Rampant consumerism won’t survive in a fully renewable future. But there may be some compensatory gains once we get there. 

  David Fridley has spent his working life in the energy sector, much of it in China, which he observes has no illusions about the scope of the problem it represents, and has been far more proactive than the US in developing renewable energy sources.


Sanders Delegates Still Think He Won California

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  ALSO: California Gov. Jerry Brown has cleared his desk before leaving for the Democratic National Convention. He signed 28 bills Monday morning and vetoed two.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

We follow Ben Bradford all week in Philadelphia. You can follow him on Twitter (@JBenBradford.)

  As we contemplate an all-electric future, supplied only by renewable sources, we must also plan for changes on the demand side of the equation. Economic changes rise to the forefront in this second report from our three part series with the authors of Our Renewable Future.

  Richard Heinberg, who previously has written extensive on peak oil, does not attach a timeframe to the scenarios envisioned in Our Renewable Future. But he does note that the fracking boom that forestalled earlier fears of a new energy crisis, is itself now trending downward.

DNC Preview: Two Similarities With The RNC

Jul 25, 2016

The unstoppable political season continues. Just as Cleveland begins to recover from last week’s Republican National Convention, Democrats are now converging in Philadelphia for their event.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

We follow Ben all week in Philadelphia, and you can follow him on Twitter @JBenBradford.

  Sooner or later, clean electricity will have to power our future. But that future world will be significantly different than the one we live in now. In this first of a three-part series, KRCB explores the projections of two local energy industry analysts.

Transportation is a huge consumer of oil and gas, and converting that to renewably-sourced electricity will be one of the biggest challenges we face, says Richard Heinberg. Because moving people around is just the tip of the melting iceberg.

Playing It Safe On The Russian River

Jul 22, 2016

Summer on the Russian River.

It's an iconic Sonoma County experience, and each year thousands of residents and visitors look forward to swimming, paddling, and tubing on this beautiful warm-weather playground.

However, playing in the river is not without risk. Yes, the water looks calm and inviting on a hot summer day, but there are unseen hazards beneath the surface, including sudden drop offs, changing currents, snags and boulders. So at the risk of sounding like your mom, we ask you to please be safe out there. 

Delegates Mixed On How To Make GOP More Competitive In California

Jul 22, 2016
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  After a week of speeches and parties with fellow Donald Trump loyalists, California delegates to the Republican National Convention are returning home to one of the bluest states in the nation.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Next week, look for our coverage of the delegation to the Democratic National Convention from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford.

  Life is often more complicated for kids who have had an organ transplant. But a special camp in the hills of western Sonoma County brings them together for a few days each summer. Reporter Rhian Miller visited their annual session this week.

The Annual Solid Organ Transplant Camp by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford –its official name—wraps up this year’s session on Saturday.

California Delegation Full Of Fun Faces, Interesting Stories

Jul 21, 2016

  The hundreds of California delegates, alternates and guests at the Republican national convention include plenty of colorful characters. We meet a couple of them.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

You can follow Ben all week in Cleveland on Twitter @AdlerBen.

  Self-sufficiency is a cornerstone of sustainability, and it can even be applied to raising prime grass-fed beef. On today’s report, we hear from a young farmer who is doing just that.

The best time of year for butchering beef cattle is usually late summer, explains True Grass Farms’ Guido Frosini. But exactly when is determined by the growth cycle of the grasses that the cattle feed on.

Beyond his own farming practices, Frosini is also determined to build new bridges between consumers and food producers.