Reaching Limits to Growth: What Should our Response Be?

February 19, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Oil limits seem to be pushing us toward a permanent downturn, including a crash in credit availability, loss of jobs, and even possible government collapse. In this process, we are likely to lose access to both fossil fuels and grid electricity. Supply chains will need to be short, because of the lack of credit.[read more]

Limits to Growth: At Our Doorstep, But not Recognized

February 7, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Growth and Limitation

How long can economic growth continue in a finite world? This is the question the 1972 book The Limits to Growth sought to answer. The computer models that the team of researchers produced strongly suggested that the world economy would collapse sometime in the first half of the 21st century.[read more]

Limitations of Unreliable Energy Sources, aka 'Renewables'

November 22, 2013 by Rod Adams

As part of the discussions stimulated by their airing of Pandora’s Promise, CNN hosted a debate between Michael Schellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute and Dale Bryk of the Natural Resources Defense Council. That debate included some commentary that I thought was worth promoting.[read more]

Why I Don’t Believe Randers' Limits to Growth Forecast to 2052

September 27, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Consumption Forecasts

In 1972, analysis suggested that serious resource depletion issues would occur about now–the first part of the 21st century. In comparison, current indications look much better, with world GDP growth continuing to rise through 2050, and energy consumption growing until 2040.[read more]

Oil and Gas Limits Underly Syria's Conflict

September 12, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Consumption

If oil depletion is becoming an increasing problem, I am afraid we can expect increasing conflict in the Middle East, regardless of whether the US chooses to intervene in Syria, because of increased oil depletion. A shortfall in one country can ripple to the next country, on and on.[read more]

The Fundamental Limitations of Renewable Energy

August 6, 2013 by Schalk Cloete

Renewable Limits

Many people still think that it will not be long before renewable energy such as solar and wind becomes outright cheaper than fossil fuels. This is an ideologically very attractive notion, but it is questionable whether this is in fact physically possible.[read more]