A simple life is hard to imagine. Here’s one way.

Lost driver: “Can you tell me how to get to Union Grove?” Roadside farmer: “No. But if I was you, I wouldn’t start from here.”

Most of us have trouble seeing from here down the road. If we ponder what life would be like with a lot less water, air-conditioning, meat, or municipal services, it’s hard to visualize. How would limited transportation, lower home values, more community conflict, and food scarcities feel? We can’t quite imagine.

I spend hours researching dangers like these and possible tactics for dodging them. But even I have trouble conjuring visions of their everyday consequences. […]

Could conservation become a Conservative cause?

The Congress needs to act on climate change – we should push our legislators towards a positive thinking in this matter. […]

The deficit drops. Now can Washington help create jobs?

With the deficit dropping dramatically, can our resilient government now create jobs, improve education, fight CO2, whatever? […]

Pits and piles

There are money pits America needs to fill. There are money piles we might use.

America needs to pay these obligations – or duck them.

$14,350,000,000,000 Our national debt, most will agree, is too big for our national income to support. Slowing or stopping its growth means significantly cutting the federal deficit, currently $1.65 trillion per year.

$2,000,000,000,000 Estimated infrastructure repair needs (e.g. roads, bridges, transportation networks and water systems) in the US.

$36,000,000,000,000 Estimated present value of unfunded obligations under the Medicare program.

$5,400,000,000,000 Estimated present value of unfunded obligations under Social Security.

$1,260,000,000,000 Retirement and healthcare benefits promised […]

Global warming cheerleaders?

For many who are expecting to be Raptured, global warming seems like part of God’s will. They won’t try to prevent or even mitigate it. […]

Was human reason never meant for seeking truth?

Scientists see evidence that human reason is weak when applied to finding the truth, but strong when used to defend a viewpoint, regardless of its truth. […]

We can learn to do with less

Federal budget cuts will be like your local store going out of business but continuing to charge your credit card. Families need strategies to cope. […]

Gas tax proposed by oil company president

Is this the first step toward government effort to reduce the nation’s dependence on gasoline? Even if it’s not, it’s a warning we need to reduce the family’s use. […]

Ja, es ist die globale Erwärmung

Global warming believers and skeptics have different emotional approaches. Why? […]

Good news about population growth

Population growth has been pulling the rug from under per-capital improvements. Maybe that is about to stop. […]