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REMINDER: Energy Predicament Webinar Is This Coming Sunday

Have you registered yet?
Monday, August 20, 2018, 7:10 PM

Just a reminder of our upcoming webinar focused on where we are in the energy story (i.e., how quickly is EROEI declining and what will a future of lower net energy be like?)

It will take place this coming Sunday, August 26 at 4pm ET/1pm PT» Read more

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Upcoming Webinar: The Energy Predicament, Sunday Aug 26 at 4pm ET/1pm PT

Featuring Art Berman, Alice Friedemann & Bob Burr
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 1:02 PM

Receiving an update on the world "net" energy/EROEI situation was one of the most-requested webinar topics from our survey of the PP audience earlier this year.

You asked. We're delivering.

On Sunday, August 26th at 4pm ET/1pm PT, we'll be holding our next webinar titled: The Energy Predicament » Read more

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How The Coming Oil Shock Will Impact Absolutely Everything

Price spikes, supply crunches, and recession everywhere
Friday, July 6, 2018, 7:44 PM

Executive Summary

  • The Inevitable Supply Crunch
  • Why The Central Planners Are Making This Worse
  • Why The US Shale Industry Will Implode (And Soon)
  • The Growing Geopolitical Risks To Oil Supply
  • The Shock Felt Round The World

If you have not yet read Part 1: Why The Coming Oil Crunch Will Shock The World available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

As I’ve written extensively in the past, there are four entire years of missing upstream oil and gas investment (2014—2017) that will lead to an equivalent period of missing oil and gas supply sometime in the future. With the usual 5-7-year lag between discovery and production, my time frame for that was somewhere between the end of 2018 and 2022.

When -- not if -- that supply shock hits, there is no amount of fresh investment money that can rapidly bring new supply on line. Doing so just takes time -- measured in quarters or years:

As we enter into the second half of 2018, the supply/demand balance has already tipped into a slight deficit. I am clearly predicting that:

  1. this supply imbalance will only get worse, and that
  2. oil prices will have to rise to compensate.

The only development that could possibly prevent this from happening would be a rip-roaring recession, as only economic decline has proven to be able to reduce demand by as much as will needed to avoid this supply crunch.

As we can see from the below chart, the world has been... » Read more

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Why The Coming Oil Crunch Will Shock The World

And why we need a new energy strategy -- fast
Friday, July 6, 2018, 7:42 PM

A responsible global society should have a credible and very publicly-stated energy strategy providing a road map for weaning itself from fossil fuels before they become prohibitively expensive/scarce.

But since we don't have one, the alternative path we're taking is to sleepwalk into the future with no plan for feeding 9 billion people or re-building a crumbled global infrastructure -- let alone facing the additional challenges of running out of critical minerals, dealing with destroyed ecosystems, and being unable to field the necessary fuel and economic complexity to install a brand-new energy infrastructure measuring in the hundreds of quadrillions of BTUs.

This business-as-usual path will be marked by the three D’s: despair, demoralization, and death. » Read more

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Dr. Charles Hall: The Laws Of Nature Trump Economics

It's all about Energy Return On Energy Invested (EROEI)
Monday, March 5, 2018, 1:59 PM

Dr. Charles Hall may not be a name you instantly recognize, but it should be.

Now a Professor Emeritus of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Dr. Hall is a rigorous researcher of energy, oil, biophysical economics -- and was a critical early pioneer in developing the key resource metric of Energy Returned On Energy Invested (EROEI).

After a life's career of looking at the world through the lens of EROEI, Hall is very concerned that, as a global society, we are hurtling towards an energy crisis that will forcefully (and likely painfully) downshift our standard of living within the lifetime of the current generation. » Read more

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Steve St. Angelo: Prepare For Asset Price Declines Of 50-75%

When the debt bubble pops, it's taking everything with it
Monday, July 3, 2017, 4:00 PM

Any sense of prosperity in today's economy is based on a falsehood, claims Steve St. Angelo, proprietor of the SRSrocco Report website.

Like we here at PeakProsperity.com, Steve is a student of energy. He shares our worldview that net energy per capita has been in steady decline, and a result, future growth will be limited. Also like us, he notes that the "growth" seen over the past several decades hasn't been due to surplus net energy (which makes being able to do more possible). Instead, it has been fueled by debt  -- which essentially steals prosperity from the future and consumes it today.

Any third-grader with a crayon can quickly tell you that kind of scam can't last forever. And it can't. Once the can can't be kicked any further and the next economic and/or financial crisis is upon us, Steve sees today's over-inflated asset prices quickly dropping by a gut-wrenching 50-75%. » Read more

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Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

What history predicts about our future prospects
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11:20 PM

By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on -- an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet. » Read more

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Art Berman: Don't Get Used To Today's Low Oil Prices

They're a temporary anomaly. Higher prices are ahead.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 3:00 PM

Oil expert and geological consultant Art Berman returns to the podcast this week to address head-on the question: Was the Peak Oil theory wrong? With the world "awash" in sub-$50 per barrel oil, were all the warnings about persistently higher future oil prices just a bunch of alarmist hand-wringing?

In a word: No.

Art explains how the current glut of oil created by the US shale boom -- along with high crude output by both OPEC and non-OPEC  producers -- is a temporary anomaly. Fundamentally, we are not finding nearly as much oil as we need to continue our demand curve; and at the same time, we are extracting our reserves at a faster rate than ever. That's a mathematical recipe for a coming supply crunch. It's not a matter of if, but when. » Read more

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Shale Oil - Crash Course Chapter 21

Expensive. Over-hyped. And short-lived.
Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:38 PM

If you've watch the previous video chapter on Peak Cheap Oil, you may be wondering how any of that could be still be true given all the positive recent stories about shale oil and shale gas , many of which have proclaimed that “Peak Oil is dead”.

The only problem with this story is that it is misleading in some very important ways. And entirely false in others. » Read more

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Energy Economics - Crash Course Chapter 19

THE reason why growth will be more scarce in the future
Friday, October 24, 2014, 7:45 PM

The central point to this latest video is this: as we’ve shown in previous chapters of the Crash Course, our global economy depends on continual growth to function. And not just any kind of growth; but exponential growth.

But in order to grow, it must receive an ever-increasing input supply of affordable energy and resources from the natural world. What I’m about to show you is a preponderance of data that indicates those inputs will just not be there in the volumes needed to supply the growth that the world economy is counting on. » Read more