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The Future Looks Bleak For Coal And We Shouldn’t Invest In It

Anthony Perl Jul 23, 2014   

In the transition towards a post-carbon future, infrastructure built today for fossil fuels could easily become stranded assets which burden investors and taxpayers with sunk costs. The proposal … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: Iraq on the Precipice

Tom Whipple Jun 27, 2014   

The daily newspapers are now full of stories predicting that Iraq, as we know it, will soon disintegrate into three or more warring states. ... >>

Want to Change the World? Read This First

Richard Heinberg Jun 16, 2014   

If you want to change society—or are interested in aiding or evaluating the efforts of others to do so—some understanding of exactly how environmental circumstances affect such efforts could be extremely helpful. ... >>

The Global Energy Market’s Moment of Truth

Paul Gilding Jun 06, 2014   

Sustainability is not good for many businesses – in fact it means they’ll have to go out of business. This is what sustainability at its core is all about – things that are unsustainable will stop. ... >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: The Monterey Shale Debacle

Tom Whipple May 28, 2014   

Last week the LA Times ran a story saying that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is about to reduce “its” estimate of the amount of shale oil that can be recovered from … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: Parsing 2014

Tom Whipple May 15, 2014   

Some 15 years ago when the current concept of peak oil was posited, it was all going to be simple. Somewhere in the early part of the 21st century oil production was going to reach a peak and … >>

The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us

Richard Heinberg May 09, 2014   

Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: Revisiting Natural Gas

Tom Whipple May 05, 2014   

A couple of months back I noted that the U.S. was burning through the stocks of natural gas we store in underground caverns at an unprecedented rate. These are the stocks that provide a buffer … >>

The Energy Independence Illusion

John Kaufmann Apr 30, 2014   

The purported benefits of energy independence are simple: an improved economy due to the reduced outflow of dollars, improved national security, and more flexibility on foreign policy... ... >>

The Gross Society

Richard Heinberg Apr 28, 2014   

Seeing only its title, a prospective reader might guess this essay is about our nation’s epidemic of obesity. Or could it be a sarcastic observation on the evolution of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society? ... >>