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Richard Heinberg on Fracking

Youtube text: Recorded February 25th, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. Richard Heinberg speaks on his newest book, covering the short-term nature of the recent North American oil boom and the financial bubble that supports it. Heinberg covers the implications of the 2016-2017 peak in unconventional output by providing essential information for any community facing the false promises of companies planning to extract reality

Youtube text: Our economy is based on a model of constant growth – growth in production, consumption and population. Economic growth has provided rising standards of living in the West and seen millions in China and India lifted out of poverty. This model has been disrupted in many countries by the global financial crisis, which is now seeing another round of casualties, particularly in Europe. Will things settle down with growth resuming, or will our economies bump up against a wall of finite resources? And if they do, what will this mean the global balance of power?

April 2013. Youtube text: Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-In-Residence at the Post Carbon Institue and autor of 10 books including, The Post Carbon Reader (2010) (editor), Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis (2009) , Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines (2007) and The Party’s Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003) gave a talk called Life After Growth: Building Community Resilience in a World of Declining Energy. Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators. He has authored scores of essays and articles that have appeared in such journals as Nature, The American Prospect, Public Policy Research, Quarterly Review, The Ecologist, Resurgence, The Futurist, European Business Review, Earth Island Journal, Yes!, and The Sun; and on web sites such as,,,, and Richard’s latest animation 300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Minutes , went viral on YouTube and won the Youtubes’s DoGooder Video of the Year Award.


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