Snake Oil

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 [...]

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Author of eleven books, including The Party’s Over, The End of Growth, and Snake Oil, Richard Heinberg is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. With a wry, unflinching approach based on facts and realism, Richard exposes the tenuousness of our current [...]

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The End of Growth Update eBook

In The End of Growth, published in September 2011, Richard Heinberg, made the observation that world economic expansion, which has been barreling along for the past few decades, is now stalling. The book further claimed that this is not an outcome we can prevent; we can only choose whether and how to adapt. He argued [...]

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The End of Growth

Richard Heinberg’s landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging, highly readable style, The End of Growth describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that [...]

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Museletter 266: Two Realities

MuseLetter #266 / July 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 103 KB) Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost   Two paths via rhruzek/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 license.   Our contemporary world is host [...]

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Museletter 265: Want to Change the World? Read This First

MuseLetter #265 / June 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 140 KB) This month’s Museletter is about change. First up is an essay about one thing everyone interested in social change should know; this is followed by an interview looking at what it will take to change mainstream economic thinking. Want [...]

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Museletter 264: The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us

MuseLetter #264 / May 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 126 KB) 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? [...]

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Living in the Anthropocene?

Interview with Alex Wise at Sea Change Radio Your browser does not support this audio format. Download audio There’s a scientific debate afoot in geological and environmental circles about what to call the current time period. According to the International Union of Geological Sciences, we’re living in the Holocene epoch, but many believe that the [...]

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