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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

  • How The Economy Is Tied To Energy – Part 2

    Published 05 February 2015 | viewed 11,952 times

    In Part 1 of this series, I talked about why cheap fuels act to create economic growth. In this post, we will look at some…

  • How The Economy Is Tied To Energy

    Published 28 January 2015 | viewed 16,457 times

    How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have…

  • Current Oil Crisis More Dangerous Than You Think

    Published 08 January 2015 | viewed 111,134 times

    The price of oil is down. How should we expect the economy to perform in 2015 and 2016? Newspapers in the United States seem to…

  • Economic Inefficiency Means Low Oil Prices Are Here To Stay

    Published 31 December 2014 | viewed 18,342 times

    Since about 2001, several sectors of the economy have become increasingly inefficient, in the sense that it takes more resources to produce a given output,…

  • Ten Reasons Why A Sustained Drop In Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

    Published 08 December 2014 | viewed 73,065 times

    Not long ago, I wrote Ten Reasons Why High Oil Prices are a Problem. If high oil prices can be a problem, how can low…

  • The Cold, Hard Truth About Renewables

    Published 19 November 2014 | viewed 15,937 times

    Does the recent climate accord between US and China mean that many countries will now forge ahead with renewables and other green solutions? I think…

  • Oil Price Slide - The Real Problem

    Published 06 November 2014 | viewed 34,570 times

    The world is in a dangerous place now. A large share of oil sellers need the revenue from oil sales. They have to continue producing,…

  • 8 Reasons For Our Oil Price Predicament

    Published 23 October 2014 | viewed 17,099 times

    A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the…

  • Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come To Pass

    Published 09 October 2014 | viewed 11,463 times

    On Monday, September 29, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a story called “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True.” The story is written as…

  • Could Low Oil Prices Point To A Debt Bubble Collapse?

    Published 22 September 2014 | viewed 27,530 times

    Oil and other commodity prices have recently been dropping. Is this good news, or bad? Figure 1. Trend in Commodity Prices since January 2011. Brent spot…

  • An Energy-Related Reason Why US Healthcare Outcomes are Awful

    Published 10 September 2014 | viewed 7,521 times

    Back in January 2013, the US Institute of Medicine published a report called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. This poor health…

  • Making Sense Of The US Oil Story

    Published 07 August 2014 | viewed 9,298 times

    We frequently see stories telling us how well the United States is doing at oil extraction. The fact that there are stories in the press…

  • World Oil Production at 3/31/2014–Where are We Headed?

    Published 24 July 2014 | viewed 60,306 times

    The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for…

  • Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different

    Published 08 July 2014 | viewed 7,154 times

    In today’s world, we have a huge amount of debt outstanding. Academic researchers Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogart have become famous for their book This…

  • IEA Investment Report – What is Right; What is Wrong

    Published 12 June 2014 | viewed 6,432 times

    Recently, the IEA published  a “Special Report” called World Energy Investment Outlook. Lets’s start with things I agree with:1. World needs $48 trillion in investment…

  • Converging Energy Crises – And How our Current Situation Differs from the Past

    Published 07 June 2014 | viewed 6,662 times

    At the Age of Limits Conference, I gave a talk called Converging Crises (PDF), talking about the crises facing us as we reach energy limits.…

  • The Connection Between Oil Prices, Debt Levels, and Interest Rates

    Published 26 May 2014 | viewed 8,931 times

    If oil is “just another commodity,” then there shouldn’t be any connection between oil prices, debt levels, interest rates, and total rates of return. But…

  • Eight Energy Myths Explained

    Published 24 April 2014 | viewed 11,553 times

    Republicans, Democrats, and environmentalists all have favorite energy myths. Even Peak Oil believers have favorite energy myths. The following are a few common mis-beliefs, coming…

  • Oil Limits and Climate Change – How They Fit Together

    Published 16 April 2014 | viewed 6,166 times

    We hear a lot about climate change, especially now that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently published another report. At the same…

  • The Absurdity of US Natural Gas Exports

    Published 07 April 2014 | viewed 13,007 times

    Quiz:1. How much natural gas is the United States currently extracting?(a) Barely enough to meet its own needs(b) Enough to allow lots of exports(c) Enough…

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