Richard Heinberg

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 2:30pm
New Russia Sanctions: Washington, Delusional About US Energy Capacity, Lashes Out
The New York Times reports that “The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources.” The new sanctions would deny Russia access to western technology needed to access polar oil and deepwater oil, as well as...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:15pm
Two Realities: On Debating 'Growth' on a Finite Planet
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost Our contemporary world is host to two coexisting but fundamentally different—and, in at least one crucial respect, contradictory—realities. One of these might be termed...
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Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 2:00pm
Want to Change the World? Read This First
History is often made by strong personalities wielding bold new political, economic, or religious doctrines. Yet any serious effort to understand how and why societies change requires examination not just of leaders and ideas, but also of environmental circumstances. The ecological context (climate...
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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:30am
What Latest IEA Report Tells Us: 'The Fossil Fuel Party Is Over'
The International Energy Agency has just released a new special report called “ World Energy Investment Outlook ” (pdf) that should send policy makers screaming and running for the exits—if they are willing to read between the lines and view the report in the context of current financial and...
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Aaron Kent, a wireline operator for Canary, works on a slick line at an oil rig pump jack site in the oil fields near Bakersfield. Kern County has seen a flurry of activity because of the potential for development of the Monterey Shale formation. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times) Views
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:00am
California's Shale Fail: The Case of 13 Billion Barrels of Missing Oil
In 2011, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy commissioned INTEK Inc., a Virginia-based consulting firm, to estimate how much oil might be recoverable from California’s vast Monterey Shale formation. Production of tight oil was soaring in North Dakota and south...
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Anthropocene artifacts. (Photo by Garrett, on Flickr) Views
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00am
The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us
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 capable of such an amazing accomplishment? Let’s wait to stock up on party favors, though. After all, the Anthropocene could...
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 2:29pm
Natural Gas Export Stupidity
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:07pm
The Purposely Confusing World of Energy Politics
Life often presents us with paradoxes, but seldom so blatant or consequential as the following. Read this sentence slowly: Today it is especially difficult for most people to understand our perilous global energy situation, precisely because it has never been more important to do so. Got that? No? Okay, let me explain.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 6:39am
TPP: Poison for Local Community Resilience
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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 8:57am
Krugman Goes 'Splat': On Endless Growth and Permanent Depression
I was fairly amazed to read Paul Krugman’s latest op-ed in the New York Times, titled “ A Permanent Slump? ” He seemed to be coming remarkably close to saying what several of us have been trumpeting for the past few years—that world economic growth is ending and we’d better retool accordingly. “What if the world we’ve been living in for the past five years is the new normal?,” he writes.
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