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Posted inPolicy & Politics

Author and Suburbs Naysayer James Howard Kunstler

Writer, commentator, news source, and most of all critic, James Howard Kunstler combines an unforgiving disdain of America’s fossil fuel-based way of life with a scalding rejection of modern architecture, suburban zoning laws, and what he sees as much of the media’s complicity in the whole thing. A news junkie and major force behind the nascent “beyond the oil age” movement, Kunstler pulls no punches with his sharp tongue and engaging prose damning Americans’ over-reliance on their automobiles. His seemingly endless cheerless scolding doesn’t make him a pessimist, however, and certainly not a shy and retiring one. It’s just that the future he sees is a lot different from the one we have and the one that so many of his fellow citizens seem unable to see beyond.

Posted inPolicy & Politics

The U.S. Voluntary Carbon Offset Market (Pt.2 of 2)

A voluntary market for carbon offsets has emerged in recent years in the United States that in many ways parallels the global compliance carbon market in countries that have signed onto the Kyoto Protocol. In contrast to the strict regulatory framework governing offset markets under Kyoto’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), however, a voluntary offset market […]

Posted inClimate Science

Scientists/Media Interactions Said More Frequent … and ‘Far Smoother’

A ‘Sea Change’ in Findings from 1,300 Researchers? Research scientists and journalists may be interacting lots more than generally thought, and the scientists’ experiences, at least, may be “far smoother” than generally thought. That’s the gist of a new research report based on a survey of more than 1,300 researchers in the U.S., France, Germany, […]

Posted inEnergy, Feature Article

Natural Gas Firm Going On Line With ‘Shale.tv’ Programming

With the mainstream commercial media companies eliminating many hundreds of journalists’ jobs, new ventures such as the nonprofit Pro Publica, the New York-based investigative reporting organization, are trying to pick up some of the slack. Now comes something really different: A for-profit energy corporation is starting an online video channel as “a brand-new media source,” […]