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 263: The Gross Society

MuseLetter #263 / April 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 183 KB) The Gross Society Seeing only its title, a prospective reader might guess this essay is about our nation’s epidemic of obesity. Or could it be a sarcastic observation on the evolution of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society? Might it be [...]

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Museletter 262: The Oil ‘Revolution’ Story Is Dead Wrong

MuseLetter #262 / March 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 186 KB) This month’s newsletter brings together the transcript of an interview on energy limits, which I did with Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity, and a presentation on my book on energy limits — Snake Oil, which I gave recently in [...]

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Museletter 261: The Purposely Confusing World of Energy Politics

MuseLetter #261 / February 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 159 KB) The Purposely Confusing World of Energy Politics Life often presents us with paradoxes, but seldom so blatant or consequential as the following. Read this sentence slowly: Today it is especially difficult for most people to understand our perilous global [...]

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Museletter 260: Shale gas, peak oil and our future

MuseLetter #260 / January 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 119 KB) Happy New Year! The lead article this month is from an interview I did for the Belgian website De Wereld Morgen. The interview was given in conjunction with the release of the Dutch translation of my book Snake Oil: [...]

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