Can We Live Without Oil?

Issue 31  Fall 2004
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The age of oil may well be coming to an end, and the transition will not be easy. Will we choose to do what needs to be done? Fall 2004.
The End of Ancient Sunlight

Would you send your child to war to fight over the last barrels of oil? Would you go yourself? Or pay taxes to support such a war? What will you do when oil is no longer “cheap” and abundant? What will you do if climate change becomes climate chaos? We have no choice about the end of the petroleum age. But we can choose how gracefully we make the transition.

Getting There on Less

Americans are addicted to the joys of the open road. But the joys come at too high a price and we’re about to hit bottom. We can get around without oil. Here’s the 12-step program to do it.

Cool Technologies

Some of the most effective ways to cut our dependence on oil are startlingly simple. Here are 10 of our favorites

Can Hydrogen Save Us?

Hydrogen is the universe’s most abundant element, and a car running on it emits only water. Many think hydrogen is the answer to our energy crisis. Some have doubts ...

The Hour Before the Dawn

Hope, says author David W. Orr, is not the same as wishful thinking. Hope recognizes hard realities, like the difficulty of inventing a new energy future, but chooses to act anyway. Here are 10 reasons to be hopeful

China’s Future, the World’s Future

China will soon surpass the U.S. in carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. Its immense population and rapidly growing economy make for an environmental timebomb. But a veteran China correspondent finds signs of a turnaround

Making it Last

Hunter Lovins helped found and manage the Rocky Mountain Institute, famous for turning conventional wisdom about energy on its head. She’s still changing minds in the worlds of business, nonprofits, and government, showing a more sustainable path to prosperity

Finding Opportunity in Crisis

In the 1960s, John Kennedy challenged America to send a man to the moon. Now, forward-looking leaders are challenging us to invest in a new Apollo Project—to achieve energy independence and rebuild our economy

The Climate-friendly Northwest

Northwest farmers, cities, and entrepreneurs are doing what the federal government can’t or won’t do about climate change—and contrary to the dire predictions, taking action is benefiting, not harming, the economy

A Coalition for Survival

For years, feminism has been declared dead. Yet this April saw the largest protest march in U.S. history--for women's rights. What got all these people into the streets?