My new book, “The Oracle of Oil,” is now out!

I’m happy to announce that my book has finally been published by W.W. Norton as “The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist’s Quest for a Sustainable Future”

After Record Growth, Renewable Energy to Face “Very Difficult” Year

A report from the United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance sums up the rapid growth of renewable energy in 2011, and looks at some of the clouds on the horizon

Top U.S. Nuclear Regulator’s Parting Message: Fukushima Was “A Wake-Up Call”

Gregory Jaczko announced his resignation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but he continues to fight for better safety

New Survey of Undiscovered Oil Shows Shift Away from Middle East, Russia

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey downgraded how much oil remains to be found in the Middle East and Russia, compared to their last assessment, more than a decade ago

Air Pollution from Fracked Natural Gas Wells Will Be Regulated Under New U.S. Rules

The new rule, the first specifically targeting pollution from fracked wells, should indirectly cut greenhouse gas emissions

Natural Gas a Weak Weapon Against Climate Change, New Study Asserts

A new study argues that replacing all the world’s coal power plants with natural gas would do little to slow global warming this century

More than 100 Coal Plants Shutting—But How Much Difference Will It Make?

Many coal plants are shutting, and natural gas plants are on the rise—but switching from coal to natural gas might not make much difference this century

Rising Oil, Gasoline Prices Push Politicians and Reporters to Utter “Nonsense”

Politicians spar over the reasons for high oil prices, natural gas vehicles spread in the U.S., and industry battled the EPA in court over greenhouse gas controls

Estimates Clash for How Much Natural Gas in the United States

As U.S. policymakers contemplate a new era as the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas,” a new government analysis slashes estimates for unproved shale gas reserves.

Climate Researcher Lied to Get Documents, Triggering Ethics Debate

Climate researcher Peter Gleick admits he tricked the Heartland Institute into sending him internal documents


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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