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John “Not-So-Maverick” McCain Sides with Big Oil

Thomas Friedman has an op-ed article in The New York Times today laying out the evidence that John McCain has fully leapt onto the Big Oil Bandwagon. As if “Drill Here, Drill Now” wasn’t enough evidence that John McCain is a budding oil man with no intention of pursuing any of the readily-available clean sources of energy, Friedman makes the following points:
  1. McCain “deliberately avoided voting on all eight attempts to pass a bill extending the vital tax credits and production subsidies to expand our wind and solar industries…”
  2. McCain’s “support for lowering the gasoline tax in a reckless giveaway that would only promote more gasoline consumption and intensify our addiction to oil…”
  3. McCain’s “desire to make more oil-drilling, not innovation around renewable energy, the centerpiece of his energy policy…”
  4. And finally, selecting “Sarah Palin — the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change — for vice president…”
I would also add that McCain and Palin are now the only people fighting for an open-ended military occupation of Iraq and its oil fields. (Side rant: Palin made the argument yesterday that “victory in Iraq is at hand.” How the $*#&$@ would she know?!) Oil is killing our environment and crippling our economy. But then again, Maverick and Moose believe that “our economy is fundamentally strong” and that “the jury is still out on global warming.” So why not lie down for the most profitable and politically influential corporations in the history of human civilization? Corruption is soooo comfortable.


The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden

As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. This week, Lottie from Florida asked if there are other garden mulch options that are as effective as hay. Josh Trought, one of our soil building and garden management […] Read More..

Designing Your Own Solar Cooker & Dehydrator

In today’s world, nearly everything we use, from phones and computers to cars and kitchen appliances, requires energy derived from fossil fuels. Wouldn’t it be nice to offset some of that energy use by harnessing the renewable power of the sun? Josh Trought, founder of D Acres—an educational center in New Hampshire that researches, applies, […] Read More..

Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […] Read More..

A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Life

A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with […] Read More..