Monthly Archives: November 2006

Does Our Future Require Star Trek Technology?

By David L. Brown Well, Stephen Hawking is at it again, with a prediction that humankind “will need to venture far beyond planet Earth to ensure the long-term survival of our species,” according to a story in The Telegraph (here). … Continue reading

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A Review of the Novel that Inspired This Site

Note: Following is a book review by Paul Dellinger which appeared on the leading science fiction web site Yellow 30 Sci-Fi. Our thanks to Paul and Yellow 30 for their excellent piece, which we reproduce here with their permission. — … Continue reading

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Ethanol: The Smell of (easy) Money

by Val Germann The recent Thanksgiving holiday took this writer back to his hometown in north-central Missouri, and right past the new corn-ethanol plant near Malta Bend. I stopped this time to take a photograph since it was such a … Continue reading

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Lovelock of Gaia Fame Sounds New Warning

By David L. Brown One of the most controversial figures in environmental affairs has long been James Lovelock, the British author and scientist who introduced the Gaia theory. More a metaphor than an actual scientific theory, Gaia posits the idea … Continue reading

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Climate Danger and the U.S. Federal System

by Val Germann How often in U.S. history have the various states gone to the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Federal Government to assume more power?  The answer is not very often, as Star Phoenix Base readers can imagine.  However, … Continue reading

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The Downside of Declining Population Numbers

By David L. Brown The root of most of the environmental problems we presently face — and many of the social, political and health dangers as well — lies in the fact that the world’s population has been allowed to … Continue reading

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Climate Change Off the G20 Agenda

by Val Germann Believe it or not, the energy and climate future of planet Earth was most likely determined over the weekend as Melbourne, Australia hosted the G20 finance meetings.  In spite of dire warnings and growing public concern, the … Continue reading

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A Vignette from the Book that Inspired This Site

Following is an excerpt from the book that inspired this web site. Between each chapter of this exciting novel of the near future appears a brief vignette that helps to explain how climate change and social upheaval brought civilization to … Continue reading

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BMW Launches an “H-Bomb”

By David L. Brown Just ask an expert on alternative fuels — someone with impeccable credentials in the field such as George Bush or Arnold Schwarzenegger — and they will tell you that hydrogen fueled vehicles are the undisputed wave … Continue reading

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Memories of Milton Friedman

By David L. Brown In the Spring of 1969 — gosh, could that actually be 37 years ago! — I had the rare pleasure of spending a half hour in conversation with the great economist Milton Friedman in his office … Continue reading

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