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Energy is at the heart of the human predicament in the 21st Century.

We face a transformational moment in humanity’s energy story. We can no longer ignore the ever-rising financial, social, and environmental costs of fossil fuels; nor can we ignore questions about what a truly renewable energy future will look like.

Post Carbon Institute believes that in order to make the right choices and investments, we must have a more comprehensive understanding of our energy predicament and options. Our work builds this fundamental energy literacy and aims to shift the public conversation around energy—from wanting more to needing less, and valuing what we have.

Related Projects

  • Book: Our Renewable Future, an in-depth analysis of both the opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to a 100% renewable energy future.
  • Report series: The Shale Bubble debunked the hype about the so-called “shale revolution” with detailed analaysis of the claims underpinning the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) tight oil and shale gas forecasts, from 2015 to 2021.
  • Campaign: Energy Reality, which included a groundbreaking book, an energy primer, and compelling photos and art, all aimed at increasing energy literacy among thought leaders.
  • Videos: Short, smart, and often irreverent, our videos make energy literacy accessible to everyone. Most especially our viral hit 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds.

Image: China coal ship accident, via Xinhua.