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Blood and Oil - July/August 2011 - Sierra Magazine - Sierra Club

http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201107/blood-and-oil.aspx

The U.S. military is embracing alternative energy—but not because of climate change. Up to half of the yearly American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have been incurred guarding fuel convoys, and the Pentagon will no longer tolerate oil's "burden in blood."

The US military comes close to paying anywhere from $14 to up to $400 for a gallon of fuel (not to mention the cost in human lives).

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Distributed generation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_generation#Microgrid

I thought this concept of "microgrid" was worth thinking about.

This is an emerging "standard" in power generation: to shrink down the "grid", with a single point of entry into the "macrogrid". The design was made to be of service to the "macrogrid" (the existing centralized power system), and is wired in a way that allows the centralized power system to see it as one entity.

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Solar power industry employs more than steel

Wow:

With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 20,000 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector.

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Can the planet support ten billion people? (1 of 2)

The NY Times asked for six opinions on the future of the planet and population growth.

Jamais Cascio is the main point of interest here, but the other five are worth discussing.

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Statistics re: the state of the middle class

The article offers thirty-six ways life is getting harder for the Middle Class. This is the sort of thing I think we can start checking on via the 5CR (are these numbers really legit?) while also giving us more on which to base our own insights.

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Charles Fishman's 'The Big Thirst' (water in the 21st century)

A new book on the future of water use in the 21st century. The interview here covers the basics (water really isn't free, etc). I suspect he's more optimistic about market solutions than reality warrants, but his examples are worth following up on:

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Smartphone and bike beats car

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This makes a lot of sense to me, at least for people living in urban areas. Not possible here in the Midwest outside of Chicago, but maybe we'll see some progress toward making it possible over the next couple of decades:

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