From England to Texas



What we have here is the American way of exploitation. Way out on Rabbit Lane in Bryan an oil well pops up. Somewhere back on another country road, an oil well comes down. I bet it is a big relief to the folks who live a few hundred feet away. Next there will be one over on the other side of town. Looks like we only have one oil well, right? Sure enough it looks like it, but what we have in reality is several oil wells a week coming in and staying in.

It is perhaps time we asked ourselves whether our homes and the air we breath and the water we drink are more or less important than the money. If we want to have a livable community we need to find some way to balance the power. And the oil companies are still sending out requests for information about land not already leased. Trying to buy it all up before we catch on.

Which is more important? Or do we care about the epidemics of asthma, Alzheimers, and many other unnamed illnesses that were relatively rare 30 years ago.

120509-IMG_0877-oil well Cynthia

Who Cares?

This action occurred right here in River City (Texas) about 90 miles from my homeland. Did you see it in the news? I think Texans did not, so why not just pass this on to as many people as you know.

The Los Alamos action was I think disappointing to the people who worked so hard on it but I was greatly impressed. Obviously the goal of the corposystem media is to prevent these people from trying again by making them believe their efforts are to no avail, and as Americans we tend to believe that if we don’t win (or if we can’t be a hero) we didn’t make a difference. I think we should try to do something (like maybe a half-hour national program, like maybe discussing these issues with people at the morning dominoes table in the spirit of “what can we do,” and not in the spirit of “aint it awful.”) that points out these scattered events are happening all over the united states, brings them together, and makes some common points.

We are being separated from them by a wall of propaganda that tries to make us believe that our shopping malls are an ongoing way of life, and that we can’t talk about the issues of real importance — even for the children!!! In fact the world of our modern American media is a fake fairytale that will crash down on our children’s children (crash slowly or fast, who knows, but we could be trying to prevent it with greater awareness). Even if we don’t believe we can win and even if we can’t be a hero.

Who says winning is the point. I run across so many people who won’t try unless they are sure they can win, and of course — they don’t. The real heroes are those who are trying in spite of the fact that the media prevent them from either winning or being heroes. The worse it gets, the more we will need these people. The future grows out of every behavior we do – every day – win or lose or invisible. Or as one Buddhist said: “It’s not about me, but what I do or don’t do does make a difference.”

Eagle Ford Shale

I just received about 200 clicks on Eagle Ford Shale, and a message the maps do not exist. The Eagle Ford Shale is in Texas. Look on the lower right of the home page of this blog and you will see Texas Gas/Water Maps. Three maps below that heading, I was able to download all three.

These maps are from last year, and a very large amount of fracking has been done since they were made. If anybody has updated maps, please send them and I will put them up for everyone to share. These maps are the second most common reason that people come to this web site, so spread the word.

The first most common is photosynthesis, which is a subject that everyone should understand who is interested in oil, oil wells or fracking.

Pipeline Again

Read About it here

A related but not connected event, another really hard choice to be made for the future, is described in the below video. If you want to hear the heart-wrenching choice described by the son of one of the Canadian executives involved with this pipeline, I recommend you listen to his whole whole testimony.

If you would rather read it, go here

If you just want to know his last word on the subject, this is it.

“So, if on one hand, you had an unpredictable path, that leads into a new dream, a new way of life for all of mankind. and on the other hand, you had a predictable path that leads to the slow, inevitable decline of a civilization. Which path would you choose? Thank you.”

Sometimes there are no bad guys. That does not change our responsibility to make good choices for the future.

Another not-directly-related statement of climate reality is explained by William deBuys on Bare Bones Biology this coming week. I will probably get it posted here and on tomorrow.


We Must Build on the Courage of these People, Not just stand back and applaud but match their courage with our own.

“There was a saying in academia when I was part of Big Science… to the effect that the only way a (scientific) paradigm changes is when the last of its influential proponents dies.

“We seem now to be in a race between the lifespans of the Old Turks (who faced with any problem can only chant Grow Baby Grow, Drill Baby Drill; who regard trees and topsoil as mere “overburden” and peasants as a nuisance to be got out of the way) and the entry into responsible positions of the up&coming Young Turks who have some clue about systems thinking, biotic reality, finite planet economics, the importance of food and water.

“This young man should be in a position of leadership. However, in terms of the present paradigm he just “disqualified” himself by his public disloyalty to BAU, much as he could have disqualified himself among Serious People a generation ago by marrying a person of the wrong race. “Tree Hugger” is todays “N*gg*r Lover”, no?

“My hat’s off to him. It took guts, conviction, *and* compassion to deliver that speech. Plenty of activists have guts, conviction, and anger; but the compassion is a huge element of the transition we desperately need. This young man, young as he is, would make a better head of state than Harper: he’s more of a grownup.” Rootless Agrarian

Written transcript at:

The HPJC Presentation Outline – Final

The completed HPJC outline will be filed under pdfs to the right of the blog — I have improved it a little with your feedback, and will post the newer one later today, so wait a bit before downloading.

Slide Number Twelve-Here is a thought for consideration from a DVD set that I recommend called “Crash Course.” Chris

At approximately 33.12 (playing time) of disc three, Martenson overlays the three graphs that show a) peak oil, exponential growth now leveling off; b) economic growth, exponential growth now leveling off; c) population growth, exponential growth, now leveling off. He suggests the possibility that our current lifestyle has very little to do with our fine economic model, but is almost entirely the result of the availability of organic energy that was laid down in the prehistoric past by the fossilization of organisms. He points out that the oil boom is now on the downside, and no more gas and oil are being created. Then he goes through a list of other resources that we have similarly begun to use up. A recent book by Richard Heinberg (Peak Everything) makes a similar point, and their opinions are backed by good, valid statistics (see also Earth Policy Institute).

I think we need to believe the statistics if we want to behave in a positive fashion. There is no point nit-picking the details when we could be doing something about the overall reality. So the remaining question is what to do about it, that we can do. Petitioning the President will not resolve this kind of problem, because we can not change the power base of Mother Nature nor the way she flows energy through the ecosystem (to understand this, you should download the pdf at the right side of this page, Bare Bones Ecology. The bottom line is the energy that we can use (including gas and oil) is organic energy and it comes from organisms. We can’t make energy.

Therefore, if we choose to respond to our challenge, we will have to respond using the only power that we do have — the power to change our own behaviors. That would be a very good thing to talk about.

Slide Number Thirteen-Sustainable growth is an oxymoron. That means it is impossible.
Until we can achieve balance between ourselves and the ecosystem there is no chance of curing disease or war or human depravity or starvation. Because growth requires more growth. For only one example, population growth requires more jobs – that requires economic growth – that require more resources – and to grow the economy, the corporations believe they must have more population growth. (Don’t take my word, ask an economist who can see the forest for the trees.)

The result is that people are starving because the earth ecosystem gets all of its energy from plants. And once we hit the maximum that the plants can give — that’s the maximum they can give. I will not reference an extremely disturbing recent PBS discussion of the population problem that suggests we can resolve this dilemma by more growth. NOVA should stick with physics if they don’t understand biology, or even common sense.

It is not possible to solve a problem by doing more of what caused the problem in the first place.

Slide Number Fourteen– Photograph by Zoriah.

This picture was taken in Haiti, before the earthquake.

The woman is making cakes of sand and clay and salt. To Eat.

And my question is: Why do we care about the woman now, and we didn’t care before the earthquake? Is it because now is easier — we can feel like heroes — and before was only a downer to think about people in these conditions. Well — people are living in these conditions, whether we think about them or not, and it will continue to get worse and worse so long as we continue to do the behaviors that caused the problem in the first place.

I say it is not heroic for us to create conditions that cause other people to face starvation — and then rush in to save a few of them from starvation, but certainly not from a life of suffering (earthquake or no earthquake).

I say it is not heroic to bring babies into the world — only to kill them off when they come of age. And worse, to live in a culture that rejoices fervently and openly and incessantly in the killing.

I say we should do something that is heroic. Nothing stops us from thinking about what we do and learning how it really affects the whole earth ecosystem — before we do it.

I say we should do something that is REALLY heroic and discuss these issues with all our friends and all our enemies. Try it some time. You will be amazed at the array of hostile and evasive responses — is this heroism? I say yes. Doing what is easy and people love you for it is not heroism. We need a lot of real heroes. And I said discuss, not debate.

I’m talking about actually trying to find a solution. Winning arguments does not solve problems, it just makes new ones. And the solution will have to be a change in our own behavior, because we can not change Mother Nature, and technologies are not resources. This is a problem of human behavior in response to an absolute limit of energy-related resources. Technologies can not change the fact that resources are limited.

And then call the President.