Energy

August 4, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Rock Port, Missouri, population 1300, has become the first community in the country with more wind power that it can use.</p>
National Public Radio
August 4, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Andres Duany and other experts discuss how the convergence of high gas prices and the foreclosure crisis may reverse years of cheap gas and cheap exurban land. He's pushing mixed uses and reformed zoning in suburbia, and he's betting on Texas.</p>
U.S. News & World Report
August 3, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Dickson Despommier, a professor at Columbia, says that global climate change will require us to reconsider growing food indoors, and proposes that farming go vertical.</p>
Big Think
August 1, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>This article from <em>USA Today</em> looks at how some big cities are reacting to rising energy prices. Two examples from metropolitan Phoenix highlight the fact that it is not only suburbs that are being forced to respond.</p>
USA Today
July 29, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Officials in Fort Worth, Texas weigh regulations for natural gas compression stations arising from a boom in drilling shale for natural gas.</p>
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
July 29, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>With few local job opportunities, residents in small towns have grown accustomed to long commutes to cities. But with high gas prices making those commutes unaffordable, some economists wonder how much longer small towns can retain their populations.</p>
The Kansas City Star
July 29, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>A small town in Germany is demonstrating that a strategy of distributed, renewable and locally-controlled energy production can not only be Earth-friendly but profitable.</p>
Victoria Times-Colonist
July 28, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Philip Langdon comments on the the economy of oil and its effects on urban design in the July/August issue of <em>New Urban News</em>.</p>
New Urban News
July 27, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens has announced his plan to reduce America's dependency on foreign oil, emphasizing the extensive transfer of wealth out of the country it has caused. His plan relies on natural gas vehicles and increasing wind power.</p>
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Feature
July 24, 2008, 5am PDT
Josh Stephens reviews James Howard Kunstler's novel of post-peak oil existence, <i>World Made By Hand.</i>
Josh Stephens
Blog post
July 22, 2008, 1pm PDT

In response to the political movement for a "new deal" for Canada's cities, successive Federal governments have instituted a Gas Tax Fund to provide Canadian municipalities with a supposedly stable means to finance their infrastructure needs. The 2008 Federal Budget extended the fund to beyond 2013-14 to become a permanent measure. Agreements were drawn up between each of the provinces and Ottawa to set specific amounts, based on per capita need and other principles.

Michael Dudley
July 21, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Later this summer residents in the Province of Ontario will be able to plug in their homes to a new source of electrical power: biogas derived from cow manure.</p>
The Globe & Mail
July 19, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Escalating gas prices are depressing, but look on the bright side: a new study shows that they may reduce annual traffic deaths by as much as one-third.</p>
Associated Press via Yahoo News
July 19, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Alexis Madrigal at Wired digs into the stats, and find that the state of California uses more gasoline than any country in the world.</p>
Wired
July 18, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>In this column, Richard Florida argues the decline in the popularity of suburbs is not just a product of rising oil prices, but a result of a new "spatial fix" that is reorganizing how and where people live their lives.</p>
The Globe and Mail
July 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>The Department of Energy is proposing to construct massive "energy corridors", land designated solely for the purpose of energy conduction like oil, hydrogen and electricity.</p>
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
July 14, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A proposal to annually burn tens of millions of car tires to produce electricity at a facility in Erie, Pennsylvania is raising concerns among environmentalists and regional residents over mercury and other emissions.</p>
AlterNet
Blog post
July 11, 2008, 10am PDT

North American (United States and Canada) policy generally favors low energy prices, with low taxes, production subsidies and other types of energy industry support. As a result, North Americans are energy rich: an average worker can purchase more fuel per hour of labor than almost any other time or place. In response North Americans have developed energy intensive lifestyles and industrial practices, have failed to implement many energy conservation practices common in other parts of the world, and consume more energy per capita than most other times and places.

Todd Litman
July 11, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>If buildings are responsible for almost half of the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, then our energy and building codes are incredibly important tools attaining energy and climate sanity.</p>
Gristmill
July 9, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer notes high gas prices are doing what Congress has taken decades to do – make the vehicle fleet more fuel efficient. He sees Congress repeating the mistake now with cap and trade - instead of gas taxes.</p>
The Washington Post