Afterburn

Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas, dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide an easy “plug-and-play” solution, author Richard Heinberg suggests instead that […]

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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. educator. speaker.

Author of eleven books, including The Party’s Over, The End of Growth, Snake Oil, and Afterburn 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 […]

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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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Museletter 277: Pope Francis Rides an Encyclical

MuseLetter #277 / June 2015 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 94 KB) This month’s Museletter brings commentary on Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical on climate change and its possible ramifications. Also included is a post I wrote for the French periodical ‘La Decroissance’ on the impossibility of renewables-powered economic growth. Pope Francis […]

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Museletter 276: IMF Tells a Half-Truth

MuseLetter #276 / May 2015 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 139 KB) This month’s Museletter starts out with my take on the contradictions behind the IMF’s new exposé on the extent of Global Energy Subsidies. Next up is my comment on the latest Bounding the Planetary Future report; and finally I’ve […]

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AFTERBURN: Living in a Post Carbon World

Download Our guest was Richard Heinberg, author of Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels (New Society, 2015).  The book is a collection of his essays and addresses, and we spoke with him about a range of topics, including fracking and peak oil, consumerism and why it’s difficult to persuade people that climate change is a threat, living […]

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A Resilient Society

The final video in a four-part video series. Released in conjunction with Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.   Resilience is a word that’s gaining a lot of currency in recent years, as more and more people realize there are some shocks headed our way. But what would a more resilient society look like? This video […]

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