Can We Live Without Oil?

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?

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Can We Live Without Oil?
Fall 2004 Issue # 31

The End of Ancient Sunlight
by Thom Hartmann
There are good reasons to move away from dependence on oil —
war and climate change are among them. Then there’s the fact that oil extraction is about to peak, and we don’t have a plan for a world of diminishing oil supplies.

Getting There on Less
by Guy Dauncey
How might we get around with less oil? Here’s a 12-step program to kick our addiction to gas guzzling.

China’s Future, the World’s Future
by William Brent
China is poised to become the world’s biggest oil importer and greenhouse gas polluter. A veteran China correspondent searches for signs that China might choose a greener path.

Biodiesel Partnership
by Brian Edstrom
When Andrew Azman, age 21, brought biodiesel to the University of Colorado, he didn’t imagine how far this project would take him.

Can Hydrogen Save Us?
by Katharine Mieszkowski
Some say switching to hydrogen is the answer. Others have doubts. What can hydrogen do for us, and what can’t it do?

Cool Technologies
by Darrin Burgess, Michelle Burkhart, Pamela O’Malley Chang, Rik Langendoen, Carolyn McConnell, Doug Pibel
Ten of our favorite, breathtakingly simple ways to cut oil dependence.

Making it Last
by Hunter Lovins
It isn’t sexy. No big corporations and few lobbyists sing its praises. But there is a winning strategy for an energy future.


Nuclear Power is the Only Green Solution
by James Lovelock
The creator of the Gaia hypothesis says if we are to avert the ravages of climate chaos, we must go nuclear.

Nuclear is no Solution
by Cameron Burns
Nuclear energy could be a worse climate polluter than oil.

Climate-friendly Northwest
by Patrick Mazza & K.C. Golden
Despite dire warnings, Northwest businesses, farmers, and cities are finding climate-friendly policies bring prosperity.

Finding Opportunity in Crisis
by Carla Din
Labor leaders and environmentalists team up to rebuild America’s job base and save the planet.

The Hour Before the Dawn
by David Orr
Ten good reasons for hope.

Resources for a Post-petroleum World
by Michelle Burkhart


A Coalition for Survival
Loretta Ross interviewed by Carolyn McConnell
One of the most unreported stories this year was the March for Women’s Lives, which brought over a million people to the streets of the nation’s capital. Even less reported was that women of color played a leading role in the event’s success.

A Family of Enraged and Impassioned Women
by Courtney E. Martin

September Is for Democracy
by Michelle Burkhart
How to preserve democracy—coming to a library near you.

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Letter from the Editor
by Sarah Ruth van Gelder

Readers’ Forum

Readers Take Action

Organizing to protect our votes
States sue utilities over climate pollution
Bringing attention to Sudan
Monsanto nixes GM wheat
Cancer Alley organizer honored
The politics of time
A win for media diversity


The Page that Counts

in review
After the Empire: The Breakdown of the American Order
Compassionate Listening
In Praise of Slowness

positive futures network news
One Easy Solution for Democracy
In this nail-biter of an election, the third-party “spoiler” effect could be devastating. But there’s a simple solution.
by Frances Korten

YES! but how?


There’s Still Time—a clip-out poster
You can make a difference in this election—here’s how

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