John Kaufmann

Fellow, Government & Peak Oil


John Kaufmann was lead staff for the City of Portland's groundbreaking Peak Oil Task Force. John worked with the Oregon Department of Energy for 29 years as solar specialist, manager, and policy analyst helping to make Oregon a national leader. He received the Professional Achievement Award from the American Planning Association-Oregon for getting 26 jurisdictions in the Portland Metro Area to jointly adopt solar orientation and solar rights ordinances, and received the 2009 Energy Manager of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Energy Managers-Oregon for Lifetime Achievement. Most recently, John was Senior Buildings Energy Manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.


JOHN KAUFMANN: Are Americans Facing Reality?

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PCI Government & Peak Oil Fellow John Kaufmann discusses American denial about environmental and energy issues. 


Local governments prepare for peak oil; cost-competitive local businesses

length: 52:00   credit: Equal Time Radiodownload   Nov 26, 2010

Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises. (You can buy the book through your locally owned bookstore, order it online, or download selected chapters.
John Kaufmann was lead staff for Portland, Oregon's Peak Oil Task Force, and he has consulted with local governments around the continent on how to prepare for energy scarcity. He describes how local governments are planning for scarcity, and what they're missing (hint: a lot).

Michael Shuman is Director for Research and Economic Development at BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local, Living Economies. He describes the surprising cost competitiveness of local businesses, despite government policies designed to destroy them.   

Latest Publications

The Energy Independence Illusion

John Kaufmann    Apr 30, 2014   

  Capitol Hill image via kptripathi/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 license.   Adapted and expanded from a presentation on "Energy Independence and Foreign Policy" to the World Affairs Council of … >>

CITIES, TOWNS, AND SUBURBS: Local Goverment in a Time of Peak Oil and Climate Change

John Kaufmann    Apr 04, 2011   

EXCERPT: Many responses to peak oil urge individual and community solutions, ignoring government.  They argue that since government hasn't done anything to address the problem, citizens and businesses must take … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

John Kaufmann

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Kaufmann on climate change in the Oregonian

John Kaufmann  

Post Carbon Fellow John Kaufmann's response to Gordon Fulk's op-ed on climate change was published at the Oregonian. From the post: I would like to challenge Gordon Fulks’ March 16 op-ed claiming that regional … >>