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In Conversation: Consumerism After Fossil Fuels

 What will consumerism be like in a post fossil fuels future?

China’s Energy Future  

To understand the trajectory of the world’s energy transition effort, we have to understand what’s happening in China.

An Energy Diet for a Healthy Planet - Part 1

Why should we care about a 100 kwh/person/day energy diet?

Economic Growth: How It Works; How it Fails; Why Wealth Disparity Occurs

Economists have put together models of how an economy works, but these models were developed years ago, when the world economy was far from limits.

Oops! Low oil prices are related to a debt bubble

Why is the price of oil so low now? In fact, why are all commodity prices so low?

How Economic Growth Fails

Our economy is like a pump that works increasingly slowly over time, as diminishing returns and other adverse influences affect its operation. Eventually, it is likely to stop.

Why We Have an Oversupply of Almost Everything (Oil, labor, capital, etc.)

Glut of Capital and Labor Challenge Policy Makers: Global oversupply extends beyond commodities, elevating deflation risk. To me, this is a very serious issue, quite likely signaling that we are reaching what has been called Limits to Growth...

On Public Health and Energy

Among the many radical changes that have transformed society since the birth of industrialism, perhaps none have had as great an impact as the revolution in health.

The Energetic Basis of Wealth

Last year I did an analysis to try to understand whether it’s possible to feed the world sustainably. Today I’d like to try to understand what happens to countries as they must rely upon the sun for energy (and, indirectly, wealth).

Living without a fridge

I’ve been living without a fridge for the last three months – the winter months of Melbourne, Australia. Before you send me to the asylum, however, let me tell you about this experiment...

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