January 27, 2006
grim meathook future no. 1


Sabotaged pipeline plus windstorm-caused-blackout in Georgia

Iran has stepped in to get natural gas to Georgia. So that's working out.

Meanwhile, Rand Corp. released their list of "50 Books for Thinking About the Future Human Condition." One of the 50 is about energy, and its by Armory Lovins.

Posted by dbrown at January 27, 2006 02:07 PM

Second book, Collapse, was great because the Easter Island endgame was extremely satisfying to read about finally (Jared Diamond). He gave quantitative results from recent siftings of middens and swamps on Easter island for microscopic things like pollen, year by year. A society that relies on boating accidently killing every last plant higher than three feet tall -- poignant and blackly hilarious. Also Diamond's account of the religious/chauvinistic attitudes leading to the starvation of Danes on Greenland was dramatic.

Posted by: Evan on January 29, 2006 11:20 AM
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