San Francisco to sell local carbon offsets

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that San Francisco will begin selling local carbon offsets. The City itself will initially pay $80 to one of three local nonprofits (Grid Alternatives, San Francisco Biodiesel Cooperative, and Ecology Action) for every ton of carbon dioxide produced whenever a city employee takes a work-related flight. The City will request proposals in a year …

Stardust Localizing?

  A perspective, informed by the work of Michael Dowd, Brian Swimme, and Thomas Berry on The Great Story, is that every atom in our body and every atom around us (except hydrogen) were forged in the fiery bellies of stars that exploded as supernovas billions of years ago. [i],[ii] Amazingly, about 4.5 billion years ago, the dust and gas …

Oil Independent Berkeley

Tomorrow I am speaking to the Berkeley City Council about the Berkeley Peak Oil and Gas Resolution (see below). I was urged to speak by a local group called Oil Independent Berkeley which is recruiting members for a Berkeley Peak Oil Task Force. They expect the City Council to pass the resolution tomorrow. The resolution recognizes the group and directs …

Pushker Karecha Interview

Today I interviewed Pushker Karecha, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies who co-wrote a paper with one nation’s most vocal climatologists – Jim Hansen – called “Implications of “peak oil” for atmospheric CO2 and climate change”. The report says the coal-fired generation without sequestration of carbon dioxide needs to be phased out beginning in 2025 or sooner …

Let’s Get it Started

Wow, my first blog entry! Been thinking, obviously not seriously, about blogging in one form or another for a couple years and I never thought I’d have enough time. Then I realized that maybe I can fit it in especially if it can be shaped to contribute positively – directly or indirectly – to my financial well being. So this …

Brasilian in Spirit

cachaca courses through my veins pulsating in synch with jorge ben as he celebrates futbol and heros rising along the tempo of the song uncontainable unconstrainable emotions awake and escape soudades do Brasil subtly sweet longings laced with joyful memories and hopeful visions soudades a concept so brasilian descriptions confined in english capture only an inkling of its essence o …

Parenting

My mind relaxes on lovely Melia welcome respite to mental drudgery behind and intertwined with joyful adoration my spirit lulls within the understanding that in raising this wondrous eclectic being we are experiencing the evolution of our intersection in the crib we built and the world we pass on parents we accept our responsibility ensuring that our embrace ever continues …

The Peak is Nigh

the oil as usual crew of special interests blue blood bankers and legislative mercenaries has paved this road ever more traveled desperately by many obliviously by others and luxuriously by the few the chosen ones of the lord almighty dolla the road is driven yet existence does not even imply much less presage desirable destinationaccustomed to auto-pilot and quick turns …

Oil as Usual

“What can I say I wouldn’t be here today If the old school Hadn’t paved the way” Tupac Shakur 1994 “Old School” the oil as usual crew of special interests blue blood bankers and legislative mercenaries has paved this road ever more traveled desperately by many obliviously by others and luxuriously by the few the chosen ones of the lord …