Richard Heinberg

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 1:00pm
Tiptoeing Through the Renewable Energy Minefield
I spent the last year working with co-author David Fridley and Post Carbon Institute staff on a just-published book, Our Renewable Future . The process was a pleasure: everyone involved (including the twenty or so experts we interviewed or consulted) was delightful to work with, and I personally...
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 9:30am
100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
If our transition to renewable energy is successful, we will achieve savings in the ongoing energy expenditures needed for economic production. We will be rewarded with a quality of life that is acceptable—and, perhaps, preferable to our current one (even though, for most Americans, material...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:15pm
Carbon Tax: The Low Oil Price Opportunity
Carbon taxes constitute a widely discussed policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing humanity’s headlong rush toward catastrophic climate change. Taxing energy from fossil fuels makes that energy more expensive, thereby making renewable energy comparatively cheaper. There are...
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 8:30am
Can We Have Our Climate and Eat It, Too?
As much as world leaders would like to focus attention on their economies, terrorism, or winning the next election, the heat is rising. Each new release of data on melting glaciers and extreme weather seems more dire than the last, and each governmental COP meeting organized to come up with an...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 8:15am
Can We Afford the Future?
As a child of the 1950s I grew up immersed in a near-universal expectation of progress. Everybody expected a shiny new future; the only thing that might have prevented us from having it was nuclear war, and thankfully that hasn’t happened (so far). But, in the intervening decades, progress has...
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00am
Cap Fossil Fuel Production Now!
Climate scientists are in broad agreement that there are enough fossil fuels in the Earth’s crust that, if they were all burned, the result would be dramatically rising sea levels, extreme weather, plummeting food production, dying seas, and a mass extinction of species (possibly including our own...
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Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 11:45am
Renewable Energy Will Not Support Economic Growth
The world needs to end its dependence on fossil fuels as quickly as possible. That’s the only sane response to climate change, and to the economic dilemma of declining oil, coal, and gas resource quality and increasing extraction costs. The nuclear industry is on life support in most countries, so...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:30am
Fight of the Century: Localization in a Globalized World
CD editor's note : The following is an excerpt from Richard Heinberg's latest book, Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels (New Society/April 2015), which appears at Common Dreams with the kind permission of the author and publisher. As the world economy crashes against debt and resource limits,...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 7:00am
The Great Burning: On Rising to the Greatest Challenge Humanity Has Ever Faced
CD editor's note : The following is an excerpt from Richard Heinberg's latest book, Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels (New Society/April 2015), which appears at Common Dreams with the kind permission of the author and publisher. We live in a time of what might be called The Great Burning...
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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00am
Only Less Will Do
When I’m not writing books or essays on environmental issues, or sleeping or eating, you’re likely to find me playing the violin. This has been an obsessive activity for me since I was a boy, and seems to deliver ever more satisfaction as time passes. Making and operating the little wooden box that...
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