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Gail Tverberg

Gail Tverberg

Our Finite World

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011


Gail Tverberg is a writer and speaker about energy issues. She is especially known for her work with financial issues associated with peak oil. Prior to getting involved with energy issues, Ms. Tverberg worked as an actuarial consultant. This work involved performing insurance-related analyses and forecasts. Her personal blog is She is also an editor of The Oil Drum.

Latest articles from Gail

  • The Cold, Hard Truth About Renewables

    Published 19 November 2014 | viewed 3,005 times

    Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think…

  • Oil Price Slide - The Real Problem

    Published 06 November 2014 | viewed 7,654 times

    The world is in a dangerous place now. A large share of oil sellers need the revenue from oil sales. They have to continue producing,…

  • 8 Reasons For Our Oil Price Predicament

    Published 23 October 2014 | viewed 5,881 times

    A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the…

  • Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come To Pass

    Published 09 October 2014 | viewed 4,595 times

    On Monday, September 29, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a story called “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True.” The story is written as…

  • Could Low Oil Prices Point To A Debt Bubble Collapse?

    Published 22 September 2014 | viewed 10,806 times

    Oil and other commodity prices have recently been dropping. Is this good news, or bad? Figure 1. Trend in Commodity Prices since January 2011. Brent spot…

  • An Energy-Related Reason Why US Healthcare Outcomes are Awful

    Published 10 September 2014 | viewed 2,566 times

    Back in January 2013, the US Institute of Medicine published a report called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. This poor health…

  • Making Sense Of The US Oil Story

    Published 07 August 2014 | viewed 3,408 times

    We frequently see stories telling us how well the United States is doing at oil extraction. The fact that there are stories in the press…

  • World Oil Production at 3/31/2014–Where are We Headed?

    Published 24 July 2014 | viewed 14,990 times

    The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for…

  • Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different

    Published 08 July 2014 | viewed 2,695 times

    In today’s world, we have a huge amount of debt outstanding. Academic researchers Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogart have become famous for their book This…

  • IEA Investment Report – What is Right; What is Wrong

    Published 12 June 2014 | viewed 2,018 times

    Recently, the IEA published  a “Special Report” called World Energy Investment Outlook. Lets’s start with things I agree with:1. World needs $48 trillion in investment…

  • Converging Energy Crises – And How our Current Situation Differs from the Past

    Published 08 June 2014 | viewed 2,994 times

    At the Age of Limits Conference, I gave a talk called Converging Crises (PDF), talking about the crises facing us as we reach energy limits.…

  • The Connection Between Oil Prices, Debt Levels, and Interest Rates

    Published 26 May 2014 | viewed 2,852 times

    If oil is “just another commodity,” then there shouldn’t be any connection between oil prices, debt levels, interest rates, and total rates of return. But…

  • Eight Energy Myths Explained

    Published 24 April 2014 | viewed 4,543 times

    Republicans, Democrats, and environmentalists all have favorite energy myths. Even Peak Oil believers have favorite energy myths. The following are a few common mis-beliefs, coming…

  • The Absurdity of US Natural Gas Exports

    Published 07 April 2014 | viewed 4,720 times

    Quiz:1. How much natural gas is the United States currently extracting?(a) Barely enough to meet its own needs(b) Enough to allow lots of exports(c) Enough…

  • Reaching Limits to Growth: What Should our Response Be?

    Published 20 February 2014 | viewed 4,912 times

    Oil limits seem to be pushing us toward a permanent downturn, including a crash in credit availability, loss of jobs, and even possible government collapse.…

  • Why Current Solutions to Solving our Energy Problems Won’t Work

    Published 02 February 2014 | viewed 5,795 times

    In order to understand what solutions to our energy predicament will or won’t work, it is necessary to understand the true nature of our energy…

  • The Ten Reasons Why Intermittency is a Problem for Renewable Energy

    Published 30 January 2014 | viewed 12,189 times

    Intermittent renewables–wind and solar photovoltaic panels–have been hailed as an answer to all our energy problems. Certainly, politicians need something to provide hope, especially in…

  • Why Long Term Energy Forecasts are Wrong

    Published 23 January 2014 | viewed 5,620 times

    What is the correct way to model the future course of energy and the economy? There are clearly huge amounts of oil, coal, and natural…

  • The Problems of Living in a Finite World

    Published 09 January 2014 | viewed 2,659 times

    Why is a finite world a problem? I can think of many answers:1. A finite world is a problem because we and all of the…

  • How Low Oil Prices could Cause the Death of Oil

    Published 18 December 2013 | viewed 6,987 times

    There is a lot of confusion about which limit we are reaching with respect to oil supply. There seems to be a huge amount of…