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The shale oil bonanza as a symptom of economic crisis

resilience.org / Bart Hawkins Kreps / 05 December 2017

The gradual climb in oil prices in recent weeks has revived hopes that US shale oil producers will return to profitability, while also renewing fevered dreams of the US becoming a fossil fuel superpower once again.

Thus a few days ago my daily newspaper ran a Bloomberg article by Grant Smith which lead with this sweeping claim:

“The U.S. shale revolution is on course to be the greatest oil and gas boom in history, turning a nation once at the mercy of foreign imports into a global player. That seismic shift shattered the dominance of Saudi Arabia and the OPEC cartel, forcing them into an alliance with long-time rival Russia to keep a grip on world markets.”

I might have simply chuckled and turned the page, had I not just finished reading Oil and the Western Economic Crisis, by Cambridge University economist Helen Thompson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

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The Community Resilience Reader

Post Carbon Institute / 05 October 2017

The Community Resilience Reader offers a new vision for creating resilience through essays by leaders in varied fields including science, policy, community building, and urban design. It describes the environmental, economic, energy, and equity challenges we face, the essential tools of resilience science, and the wisdom of activists, scholars, and analysts working with community issues on the ground. The result is a holistic, accessible book that will inspire readers and provide them with the tools for creating resilience at the community level.

We are so excited about this new project and enjoyed the incredible opportunity to work with inspirational experts on a variety of topics including:

  • Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience
  • The Needs of Humanity Versus the Limits of the Planet
  • The Limits of 20th Century Economics and Growth
  • The True Costs of Extractive Capitalism
  • Does Human Nature Drive Us Toward Collapse?
  • Systems Literacy: A Toolkit for Purposeful Change
  • Pulling It All Together: Resilience, Wisdom, and Beloved Community
  • Building Community Resilience at the Water’s Edge
  • Beyond Waste: Sustainable Consumption for Community Resilience

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Personal tools for these times

Peak Moment TV / 09 July 2017

Dean Spillane-Walker and Carolyn Baker are offering “Living Resilience,” an online body of resources, workshops and a supportive space for sharing inspiration, learning, and community. They support participants to reconnect with their deeper wisdom, with one another, and with the Earth in the context of the unfolding global environmental and economic crises.

New oil development hits a 70 year low

RobertScribbler.com / 27 April 2017

As the global climate situation worsens, the rickety and destructive old energy sources that caused the problem in the first place continue to look less and less secure. Meanwhile, the new energy sources that will help to address what is now a very serious crisis continue to gain strength.

Plummeting Oil Discoveries, Investments

A report out from the International Energy Agency this week showed that new oil discoveries had fallen to 2.4 billion barrels — less than 1/3 of the 15 year average. Meanwhile, the volume of conventional resources sanctioned for development fell to 4.7 billion barrels or the lowest level seen since the 1940s.

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To the Ends of the Earth

TVO / 23 January 2017

Narrated by Emma Thompson, this documentary examines the rise of extreme energy extraction in Canada and its impact on the environment, economy and local communities. The fossil fuel industry’s intensive hunt for unconventional non-renewables, including Arctic drilling and shale gas fracking, also gives rise to a formidable array of scientists, authors and activists who envision a post-growth economic future premised on co-operation, social justice and ecological stewardship.

Make your life less oily in 2017: Part I, Taking stock

Musings / Karen Lynn Allen / 14 December 2016

We’ve got oily transport, oily heating, oily beverages, oily food, we drive on oily roads, and our homes are full of oily stuff. How do we get some or all of that oil out of our lives?

Most of our consumption of oil is so deeply embedded in our way of life that we’re unconscious of it or believe there’s no alternative. The antidote is to first make that consumption conscious and then get creative with alternatives, tailoring them to our specific situations. Here’s the good news: most of the steps you can take to purge oil from your life will make you healthier, happier, and your household more resilient! If you have kids, many of the steps will make them healthier, happier and perform better in school! Many of the steps will also make your community healthier, more prosperous, and more resilient. And if your prosperity is linked to your community’s prosperity, it will make you more prosperous as well.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
TB Projects

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