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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

  • Are High Oil Prices Sustainable?

    Published 21 April 2018 | viewed 15,368 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 12,565 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 29,330 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 15,829 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 13,217 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 19,699 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 9,104 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 18,376 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 14,641 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 38,568 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 9,436 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 28,658 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 13,290 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 11,913 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 9,542 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 127,540 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 9,373 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 25,864 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 17,950 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 8,752 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?…

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