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45 Synthesis/Regeneration       Winter 2008


The Tragedy of Less Bad
Keita Kusano points out a 17% increase in energy efficiency that did not lead to a 17% decrease in energy use.

Cutting Carbon and Still Wrecking the Planet
Stan Cox and Wes Jackson warn that if we have to grow a crop of fuel in a way that we shouldn't grow a crop of food, we should be looking for a way to do without that fuel.

The Energy Nightmare of Web Server Farms
Jane Anne Morris reveals that Internet seems clean because its ecological footprint is elsewhere.

Deep vs. Shallow Green Building
Don Fitz worries that US building practices in the early 21st century will probably increase CO2 emissions rather than reduce them.

Medicine at the Crossroads of Energy and Global Warming
Dan Bednarz and Kristin Bradford report that a given in hospital operations is unlimited inputs of energy and resources.

The Pentagon v. Peak Oil
Michael Klare documents that the US is currently using four times as much oil per soldier as it did during Desert Storm in 1991.

Cuba's Fight Against Capitalism's Climate Crisis
James Haywood notes that the cleanup of Havana Bay involved over 40 local People's Councils.

Monbiot and Deep Dilemmas
David Orton review's Heat and concludes that real social change is not underway regarding climate change.

The Folly, Egoism and Dangers of Climate Geo-Engineering
Glen Barry asks if we are going to bet the human family's future on technological fixes that we hope will allow us to continue consuming and pumping out babies and emissions without end.

Changing the Question
Nick Reksten believes that close-knit communities rather than sprawling suburbs are what would make people happiest.

from L.D. Frantin, Alan Kerns, Eric Rosenbloom, Mark Arnest, Diane Cardin-Kamleiter, Frank Rotering, Dave Saxton, Douglas Tompkins, Tom Wetzel.


Carbon Trading Won't Work
Michael Dorsey reveals the failure of distributing permits to pollute to companies in Europe.

The Man Who Farms Water
Brad Lancaster describes a farm in Zimbabwe where water harvesting structures aim to infiltrate the water into the soil as soon as possible.

Nukes Are Not Green
Harvey Wasserman reminds us that there is no way to protect any of the roughly 450 commercial reactors on this planet.

Thinking Economically

Beyond Eco-Apartheid
Van Jones explains that, since the 1980s, we have had an environmental movement that is segregated by race.

An Unsustainable System
Robert Jensen comments that humans have the capacity for solidarity and cooperation as well as the ability to act competitively and aggressively.

The Greatest Market Failure the World Has Seen
Sonya Hetrick argues that environmentalists cannot merely issue pleas for voluntary emissions reductions.

Thinking Politically

A 10-Step Plan for Antiwar Activists
Bruce Gagnon feels that addiction to the rat race keeps us from being fully engaged in protecting future generations.

Reason for Revolt
Richard Burke reviews writings by Herbert Marcuse, who was one of the first to question commitment to an ever expanding productivity.

War and Peace and the Greens of Germany
Victor Grossman observes that most Green deputies in the Bundestag have continually supported German involvement in the military struggle in Afghanistan.

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