Transition Voice Covers Peak Oil, Zombies and Economic Crisis

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The second issue of the world's only magazine on peak oil features full coverage of the World Oil Conference held in Washington, DC this fall, and analysis of how the impending world energy crisis is already holding back the US economic recovery. The issue also features an essay on today's zombie craze, reviews of important books on energy and the economy, and features like Thanksgiving recipes, a photo gallery of stunning barns from farms across the nation, and a report from Britain on pioneering work done to help communities plan to power down in the future while rebuilding their local economies and creating good jobs.

In the wake of hard-fought US mid-term elections, Transition Voice, the world's first magazine on peak oil, launched its second issue today with coverage of energy shortages, global warming and their implications for the US economic recovery.

The November 2010 issue features extensive coverage of the 6th annual conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas USA. Highlights include features on why unconventional natural gas from shale via hydrofracking could be the most over-sold energy solution today; Ralph Nader's take on peak oil advocates as the “provocateurs” of today's energy scene; why environmental and human rights crusader Bianca Jagger sees peak oil and global fairness as inseparable; and how the US military is preparing to protect America in world of more wars for oil.

“In early October Team Transition Voice headed to Washington, DC for the ASPO-USA World Oil Conference, whose theme was Seeking Common Ground. But the real stars of the show were the many tirelessly devoted scientists, educators, analysts, food advocates, oil-industry insiders, social commentators, and others who presented a rock-star line-up of peak oil information,” said Lindsay Curren, the editor of Transition Voice.

Experts interviewed or covered in the issue include former Secretary of Energy James Schlesinger; energy analyst Robert Hirsch; authors John Michael Greer, Sharon Astyk and Chris Martenson; US Navy Rear Admiral Lawrence Rice; solar energy expert Ken Zweibel; and financial analyst Nicole Foss.

“We're peek oil geeks, but in all seriousness, there is no craving to indulge in these topics out of glee. Yet there is a certain satisfaction that comes, after learning the facts, from meeting with others who have drawn the same conclusions and who, like you, are trying to make sense out of how it will all shake out. We hope readers will find a sense of community in this issue of Transition Voice,” said Curren.

Along with its extensive reporting and analysis of the ASPO-USA conference, the November 2010 issue of Transition Voice features a report from Britain on the pioneering work being done there to develop energy-descent plans to prepare communities for a future with less oil; advice from an emergency medical technician on what families need to do now to get ready for disruptions in the economy that could hit America harder than Hurricane Katrina; and an essay on what today's zombie craze says about a nation struggling to deal with its addiction to oil.

“Zombies are what we can’t run away from. AIDS epidemics, impending economic collapse, climate change, peak oil, national debt, and the return of Newt Gingrich. Like irritable bowel syndrome, it all catches up with you eventually. And it comes from inside,” writes article author Brian Wimer, award-winning director of Eat Me: A Zombie Musical.

Recipes to make a healthy and easy vegan Thanksgiving feast entirely free of meat or dairy products that can help you cut your carbon footprint; instructions to create your own green roof to save energy and grow your own hyper-local food; advice from a therapist on building mental resilience in the face of economic crisis and other challenges; and book reviews and original art photography round out the issue.

The November 2010 issue of Transition Voice is available online at

About Transition Voice

Transition Voice is the online magazine for the peak oil community and Transition movement, covering areas ranging from the arts and living, to climate disruption and the environment, to the response of the religious community to issues of energy and equity. Of particular interest is the global Transition movement with more than 300 local groups worldwide dedicated to preparing their communities for a future after peak oil. Published monthly in Staunton, Va, the magazine is a project of Transition Staunton Augusta and can be found at


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