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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

  • Why We Need $120 Oil

    Published 31 May 2016 | viewed 42,905 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 18,243 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 11,616 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 28,834 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 9,989 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 20,552 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 52,625 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 30,826 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 14,166 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 30,618 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…

  • Our Energy Problem Could Lead To A Major Debt Crisis

    Published 16 September 2015 | viewed 10,464 times

    Usually, we don’t stop to think about how the whole economy works together. A major reason is that we have been lacking data to see…

  • We Could See An Economic Collapse As Debt Defaults Pile Up

    Published 28 August 2015 | viewed 24,100 times

    Both the stock market and oil prices have been plunging. Is this “just another cycle,” or is it something much worse? I think it is…

  • ‘Net Energy’ Deficit Preventing Economic Growth

    Published 12 August 2015 | viewed 9,517 times

    We all know generally how today’s economy works:Figure 1 Our economy is a networked system. I have illustrated it as being similar to a child’s…

  • 9 Reasons Why We Should Be More Worried About Low Oil Prices

    Published 24 July 2015 | viewed 30,779 times

    Why are commodity prices, including oil prices, lagging? Ultimately, the question comes back to, “Why isn’t the world economy making very many of the end…

  • BP Data Suggests We Are Reaching Peak Energy Demand

    Published 24 June 2015 | viewed 9,960 times

    Some people talk about peak energy (or oil) supply. They expect high prices and more demand than supply. Other people talk about energy demand hitting…

  • Why EIA, IEA, And BP Oil Forecasts Are Too High

    Published 10 June 2015 | viewed 10,528 times

    When forecasting how much oil will be available in future years, a standard approach seems to be the following:1. Figure out how much GDP growth…

  • The “Upside Down” Peak Oil Story

    Published 07 May 2015 | viewed 13,798 times

    The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article called, Glut of Capital and Labor Challenge Policy Makers: Global oversupply extends beyond commodities, elevating deflation risk.…

  • Why It Won’t Matter If Oil Prices Rebound

    Published 15 April 2015 | viewed 16,532 times

    What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two predominant energy stories. One is the story economists tell: The economy can…

  • The Real Problem Behind Low Oil Prices

    Published 13 March 2015 | viewed 24,419 times

    For a long time, there has been a belief that the decline in oil supply will come by way of high oil prices. Demand will…

  • Oil Limits Could Undermine Our Entire Economic System

    Published 16 February 2015 | viewed 12,420 times

    Many readers have asked me to explain debt. They also wonder, “Why can’t we just cancel debt and start over?” if we are reaching oil…

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