Richard Heinberg

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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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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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