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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

  • Ramping Up Renewables Won’t Save The World From A Cold Winter

    Published 22 September 2022 | viewed 8,613 times

    We usually don’t think about the wonderful service fossil fuels provide in terms of being a store of heat energy for winter, the time when…

  • The World’s Energy Problem Is Far Worse Than We’re Being Told

    Published 29 August 2022 | viewed 102,753 times

    No politician wants to tell us the real story of fossil fuel depletion. The real story is that we are already running short of oil,…

  • Today’s Energy Crisis Spells Disaster For The Global Economy

    Published 01 August 2022 | viewed 47,264 times

    It is my view that when energy supply falls, it falls not because reserves “run out.” It falls because economies around the world cannot afford…

  • The Fed’s Plan To Raise Interest Rates To Combat Inflation Could Backfire

    Published 07 July 2022 | viewed 12,496 times

    Are we headed for very high energy prices? Or, are we headed for a financial system that starts falling apart? The whole economic system may…

  • Is The Global Debt Bubble About To Burst?

    Published 18 May 2022 | viewed 18,425 times

    The years between 1981 and 2020 were very special years for the world economy because interest rates were generally falling: Figure 1. Yields on 10-year…

  • Is Global Oil Production Growing Fast Enough?

    Published 25 April 2022 | viewed 8,079 times

    Media outlets tend to make it sound as if all our economic problems are temporary problems, related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In fact, world…

  • Putin’s War Is A Disaster For The Global Economy

    Published 03 April 2022 | viewed 11,674 times

    Most people have a preconceived notion that there will be a clear winner and loser from any war. In their view, the world economy will…

  • Can The World Economy Function Without Russian Oil?

    Published 05 March 2022 | viewed 43,023 times

    Russia’s attack on Ukraine represents a demand for a new world order that, over the long term, will support higher prices for fossil fuels, especially…

  • The Biggest Problem With The Green Energy Revolution

    Published 27 February 2022 | viewed 17,560 times

    We have been told that intermittent electricity from wind and solar, perhaps along with hydroelectric generation (hydro), can be the basis of a green economy.…

  • The Energy Crisis That No One Is Talking About

    Published 06 May 2021 | viewed 28,602 times

    We live in a world where words are very carefully chosen. Companies hire public relations firms to give just the right “spin” to what they…

  • Energy And Our Collapsing Debt Bubble

    Published 25 March 2021 | viewed 7,269 times

    A $1.9 trillion stimulus package was recently signed into law in the United States. Can such a stimulus bill, plus packages passed in other countries,…

  • The Post-COVID ‘Great Reset’ Won’t Be Fueled By Renewables

    Published 03 September 2020 | viewed 22,963 times

    It seems like a reset of an economy should work like a reset of your computer: Turn it off and turn it back on again;…

  • Recession Fears Cap Oil Prices In 2020

    Published 11 January 2020 | viewed 41,743 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 13,695 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 31,871 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 195,000 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 37,392 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 37,934 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 19,297 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 22,011 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…

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