Charles Hall

A systems ecologist with a focus on energy, Charles A. S. Hall is ESF College Foundation distinguished Professor at the State University of New York in the College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF). He has held positions at the Brookhaven Laboratory, Cornell University, and other institutions, and is the author of more than 250 publication.


Does Trump Have a Bunch of ‘Losers’ to Thank for a Growing Economy?

But, curiously, this renaissance of petroleum in the United States has not led to a resurgence of profits in the oil and gas industry. Quite the opposite, because almost none of the companies that have invested in fracking are turning a profit. Investors in this industry are losing a lot of money, some $83 billion since 2008, according to oil analyst Arthur Berman.

November 19, 2019

The Real EROI of Photovoltaic Systems: Professor Hall Weighs in

The EROI of our various energy options, and its associated issues, may be the most important issues that will face future civilizations.

May 27, 2016

Energy Return on Investment

EROI studies for most energy resources show a decline, indicating that depletion has been more important than technological improvements over time.

May 22, 2013

Commentary: What no candidate is saying about energy and the economy

This election is being framed as a choice between two different approaches to return to robust economic growth. But what if both sides are missing a critical underlying factor in our economic troubles?

November 5, 2012

The new energy reality (upcoming webinar)

Dr. Hall will provide an assessment of global energy trends from his perspective as a systems ecologist and pioneer in the emerging field of biophysical economics. This webinar will examine key concepts regarding energy quality and energy return on investment in the context of current world energy and economic challenges. A critique of neoclassical economics and its divergence from the laws of physics and ecology regarding energy will be implicit in the discussion. Dr. Hall will also provide highlights from his recent book, Energy and the Wealth of Nations, co-authored with Kent Klitgaard.

July 27, 2012

Revisiting the Limits to Growth after peak oil

In the 1970s a rising world population and the finite resources available to support it were hot topics. Interest faded — but it’s time to take another look

April 24, 2009

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