Increase in UN Food Index reflects the Fossil Fuel Debt Spiral

By Zachary Alexander on

If you are wondering why the United Nations (UN) Food Index has increased so much over the past year, you need only look at the commodity prices for oil. As you know, in both industrialized and developing economies food is a fossil fuel product. As the price of oil goes up so does the price …

Are you really seeing the emergence of a by-Product Economy?

By Zachary Alexander on

Prognosticators love to name what’s next. It’s going to be a hydrogen economy or a cleantech economy or some other simple metaphor. A better question is have you seen the end of the mass market economy with its reliance on throw away goods. Will the next economy actually be based on what can now be …

Climate Instability triggers massive flooding in Australia

By Zachary Alexander on

As the United States Congress appears to be days away from a fight against limiting the government’s authority to deal with greenhouse emissions, some of your peers in Australia are dealing with massive flooding. They are riding a dangerous roller coaster that is climate instability and paying the ultimate price in life and property. The …

Reminiscing about the Doha Round Decade?

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As a loyal reader of the ebTDesign Forum, you probably know that the process of globalization ended in 2006 when the Doha Round of International Trade Talks was suspended for the first time. However you may not have considered the conditions that have led to this round of talks lasting for almost a decade. You …

The Value of Using Aviation Subsidies for Hydrogen Convergence

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A little known fact is that the purchase of jet aircraft is heavily subsidized. You and your peers might have reasoned that governments got out of the aviation industry after deregulation took place. This is only partially true. Generally, most air ports are owned and operated by quasi-governmental organizations. You could also make the case …

Is Carbon Labeling the right solution for a GOP controlled Congress?

By Zachary Alexander on

The Huffington Post recently published a story about the anxiety that the negotiators at the COP 16 meeting felt about the pending Republican (GOP) takeover of the United States House of Representatives.  Given all the hand wringing, you would think that they would have changed their strategy. If they were consistent readers of the ebTDesign …

The Key to Winning the Climate Debate

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This week’s Energy Now broadcast showcased a climate debate between two climate advocates and one climate change skeptic. After you watch this video, you might think that the skeptic seemed reasonable. In fact, anyone who is not an environmentalist would probably believe the same. And, this represents a major problem for climate advocates. The advocates …

Can Climate Funds prosper given the Fossil Fuel Debt-Spiral?

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The fossil fuel era is coming to an end because of resource scarcity and the danger posed by climate instability. In an effort to reduce the hardships felt by developing and emerging economies, some have suggested climate funds as the best means of offsetting the losses incurred by reducing carbon emissions. This sounds like an …

Fossil Fuel Debt-Spiral brought down Major Financial Institutions

By Zachary Alexander on

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders published an article on the Huffington Post website about the efforts of the United States Federal Reserve’s to save the international banking system. This story reads like a true crime novel which ends with big bad bankers at the Federal Reserve fleecing the American people. Stories like this would lead …