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

We now face a transformational moment in our energy story. We can no longer ignore the ever-rising financial, social, and environmental costs of fossil fuels. Nor 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.

The Energy Transition Program 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.


The Energy Transition program includes:

  • The Energy Reality Campaign, which includes a breathtaking and thought-provoking book, an energy primer, thought provoking essays, and compelling photos and art, all aimed at increasing energy literacy.
  • Our Renewable Future, an in-depth analysis of both the opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to a 100% renewable energy future.
  • The Shale Bubble, a series of reports analyzing actual shale gas and tight oil production and assessing U.S. government forecasts to provide a reality check on the prospects of a long-term “shale revolution.”

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