a link – first of many? And an update

Interest.co.nz bravely took this piece, which I hope is the first of many.

http://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/64094/murray-grimwood-calls-more-fundamental-debate-our-energy-use-and-sources-says-if-it-wa

It generated a lot of comment traffic, think I’ll drop one in about fortnightly, will link to it here (if I can scrounge Jennie’s t-stick, my land-line is now so slow that it won’t do wordpress).

The other moves – pushing the media and asking the hard questions of some folk who don’t want to articulate the answers – proceeds slowly. Have to be careful; these are big boys, with a lot to lose. More soon.

Otherwise, Zeb and I are being sustainable, and it’s hard work. Goats out, 3 lots of chickens now, glasshouses to water and pick from, produce to collect, store, systems to keep going, friends to nurture. Went to a Climate Change lecture/q&a recently, first time I’ve heard EROEI mentioned – hat-tip to Janet Stephenson – so maybe we’re getting there, I sense a groundswell of folk who ‘know’ too.

Interesting times!

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Gareth Morgan – impressive talk, but questions remain

We went along to hear Gareth Morgan last night. We aren’t the type to go to a finance talk, so it wasn’t that. He is touring the country, talking about his trip to Antarctica, and raising money fro a pest-eradication programme on a sub-Antarctic island.

I was prepared to ask the obvious question: how does he justify, cranially, his involvement in growth economics, with his conservation efforts.

I didn’t. The man spoke too sincerely, and too thoughtfully, for that to be a valid question. A case of someone being too proactive, to knock. He has a better grasp of Climate Science, than anyone outside the science profession; with the perhaps exception of Gwynne Dyer. His graphic of the warming Southern Ocean (the temperature differential is much bigger at the poles) was irrefutable. Continue reading

Gwynne Dyer – right on target. But – which cab leaves first?

I’ve long held the view that Climate Change won’t be ‘first cab off the rank’. I see energy constraints and the reducing returns from efficiencies, crashing the growth-requiring financial system. Then – to be honest – I see global war(s) over what is left in the way of physical resources, particularly energy.

Still, Dyer’s ‘climate Wars’ is prominent on our bookshelf. He’s a thoughtful man, and a good read. This is his latest offering:

http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/216580/what-make-weather

In a newspaper which champions growth, and has ‘truth’ in its Mission Statement.

Go figure.

For ‘Stephen Harper’ read: Steven Joyce. For Canada, New Zealand.

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-07-06/oh-canada-government%E2%80%99s-broad-assault-environment

A good wee read

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2012-07-07/resilience-through-simplification-revisiting-tainters-theory-collapse-part-1

Kim Hill – brave. Guy McPherson. Brave too. Radionz Saturday 11.05

Well done Kim Hill. Easily the smartest Journo in the country, and the only one going anywhere near the truth of what is hitting us.

McPherson could be Jennie and I. No difference = or bugger-all – when you work it out. Like Orlov, he understands Jevons:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jevons_paradox

very well, and suggests that a fast crash will leave more chance for those who follow. Some folk complained that Hill chopped-in too often – but they will be those who understand, and who wanted to listen to one of their own kind. Interviewing – from a basis of ‘extracting the truth’ – needs to ask the hard questions, and attempt the trip-up. His reply re flying (you used fossil fuels to get here) was classic. How can we have a country being removed from the truth (NIWA / Lauder silencing / Steven Joyce / Tertiary ‘funding’) and yet there is the information, on National Radio.

Clearly, the current Govt can’t have such comments going mainstream – imaging the consternation: “You mean my mortgage won’t be repaid, my investments will be worth progressively less, and I won’t get a pension?”  Watch for National Ratio to get knobbled soon. Can’t have this truth stuff getting about, now, can we?

 

He speaks my language

http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/grenade-glasshouse

a taste:

This is why hitting the wall is inevitable – because limits are not philosophies, they are limits. We can understand what to expect – and why the grenade will shatter the glasshouse of economic growth – by going back to how systems behave when they hit their limits.