you probably haven’t been touched by it as much as you will be by the following video from the New Yorker. Terribly sad.
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Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage

Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
CO2 has stayed down there for over a million years, but it dissolves slowly.
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Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hard to rise, and harder to fall: Poor college grads stay poor about as much as rich high school dropouts stay rich.
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Inside the Ebola Wars

Inside the Ebola Wars | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As Ebola enters a deepening relationship with the human species, the question of how it is mutating has significance for every person on earth.

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Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom

Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."
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Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel - study

ROME, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Sahelregion's ability to produce food is not keeping pace with itsgrowing population, and global warming will only exacerbate theimbalance, according
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Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360

Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts by Mike Ives: Yale Environment 360 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood.
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New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates

New report: USDA must act to drive down dangerously high poultry pathogen rates | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The GAO report noted that the USDA missed a deadline to publish standards and urged the department to remedy the situation “as quickly as possible.”
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Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters

Loaded with lead: How gun ranges poison workers and shooters | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Lead poisoning is a major threat at America's shooting ranges, perpetuated by owners who've repeatedly violated laws even after workers have fallen ill.
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Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record (Update)

Climate talks told to ease rifts as heat busts record (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fresh UN climate talks opened in Bonn on Monday with a plea for nations to overcome rifts as scientists reported record global temperatures for a month of September.
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Historian unearths origins of Mexico's water crisis

Historian unearths origins of Mexico's water crisis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A historic three-year drought has left California bone dry. But the state, along with much of the Southwest, is not alone in its water crisis. Mexico, too, is facing a severe water shortage, and Stanford scholar Mikael Wolfe says the Mexican version was decades in the making, and probably preventable.
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Did Jesus Save the Klingons?

Did Jesus Save the Klingons? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If or when we make contact with extraterrestrials, the effect on our religious sensibilities will be profound, says astronomer David Weintraub
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