Richard Heinberg

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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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Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 12:00pm
After the Peak
Nearly 17 years ago the modern peak oil movement began with the publication of “ The End of Cheap Oil ” by petroleum geologists Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère in the March, 1998 issue of Scientific American. Campbell coined the term “peak oil” to describe the inevitable moment when the world...
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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 1:00pm
The Oil Price Crash of 2014
Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the end of the year, perhaps this is a good time to...
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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 8:15am
How to Shrink the Economy without Crashing It: A Ten-Point Plan
The human economy is currently too big to be sustainable. We know this because Global Footprint Network, which methodically tracks the relevant data, informs us that humanity is now using 1.5 Earths’ worth of resources . We can temporarily use resources faster than Earth regenerates them only by...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:00pm
Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die
Perhaps you’ve seen one of the recent barrage of articles claiming that fears of an imminent peak and decline in world oil production have either been dispelled (because we actually have plenty of oil) or are misplaced (because climate change is the only environmental problem we should be concerned...
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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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