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 272: Our Renewable Future

MuseLetter #272 / January 2015 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 281 KB) Happy New Year! I’m kicking off 2015 with Part 1 of an extended essay looking at our energy future. What really lies ahead? Our Renewable Future Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy Folks who pay […]

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Museletter 271: The Oil Price Crash of 2014

MuseLetter #271 / December 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 97 KB) 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 […]

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Museletter 270: How to Shrink the Economy without Crashing It

MuseLetter #270 / November 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 99 KB) This month’s Museletter is the text of a talk I gave at a Teach-in on Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth, organized by the International Forum on Globalization, October 26, 2014, at The Great Hall at The Cooper […]

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The Party’s Over: Energy and Debt

Richard Heinberg was one of 45 leading scholars, authors and activists who convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the public presentation: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth.” This was Richard’s opening speech.

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