Saturday, July 29, 2006

Peak Oil bits & pieces from the net

I'm finding myself with a bit less time to keep up my blog than I used to, partially due to the newish full-time job I have now. I'm sure everyone feels this way alot of the time but I wish I could devote all of my time and energy towards sustainability and the issues surrounding peak oil. I think I would be most happy.

I've been saving some interesting links since I last blogged, in hopes of creating one entry including all of things I've come across which have been interesting to me. So here they are in no particular order and maybe you'll find them interestign or helpful, too.

First link is Google Trends for 'peak oil'. Looks like we're on a downward trend in hit for peak oil right now. I certainly can't understand why. It's a neat little graph anyway.

I've also found out through Tim of Suburbia via energybulletin that there is a peak oil group in Indiana called Bloomingpeak that has presented a statement to their local government to acknowledge peak oil! They are based out of Bloomington, one of Indiana's most progressive areas. Too bad they are soooo far away from where I live!

If you like any form of bluegrass/folk, you'll like this posted from a fellow list member on a yahoogroup. He thought it was an appropriate peak oil focused song about living "Lower on the Hog" of which he had a part in developing/recording some years ago. Good sound, Artie!

In other media, the independent media, energybulletin put up an article about a made for TV series on peak oil, community & sustainability. You can watch some of the series here from Global Public Media. I haven't watched them yet.

In the sustainability arena, someone has ordered one of these for their future outhouse! It looks affordable and inconspicuous enough to me. All it would need is a little sawdust and nobody would know any better.

Of other interest on the peak oil lists lately has been handpumps and water well drilling. This might come in handy someday but I'm not this far yet. I don't know if I ever will be. But I'll study it and try to keep some ideas in memory in case I need to.

Another sustainable practice I found on yahoo news, actually. There is a growing desire in some areas of the U.S. to replace concrete sidewalks with rubber sidewalks. Old tires are taken and recycled and layed as sidewalk! Read here for the advantages. The actual site is called I may have to get the city council's and mayor's attention on this one. Do you think this would be accepted in a historical downtown district? I wonder because everything has usually be specific to the era in materials and style.

I was looking for some Indiana peak oil people and I found this guy and his blog called

My yahoo group list has been discussing where the best place to live post-peak or mid-crash would be and I'm a little attracted to Ithaca, NY. Why? See here. I'm just kidding--it's not the *only* reason! It *does* look like a place I would like to live if I had a choice. The atmosphere, political climate, college-hosting place seems attractive.

Well, I must go now. Hope you enjoyed guided link trip and I'll be back when I find more little diddies. Someday, I might even post some gardening pictures when I buy more batteries and find some time. I also canned my first time last weekend. I canned pickles. I'll get some pictures of those, too, as well as the clothesline I just put up. Green beans are coming in now and I think I'll go out and buy myself a pressure cooker to try and can those. Wish me luck!

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