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 267: Blame the Environmentalists

MuseLetter #267 / August 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 110 KB) The US energy revolution is starting to unravel, even while policymakers continue to believe the hype. This month’s Museletter looks at the reality behind the hype. First up is a look at the ballooning debt behind energy companies struggle [...]

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Conversations with Great Minds: Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg interviewed on RT’s Great Minds August 1st, 2014.

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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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