The following is a list of recent presentations and podcasts up through 2015. I have moved the later presentations to a 2016-2017 sheet. See the bottom part of my PDFs of Posts listing for a PDFs of presentations, including recent ones.

Interview with Jim Kunstler about my views on energy and the economy (40 minutes) published November 4:

Presentation to Space Solar section of 2015 IEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments – Orlando, Florida, Dec. 15, 2015 Energy Economics Outlook

Related post: We are at Peak Oil now; we need very low-cost energy to fix it

Presentation to Investor Group in San Francisco, Oct. 31, 2015: Oops! The economy depends on an energy-related debt bubble

Related post: Oops! Low oil prices are related to a debt bubble

Presentation to Indiana Energy Conference, Oct. 15, 2015: Our Electricity Crisis: Getting the Diagnosis Right

Related post: Our Electricity Problem: Getting the Diagnosis Correct

Doomstead Diner Discussions on TSHTF- Three Recordings on Aug. 23, 2015.  These are the up on Doomstead Diner:

Energy Discussion (Part 1), with Gail Tverberg, Nicole Fosse, Steve Ludlum, Tom Lewis, Norman Pagett, Ugo Bardi, Reverse Engineer, and Monsta.

Audio Version  of  Energy Discussion also available:

Economics and China Discussion (Part 2)

Renewables and What’s Ahead (Last part, numbered Part 4, no part 3)

Doomstead Diner Discussion on Greece, with Reverse Engineer, Ugo Bardi, Steve Ludlum – July 5, 2015

Doomstead Diner Interview by Reverse Engineer with Gail Tverberg and Steve Ludlum about China, Migration, Resource Depletion, and Oil Prices – May 3, 2015

Sound only version (mp3)

Doomstead Diner Audio Interview of Gail by Reverse Engineer on China Visit – April 12, 2015

Videos of Presentations Given at China University of Petroleum, Beijing, March 2015

These are the MP4 versions of the talks. The talks have been edited to remove questions from the floor, and discussion about these questions, partly because the single microphone used for recording did not pick up these conversations well. Also, much of this discussion was in Chinese, because the students often were not confident of their ability to speak in English.

First Topic – Overview of Energy Modeling Problem

Second Topic – Importance of Energy

Third Topic – Overview of a Networked Economy

Fourth Topic – Economic Growth and Diminishing Returns

Fifth Topic – Government Costs and Debt

Sixth Topic – Competition and Resource Exhaustion

Seventh Topic – Twelve Principles of Energy and the Economy (Review)

Eighth Topic – Renewable Energy

PDFs of Presentations Given at China University of Petroleum, Beijing, March 2015

1. Overview of Energy Modeling Problem

2 Importance of Energy

3 Overview of a Networked Economy

4 Economic Growth – Diminishing Returns

5 Government costs and debt

6. Competition and Resource Exhaustion

7. Twelve Principles of Energy and the Economy

8. Renewable Energy

Video Giving Overview of My 2015 March-April Visit to China

I started my visit by teaching a two-week course at China University of Petroleum, Beijing. Next, I did some sightseeing in Inner Mongolia, including visiting the Genghis Khan museum and the city of Ordos. Later, I visited Daqing oil field and city (also called “Daqing”), and then took a train to the declining industrial city of Haerbin. Finally, I visited three businesses manufacturing and selling electrical equipment in the city of Hangzhou near Shanghai to find out how the poor economy was affecting their business. The company selling the largest scale electrical equipment, often to international customers, was most affected. The company selling relatively small equipment used inside residential and small commercial buildings in China was affected least. The company manufacturing mid-sized equipment was moderately affected.

Readings of some of my posts, by Timothy Dicks – Jan. 26, 2015

These are available as you tube videos with copies of my charts and other images, and also as podcasts. The You-Tube videos are

Ten Reasons Why a Severe Drop in Oil Prices is a Problem – Video recording

Low Oil Prices – Sign of a debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply – Video Recording

Oil and the Economy: Where are We Headed in 2015-2016? – Video Recording

Ten Reasons Why High Oil Prices are a Problem – Video Recording

Twelve Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem – Video Recording

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy – Part 2 – Charts  Showing the Link Between Energy and the Economy – Video Recording

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy – Part 3 – The Problem of Debt as We Reach Oil Limits

This is a link to a file with the podcast version of the above posts–Our Finite World

Audio Interview with Chris Martenson on Peak Prosperity –  Jan. 17, 2015

Write up on Peak Prosperity of Interview

Doomstead Diner Chrystal Ball 2015 with several others on Jan, 4, 2015.

Source; Chrystal Ball 2015

Newsmax TV Interview with Ed Berliner Regarding US-China Climate Accord on Nov. 12, 2014.

This is a link to a write-up of the interview, as well as to the five minute video (starting with a clip of Obama). I could not figure out how to embed the interview directly.

Doomstead Diner Discussion regarding low oil prices, with Ugo Bardi, Steve Ludlum (Steve from Virginia) and Gail Tverberg, November 9, 2014.

Source: Doomstead Diner

Presentation at UNED Energy Conference in Barbastro, Spain, October 10, 2014 

Energy and the Economy: Twelve Basic Principles in a Finite World

Doomstead Diner Anniversary Podcast with Ugo Bardi and Gail Tverberg June 15, 2014.

Source: Doomstead Diner Collapse Cafe

Presentation at the Age of Limits Conference in Artemis PA on May 25, 2014.

Converging Crises – May 25, 2014.

Presentation at the International Congress of Actuaries meeting in Washington, D. C., April 4, 2014.

The Case for Near Term Resource Limits

Interview by Chris Martenson on, aired Dec. 7. Title: The Shale Oil Boom is More “Mirage” than “Miracle.”

IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WiSEE) Space Solar Power Workshop in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 8, 2013

Energy Economics Motivating Space Solar Power

Presentation at Casualty Actuarial Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 5 and 6 (Given twice)

Oil limits impact on the economy and insurers

Presentation at Casualty Actuarial Society In Focus: Elephants in the Room Conference, September 30, 2013, Chicago

Tverberg_Oil supply limits may lead to severe recession

Limits to Growth Video Interview – September 29, 2013

Interviewer: Monsta and Roger Ebert of Doomstead Diner

Ugo Bardi, George Mobus, and David Korowicz also interviewed

Syria Interview Video – September 16, 2013

Interviewer: Monsta and Roger Ebert of Doomstead Diner
Brian Davey of Feasta also Interviewed
Also available at Collapse Cafe

Zurich American – Meeting of Company Actuaries – August 21, 2013

Oil limits, the Economy and Insurance

Credit and Energy Interview Parts 1 & 2 – June 25, 2013

Interviewer: Monsta and Ralph Emerson of Doomstead Diner
Source: Doomstead Diner – Podcast: Gail Tverberg- Credit and Energy

Fifth Biophysical Economics Conference – June 10, 2013 – University of Vermont 

Presentation: How High and Rising Oil Prices Can Lead to Limits to Growth

An MP3 recorded by Justin Richie of is provided below (Many thanks!):

The conclusion I reach is that overall, we seem to be close to financial collapse. Thus, the “space” for declining future Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI) is virtually zero. To me, this means that we now need to be looking from ways to raise EROI, rather than  assuming that we can keep adding new low EROI  energy production to the system, without adverse consequences.

Age of Limits Conference – May 25 and 26, 2013 – Artemis, Pennsylvania

Presentation 1: Collapse 101

Podcast related to Collapse 101:

Presentation 2: Energy, Debt, and Financial Collapse

Podcast related to Energy, Debt, and Financial Collapse:

Thanks to Doomstead Diner Blog for making these recordings.

Electric Power Conference – 2013 – May 15, 2013 – Chicago, Illinois

Presentation: Energy Economics Relating to Space Solar Power

A related, somewhat longer presentation was given to the Georgia Institute of Technology AIAA/ ASM Group, March 19, 2013.

Presentation: Energy Economics Motivating Space Solar Power Development

A related post on Our Finite World is Our Energy Predicament in Charts

Atlanta Beyond Oil – November 14, 2102 – Atlanta, Georgia

Presentation: Low Energy Approaches in India China and Russia

Advances in Energy Studies Conference – Oct. 26, 2012 – Mumbai, India

Presentation: Financial Issues Affecting Energy Security.presentation

My paper, also called “Financial Issues Affecting Energy Security,” is being published in a volume called Energy Security and Development by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

A Presentation from 2011, Given to Quite a Few Groups

Presentation: Energy and the Economy – Bumping against the Growth Ceiling

This is the related Our Finite World post: Oil Limits, Recession, and Bumping Against the Growth Ceiling0

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  7. I had a look at the Doomstead Diner August 23 2015. There are some things said that contradict other things. For example 12VDC will work for one house, but it is near impossible to share or network. The big problem of course is surviving the collapse, and that will probably need either a resource rich starting point, or a lot of luck. I may follow up some of the practical stuff with RE.

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  9. I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!


    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

    • I am posting this, even though I am sure most people will find it objectionable, and I don’t really believe it myself.

      We have a problem today with having a new religion of “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Contributing to green causes seems to be a huge virtue. We can supposedly save the world’s ecosystems by throwing money and resources at the problems, while at the same time giving up fossil fuel use. The high priests of this new religion are those who manipulate interest rates.

      There has to be something different, even if it isn’t as extreme as that this person is claiming. Looking out only for oneself is not really very helpful, either in the long run or the short run. Relationships with others are terribly important, too, for example. I do not see that “sin” is a terribly helpful idea, apart from looking at problems from the point of view of others as well as from a person’s own point of view. If resources become more inadequate, “sin” will almost certainly increase, because if there is not enough to go around, people will fight over what is available.

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