Once Again on the EIA’s “Liquid Fuels Supply” chart

By Ed Abbie; Chart By U.S. Energy Information Agency.

wEIA World Supply-unidentified

Once again we feel compelled to re-post this graph from the Energy Information Agency, to refute our dogmatic and ridigly orthodox thinkers on the pro-corporate side of the energy debates.  The folks have positioned themselves as unpaid volunteer public relations specialists for the oil and gas corporations, particularly the pipeline operators such as Enbridge, Trans-Canada, and Kinder Morgan.  Why these regular working-class (yet highly-paid) people would decide to devote themselves to  a life of promoting the fossil fuel corporations and their interests is not for us to decide.  We leave that up to the Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists.

Once again we are re-posting the famous Energy Information Agency’s “Liquid Fuels” supply chart, because once again the pro-fracking and pro-tar sands promoters seem to feel that they’ve overcome the stark grim reality that this chart represents.

Not so. The “Unidentified projects” that make up the huge gap in liquid fuels supply going forward to 2030 A.D. already INCLUDED the “identified” projects which were the three major fracked-oil prospects now being drilled and depleted, PLUS the Alberta Tar Sands.

You can’t wiggle out of this that easily, Mr. Republican Oil and Gas promoter guy…

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Fruit and Vegetable Auction Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive

How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive

Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.

by Erin L. McCoy
posted Jan 13, 2014

Bob Fedyski was adamant: his friend, Chef Matt Rapposelli, needed to check out the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

But for a while, Rapposelli stalled: he didn’t believe an auction in rural, Appalachian Ohio could provide nearly enough produce for his needs—after all, as executive chef at Ohio University he was serving three meals a day to roughly 8,000 students. Besides, Morgan County—where Chesterhill is located—had been a food desert, where people had to travel for miles to find fresh food.

One way Chesterhill has sought to overcome its challenges is by encouraging farmers to collaborate for mutual benefit.

“For Chesterhill, they have two convenience stores, but you can’t buy a tomato there,” explained Fedyski, a specialist in local food for Rural Action, a community development nonprofit.

But finally, one summer afternoon several years ago, Fedyski offered up a compromise: he and Rapposelli would go for a motorcycle ride (“a common addiction”) and end up at the Chesterhill Produce Auction.

They pulled up to an open pavilion, whose broad roof and open garage shaded a concrete patio. Twice a week, May through October, this patio floods with boxes of seasonal produce for the auction block, from apples to squash to, yes, tomatoes. During these auctions, horse-and-buggy teams can be spotted between the parked cars; many of the auction’s most prolific farmers are Amish and live just miles away.

Rapposelli would soon become a regular customer.

“I was stunned,” Rapposelli remembered of that first visit. “Number one, seeing where it was, because it is in the middle of nowhere—it is out. And I was amazed at the number of people who were there: the purveyors, the buyers, and the spectators.”

The auction is not only a bustling sight—it’s also something of a novelty. A produce auction guide printed in Ohio counts only 50-plus auctions in the entire United States. But Chesterhill and Ohio’s eight other produce auctions fill a critical niche—bridging the gap between small producers outside the world of industrial ag and a lower-income populace in need of healthy, affordable food.

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Leaked oil & gas industry docs–Fracked Gas & Oil as “Ponzi Schemes”

Scroll through the emails and comments on this page and you might realize that fracked oil and gas as an energy source are not going to save the fucked American economy.  Or any other country’s economy either.

“that the word among independent oil and gas producers is that shale gas drilling is a Ponzi scheme and that it will be difficult for companies to make money in the Marcellus and Haynesville shale formations…”

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Youths’ Job Gains Wiped Out by Slow Recovery

…This is why this blog often says our economy is fucked.

Behind this worsening figure is an even more worrying picture, revealing persistent unemployment, a proliferation of temporary jobs and growing youth discouragement in advanced economies; and poor quality, informal, subsistence jobs in developing countries.

According to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013 report, an estimated 73.4 million young people – 12.6 per cent – are expected to be out of work in 2013, close to the levels reached at the peak of the economic crisis in 2009. This is an increase of 3.5 million between 2007 and 2013.

Global unemployment trends 2007-2013

Earlier projections had put the 2012 figure at 12.7 per cent but this has been adjusted to 12.4 based on new data. The trend, however, remains upward.

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Occupy Sandy funds growth of worker-owned cooperatives

We’ve commented before about how Occupy Wall Street really showed initiative and the spirit of “mutual aid” when they set up the Occupy (Hurricane) Sandy stations out on Staten Island, in Brooklyn, and in the Rockaways out on Long Island.

Yes! Magazine has a story about the further development of what Occupy Sandy has done. You may agree with us:  This seems to be about unfucking our (really) fucked economy.  Here’s a short quote, full link is below:

Workers in control

Occupy Sandy has allocated $60,000 of the $900,000 it raised in the initial flood of generosity following the storm toward the formation of cooperatives, an initiative they hope will spread across storm-affected areas if it proves successful in Far Rockaway. The Working World, an organization that provides zero-debt micro-finance loans to new cooperatives, has offered to provide monetary support, but for now the organization is mostly lending advice and training.

At one of the early meetings, Brandon Martin, the Working World’s founder, showed the crowd a slideshow of other projects the organization has helped launch. Images of a beekeepers’ cooperative in the countryside of Nicaragua and a shoe factory in Buenos Aires glowed on the wall behind Martin as he outlined the benefits of workers sharing resources and making decisions democratically.

“A cooperative is workers controlling capital, instead of capital controlling workers,” said Martin. “It’s about reorganizing the economy around who’s really in control.”

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Worker-owned cooperatives: Direct democracy in action

On this blog, one of the methods we support for how to unfuck our (totally) fucked economy is through forming worker-owned cooperatives.  Here’s an article that appeared on Truthout, which talks about direct democracy of worker-owned  coops. This is not the only method people are advocating for unfucking our economy, but it’s one that seems to be gaining traction, as they say…

From the intro paragraphs:

At the same time, they are moments of immense opportunity when we can make strides and pool our collective power. The cooperative movement is experiencing a string of these moments now, and is burgeoning with renewed activity. I see this first­hand as a co­-owner of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), a worker­-owned cooperative that participates in many co­op networks. We’ve facilitated hundreds of co­op workshops around the country, and taught thousands with our resource Co­opoly: The Game of Cooperatives.

It’s our philosophy that cooperatives enable direct democracy and local control over the economy. As participants in the co­op movement, we help to turn flashpoints into lasting social change. Fortunately, the path to a community-­controlled economy is well­ worn, and the adaptive responsive networks of the movement are buoying this energy. Over decades, these movement-based networks have quietly built support structures to transition us to a new economy. And with reneweddemands for economic justice, they are springing to life.

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Community-owned Businesses: How communities become entrepreneurs (2010)

This article is a survey article of several types of community-owned business. The cooperative is one of the four, and all these formats are covered in enough detail to get you started, if interested.

By Joshua Bloom | From Main Street Story of the Week | March/April 2010 |

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Throughout the nation, in a movement too small to be called a trend, engaged community members are organizing themselves in new ways to become community entrepreneurs. Often motivated more by mission than capitalistic ambition, community groups are opening new businesses.

Community-owned businesses differ from traditional businesses in that they are motivated by a purpose. They usually arise to fill a void where the marketplace is too slow to act on its own, or the risks appear too high (think decayed downtown). Founders of community-owned businesses don’t just see an opportunity that the market failed to see, but in times when capital for funding new ideas is scarce, they can give life to new business ideas. In many ways, a community-owned business is the same as any other mercantile endeavor: it must satisfy a market need and it must offer the potential to generate a profit.

They are a tiny niche among alternative ownership structures, yet community-owned businesses span a wide range, from a doughnut shop in Clare, Michigan, to the Green Bay Packers. (More on the doughnut shop in a minute.)

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