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  • Is Gasoline Getting Cheaper?
  • 13 Nov 2013
  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer pointed out “Gasoline prices now below $3 at some stations” and the Wall Street Journal asked: “How Are Lower Gas Prices Affecting You?” The Washington Post delved into “the surprising reasons why gas prices are falling sharply.” But are prices really all that low? Have they really fallen all that sharply? […]

  • Just turned in “The Oracle of Oil” to the publisher
  • 06 Nov 2013
  • It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, since I’ve been busy writing a book, tentatively titled The Oracle of Oil. It’s the first biography of maverick geologist M. King Hubbert, often called “the father of peak oil” for his pioneering forecasts of an approaching peak and decline of oil. I just turned in the […]

  • The View from Inside Chesapeake’s Board of Directors
  • 30 Apr 2012
  • Oil industry veteran Charles Maxwell tells the inside story of how Chesapeake Energy helped ignite the the shale gas rush

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  • The planet is getting hotter and more crowded, energy supplies may soon get tighter, and yet billions of people seem to want a consumer lifestyle that's completely unsustainable. Things aren't looking good.

    It seems like a long shot that we're going to somehow solve all these problems and generate enough food, fuel, and stuff to satisfy people's wants. That's why we've got to think about what to do if the world fails at this. We can fail catastrophically, or we can fail gracefully—it's up to us.

    Mason Inman

    Hi, I'm Mason Inman (bio & contact), a journalist who covers climate and energy issues. I regularly write for National Geographic News and Nature Climate Change, and also work for the non-profit Near Zero. My articles are on this site, plus my thoughts on failing gracefully and resilience.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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