Here’s Everything You Missed At The Peak Oil Conference In Vienna

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This article is a personal summary by Christian Kerschner of the May 30 – June 1, 2012 Vienna conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil&Gas (ASPO) His notes are organized in the following headings:
   Sponsors
   Speakers
   Main drivers/issues for Oil and Energy at the moment
   The state of the Peak Oil Debate in ASPO today
   The lack of appropriate official institutional and policy response
   Possible Impacts
   – Climate Change: Helga Kromp-Kolb
   – Geopolitics: Michael Klare – Resource Wars
   – Financial – Monetary System
   Solutions are easy
   – The golden age of Shale oil (Schiefer gas)
   – Renewable Energy (RE) affluence vs. sufficiency
   – So if it’s so easy, why is it not happening already?
   Solutions are difficult but possible
   – Systemic-Change, Collapse, Economic crises, End of Capitalism
   – Reiner Kuemmel: Thermodynamics Entropy and the Origins of Wealth
   – Nate Hagens

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9251

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IPS: Support Growing for Degrowth

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HELSINKI, Oct 5 2010 (IPS) – In the face of a global recession that has not yet run its course, there is growing demand now for an economic model away from reliance on continued growth.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2010/10/support-growing-for-degrowth/

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Conference feedback

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From We Canada

From May 13 to 19, I participated in the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas, organized by five Montreal universities: McGill, Concordia, UQAM, Université de Montréal, and HEC: an excellent exercise in imagining a post-economic growth society and exploring the paths for getting there… For me, this conference has been one of those rare occasions in which one does not only learn and deepen their understanding of issues on which I work on a daily basis, but in which one actually starts seeing the world in a different way.

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Let’s Be Less Productive

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By Tim Jackson , New York Times, 26 May 2012

Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies. Output is everything. Time is money. The quest for increased productivity occupies reams of academic literature and haunts the waking hours of C.E.O.’s and finance ministers. Perhaps forgivably so: our ability to generate more output with fewer people has lifted our lives out of drudgery and delivered us a cornucopia of material wealth.But the relentless drive for productivity may also have some natural limits.

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The Fable of Growth

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May 25, 2012, The Other News, Robert B. Reich

Imagine a country in which the very richest people get all the economic gains. They eventually accumulate so much of the nation’s total income and wealth that the middle class no longer has the purchasing power to keep the economy going full speed. Most of the middle class’s wages keep falling and their major asset – their home – keeps shrinking in value. Imagine that the richest people in this country use some of their vast wealth to routinely bribe politicians…

Imagine there is a presidential election. One party, called the Republican Party, nominates as its candidate a private-equity manager who has raked in more than $20 million a year and paid only 13.9 percent in taxes – a lower tax rate than many in the middle class.

There are two endings to this fable. You have to decide which it’s to be.

There’s another ending. In this one, the candidacy of the private equity manager (and all the money he and his friends use to try to sell their lies) has the opposite effect. It awakens the citizens of the country to what is happening to their economy and their democracy. It ignites a movement among the citizens to take it all back.

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The 20 something’s frugality movement – financial tips for “degrowthers”!

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by Shelly White, Globe & Mail, 22 May 2012

By now we’ve all heard that being a twentysomething today is no financial picnic. Higher tuition costs (and higher debt loads), higher housing prices, and poorer job prospects – as Rob Carrick wrote recently, young people really do have it harder than he did…But lately I’ve been wondering if these difficult financial times might create some sort of “new frugality” movement within the younger generations.

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Media “balance” unbalances climate debate

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to degrowth.]

The corporate-funded propaganda campaign designed to hoodwink the public and prevent any concerted public action on climate change has been remarkably successful… An article by Naomi Oreskes in Science in 2005 studying global climate change articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals between 1993 and 2003 found 928 peer-reviewed scientific articles on global climate change, ALL of which pointed to human-caused climate change… Although attempts were made by climate deniers to criticize Oreskes’s findings, no one could locate a single peer-reviewed science article taking issue with the global scientific consensus on human-generated climate change in order to disprove her results, since such an article did not exist… Yet a 2004 study by the brothers Jules and Max Boykoff in the Global Environmental Change, entitled “Balance as Bias: Global Warming and the U.S. Prestige Press,” demonstrated that in the four leading newspapers studied (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times) a majority of the articles (53 percent) between 1988 and 2002 presented a scientist on one side, and a corporate-friendly spokesperson (usually not a scientist, and invariably someone removed from climate science research) on the other.

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