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Articles by Richard Heinberg
Nobody Takes the Renewable Energy Transition Seriously
Richard Heinberg · “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Despite all the demands from climate activists, scientists, and even policy makers, hardly a single country is taking the shift to renewable energy seriously. Even...
Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better for It
Richard Heinberg · The end of growth will come one day, perhaps very soon, whether we’re ready or not. If we plan for and manage it, we could well wind up with greater well-being.
Could a Green New Deal Save Civilization?
Richard Heinberg · To fully and systematically address the climate/energy crisis, the plan will have to be far broader in scope than what is currently being proposed. And while we need to mobilize society as a whole with a World War II-level of effort...
Richard Heinberg's Review of Planet of the Humans
Richard Heinberg · A few days ago, Emily Atkin posted a reaction to Michael Moore’s latest film, 
Pandemic Response Requires Post-Growth Economic Thinking
Richard Heinberg · Amid a horrific human tragedy of sickness and death, much of it taking place in hospitals staffed by brave but overworked and under-equipped doctors and nurses, we are all learning once again what it feels like when economic growth...
The Big Picture
Richard Heinberg · Humanity has a lot of problems these days. Climate change, increasing economic inequality, crashing biodiversity, political polarization, and a global debt bubble are just a few of our worries. None of these trends can continue...
Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk.
Richard Heinberg · We're not all ready to have the same conversation, but perhaps that's a good place to start
The Boiling Pot of 2016
Richard Heinberg · On the surface, things appear normal. The status quo of life in America circa 2016 isn’t to everyone’s liking, but at least the system is still working after a fashion. The price of oil is going up a bit: that means the cost of driving...
Millions of Americans Now Claim Donald Trump Does Not Exist
Richard Heinberg · On May 13 the American news media reported that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had recruited U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota—a major oil drilling state—to help him draft his energy...
The Anthropocene: It's Not All About Us
Richard Heinberg · We need to recognize we share the planet with millions of other life forms   Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among...
Who Knew that Seoul was a Leader in the Sharing Economy?
Richard Heinberg · Did you know that Seoul, South Korea is one of the world’s key sites for post-growth economic re-development? No? Neither did I, until I saw for myself.   I was pleased to be invited to give the keynote address at a conference...
Why the Peak Oilers are Still Right
Richard Heinberg · The piece is excerpted from the new book Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.
The Brief, Tragic Reign of Consumerism-and the Birth of a Happy Alternative
Richard Heinberg · You and I consume; we are consumers. The global economy is set up to enable us to do what we innately want to do—buy, use, discard, and buy some more. If we do our job well, the economy thrives; if for some reason we fail
Scapegoat-in-Chief: The Race for the Oval Office
Richard Heinberg ·   The first two U.S. presidential debates have been painful to watch. Both candidates are running on platforms constructed from verbal hallucinations about the nation’s past, present, and future. And the American people are being...
Five Axioms of Sustainability
Richard Heinberg · My aim in this essay is to explore the history of the terms sustainable and sustainability, and their various published definitions, and then to offer a set of five axioms (based on a review of the literature) to help clarify the...