Caption: Shaun Chamberlin
Shaun Chamberlin 

Dark Optimism

From: Alex Smith
Series: Radio Ecoshock Show
Length: 53:00

How do we handle Peak Oil AND climate change? Shaun Chamberlin from UK Transition Towns, energy writer Kurt Cobb, plus Heinberg on renewable hope, with Lester Brown. Read the full description.
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Shaun_chamberlin_small Chamberlin is also writing a report on "Tradable Energy Quotes" - a way of distributing dwindling energy fairly, while cutting emissions. His blog is "Dark Optimism" at darkoptimism.org

While Richard Heinberg is famous for his books on Peak Oil, this interview with Lester Brown, founder of both Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institute, comes out amazingly hopeful. In his new book "Plan B 4.0" Brown finds renewable energy is booming in the United States, and in China, despite hard economic conditions. Think 50 new coal plants in Texas - except all the power is from wind!

Kurt Cobb and I go through the challenges of trying to transition, as energy becomes more scarce, and more expensive. Will there be a point where we can't build energy for the future? 

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Piece Description

Chamberlin is also writing a report on "Tradable Energy Quotes" - a way of distributing dwindling energy fairly, while cutting emissions. His blog is "Dark Optimism" at darkoptimism.org

While Richard Heinberg is famous for his books on Peak Oil, this interview with Lester Brown, founder of both Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institute, comes out amazingly hopeful. In his new book "Plan B 4.0" Brown finds renewable energy is booming in the United States, and in China, despite hard economic conditions. Think 50 new coal plants in Texas - except all the power is from wind!

Kurt Cobb and I go through the challenges of trying to transition, as energy becomes more scarce, and more expensive. Will there be a point where we can't build energy for the future? 

Additional Credits

Heinberg/Brown interview by Richard Heinberg of postcarbon.org

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