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January 2019 Update

The Resilience NYC Meetup stands for responding to climate change and transitioning to clean energy. A number of years ago, we met in person every month. Now, we republish the events of aligned organizations. Please check them out and get involved.

We differ from other climate change groups is our deeper recognition that unlimited growth on a finite planet is impossible, that we have reached those limits, and must deal with depleting supplies of natural resources, especially of fossil fuels. There are pathways to humanely managing this transition, (http://www.postcarbon.org/program/erc/)and the biggest obstacles are not technological but social, psychological and cultural. The political situation has made these obstacles even more challenging.

The phrase 'sustainability' is obsolete, which is why we use the word resilience. After Hurricane Sandy, it became widely accepted that we must retrofit our communities to become more resilient. No matter what we do now, climate change is unavoidable, the era we might remember as normal is now behind us. The way the world operates now can not be sustained in its present form. We must still try to step on the brakes and hopefully avoid the most severe outcomes.

The Post Carbon Institute and many activists recommend building resilience locally (http://www.postcarbon.org/program/res/) - whether to extreme weather events, financial turbulence, or political upheaval. In response to the new state of political affairs, we will collaborate with other progressive populist groups for whom the climate crisis is a central concern, and republish some of their events. Allies include: 350 NYC (https://350nyc.org/) and Extinction Rebellion.

Send your suggestions on how you think Resilience NYC can make a difference, and help you make a difference, to Dan at beyondoilnyc@gmail.com (http://richardheinberg.com/museletter-286-100-renewable-energy-what-we-can-do-in-10-years). Bill Burke was co-organizer of this group in the early 2000s, but left the City many years ago to manage an organic permaculture berry farm in rural western Massachusetts.

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Background: two reasons why energy is crucial - climate change and fuel depletion

Most reasonable people who accept scientific evidence recognize that climate change is a severe crisis. However it is still necessary to keep reminding people of the scope of the crisis, partly because of how distracted we are individually by the responsibilities of our daily lives, and the sea of media and entertainment in which we swim. Minimizing the damage of climate crisis is possible but will require extreme changes. We should push for leaving oil, gas and coal in the ground, because burning them all will push climate change info overdrive.

What's possible, and how much of our energy needs can be met with renewable energy? The Post Carbon Institute has written about that extensively (http://www.postcarbon.org/). Here's a short article (http://richardheinberg.com/museletter-286-100-renewable-energy-what-we-can-do-in-10-years).

With a severe setback to US national efforts to cope with climate change, we have to focus on community, city and state efforts, and align with allies. Fortunately for us, New York City is one of the world's leading cities in those innovations. Can we find overlaps between green local initiatives that improve people's quality of life, lower carbon emissions, makes us more resilient, and support local or US jobs? Can we share those good practices with other networks in other communities?

It's important to know that in addition to climate change, we have to move away from fossil fuels because their supplies are limited. Since the Industrial Revolution, we've already burned through most of them.

Most of the world's supplies of oil, coal and natural gas were discovered long ago. Despite record investment in exploration and production development, conventional crude oil production has been on a bumpy plateau since about 2005. Oil companies are forced to drill in increasingly extreme locations, often miles under the ocean floor, because all the sources that are easy to recover are already in production. Increases in US and global oil production in the last few years all come from unconventional sources, like deep sea and arctic fields, and from unconventional methods, like fracking. The amounts of oil available through unconventional methods is limited, and will eventually go into decline. This phenomenon, called peak oil, is not theory but already measured in many oil producing countries. Here's a recent summary of how peaking of world fuel production will play out, and its economic effects. (http://www.resilience.org/stories/2016-08-09/an-updated-version-of-the-peak-oil-story)

We don't have 1,000 years of coal. We already mined easily accessible coal supplies, (http://www.resilience.org/stories/2016-11-22/trump-s-coal-delusions) and the remaining coal fields that are economically recoverable are only good for a few decades. Clean coal is a myth - as well as the fantasy that the coal jobs of the past can be restored.

As the anti-fracking movement has said, fracking for shale for oil and gas is incredibly polluting and toxic. What they have left out is that the industry has exaggerated the supplies of how much there is to be extracted. Fracked oil and gas production is a short-lived bubble (http://www.postcarbon.org/program/bsh/), and it's been a tremendous waste of money and resources.

Economic growth as we have known it over the last 200 years has only been possible because we've gone through most of the fossil fuels that have built up over the last hundred million years or so. The implications of declining supplies of fossil fuels that are easy to extract will be profound. On a shorter term basis, many analysts say the world's extravagantly growing levels of debt cannot be paid off, and a financial crisis bigger than the one in 2008 is long overdue. To learn more, go to Peak Prosperity (https://peakprosperity.com/) or Deep Connections (https://medium.com/deepconnections).

This Meetup and activists associated with it spent many years sharing the messages of the peak oil movement, and the Transition movement. The information that led to our concerns is still accurate, but the ways in which we share those concerns with the world have changed. ...Again, there are pathways forward. Please join us in taking the next step.

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FERC and why you need to know about it, Mon. April 3
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TAKE ON FERC: the most dangerous federal agency you’ve (probably) never heard of Monday, April 3,[masked]:30 PM to 8:45 PM NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, NY, NY Organized by NYC Grassroots Alliance Share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/410630409314207/ RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Grassroots-Alliance/events/237296822/ Did you know that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved virtually every single natural gas pipeline expansion project proposed by the gas industry in the last 30 years?! Learn about the growing movement which is fighting these pipelines and FERC. Learn about the current campaign by 150 organizations, and growing, to get the US Senate to reject Trump’s nomination of three climate deniers to run FERC. Learn about Beyond Extreme Energy’s creative, disruptive and consistent campaign since July of 2014 to shine a spotlight on FERC and strengthen local grassroots groups in their fights against new fracked gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure. GUEST SPEAKER: Ted Glick has devoted 49 years of his life to the progressive social change movement. He was active in the peace movement against the Vietnam war, was a founder and national coordinator of the National Campaign to Impeach Nixon and has been actively involved in progressive coalition-building and independent politics efforts since 1975. Since 2003 he has played a leadership role in the effort to stabilize our climate and for a just, jobs-creating, renewable energy revolution. He was a founder in early 2004 of the Climate Crisis Coalition, and he worked for 10 years as National Campaign Coordinator of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He was a co-founder in 2014 and is a leader of Beyond Extreme Energy. He has been arrested 19 times for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience. Since 2000, he has been writing Future Hope, a nationally-circulated column of political and social commentary. (DM: Ted Glick is excellent - highly recommended.) https://beyondextremeenergy.org/ ****************** Please RSVP so we'll know how many chairs to put out.

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