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  • The Great Burning Part two of a four-part video series. Released in conjunction with Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. What will we do when the Great Burning comes to an end? In this short video, Richard Heinberg explores why The Great Burning — the combustion of oil, coal, and natural gas — must come to an end during the next […] No responses April 17, 2015
  • The Law of Diminishing Returns Part one of a four-part video series. Released in conjunction with Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. Is modern society hitting our defining moment, the point of diminishing returns? In this brand new short video, Richard Heinberg explores how — in our economy, the environment, and energy production — we may well be. When previous societies have hit similar limits, […] One response April 9, 2015
  • Museletter 274: Goldilocks is Dead MuseLetter #274 / March 2015 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 121 KB) This month’s Museletter brings together two recent essays. The first, Goldilocks is Dead, was published as a Reuters op-ed and talks about the consequences of oil price volatility. Only Less Will Do looks at the problems of scale in […] 2 responses March 25, 2015
  • 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 […] No responses March 2, 2015
  • Museletter 273: Neither Utopia Nor Extinction MuseLetter #273 / February 2015 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 383 KB) This month’s Museletter brings you Part 2 of my extended essay Our Renewable Future Or, What I’ve Learned in 12 Years Writing about Energy [read part 1 here]. I’m also including a post I wrote on the state of […] 15 responses February 24, 2015
  • 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 […] 4 responses January 22, 2015
  • 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 […] 4 responses December 23, 2014
  • 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 […] 4 responses November 6, 2014
  • 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. No responses October 31, 2014
  • Museletter 269: Paul Krugman and the limits of hubris MuseLetter #269 / October 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 111 KB) This month’s Museletter is a pair of rebuttals to economist-columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman recently hit out at Post Carbon Institute in his New York Times column over our stance on the end of growth. In these posts I hit […] 5 responses October 16, 2014
  • Museletter 268: Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die MuseLetter #268 / September 2014 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 148 KB) Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die Pumpjacks image via shutterstock. Reproduced with permission.   Perhaps you’ve seen one of the recent barrage of articles claiming that fears of an imminent peak and decline in world oil production have either […] 7 responses September 11, 2014
  • 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 […] 3 responses August 12, 2014