Nate Hagens

Board Member

Ecology, Economics, Energy

Nate is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Until recently he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of the most popular and highly-respected websites for analysis and discussion of global energy supplies and the future implications of energy decline. Nate is currently on the Boards of Post Carbon Institute, Bottleneck Foundation, IIER and Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future.

Nate's presentations address the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming end of economic growth. On the supply side, Nate focuses on the interrelationship between debt-based financial markets and natural resources, particularly energy. On the demand side, Nate addresses the evolutionarily-derived underpinnings to status, addiction, and our aversion to acting about the future and offers suggestions on how individuals and society might better adapt to what's ahead.  Ultimately, Nate’s talks cover the issues relevant to propelling our species (and others) into deep time.

Nate has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC and NPR, and has lectured around the world. He holds a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Previously Nate was President of Sanctuary Asset Management and a Vice President at the investment firms Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers.

videos

The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises

length: 1:28:57   credit: Nate Hagens   Jul 29, 2014

PCI Board Member Nate Hagens made this presentation at Minneapolis College of Art and Design on July 10, 2014.

Nate is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society. Nate's presentations address the opportunities and constraints we face after the coming end of economic growth. His talk, The Converging Environmental and Economic Crises: A Pep Talk For Those Paying Attention offered suggestions on how society might better adapt, physically and psychologically, to what's ahead.

audio

Peak Oil and the socio-economic impact of depleting fossil fuel resources

length: 57:08   credit: Progressive Commentary Hourdownload   Feb 13, 2014

Progressive Radio's Gary Null talks peak oil, climate change, economy, culture, policy and much more with regular Resilience.org author Kurt Cobb and PCI Board Member Nate Hagens.

Latest Publications

Low Carbon and Economic Growth: Are both compatible in developing economies?

Nate Hagens    Aug 24, 2011   

At the intersection of global energy depletion and concerns about human impact on the environment lie some serious and oft overlooked issues. Largely gone from our public discourse is the idea that oil is infinite. It is now … >>

Socio-economic paradigm shift ahead

Nate Hagens    Jul 03, 2012   

An interview with Nate Hagens, ASPO-Vienna 2012 by Alexander Ač Introduction The current period can be undoubtedly characterized as an economical, ecological, cultural, political, but also moral crisis. The solution … >>

Fleeing Vesuvius

Nate Hagens

The financial crisis that has blighted the world's richest countries since 2008 was a turning point in human history because it ushered in an era in which economies will tend to shrink rather than grow. Incomes will decline … >>

press coverage

Hagens talk at Kansas Wesleyan University in the Hays Daily News

Nate Hagens  

Post Carbon Board member Nate Hagen's recent talk in Salina was reported in the Hays Daily News. Nate was there by invitation of The Resliience Group, a local group working on regional responses to resource depletion. … >>