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Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival

Forthcoming September 2021. Pre-order now and get access to online chapters, webinars, and more! Richard Heinberg’s newest and most ambitious book, Power, explores how four key elements developed to give humans extraordinary power: tool-making ability, language, social complexity, and the ability to harness energy sources—most significantly, fossil fuels.

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Oil, Power, and War: A Dark History

Award-winning journalist Matthieu Auzanneau deftly traces how oil became a national and then global addiction, outlines the enormous consequences of that addiction, sheds new light on major historical and contemporary figures, and raises new questions about the conventional history of oil. Foreword by Richard Heinberg.

Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas, dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide an easy “plug-and-play” solution, author Richard Heinberg suggests instead that […]

Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has temporarily boosted US natural gas and oil production… and sparked a massive environmental backlash in communities across the country. The fossil fuel industry is trying to sell fracking as the biggest energy development of the century, with slick promises of American energy independence and benefits to local […]

ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

What magic, or monster, lurks behind the light switch and the gas pump? Where does the seemingly limitless energy that fuels modern society come from? From oil spills, nuclear accidents, mountaintop removal coal mining, and natural gas “fracking” to large-scale wind, solar, and biomass plants, every source of energy has costs. In a large-format, photo-driven […]