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U.S. Department of Energy admits oil may decline from 2011

Recently, I blogged about the U.S. military’s admission that oil demand will soon exceed production, starting as early as 2012. That one was reported in the British media, but not in the U.S. (except for a few blogs and websites). Similarly, the U.S. Dept. of Energy has said that oil may begin to decline from 2011. This was reported in the French publication Le Monde by their intrepid reporter who has been after this admission for some time. Again, the U.S. media failed to track this one down, though a few more websites picked it up from Le Monde. Strange, since I would think that the imminent demise of affordable energy is just a LITTLE more important than who won American Idol or which celebrities are sleeping together. We are driving 90 mph towards the edge of the cliff and most people do not know or are in deep denial. Get started with your post-petroleum garden, folks…

Furniture from Mycelium

The house is filled with the earthy smell of mushrooms cooking. It’s not a welcome-to-winter soup simmering or a ragout thickening; I’m baking a little mushroom footstool in the oven. That’s not all that’s baking in that house, you may be thinking… Read more: Read More..

Roasted Squash Soup (Recipe)

Roasted Squash Soup This recipe makes some delicious squash soup, which is a healthy way to keep yourself warm as the evenings turn cool. If you like a creamy, herby, or spicy soup, there are some flavor variations included below. I recommend using a sweet, dense-fleshed winter squash such as butternut, buttercup, or kabocha. Alternatively, […] Read More..

Grameen is installing 1000 solar home systems a day…in rural Bangladesh!

In one of the poorest countries on the planet a renewable energy service company is installing one thousand solar home systems – a day. Not in its capital or busy urban centers, but where 80 percent of the population lives – in rural Bangladesh. The company, Grameen Shakti, literally translates as rural energy. By the […] Read More..

Long Orange Firecrackers

In our home garden, we just picked carrots this week. From one raised bed, my kids unearthed an armload of long orange firecrackers. Picking carrots, potatoes, and root/tuber vegetables is such a satisfying harvest. There is something special about bringing up buried treasure: you’re never quite sure what is hidden until you pull it out […] Read More..

Some Sick Chickens and Eggs in Your Food Supply

The U.S. government is attempting to cut the jobs of 1,000 poultry inspectors to save $85 million per year. The new plan is to have the poultry industry “self inspect” themselves (after all, the same concept worked well with Wall Street, right?). One poultry industry inspector will now be responsible for “inspecting” the dizzying number […] Read More..