- Greenwash is Sustain-a-bull

page under construction - October 12, 2023

greenwash (n):
"Disinformation disseminated by an organisation so as to present an environmentally responsible public image. Derivatives greenwashing. Origin from green on the pattern of whitewash."
-- Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Tenth Edition

"Compromise is often necessary, but it ought not to originate with environmental leaders.
Our role is to hold fast to what we believe is right, to fight for it, to find allies, and to adduce all possible arguments for our cause. If we cannot find enough vigor in us or our friends to win, then let someone else propose the compromise, which we must then work hard to coax our way. We thus become a nucleus around which activists can build and function."
-- David Brower

"A man might be afraid his home will get bombed, or he's afraid that he will lose his job, or he's afraid that he will get shot, or beat down by state troopers, and he may go on and live until he's 80. He's just as dead at 36 as he would be at 80. The cessation of breathing in his life is merely the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.…
"A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true."
— Martin Luther King

"Your silence will not protect you."
— Audre Lorde

"When politics enter into municipal government, nothing resulting therefrom in the way of crimes and infamies is then incredible. It actually enables one to accept and believe the impossible..."
-- Mark Twain, letter to Jules Hart, 1901-12-17


slideshows in PDF format
Peak Energy and Climate Chaos
- two aspects of ecological overshoot
recession and covid closures cut energy more than climate concerns
practice for geologic depletion
conventional oil peaked in the USA in 1970, fracked oil and tar sands mining postponed rationing
, Alaskan oil in permanent decline (it powers the motors of Oregon)
fracking during the Obama / Biden and Trump administrations postponed energy rationing
fracking peaked just before Covid
1972 "Limits to Growth" study predicted our predicament
electricity in USA peaked in 2018, on a plateau sustained by fracked gas

natural gas is the biggest energy source for the three US power grids - western, eastern and Texas
renewables have increased but are a small percent of total generation
it is not possible to sustain an always on power grid with variable generation sources (unfortunately)
conventional unnatural gas peaked in USA in 1973
, fracking is a huge but temporary bubble
72% of USA gas production is fracked
gas is the largest energy source for electricity generation in USA, it powers the western, eastern and Texas grids
the largest use of gas is for electricity
USA peak energy - 2007

101 quads - quadrillion BTUs

climate greenwash

Climate Recovery Action Plans
City of Eugene and Lane County
nice rhetoric that ignores limits to growth

"electrification" for "fossil free Eugene"
unnatural gas is the largest source for electricity generation on western power grid

Peak electricity generation was 2018


forests are the lungs of the Earth

Clearcutting the Climate
clearcutting the climate, deforestation causes desertification

13 enviro groups "collaborate" with big timber to greenwash aerial spray and clearcuts


highway expansions and peak traffic

Grading on a Curve: enviros ignore biggest issues (PDF)

Beltline widening across river:
a third of a billion dollars, low build alternative

Highway 126 widening: Eugene to Veneta
low build alternative
Peak Vehicle Miles Traveled sustained by fracked fuels and tar sands
traffic levels declined more due to Covid than climate activism

peak energy conflicts with plans for a trillion dollars in highway expansions across the USA
legal strategy to shift expansion plans toward policies conducive to an energy constrained, climate concerned future
Oregon counties with better public transit (Multnomah, Benton, Lane) had peak VMT on the state highway network during conventional oil
counties with less transit (Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Jackson, Josephine, Deschutes) are at or near a new, higher peak now
ODOT's plans to expand Beltline and Route 126 (Eugene - Veneta) for over a half billion dollars
16 lane widening of Beltline highway, third of a billion dollars (or more), virtually no public awareness let alone opposition to the plans but also no appropriation of funds beyond the Environmental Assessment
federal laws that prevented the West Eugene Porkway (1951 - 2007) do not apply to this project
Highway 126 widening Eugene - Veneta: smaller highway expansion proposed across Fern Ridge reservoir past parkland and rare habitats. No money appropriated. Might have more legal obstacles than Beltline widening.
highway plans in Portland
, cancelling Mt. Hood freeway enabled start of MAX light rail
West Eugene Porkway (1951 - 2007)

Mission Accomplished: No Build federal decision 2007
ecological significance - legal obstacles - energy limits and transportation planning
Mark Robinowitz, Road Scholar
WEP was one of the most illegal highways ever proposed
West Eugene Transportation, Land Use and Neighborhood Design Solutions (WETLANDS) v. Federal Highway Administration: never filed, FHWA chose "No Build" since they knew they would lose in court


land abuse and food relocalization

Urban Reserves vs. farmland:
City of Eugene plan to connect to Junction City and Veneta

EWEB clearcut and strip mine
Eugene Water and Electric Board - utility vs. forest protection, Eugene, Oregon
clearcut of old forest for water tank expansion (2021), neglect of existing infrastructure despite unchecked development (that does not pay its way for urban expansions)

A Dam Big Problem: aging dams and the Cascadia earthquake


fractal, practical politics: a better foundation for environmentalism

activist malpractice - 1000 Friends - NCAP - Beyond Toxics - PIELC - Our Childrens Trust



other websites by Mark Robinowitz - Cooperation or Collapse

Real resilience:

Best case Covid scenario: stimulates societal immune system for real resilience

Covid closures reduced energy more than climate activism

Fractal Permaculture: local, bioregional, global

Carnivorous Coronavirus: industrial meat risks more pandemics and antibiotic resistance

polio and smallpox eradicated by vaccines

Denial - Bargaining - Blame - Acceptance

Moron-a-virus-45: covid disinfo

AntiVa: refuting anti-vax memes

Republican Pandemic: severe illness and deaths concentrated in conservative communities

Hospitals and morgues mostly filled with the unvaccinated

PTSD: President Trump Spread Disease

Joe Rogan: pro-vaccine in March 2020, before Spotify gave him $100 million, now promoting anti-vaxxers

"Plandemic" disinformation video

Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine stop covid in vitro (in a glass) but useless in vivo (in the body)


Green New Deal: great slogan, ignores limits to growth, promotes nukes

100% renewable can't be 100% of "current" consumption - due to physics, not politics


Alaska Pipeline approaching low flow shutdown

Fracking postponed rationing: damned if we drill, damned if we stop, damned as it runs out

Non Binary Climate Concerns

nuclear power: the most dangerous way to boil water

offshore drilling on a swift boat

Peak Airplanes

Peak Energy and Climate Chaos

Peak Electricity

Peak Coal

Fracking postponed rationing

Peak unNatural Gas

Peak Money: a permanent change

Tar Sands

one page PDF summaries

Legacy of the Sixties - Coup In America
(49 minutes)
"Truth and Reconciliation for the National Insecurity State,"
presentation by Mark Robinowitz at
Of Kennedys and Kings: Reinvestigating the RFK and MLK Assassinations at 50
The 17th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium
The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 4, 2018

President Kennedy

JFK called off Cold War at American University, June 10, 1963

Kennedy offered to convert Moon race to cooperative effort with Soviet Union, at United Nations, September 20, 1963

Kennedy withdrawal order from Vietnam, National Security Action Memorandum 263, October 11, 1963

limited hang outs, best evidence, discrediting disinformation

some of the best authors about the assassinations

Martin Luther King

Beyond Vietnam

The Power of Love

other speeches: Where Do We Go From Here? Staying Awake Through a Great Revolution, A Christmas Sermon on Peace, Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Dexter King (his son), testimony at the King family lawsuit in Memphis in 1999 about Truth and Reconciliation in the State sponsored murder of MLK

Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy

RFK in South Africa, 1966

RFK in Indianapolis, April 4, 1968, upon hearing that MLK had been killed

pages under construction:
Oliver Stone: "JFK" (1991) and "JFK Revisited" (2021)
Robert F. Kennedy, Junior: right about the assassinations, wrong about public health


A political map: connected dots
limited hang outs, best evidence, discrediting disinformation

one page PDF summaries

Clearcutting the Climate

trillion dollar highway plans vs. energy depletion

Peak Traffic: the real heartbeat of America just had a transportation heart attack, can we heed the warnings before oil rationing (to be imposed by depletion)