Peak Oil and Climate Change Will Fully Suck. High-Speed Rail Can Help.

I recently revisited the War on Terra for AlterNet. This time, in a double-barreled breakdown of the national high-speed rail network gaining ground in America, which is still lamely to last century’s non-renewable resources like cheap gas, SUVs and easy credit.

Sorry suckers, it’s time to face the future of climate change and peak oil. If [...]

British Petroleum: Addicted to Spills

[Greg Palast]
With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there’s no space in the press for British Petroleum’s latest spill, just this week: Over 100,000 gallons, at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. Still is.

On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of [...]

Emperor Hickel: The Man Who Invented Alaska ... and Sarah Palin

[Greg Palast]
Wally Hickel invented Alaska and told me he regretted it. He also invented Sarah Palin, and I was hoping, when I travel to Alaska next month, to ask him whether he also regretted that second creation.
Hickel wanted to be President; of what nation, well, that changed. First, he wanted to be President of the [...]

Clusterfuck! Then All At Once

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
I was plying the interstate highways of New England this weekend — there is no sane way to get from Albany, New York, to the vicinity of Middletown, Connecticut, by public transit — marveling at the vistas of normality all around me: the freeway lanes with their orderly streams of happy motorists, [...]

Clusterfuck! Rehearsals For a Civil War

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Amid the general incoherence of the Tea Party rebels and the failure of progressives to recognize the structural changes underway in a peak oil world, lies a deadly swamp of paradox where all parties may drown in the quicksand of their own muddled intentions.

Clusterfuck! The Futility Economy

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
The US economy is essentially a Happy Motoring economy. During the whole nervous period since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, American gasoline consumption hardly went down at all, though so many other activities collapsed, from house-building to trucking. Yesterday, The Seattle Times published a story with the idiotic headline: Oil Touches [...]

What’s Thin-Film Solar? The Future Today

Last century, solar power struggled to enlighten the renewable resource community. This year, it’s downsizing to thin films you can put on your car and your body, shining the way forward. My piece about the market of tomorrow went up on AlterNet today. Spread it around.

Clusterfuck! Hunky Dory

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Whenever the herd mentality lines up along a compass point leading to “permanent prosperity,” or a yellow brick road lined with green shoots, or something like that, I tend to see the edge of a cliff up ahead. We are now completely in the grips of the deadly diminishing returns of information [...]

Clusterfuck! Strange Days

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Even while a wave of reflex nausea washed over America last week, and the unemployment rolls swelled by much more than another half million, the greatest stock market suckers’ rally in seventy years pulled in the last of the credulous. These are strange days. The earth is heaving and the buds swelling [...]

Clusterfuck! People Get Ready

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
In the twilight of the Bush days, in the twilight of the twilight season, a consensus has formed that we are headed into a long, dark passage leading we know not where. Even CNBC’s Lawrence Kudlow has been reduced to searching for stray “mustard seeds” of hope on hands and knees in [...]

Let Them Eat Hummers

UPDATE: My pals at the Huffington Post have syndicated this entry. Hop on and post a comment, if you feel so inclined. They love the love, and so do I.

With apologies to the excellent Michael Moore, and his desire to bail out the Big Three that he claims have been more “responsible than almost anyone [...]