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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

  • Do Humans and Energy have the Same Relationship as Predators and Prey?

    Published 16 May 2013 | viewed 13,423 times

    Humans live in equilibrium with other species in a finite world. In such a world, there is never really a Steady State. Instead, there is…

  • What Limits Population Growth in a Finite World?

    Published 09 May 2013 | viewed 16,895 times

    We don’t usually think about it, but we live in a finite world. In other words, in theory we can count precisely how many atoms…

  • Peak Oil: An Issue of Economics not Geology

    Published 23 April 2013 | viewed 11,603 times

    We have all heard the story about oil supply supposedly rising and falling for geological reasons. But what if the story is a little different…

  • Developed Nations have Already Passed Peak Oil Demand

    Published 13 April 2013 | viewed 16,616 times

    We in the United States, the Euro-zone, and Japan are already past peak oil demand. Oil demand has to do with how much oil we…

  • Oil Exporters Must be Wary of Dependence on Oil Revenues

    Published 08 April 2013 | viewed 14,693 times

    Recently, I explained how high oil prices can bring on financial collapse for oil importers. In this post, I’ll discuss the flip side of the…

  • Forget Peak Oil, Worry About Financial Limits

    Published 01 April 2013 | viewed 14,215 times

    Resource limits are invisible, so most people don’t realize that we could possibly be approaching them. In fact, my analysis indicates resource limits are really…

  • The Darker Side of Renewable Energy

    Published 21 March 2013 | viewed 18,001 times

    Based on the sound of the name renewable, a person might think that using only “renewable” energy is ideal–something we should all strive to use…

  • 12 Negative Aspects of Globalization

    Published 02 March 2013 | viewed 1,249,529 times

    Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss…

  • How Low Wages can Lead to High Oil Prices

    Published 19 February 2013 | viewed 8,028 times

    In my view, wages are the backbone an economy. If workers have difficulty finding a job, or have difficulty earning sufficient wages, the lack of…

  • Our Investment Sinkhole Problem

    Published 16 February 2013 | viewed 5,120 times

    We are used to expecting that more investment will yield more output, but in the real world, things don’t always work out that way.Figure 1.…

  • Why has US Oil Consumption Steadily Fallen since 2004?

    Published 02 February 2013 | viewed 41,613 times

    United States oil consumption in 2012 will be about 4.7 million barrels a day, or 20%, lower than it would have been, if the pre-2005…

  • How High Oil Prices Lead to Recession

    Published 26 January 2013 | viewed 10,327 times

    There is ample evidence that spikes in oil prices leads to recession, at least in the US, which is an oil-importing nation. James Hamilton has…

  • Ten Reasons Why High Oil Prices are a Problem

    Published 19 January 2013 | viewed 19,555 times

    A person might think from looking at news reports that our oil problems are gone, but oil prices are still high.Figure 1. US crude oil…

  • Why 2013 Will End in a Severe Recession

    Published 08 January 2013 | viewed 26,452 times

    We have been hearing a lot about escaping the fiscal cliff, but our problem isn’t solved. The fixes to date have been partial and temporary.…

  • Why does World Coal Consumption continue to Grow?

    Published 23 December 2012 | viewed 12,473 times

    A primary reason why coal consumption is rising is because of increased international trade, starting when the World Trade Organization was formed in 1995, and…

  • Why the Fossil Fuel Revolution Prevented the World from Starving

    Published 15 December 2012 | viewed 11,500 times

    Most of us have heard that Thomas Malthus made a forecast in 1798 that the world would run short of food, and that great famine…

  • How Energy Leveraging has Increased Global Unemployment

    Published 08 December 2012 | viewed 9,400 times

    If an employer wants to maximize profits, it will want to leverage its use of high-priced energy sources.  From an employer’s point of view, there…

  • The Fiscal Cliff and its Effect on Oil Markets

    Published 30 November 2012 | viewed 10,515 times

    The United States’ fiscal cliff is very much related to several changes we have been going through recently, and will likely continue to experience:1.    High…

  • Why Current Methods to Combat Climate Change Don’t Work

    Published 24 November 2012 | viewed 18,872 times

    World leaders seem to have their minds made up regarding what will fix world CO2 emissions problems. Their list includes taxes on gasoline consumption, more…

  • IEA Manipulates Stats to Predict Unrealistically High Oil Forecasts

    Published 15 November 2012 | viewed 9,569 times

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) provides unrealistically high oil forecasts in its new 2012 World Energy Outlook (WEO). It claims, among other things, that the…

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