Citizen Action Monitor

Global energy crunch, exacerbated by supply chain shocks, could spark a major economic shock

Analyst Chis Martenson blames central bankers’ monetary policies and bumbling government mismanagement of COVID pandemic for coming “Dark Winter.” –— No 2786 by fw, October 9, 2021— “While COVID-19 has … Continue reading

October 9, 2021

Forebodings drive a retired engineer-cum-blogger to prepare for the worst to come

Canadian Rob Mielcarski is concerned about planetary overshoot, the high probability of collapse, our inability to share a common reality, and clashes over what we should do. — No 2785 … Continue reading

October 7, 2021

How Democrat and Republican parties work together against “We, the People”: Ralph Nader explains

Politicians from both parties exploit voters on behalf of their big corporate bosses. — No 2782 by fw, October 2, 2021— polarized – divided or cause to be divided into … Continue reading

October 2, 2021

Despite incontrovertible evidence, Trump supporters refuse to believe the 2020 election results. How come?

Philosopher of Science, Lee McIntyre, sees deniers of reason as people who gain their sense of personal identity and enhanced feelings of purpose and personal power by adopting the core … Continue reading

September 29, 2021

Richard Heinberg explores the flawed thinking behind proposed solutions to climate change

He explains why real climate progress will require large numbers of people in wealthy countries to forgo forms of power they currently enjoy. — No 2778 by fw, September 17, … Continue reading

September 17, 2021

With stirring words, Patrick Lawrence lifts the curtain on the tragic decline of American democracy

The American people can ignore the call for action, but to their great cost, says Lawrence. — No 2776 by fw, September 8, 2021 — “The generation of ’68, les … Continue reading

September 8, 2021

Climate change poses huge risks for humanity and our planet; ironically, we are part of the problem

There are no direct ways of solving climate change given the rise of a gluttonous human superorganism  expecting simple goals aligned with economic growth. — No 2775 by fw, September … Continue reading

September 6, 2021

Why is it that what we think we know for sure just ain’t so? Nate Hagens explains

We engage mostly in common talk that just doesn’t capture the entangled reality of our modern complex societies. — No 2770 by fw, August 19, 2021 — “Our minds deal … Continue reading

August 19, 2021

Government and corporate elites get away with “reckless homicide” – They’re “Above the Law”

Ralph Nader cites evidence of escape from criminal prosecution by the likes of Trump, George W. Bush, Florida Governor DeSantis, Texas Governor Abbot, Purdue Pharma and Sackler Family, and Boeing. … Continue reading

August 14, 2021

MUST READ! — “To Save Ourselves, We’ll Need This Very Different Economy” asserts William Rees

We’re in “ecological overshoot” — Way too many people are using way too much energy and material resources and dumping too much waste. — No 2765 by fw, August 11, … Continue reading

August 11, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines are not proving to be as effective as expected: Gail Tverberg explains why

“Current vaccines have been badly oversold. They can be expected to make the mutation problem worse, and they don’t stop the spread of variants.” — No 2763 by fw, August … Continue reading

August 6, 2021

Breaking through the silence; finally, recognition (of sorts) of the value of Dr. Nate Hagens’ work

Below2°C concedes: Hagens’ video “Earth and Humanity has been posted on the Below2C home page…” — No 2760 by fw, July 27, 2021 For several years, I have been promoting … Continue reading

July 27, 2021

The prolific, inimitable Nate Hagens strikes again: This time with a new book on the human predicament

“This will be the century which tests the human potential for mediocrity against the human potential for greatness.” — No 2759 by fw, July 25, 2021 — … “Earth’s currently … Continue reading

July 25, 2021

In an imaginary interview, Ralph Nader ridicules Rocketman Jeff Bezos

After his 10 minute, 66 mile zoom above Earth, Bezos agreed to interviews with salivating reporters: Greg Galaxy got the nod. — No 2758 by fw, July 24, 2021 — … Continue reading

July 24, 2021

Myth #22: Nate Hagens discredits claim “We Can Always Get More Resources If We Have More Money”

“We can create money, but we cannot create energy, only extract what exists — FASTER.” No 2757 by fw, July 5, 2021 — “We can create money, but we cannot … Continue reading

July 5, 2021

Myth #14 : Nate Hagens unveils evidence that upends the presumption “Technology Will Solve It”

“When technology is combined with a growth imperative in the financial markets, there is no way to shrink energy use.” — No 2756 by fw, July 4, 2021 — “Okay. … Continue reading

July 4, 2021

Myth #11: Nate Hagens challenges the accepted belief that “Climate Change is the Core Problem”

“From a systems perspective, a more complex story emerges.” — No 2755 by fw, July 3, 2021 — “First, if a hypothetical, benevolent alien scientist were to look down on … Continue reading

July 3, 2021

Myth #19: Nate Hagens dismisses the insistence we can achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date)

“When people use the term “Net Zero” it’s mostly shorthand for maintaining economic growth while doing some magical technological salvation in the future.” — No 2754 by fw, July 2, … Continue reading

July 2, 2021

Myth #21: Nate Hagens rebuts claims that “Renewable energy can power THIS civilization”

“The popular myth is that we can somehow swap out the dirty energy with clean energy technology while also continuing to consume at today’s income and GDP levels.” — No … Continue reading

June 30, 2021