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Gail Tverberg

Our Finite World

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Gail Tverberg

Biography

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 ourfiniteworld.com. She is also an editor of The Oil Drum.

Latest articles from Gail

  • Are Researchers Underestimating The Cost Of Renewables?

    Published 29 July 2017 | viewed 6,855 times

    How should electricity from wind turbines and solar panels be evaluated? Should it be evaluated as if these devices are stand-alone devices? Or do these…

  • Why 100% Renewable Energy Is Just A Dream

    Published 31 January 2017 | viewed 21,745 times

    The “Wind and Solar Will Save Us” story is based on a long list of misunderstandings and apples to oranges comparisons. Somehow, people seem to…

  • How Misleading Are Solar Yields?

    Published 31 December 2016 | viewed 11,515 times

    The Energy Returned on Energy Invested (EROEI) concept is very frequently used in energy studies. In fact, many readers seem to think, “Of course, EROEI…

  • The Dramatic Consequences Of Cheap Energy For The Global Economy

    Published 10 December 2016 | viewed 10,792 times

    Our economy is a mystery to almost everyone, including economists. Let me explain the way I see the situation: (1) The big thing that pulls…

  • Why Cheap Energy Is A Must For The Global Economy

    Published 30 October 2016 | viewed 7,886 times

    I have been telling a fairly different energy story from most energy researchers. How could I possibly be correct? What have other researchers been missing?…

  • The Coming Oil Price Crash

    Published 12 October 2016 | viewed 123,354 times

    We have been hearing a great deal about IMF concerns recently, after the release of its October 2016 World Economic Outlook and its Annual Meeting…

  • Energy Is At The Center Of Falling Productivity Growth

    Published 25 September 2016 | viewed 7,529 times

      What really causes falling productivity growth? The answer seems to be very much energy-related. Human labor by itself does not cause productivity growth. It…

  • How Intermittent Renewables Are Harming The Electricity Grid

    Published 03 September 2016 | viewed 19,902 times

    Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible…

  • How Peak Oil Was Misunderstood

    Published 11 August 2016 | viewed 16,307 times

    The Peak Oil story got some things right. Back in 1998, Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère wrote an article published in Scientific American called, “The…

  • Could Peak Coal Really Be Here?

    Published 22 June 2016 | viewed 6,900 times

    The world’s coal resources are clearly huge. How could China, or the world in total, reach peak coal in a timeframe that makes a difference?…

  • Why We Need $120 Oil

    Published 31 May 2016 | viewed 38,020 times

    $50 per barrel oil is clearly less impossible to live with than $30 per barrel oil, because most businesses cannot make a profit with $30…

  • What Experts Miss When Discussing Peak Oil

    Published 15 May 2016 | viewed 14,810 times

    For a long time, a common assumption has been that the world will eventually “run out” of oil and other non-renewable resources. Instead, we seem…

  • How Debt Links Energy And The Economy

    Published 06 May 2016 | viewed 7,110 times

    There are many who believe that the use of energy is critical to the growth of the economy. In fact, I am among these people.…

  • A Lasting Solution To Low Oil Prices

    Published 19 April 2016 | viewed 17,163 times

    Oil production can be confusing because there are various “pieces” that may or may not be included. In this analysis, I look at oil production…

  • The Unexpected Threat To Our Economic Growth System

    Published 18 March 2016 | viewed 6,687 times

    Economic growth never seems to be as high as those making forecasts would like it to be. This is a record of recent forecasts by…

  • Demand For Oil Slows As Globalization Reaches Limits

    Published 03 March 2016 | viewed 10,945 times

    We have been living in a world of rapid globalization, but this is not a condition that we can expect to continue indefinitely.Figure 1. Ratio…

  • A Market Collapse Is On The Horizon

    Published 12 February 2016 | viewed 41,094 times

    What is ahead for 2016? Most people don’t realize how tightly the following are linked: 1. Growth in debt2. Growth in the economy3. Growth in…

  • 10 Reasons why Sub $30 Oil Is A Major Problem

    Published 21 January 2016 | viewed 23,167 times

    A person often reads that low oil prices–for example, $30 per barrel oil prices–will stimulate the economy, and the economy will soon bounce back. What…

  • Why Low Oil Prices Won’t Cure Low Oil Prices

    Published 27 November 2015 | viewed 11,698 times

    The traditional understanding of supply and demand works in some limited cases–will a manufacturer make red dresses or blue dresses? The manufacturer’s choice doesn’t make…

  • The Peak Oil Story We Have Been Told Is Wrong

    Published 29 September 2015 | viewed 21,677 times

    Most people believe that low oil prices are good for the United States, since the discretionary income of consumers will rise. There is the added…

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