Is Gasoline Getting Cheaper?

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

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

Oil industry veteran Charles Maxwell tells the inside story of how Chesapeake Energy helped ignite the the shale gas rush

Peak oil is here and oil prices will keep rising, says physicist Michio Kaku

The consensus is that the world is at Hubbert’s Peak or within ten years of it, Kaku says

We need to imagine life without oil, says legendary ecologist Buzz Holling

Not many scientists take peak oil seriously—but they should, Holling said at the Resilience 2011 conference

How not to argue against the idea of peak oil

In trying to shoot down an article in Nature, co-authored by the UK’s former science advisor, Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations makes a bunch of basic errors

The Checklist Manifesto, Writing, and Resilience

Creating checklists can help avoid catastrophic failures in flights and surgery, and might just help with writing and generally being more resilient

Global crude oil production will soon peak, DOE said in 2004

In a report pushing for development of oil shale—solid deposits of kerogen that can be cooked to produce oil—the Department of Energy says the peak of conventional crude oil is near

“The Quest” Questioned #5: Peak Oil = Running Out of Oil?

The idea of peak oil is not that the world will soon run out of oil, but that it will, at some point, reach a maximum and then gradually decline

“The Quest” Questioned #4: Only the Pessimists Have Been Wrong?

Energy expert Daniel Yergin gloats about all the forecasts that failed for being overly pessimistic—but he fails to mention the overly optimistic forecasts that we wrong as well


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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