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”.

The newer posts are now hosted on WordPress instead of a university computer, so there should be fewer problems with broken links. I will work on moving the other posts over as well.

Posts During 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

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, 2104

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, 2o14

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

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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