PDFs of Posts

PDFs of Posts

Attached is a list of recent posts, plus popular older posts in PDF format. Separately, at the bottom of the list I show some selected presentations, also in PDF format. These may be helpful if

  • New readers want to see a list of posts that they have missed; sorry, no book!
  • Readers prefer reading posts off line
  • Printed copies are needed
  • Readers have difficulty viewing images
  • Readers are looking for a complete list of recent posts–sort of a “Table of Contents”.

All of the posts are now hosted on WordPress. At one point, there was a problem with broken links. These should be fixed. Let me know if there are links that need fixing.  (GailTverberg at comcast dot net)

Posts During 2016

The energy problem behind Trump’s election – Nov. 17, 2016

How researchers could miss the real energy story – Oct. 27, 2016

Why energy prices are ultimately headed lower; What the IMF missed – Oct. 11, 2016

What really causes falling productivity growth–an energy-based explanation – Sept. 20, 2016

Intermittent renewables can’t favorably transform grid electricity – August 31, 2016

An Updated Version of the “Peak Oil” Story – August 8, 2016

Overly Simple Energy-Economy Models Give Misleading Answers – July 25, 2016

Energy limits- Why we see rising wealth disparity and low prices – July 6, 2016

China: Is peak coal part of its problem? – June 20, 2016

$50 Oil Doesn’t Work  – May 31, 2016

The real oil limits story; what other researchers missed – May 12, 2016

Debt: The Key Factor Connecting Energy and the Economy – May 2, 2016

US 2015 oil production and future oil prices – April 18, 2016

Why we have a wage inequality problem – March 29, 2016

Our economic growth system is reaching limits in a strange way – March 17, 2016 – (Relates to entropy)

Why globalization reaches limits – March 1, 2016

The physics of energy and the economy  – Feb. 8, 2016

Why oil under $30 per barrel is a major problem – Jan. 19, 2016

2016: Oil limits and the end of the debt supercycle – Jan. 7, 2016

Posts During 2015

We are at Peak Oil now; we need very low-cost energy to fix it – Dec. 21, 2015

Economic growth: How it works; how it fails; why wealth disparity occurs – Dec. 8, 2015

Why “supply and demand” doesn’t work for oil – Nov. 23, 2015

Oops! Low oil prices are related to a debt bubble – Nov. 3, 2015

Our electricity problem: Getting the diagnosis correct – Oct. 14, 2015

Low oil prices: Why worry? – Sept. 29, 2015

How our energy problem leads to a debt collapse problem – Sept. 14, 2015

Deflationary Collapse Ahead?  – Aug. 26, 2016

How economic growth fails – Aug. 10, 2016

Nine reasons why low oil prices may “morph” into something much worse  – July 22, 2015

What Greece, Cyprus, and Puerto Rico have in common – July 8, 2015

BP data suggests we are reaching peak energy demand – June 23, 2015

Why EIA, IEA, and BP oil forecasts are too high – June 9, 2015

Cuba: Figuring out pieces of the puzzle – May 26, 2015

Why we have an oversupply of almost everything (oil, labor, capital, etc.) – May 6, 2015

Overview of our energy modeling problem – April 23, 2015

Putting the real story of energy and the economy together – April 15, 2015

The oil glut and low prices reflect an affordability problem – March 9, 2015

Role of wages of the common worker in oil prices, collapse – Feb. 25, 2015

A new theory of energy and the economy – Part 3: The problem of debt as we reach oil limits – Feb. 11, 2015

A new theory of energy and the economy – Part 2 – Charts showing the long-term tie between energy and the economy – Feb. 5, 2015

A new theory of energy and the economy – Part 1 – Generating economic growth – Jan. 21, 2015

Oil limits and the economy: Where are we headed in 2015-2016 – Jan. 6, 2015

Posts During 2014

How increased inefficiency explains falling oil prices – Dec. 29, 2014

Ten reasons why a severe drop in oil prices is a problem – Dec. 7, 2014

Eight pitfalls in evaluating green energy solutions – Nov. 18, 2014

Oil price slide – No good way out – November 5, 2014

Eight pieces of our oil price predicament – October 22, 2014

WSJ gets it wrong on “Why peak oil predictions haven’t come true” – October 6, 2014

Low Oil Prices- Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply – September 21, 2014

An Energy-Related Reason Why US Healthcare Outcomes are Awful – September 9, 2014

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables – August 25, 2014

Energy and the Economy – Twelve Basic Principles – August 14, 2014

Making Sense of the US Oil Story – August 6, 2014

World Oil Production at 3:31:2014–Where are We Headed – July 23, 2014

Debt: Eight Reasons This Time is Different – July 7, 2014

Why Standard Economic Models Don’t Work–Our Economy is a Network – June 23, 2014

IEA Investment Report – What is Right; What is Wrong – June 10, 2014

Converging energy crises – And how our situation differs from the past – May 29, 2014

The connection between oil prices, debt levels, and interest rates – May 21, 2014

Russia and Ukraine – The worrisome connection to world oil and gas problems – May 7, 2014

Eight energy myths explained – April 23, 2014

Oil limits and climate change – How they fit together – April 11, 2014

The absurdity of US natural gas exports – March 31, 2014

Oil limits and the economy: One story, not two – March 21, 2014.

Reaching debt limits – With or without China’s problems, we have a problem – March 11, 2014

Reasons for our energy predicament- An overview – March 4, 2014

Beginning of the end? Oil companies cut back on spending – Feb. 25, 2014

Reaching limits to growth – What should our response be? – Feb. 17, 2014

Limits to growth – At our doorstep, but unrecognized – Feb. 6, 2014

A forecast of our energy future; Why common solutions don’t work – Jan. 29, 2014

Ten reasons intermittent renewables (wind and solar PV) are a problem – Jan. 21, 2014

Why IEA, EIA, and Randers’ 2052 energy forecasts are wrong – Jan. 13, 2014

Why a finite world is a problem – Jan. 2, 2014

Selected Posts from 2013 and Prior

The real oil extraction limit and how it affects the downslope – Dec. 18, 2013

Diminishing returns, Energy Return on Energy Invested, and collapse – Dec. 6, 2013

What’s ahead? Lower oil prices, despite rising extraction costs – Nov. 15, 2013

Sustainability: How humans’ economy differs from nature – Oct. 31, 2013

Rising energy costs lead to recession; eventually collapse – Oct. 23, 2013

Two views of our current economic and energy crisis – Oct. 14, 2013

Our oil problems are not over! – Oct. 2, 2013

Why I don’t believe Randers’ Limits to Growth forecast to 2052 – Sept. 25, 2013

Oil and gas underlie Syria’s conflict – Sept 9, 2013

Energy products: Return on investment is already too low – June 24, 2013

Peak oil demand is already a huge problem – April 11, 2013

Twelve reasons why globalization is a huge problem – Feb. 22, 2013

Oil supply limits and the continuing financial crisis – In Energy Volume 37 January 2012

Why Malthus got his forecast wrong – December 12, 2012

World energy consumption since 1820 in charts – March 12, 2012

Selected Presentations

The energy problem behind Trump’s election – Nov. 17, 2016 (Not a presentation to any live group; presentation covers more advanced topics and thus may be difficult for those without adequate background)

Complexity: The Connection Between Fossil Fuel EROI, Human EROI, and Debt – Biophysical Economics Conference – June 27, 2016

Energy and the economy – Twelve basic principles in a finite world – UNED Energy Conference – October 10, 2014

Converging crises – Age of Limits Conference – May 25, 2014

How high and rising oil prices can lead to limits to growth; EROI is now too low – Biophysicial Economics Conference – June 10, 2013

Collapse 101 – Age of Limits Conference – May 25, 2013

Energy and the economy: Bumping against the growth ceiling – Several audiences – August 31, 2011

An update on the peak oil story – China -May 13, 2011

Where are we headed: Peak oil and the financial crisis – March 25, 2009 (Link is to article on The Oil Drum. Presentation is available for download by link in article.)

3 Responses to PDFs of Posts

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  2. Paul Winkworth says:

    My attempts to download pdfs are rerouted to
    http://ksuweb.kennesaw.edu/~bsetzer/

    which is Ben Setzer’s homepage, and there does not seem to be much there as yet.

    • Ben Setzer is my husband. Let me figure out where things are now. His university merged with another and the computer systems changed.

      Edit: I tried to fix the links, but there seem to be some that still don’t work. This is a different link with the a listing on the University computer system. http://ksuweb.kennesaw.edu/~bsetzer/our_finite_world/ The files are now hosted on a different computer system, because of a university merger. There may be some differences in the way the systems handle nonstandard characters in titles.

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