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Richard Heinberg: Rolling Blackouts, Fragmented Realities

Last Born In The Wilderness

This is a segment of episode #290 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Systemic Failures: Rolling Blackouts, Decline, & Fragmented Realities w/ Richard Heinberg.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWheinberg2Learn more about Richard and read Museletter: https://richardheinberg.comRichard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute, returns to the podcast to discuss the massive power outages several regions of the United States, in particular Texas, have experienced over several weeks in February, leaving millions of people without electric power and potable water. He explains the increasingly precarious situation we find ourselves in as fossil fuel energy production meets numerous intersecting crises, including, but not limited to: an aging and outdated energy grid, abrupt climate disruption-related weather events, rapidly depleting cheap fossil fuel reserves, and the fracturing of consensus reality.  We discuss the viability and, in his view, the necessity of undertaking the massive shifts needed to address these mounting problems with more sustainable energy production and distribution models. We touch on his recent essay ‘2020: The Year Consensus Reality Fractured,’ and address the potent observations he has had over the last year about the direction the United States is going, as well as our ability at this time to coherently address the numerous issues Richard elaborates on in this interview.“Is the fracturing of consensus reality a symptom of societal decline due to other factors (such as economic crisis or limits to vital resources), or is it an independent variable, capable of causing collapse by itself? In my view, the former is more likely the case: if a society is doing well economically, it is usually able to resolve occasional cognitive contradictions over time. A polarizing demagogue (like Joseph McCarthy or George Wallace) may appear, but the status quo eventually reasserts itself. However, if a society is experiencing an economic, political, or social emergency, consensus breakdown may contribute to a self-reinforcing process of collapse.” (http://bit.ly/3qvsvWu)Richard Heinberg is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of thirteen books including ‘Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy’ co-authored with David Fridley, ‘Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels,’ and ‘The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality.’ He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Yes!, and The Sun; and on websites such as Resilience, TheOilDrum, Alternet, ProjectCensored, Counterpunch, Commondreams, Pacific Standard, Ecowatch, and Truthout.WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.comPATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewildernessDONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcastBOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgrATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcastDROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledropEVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

9mins

13 Mar 2021

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#290 | Systemic Failures: Rolling Blackouts, Decline, & Fragmented Realities w/ Richard Heinberg

Last Born In The Wilderness

[Intro: 13:14]Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute, returns to the podcast to discuss the massive power outages several regions of the United States, in particular Texas, have experienced over several weeks in February, leaving millions of people without electric power and potable water. He explains the increasingly precarious situation we find ourselves in as fossil fuel energy production meets numerous intersecting crises, including, but not limited to: an aging and outdated energy grid, abrupt climate disruption-related weather events, rapidly depleting cheap fossil fuel reserves, and the fracturing of consensus reality.  We discuss the viability and, in his view, the necessity of undertaking the massive shifts needed to address these mounting problems with more sustainable energy production and distribution models. In addressing this subject, I ask Richard to discuss his thoughts on Jeff Gibbs' and Michael Moore's documentary film Planet of the Humans, which he was featured in. And finally, in light of all this, we touch on his recent essay ‘2020: The Year Consensus Reality Fractured,’ and address the potent observations he has had over the last year about the direction the United States is going, as well as our ability at this time to coherently address the numerous issues Richard elaborates on in this interview.“Is the fracturing of consensus reality a symptom of societal decline due to other factors (such as economic crisis or limits to vital resources), or is it an independent variable, capable of causing collapse by itself? In my view, the former is more likely the case: if a society is doing well economically, it is usually able to resolve occasional cognitive contradictions over time. A polarizing demagogue (like Joseph McCarthy or George Wallace) may appear, but the status quo eventually reasserts itself. However, if a society is experiencing an economic, political, or social emergency, consensus breakdown may contribute to a self-reinforcing process of collapse.” (http://bit.ly/3qvsvWu)Richard Heinberg is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He is the author of thirteen books including ‘Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy’ co-authored with David Fridley, ‘Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels,’ and ‘The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality.’ He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, Yes!, and The Sun; and on websites such as Resilience, TheOilDrum, Alternet, ProjectCensored, Counterpunch, Commondreams, Pacific Standard, Ecowatch, and Truthout.Episode Notes:- Learn more about Richard and read Museletter: https://richardheinberg.com- Read ‘Our Renewable Future’: https://ourrenewablefuture.org- Learn more about Post Carbon Institute: https://www.postcarbon.org- The music featured is by Eli Stonemets.WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.comPATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewildernessDONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcastBOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgrATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcastDROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledropEVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

1hr 10mins

9 Mar 2021

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Helena Norberg-Hodge and Richard Heinberg in Conversation

The Schumacher Lectures

Heinberg and Norberg-Hodge are experts on climate change, localization, and sustainability. Their past lectures have been almost prophetic in their accuracy, and their ideas are more relevant now than ever.Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.An author, educator, editor, and lecturer, he has spoken widely on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from local city officials to members of the European Parliament. He has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print, television, and radio and has appeared in many film and television documentaries. Heinberg’s Museletter has provided a monthly exploration of current events and the world of  ideas. Its essays present an inter-disciplinary study of history and culture.Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, Local Futures examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Its mission is to protect and renew well-being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization toward localization.The Earth Journal counted Norberg-Hodge among the world’s ten most interesting environmentalists, and in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet she was profiled as one of eight visionaries changing the world. The Post Growth Institute counted her on the (En)Rich List of 100 people “whose collective contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.”

1hr 24mins

2 Feb 2021

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Richard Heinberg: What If Preventing Collapse Isn’t Profitable?

Sea Change Radio

It’s out with the old and in with, if not something completely new, something very different. This week on Sea Change Radio, we mark the end of the Trump reign of terror with a look to the future with author Richard Heinberg, a senior fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute. We discuss his ideas for the incoming Biden Administration, analyze some fundamental flaws in our current economic system, and look at the upside of the economic downturn in terms of CO2 emissions. The post Richard Heinberg: What If Preventing Collapse Isn’t Profitable? appeared first on Sea Change Radio.

29mins

19 Jan 2021

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#20R Tzeporah Berman Reflection with Richard Heinberg: We Have Aggregated Too Much Power

What Could Possibly Go Right?

Our host Vicki Robin is joined by Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and one of the world’s foremost educators on the need to transition away from fossil fuels. They reflect on the interview with Tzepora Berman, as heard on Episode 20.Connect with TzeporahWebsite: Tzeporahberman.comWebsite: stand.earthFacebook: facebook.com/TzeporahFacebook: facebook.com/standearthTwitter: twitter.com/TzeporahTwitter: twitter.com/standearthConnect with Richard HeinbergWebsite: http://richardheinberg.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richardheinbergTwitter: https://twitter.com/richardheinbergFollow WCPGR on Social MediaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatCouldPossiblyGoRightPodcastTwitter: https://twitter.com/postcarbonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/postcarboninstitute/Learn more: https://bit.ly/pci-wcpgrseriesDon't forget to SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss an episode of What Could Possibly Go Right?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/vickirobin)

16mins

28 Oct 2020

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Nature Am I, Episode 8: Unpaving Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Heinberg

Nature Am I

On this episode, Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute discusses strategies for increasing sustainability and building community resilience. He touches on many of his seminal writings, including his books,  Our Renewable Future, The End of Growth, Power Down, and Memories and Visions of Paradise, as well as his award-winning Museletter. Our conversation covered the following topics: Immanuel Velikovsky's World in Collision (4:30) Visions of Paradise (6:53) Paradise as connection to Nature (9:08) Global disturbances caused by unsustainable practices (11:09) The need for community resilience (14:09) Balancing global and local perspectives (15:56) Protecting information in a post-carbon age (18:39) How our energy use is destroying the natural world (21:00) Making society more sustainable (23:15) Shifting away from unlimited growth (23:54) Steady-state economies (27:14) Time banking and income disparity (29:14) Coalition-building (30:37) Making non-profits more resilient (32:52) Building community resilience (34:55) Opportunities for idealists (36:35) Practices and principles of sustainability (38:34) Profit vs. Beauty as sources of motivation (41:39) Learn more about Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute. Listen to other episodes of the Nature Am I podcast or read our blog.

45mins

28 Aug 2020

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Helena Norberg-Hodge and Richard Heinberg in Conversation

The Lindisfarne Tapes

Heinberg and Norberg-Hodge are experts on climate change, localization, and sustainability. Their past lectures have been almost prophetic in their accuracy, and their ideas are more relevant now than ever. Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.An author, educator, editor, and lecturer, he has spoken widely on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, addressing policy makers at many levels, from local city officials to members of the European Parliament. He has been quoted and interviewed countless times for print, television, and radio and has appeared in many film and television documentaries. Heinberg’s Museletter has provided a monthly exploration of current events and the world of  ideas. Its essays present an inter-disciplinary study of history and culture. Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and The International Alliance for Localization (IAL). Based in the US and UK, with subsidiaries in Germany and Australia, Local Futures examines the root causes of our current social and environmental crises while promoting more sustainable and equitable patterns of living in both North and South. Its mission is to protect and renew well-being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization toward localization.The Earth Journal counted Norberg-Hodge among the world’s ten most interesting environmentalists, and in Carl McDaniel’s book Wisdom for a Liveable Planet she was profiled as one of eight visionaries changing the world. The Post Growth Institute counted her on the (En)Rich List of 100 people “whose collective contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures.”

1hr 24mins

18 Aug 2020

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Bonus: The Practical Stoic with Richard Heinberg

Crazy Town

Simon Drew is the host of The Practical Stoic, an outstanding podcast that explores philosophy and the human predicament. In this episode, Simon invites Richard Heinberg, senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about consumerism, sustainability, and the coming corrections across society.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

1hr 4mins

11 Aug 2020

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#24: RICHARD HEINBERG | Saving the Best of What’s Left of Our Beautiful Planet: The Great Energy Transition, Solar-Powered Bubble Baths & Waking Up from Fracking Nightmares

NICE WORK! Turning Passions Into Careers

This week's guest is Richard Heinberg, best-selling author and Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. Richard is one of the world's leading experts on energy, resource scarcity and the economics of both. You'll want to take a listen as we discuss: The shale bubble Ponzi scheme The oil booms that bust small-town USA The difference between renewable and sustainable The incredible back to Eden artists of WATCHTOWER The hidden mission of the super nice clubStradivarius vs Guarneri  The disconnect between Silicon Valley and HUMANITYThe real U.S. economy vs. the one you see the pundits hype on TV Our transition to solar/renewable prospectsHow Tesla and Apple are at all-time highs despite a global pandemicHow to build the new energy infrastructureFuture power for future generations www.RichardHeinberg.comwww.PostCarbon.orgwww.Resilience.org

1hr

28 Jul 2020

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Richard Heinberg | Consumerism, Sustainability & the Coming Corrections

The Practical Stoic with Simon J. E. Drew

Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and author of several books on energy and the environment, including Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels, and, with David Fridley, Our Renewable Future. His upcoming book is Power: Humanity’s Quest for Ability, Control, Influence, and Beauty—and How It All Went Wrong. WEBSITE:​ https://richardheinberg.com/ OUR RENEWABLE FUTURE: shorturl.at/cJR59 AFTERBURN: shorturl.at/koKOX THE END OF GROWTH: shorturl.at/cnyPU Simon Drew Links Patreon: patreon.com/simonjedrew Coaching: simonjedrew.com/coaching/ Practical Stoic Mastermind: facebook.com/groups/practicalstoicmastermind Facebook: facebook.com/simonjedrew Instagram: instagram.com/simonjedrew LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/simonjedrew Website: simonjedrew.com FEEDSPOT: https://blog.feedspot.com/stoicism_podcasts/

1hr 3mins

20 May 2020

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