Tuesday Energy Blogging: The end of growth?

09 Mar 2010 09:41 pm
Posted by: Donna

I’m on a quest to find good books on energy and the environment to read and recommend. My web surfing this morning led me to LifeTwo, a site devoted to midlife. The 2007 article I linked to cited Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by economist Bill McKibben. McKibben looks at growth from an economic, sociological, and sustainability standpoint. I reserved a used paperback on Amazon.

I stayed on the site for a while, reading articles by various contributors. The site’s emphasis is on self-improvement, health, and relationships but I liked the overall focus on simplicity and against materialism in many of the articles. A little on psychobabble-y and woo woo side, but still interesting.

At 41, I’m not quite ready to admit to being middle aged yet but I am increasingly aware that kids these days drive too fast and play music I don’t understand. Readers around my age who are dating someone older should know that when they join AARP at age 50, they might think it’s a laugh riot to you up for the group without your knowledge. I was just shy of my 40th birthday when I received my AARP card in the mail. Ha ha, Mark, but you’re still a decade my senior. Although I’m not AARP-age yet, it’s weird to realize that Gen X is entering middle age now, after over two decades of that being strictly Boomer territory.

Anyway since that seque had nothing to do with energy, I’m eager to read McKibben’s book since Amazon reviewers praise him for his clear and unsparing writing. There are too few voices talking about how unsustainable an economic paradigm based on unending growth is, which is tragic since it ought to be part of everyday conversation at this point.

I’ll have a post tomorrow about the bullcrap going on at the lege.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on March 10, 2010 2:22 pm

    At 41, I’m not quite ready to admit to being middle aged

    Oooookay. I’ve been reluctant, but just do it cat This is an irritant to me..

    Please stop. I’ve seen you on televison and read many posts.
    I would have pegged you for late 20s early 30s from your appearnce. You give so much, and add so much. This gray muzzled cat enjoys the think’in. and reacti’n.

    (cats sense things, muh)

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on March 10, 2010 2:39 pm

    Me again. (really?!)

    I’m sensing birfday.

  3. Comment by Alan Scott on March 10, 2010 5:58 pm


    I personally enjoy reading the LA Times . So many articles about how bad things are in California . You remember California, don’t you ?The greenest, most progressive State in the union .


    I wonder how materialistic you get on unemployment .They should hire the jobless to tear down the 14,000 abandoned wind turbines in California that are slicing and dicing innocent birds .

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