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What if There Was No Petroleum? A Thought Experiment

by: EJ on 09/15/2017

In this excerpt from The Retro Future: Looking to the Past to Reinvent the Future, author John Michael Greer invites us to participate in a thought experiment.  What if petroleum deposits had never happened?  What would our world look like now? 

A Road Not Yet Traveled

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Why Do Netherlanders Bike So Much More than North Americans?

by: EJ on 07/26/2017

People from the Netherlands ride their bikes 40 times more than North Americans.  Why is that?

Well, let's get this out of the way, right away, the Netherlands are flat.  But besides that....Peter Kalmus, author of the Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution has some additional reasons.

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The Advantages of Light Straw Clay

by: Sara on 07/06/2017

Today’s blog is from the just released book Essential Light Straw Clay Construction: The Step-by-Step Guide by Lydia Doleman. It is the fourth book in our Sustainable Building Essentials Series.

Light straw clay is an infill system of loose straw lightly coated in clay that is packed into forms to insulate and enclose a building. It is not load …

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Understanding the Sun and Solar Energy

by: EJ on 06/28/2017

With solar employing more people in US electricity generation than oil, coal and gas combined, we thought that for today’s blog post we would take a page form Dan Chiras’ book Power from the Sun-2nd Edition: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale Solar Production and found out how do we generate power from the sun and can it really meet all our …

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Flagging as an Indication of Wind Speed - Selecting a site for your Wind Turbine

by: Sara on 06/05/2017

Today's post is an excerpt from Power from the Wind: A Practical Guide to Small-scale Energy Production - Revised 2nd Edition by Dan Chiras. In it he describes flagging and the Griggs-Putnam Index of Deformity and there use in wind site assessment. 

Mike Bergey states that a stand-alone (off-grid) wind energy system makes sense if you’re in an …

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