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Gail Tverberg: This Is The Beginning Of The End For Oil Production

Why the shale collapse is ushering in a permanent turndown
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 12:28 PM

With the recent collapse in the price of oil, Gail Tverberg, returns to discuss the likely impact on the US shale oil industry, as well as the global market for oil. 

While as an actuary, Gail is one to avoid hyperbole and the let the numbers speak, her analysis of the outlook for future oil production is nothing short of dire. » Read more



Treebeard: Becoming The Change We Wish To See

Exploring the development of inner resilience
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 8:50 AM

Here at Peak Prosperity, we follow a lot of the problems and challenges of the world around us and explore what can be done in response to them. And in seeking solutions, we have to remind ourselves that if we want the world to be different in some way, the only way to begin changing it with 100% certainty is by changing ourselves. In the end, we are responsible for how we perceive and relate to what's happening around us, and true change begins with taking ownership of what our reality is, and what we want it to be.

For such a heady topic, we've responded to previous requests from the PP.com community and invited our own philosopher-in-residence Andrew Graves -- better known as Treebeard on the site -- to expound on the topic. » Read more


Richard Gould: Learning From Ancient Human Cultures

Were they happier than we are?
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 11:17 AM

Richard Gould is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Brown University (where I was his student) and one of the foremost experts on hunter-gatherer societies. In the 1960s, he and his wife spent years living with the aborigines in Australia's Western Desert, observing first-hand their way of life. Through study of these people and many others around the world, his work focused on understanding how human culture and behavior adapts to environmental stress, risk and uncertainty.

We've invited him to this week's podcast to discuss what insights ancient cultures may be able to offer in terms of "natural human behavior" that may fit well within our specie's blueprint. » Read more


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Kirk Sorensen: An Update On The Thorium Story

China sprints while the West slumbers
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 10:54 AM

Two years ago, we interviewed Kirk Sorensen about the potential for thorium to offer humanity a safe, cheap and abundant source of energy.

Kirk returns this week to relay what has happened in the thorium space since our last conversation. The East, most notably China, is now fully-mobilized around getting its first reactor operational by as soon as 2020. If indeed thorium reactors are as successful as hoped, the US will find itself playing catch up against countries who suddenly hold a tremendous technology advantage: » Read more


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Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

And why they're so hard for us to address
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 11:11 AM

As we embark on a new year, it's important to keep the really big elements of our global predicament squarely in mind. To that end, we're surfacing this excellent discussion on population growth that Chris recorded in 2012 with Bill Ryerson of the Population Institute.

At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources.

The global population is more than 7 billion now and headed to 9 billion by 2050. If world population continues its exponential growth, when we will hit planetary carrying capacity limits with our key resources (or are we already exceeding them)? What are the just, humane, and rights-respecting options that are on the table for balancing the world’s population with the ability of the earth to sustain it? » Read more


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Brian Pretti: The World's Capital Is Now Dangerously Boxed In

Creating asset bubbles ready to burst
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:22 PM

This week Chris speaks with Brian Pretti, managing editor of ContraryInvestor.com, a financial commentary site published by institutional buy-side portfolio managers. In their discussion, they focus on the global movement of capital since quantitative easing (QE) became the policy of the world's major central banks.

The ensuing excellent discussion is wide ranging, but the key takeaway is that capital is being herded into fewer and fewer asset classes. With such huge volumes of money at play, very crowded trades in assets like stocks and housing have resulted -- bringing us back to familiar bubble territory in record time. » Read more


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Marianne Williamson: We Must Maintain a Healthy Sense of Protest

Speak truth to power
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 1:16 PM

Partisan politics is something we actively avoid discussing on this site. Instead, we prefer to operate in the domain of provable fact. But that doesn't mean that we have written off the political process entirely. » Read more


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David Collum: Broken Markets, State Capitalism & Eroding Liberty

Understanding the dominant trends of 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013, 12:47 PM

2013 was a frustrating year for those who believe in cause and effect. Markets have been levitated far above what fundamentals would justify. Sovereign debt has increased tremendously, but seemingly without repercussion. Central planners have become more brazen in their belief that intervention is the best way to control both an economy and its citizens to surprising little outcry from the populace: » Read more



Gail Tverberg: The Shale Oil Boom is More "Mirage" than "Miracle"

Expect less than a 10-year boon
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9:11 PM

In this week's podcast, Chris asks Gail Tverberg to assess the merits of the shale oil "revolution". Does it usher in a new Golden Age of American oil independence?

With her actuarial eyeshade firmly in place, Gail quickly begins discounting the underlying economics behind the shale model: » Read more


Jim Rickards: We're Witnessing One of the Greatest Failed Experiments in Economic History

It all ends in the collapse of the dollar
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 2:50 PM

Jim Rickards, author of the best-seller Currency Wars, sees the world's central banks embroiled in a "race to debase" their currencies in order to restore – at any cost – growth to their weakened economies.

In the midst of the fight, the U.S. Federal Reserve wields oversized power due to the dollar's unique position as the global reserve currency. As a result, actions by the Fed create huge percussive ripples across the battlefield, often influencing events in ways little understood by the players – and especially by the Fed itself.

In Rickards' words, the policymakers at the Fed "think they are dialing a thermostat up and down, but they're actually playing with a nuclear reactor – and they could melt the whole thing down": » Read more