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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 […] 2 responses March 19, 2014
  • 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 […] 8 responses February 11, 2014
  • 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: […] 5 responses January 9, 2014
  • 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