• #208: Temporary Recession or the End of Growth? MuseLetter 208 / August 2009 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 127 KB) richardheinberg.com Everyone agrees: our economy is sick. The inescapable symptoms include declines in consumer spending and consumer confidence, together with a contraction of international trade and available credit. Add a collapse in real estate values and carnage in the […] admin 5 responses August 6, 2009
  • #207: Peak Oil Day MuseLetter 207 / July 2009 by Richard Heinberg Download printable PDF version here (PDF, 91 KB) On July 11, 2008, the price of a barrel of oil hit a record $147.27 in daily trading. That same month, world crude oil production achieved a record 74.8 million barrels per day. For years prior to this, a […] admin 7 responses July 7, 2009
  • #206: Look on the Bright Side This month's MuseLetter brings together two pieces that share a connecting theme — is humanity capable of making the necessary changes to save the planet and so itself? The first article Look on the Bright Side discusses this from the viewpoint of the huge shifts that are already occuring as a result of economic decline. Somebody's Gotta Do It explores the job of trying to lead change and the challenges faced by all who attempt so to do. admin 3 responses June 2, 2009
  • #205: Spring Cleaning MuseLetter 205 / May 2009 by Richard Heinberg This month I have been putting the finishing touches on Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis, which will be published in June by New Society Publishers; and Energy Limits to Growth, which will be released at about the same time by International Forum on Globalization […] admin No responses May 15, 2009
  • #204: Timing and the Post Carbon Manifesto MuseLetter #204 / April 2009 by Richard Heinberg This month’s issue is a compilation of two pieces. The piece “Timing” is a commentary on the timing of global economic collapse and the fraught nature of accurately predicting when this will occur. This is followed by the new Post Carbon Manifesto which is being released this […] admin No responses April 1, 2009
  • Financial vs. Ecological Crash by Richard Heinberg This article originally appeared in the Ecologist November 2008 During the past weeks the world media have been transfixed by the convulsions of the US and global financial system. At stake are billions in bailouts and trillions in derivatives. The viability of banks and currencies is threatened, and ultimately the savings and […] admin No responses November 1, 2008
  • #198: Various Musings MuseLetter 198 / October 2008 by Richard Heinberg This month’s issue is a compilation of several recent short writings. The last of these, a set of frequently asked questions about Peak Oil, is a work in progress that will appear in expanded form at www.postcarbon.org. Lessons from the Soil It’s hard to learn much or […] admin No responses October 1, 2008
  • Want Cheap Oil? Reduce Demand! by Richard Heinberg [This article originally appeared in The Ecologist, September 2008.] Ask the major oil companies why oil prices are beyond ludicrous and they’ll tell you there’s plenty of oil out there, there’s just a lack of investment in exploration and production. Funny, the level of investment in the global oil industry hasn’t dropped […] admin No responses September 1, 2008
  • Why Climate Activists Welcome Peak Oil by Richard Heinberg [Originally written for The Ecologist] Climate Change is the worst environmental crisis ever. It is a problem of fossil fuel dependency, and solving it requires reducing that dependency quickly and dramatically. But from a policy standpoint, Climate Change is hard to address. Because the worst of its impacts may come decades from […] admin No responses August 8, 2008
  • #196: Coal and Climate MuseLetter #196 / August 2008 by Richard Heinberg [This month’s essay is another chapter from the retitled book-in-progress, BLACKOUT: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis.] Recent reports on global coal reserves, surveyed in previous chapters, generally point to the likelihood of supply limits appearing relatively soon—within the next two decades (a contrary view is […] admin No responses August 1, 2008
  • Going to Extremes by Richard Heinberg [Originally written for The Ecologist] As the urgent necessity of our transition away from fossil fuels becomes plain, it’s inevitable that some of us will take that necessity seriously enough to explore the edges of “normal” behavior. On the post-carbon frontier, the hardiest pioneers are those willing not only to apply ingenuity […] admin No responses July 1, 2008
  • How Do You Like the Collapse So Far? by Richard Heinberg [Originally written for The Ecologist] Take relentless population growth. Add decades of expanding per-capita resource consumption. Simmer slowly over rising global temperatures. What do you get? Traumatic information: that is, information that wounds us through the very act of obtaining it. Everyone knows things are going wrong. But if you understand ecology, […] admin No responses June 1, 2008