Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion

Jun 21, 2017 Comments Off on Using energy to extract energy – the dynamics of depletion by
"Transferring resources out of the luxury consumption of the rich is a necessary part of the process of finding the wherewithal for energy conservation work and for developing renewable energy resources," writes Brian Davey in a chapter from Credo that was written in 2014 but is still relevant now.
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Limits to economic growth?

Apr 18, 2017 1 Comment by
In this presentation given at the University of Nottingham on April 4, Brian Davey investigates the historical roots of the growth-based economy. He critiques the assumption that renewable energy could take over from fossil fuels while maintaining economic growth, and goes on to discuss some ways forward.
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Approaching a global deflationary crisis?

Aug 15, 2015 Comments Off on Approaching a global deflationary crisis? by
"Anyone with any sense for global economic trends ought to be worried. The signs are everywhere of a serious deflationary crisis. It is obvious that Chinese growth is falling" writes Brian Davey in another update to his book Credo. He goes on to describe four processes that are driving this crisis.
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Up for the Game at Croke Park

Jun 20, 2015 Comments Off on Up for the Game at Croke Park by
Theresa O'Donohue has a memorable blog post on her reaction to a consultation at a recent energy coneference on “Energy Projects – Community and Stakeholder Engagement”. It's encouraging to read how a bit of frank talk can actually lead to more openness to collaboration from all sides.
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From our archives: The supply of money in an energy-scarce world

Mar 22, 2015 Comments Off on From our archives: The supply of money in an energy-scarce world by
In 2011, Richard Douthwaite wrote in Fleeing Vesuvius that "Money once bought energy. Now energy, or at least an entitlement to it, will actually be money and energy firms may become the new banks." His suggestions for achieving this transition in the fairest way possible have a clear relevance now.
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The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture?

Jan 28, 2015 Comments Off on The Fracking “Matrix”: Which “frame” gives the more relevant picture? by
In this presentation given to Derby City Council on January 13th, Brian Davey identifies some of the ways in which fracking has been framed in order to make it seem innocuous.
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Beyond Globalization: The Legacy of Richard Douthwaite (1942 – 2011) for a Degrowth Economy

Jan 07, 2015 Comments Off on Beyond Globalization: The Legacy of Richard Douthwaite (1942 – 2011) for a Degrowth Economy by
To usher in the New Year, here's a paper by Willi Kiefel on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's profound and lasting impact on the green movement in Ireland.
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Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review

Dec 18, 2014 Comments Off on Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review
While Brian Davey found many of this books' chapters to be "excellent as short pithy descriptions of the key concepts of degrowth", he also found a mismatch between some of the words chosen for inclusion in this book and the constellation of concepts which match the overall range and types of degrowth ideas that exist.
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Theresa O’Donohue on empowering the disempowered

Nov 09, 2014 Comments Off on Theresa O’Donohue on empowering the disempowered

Theresa attended the Nov 4 workshop held by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the national white policy paper on energy. Overall she found the workshop “a well run event, plenty of interaction with online input as well as those in the room”. But the power of the energy lobby made itself felt too. In her blog she writes “My only hope is that more public participation will dilute the energy lobby willing to capitalise on our planets resources for their own profits while they pollute the land, air and water. It is true that as consumers …

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Schools of thought on degrowth

Oct 02, 2014 1 Comment
Brian Davey provides some reflections on the recent Degrowth conference, identifying different strains of thought within the Degrowth movement. He believes that "the diversity between the left and the greens can give rise to complementary relationships rather than being sources of deep division and antagonism."
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Degrowth conference in Leipzig

Aug 28, 2014 Comments Off on Degrowth conference in Leipzig
Feasta members Willi Kiefel, Seán Conlan and Brian Davey will be attending next week's degrowth conference, which will focus on concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of growth. Willi will be presenting a paper that he prepared with Seán on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's contribution towards a material degrowth society in Ireland.
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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 3)

Aug 23, 2014 Comments Off on Community Energy in Ireland (Part 3)
In the final part of his report, Erik-Jan Van Oosten reminds us that technologies aren’t neutral and that their complexity needs to be taken into account when planning for future energy production.
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Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2)

Aug 09, 2014 Comments Off on Community Energy in Ireland (Part 2)
In the second part of his commentary on the Community Energy Position Policy Paper, Erik-Jan van Oosten suggests some creative means to achieve financing for renewable energy projects.
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