Myths and realities of clean technologies

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Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance. A McKinsey & Company article.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Very optimistic McKinsey analysis about the growth of clean technologies.

See on www.mckinsey.com

EU “has the power” to put in place a universal basic income

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From Martin Luther King to Erich Fromm, the universal – or unconditional – basic income (UBI) has always had its supporters. The idea is not new. But the economic crisis has brought it back to the forefront “as a solution” to the most pressing issues facing the EU today.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Very good EurActiv report of an EESC conference in Brussels.

See on www.euractiv.com

A New Agenda on Climate Change

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“The knowledge of the reality, causes and implications of anthropogenic climate change creates a moral imperative to act, but this imperative is diluted at every level by collective action problems that appear to be beyond our existing ability to resolve. This challenge is compounded by collectively mischaracterising the climate problem as an exclusively environmental issue, rather than a broader systemic threat to the global financial system, public health and national security.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Interesting new report focusing on the need to re-frame climate policy.

See on www.thersa.org

Should Scientists go on strike over climate change?

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“So at this point it’s absurd to keep asking the scientific community to churn out more reports. In fact, it might almost be more useful if they went on strike: until you pay attention to what we’ve already told you, we won’t be telling you more.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Not a bad idea, but will scientists have the guts to speak out (except for a few exceptions).

See on www.rsablogs.org.uk

Energy and the Financial System: What Everyone Needs to Know… and Work Darn Hard to Avoid

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“Our economic and financial system is based on assumptions of continued growth. Currently growth is highly dependent on energy and a surplus thereof as provided by high EROI energy sources. Our available energy sources, however, are providing less and less energy returns on the amount of energy we put into them. Therefore the amount of surplus energy available is declining. Thus, given the dependence of growth on energy, growth will decline too. The little remaining health of our financial systems, however, relies heavily on assumptions of continued growth and rather high ones at that, but those assumptions will increasingly turn out to be false if Boyd’s prediction of declining EROI is true”.

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Great article on the link between society’s diminishing energy return on energy investment and the current economic and financial crisis. A must-read for all austerians and post-Keynesians. This time it IS really different.

See on www.resilience.org

Has the Working Class Really Accepted Austerity?

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The result of this excessive caring is “that the basic logic of austerity has been accepted by almost everyone.” So while others may consider solidarity to be a virtue, Graeber believes that it is “the rope from which [the working] class is currently suspended.”

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Very interesting debate between David Graeber and Suren Moodliar on the psychological disposition of workers to accept austerity policies.

See on www.counterpunch.org

Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine

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Naomi Klein: From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Must-read article by Naomi Klein in the Guardian.

See on www.theguardian.com

Scientists seek climate-friendly cow of the future

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A White House climate initiative has boosted a quixotic search for the “cow of the future”, a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks. Carbon dioxide from fossil

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Wow, can we start a Nobel prize for stupidity?

See on www.ft.com

Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy

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“Green growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face.”

See on www.opendemocracy.net

Export Stupidity

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If the US could supply Europe with large amounts of fuel, that would reduce the Continent’s dependency on Russia while depriving Putin of needed revenues.
 

Willy De Backer‘s insight:

Richard Heinberg’s checks the facts to counter all those who want to export American surplus gas to punish Putin: "… the United States remains a net importer of both oil and natural gas. Let me repeat and emphasize that: the United States remains a net importer of both oil and natural gas."

See on www.resilience.org

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