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Gail Tverberg

Our Finite World

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Gail Tverberg

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

  • Recession Fears Cap Oil Prices In 2020

    Published 11 January 2020 | viewed 25,379 times

    Energy Forecast for 2020 Overall, I expect that oil and other commodity prices will remain low in 2020. These low oil prices will adversely affect…

  • Could Low Energy Growth Lead To A Recession?

    Published 14 December 2019 | viewed 11,400 times

    Many people have the impression that recessions come from financial missteps, such as the US subprime loan fiasco. If energy is involved at all, the…

  • The Big Lie Behind Global Energy Policy

    Published 16 November 2019 | viewed 26,931 times

    The world today has a myriad of energy policies. One of them seems to be to encourage renewables, especially wind and solar. Another seems to…

  • Renewable Energy's Inconvenient Truth

    Published 26 October 2019 | viewed 185,277 times

    The energy needs of the world’s economy seem to be easy to model. Energy consumption is measured in a variety of different ways including kilowatt-hours,…

  • The Biggest Problem With Renewables

    Published 03 August 2019 | viewed 32,834 times

    Powering the world’s economy with wind, water and solar, and perhaps a little wood sounds like a good idea until a person looks at the…

  • Why We Should Worry About Low Oil Prices

    Published 01 December 2018 | viewed 32,137 times

    Many people, including most Peak Oilers, expect that oil prices will rise endlessly. They expect rising oil prices because, over time, companies find it necessary…

  • Are High Oil Prices Sustainable?

    Published 21 April 2018 | viewed 18,197 times

    Oil prices are now as high as they have been for three years. At this writing, Brent is $74.14 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate…

  • Continuously Rising Energy Costs Will Cripple The Economy

    Published 08 April 2018 | viewed 19,639 times

    The most prevalent view regarding future oil supply, as well as total energy supply, seems to be fairly closely related to that expressed by Peak…

  • Oil Markets Should Fear A Demand Shortage

    Published 18 March 2018 | viewed 40,760 times

    It is impossible to tell the whole oil story, but perhaps I can offer a few insights regarding where we are today. [1] We already…

  • Increased Interest Rates Could Cause A Drop In Oil Prices

    Published 24 February 2018 | viewed 22,953 times

    Central bankers seem to think that adjusting interest rates is a nice little tool that they can easily handle. The problem is that higher interest…

  • How Globalization Will Create An Energy Crisis

    Published 03 February 2018 | viewed 25,187 times

    Since the late 1990s, globalization has seemed to be the great hope for the future. Now this great hope seems to be dimming. Globalization sets…

  • Could An Oil Surplus Be A Sign Of Things To Come?

    Published 14 January 2018 | viewed 23,483 times

    Today, we have a surplus of oil, which we are trying to use up. That has never happened before, or did it? Well, actually, it…

  • The Geopolitical Video Game

    Published 02 December 2017 | viewed 11,290 times

    The way the world economy is manipulated by world leaders is a little like a giant video game. The object of the game is to keep…

  • Is China Heading Toward An Energy-Debt Crisis?

    Published 11 November 2017 | viewed 20,817 times

    It is easy for those of us in the West to overlook how important China has become to the world economy, and also the limits…

  • The Approaching U.S. Energy-Economic Crisis

    Published 21 October 2017 | viewed 16,919 times

    I was recently asked to give a talk called, “The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis.” In other words, how might the United States encounter problems that…

  • Oil Is Unlikely To Return To $80

    Published 09 September 2017 | viewed 42,962 times

    Economists have given us a model of how prices and quantities of goods are supposed to interact. (Click to enlarge) Figure 1. From Wikipedia: The…

  • Are Researchers Underestimating The Cost Of Renewables?

    Published 29 July 2017 | viewed 11,087 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 35,027 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 14,407 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 13,018 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…

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