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  • Museletter 259: Snake Oil and the End of Growth MuseLetter #259 / December 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 117 KB) The last newsletter of 2013 brings together an essay, an interview, and a blog post, all with the common theme of the intersection between economic growth and energy. Thank you for your support in 2013, and my very best […] 3 responses December 9, 2013
  • Museletter 258: The Climate-PR Puzzle MuseLetter #258 / November 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 299 KB) How do we effectively communicate an important but difficult message, even as it appears to fall on deaf ears? The first essay in this month’s Museletter addresses this thorny issue, one which I face every day in my work […] 3 responses November 15, 2013
  • Museletter 257: Fingers in the Dike MuseLetter #257 / October 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 116 KB) While the mainstream media has been focused on the immediate crisis of the US government shutdown the bigger issues behind the current economic crisis are still largely ignored. This month’s Museletter explores what is really going on in two […] 2 responses October 17, 2013
  • “Peak Oil Demand” = Peak Oil Originally posted at Resilience.org A new phrase has entered our energy lexicon—peak oil demand. The essential idea: prophets of doom who warned about a looming global petroleum shortfall (“peak oil”) were wrong; instead of a downturn in supply, we’re instead seeing the shrinkage of demand for oil. A non-problem just solved itself! Nothing to see, […] No responses September 20, 2013
  • Museletter 256: Ten Years After MuseLetter #256 / September 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 116 KB) Ten Years After This year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of my book The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, which has seen two editions and many printings, translations into eight languages, and […] 3 responses September 17, 2013
  • Richard Heinberg on Natural Gas: Bridge Fuel or Fool’s Gold? Interview by Alex Wise, Seachange Radio This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise talks with Heinberg about his book, titled Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future, and delve into the economic and environmental factors behind the natural gas boom, which to some is an important bridge fuel and to others is […] No responses August 14, 2013
  • Museletter 255: The Brief, Tragic Reign of Consumerism—and the birth of a happy alternative MuseLetter #255 / August 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 105 KB)   You and I consume; we are consumers. The global economy is set up to enable us to do what we innately want to do—buy, use, discard, and buy some more. If we do our job well, the economy […] 2 responses August 12, 2013
  • 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 […] No responses July 29, 2013
  • Museletter 254: Alaska’s Coal: Flashpoint for Coming Climate Battles MuseLetter #254 / July 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 138 KB) Alaska’s Coal: Flashpoint for Coming Climate Battles If there is any place on planet Earth where we should dig in our heels against expanded coal mining, it is surely Alaska. Imagine the environmental travesty of ships by the hundreds […] No responses July 10, 2013
  • 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 […] No responses July 1, 2013
  • Museletter 253: La Décroissance Interview MuseLetter #253 / June 2013 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 90 KB) The text of this month’s Museletter is an interview I gave to the French newspaper La Décroissance. I’ve also included a link to my recent keynote speech at the Business of Clean Energy in Alaska conference in May, where […] 3 responses June 13, 2013
  • Museletter 252: Big Energy’s Misleading Promise of Plenty MuseLetter #252 / May 2013 by Richard Heinberg Hi readers, This month has been a rush of deadlines as I work to complete the final chapters of my new book ‘SNAKE OIL! How Big Energy’s Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future’. This being the case I have no new writing to offer you this month […] No responses May 21, 2013