Category Archives: Introductory Post

Today’s Energy Predicament – A Look at Some Charts

Today’s energy predicament is a strange situation that most modelers have never really considered. Let me explain some of the issues I see, using some charts. [1] It is probably not possible to reduce current energy consumption by 80% or … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged energy demand, low oil price, oil price, peak oil | 2,368 Comments

The World’s Fragile Economic Condition – Part 1

Where is the world economy heading? In my opinion, a large portion of the story that we usually hear about how the world economy operates and the role energy plays is not really correct. In this post (to be continued … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged economic growth, high oil prices, interest rates, oil prices, wage disparity | 1,500 Comments

The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis

I was recently asked to give a talk called, “The Approaching US Energy-Economic Crisis.” In other words, how might the United States encounter problems that lead to a crisis? As we will see, many of the problems that could lead to … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged debt bubble, oil prices, rising interest rates, solar energy, wind energy | 2,174 Comments

Oops! Low oil prices are related to a debt bubble

Why is the price of oil so low now? In fact, why are all commodity prices so low? I see the problem as being an affordability issue that has been hidden by a growing debt bubble. As this debt bubble has … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged debt bubble, debt defaults, economic growth, energy consumption, low oil prices, peak oil | 1,595 Comments

Why Standard Economic Models Don’t Work–Our Economy is a Network

The story of energy and the economy seems to be an obvious common sense one: some sources of energy are becoming scarce or overly polluting, so we need to develop new ones. The new ones may be more expensive, but … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Implications, Introductory Post | Tagged collapse, economic models, networked systems, oil price, oil substitution, peak oil | 967 Comments