It is by being alive to difficulty that one can avoid it

Tao Te Ching

Currently modern humans rely on fossil fuels to meet most of their energy needs. This era of cheap and easy to access oil is over. There’s still plenty of oil available, but it is taking more and more energy to get the energy we want and need. Debt levels, including those needed to finance oil production, are becoming dangerously unsustainable. Plans to substitute current fossil fuel use with renewables for transport and renewable energy systems, will themselves take a huge amount of oil. The following are references to material we have found useful. See Q&A. Send us your questions and recommendations.

Ahmed Nafeez (5 Feb 2020) commentary on the Finnish Report
Government Agency Warns Global Oil Industry Is on the Brink of a Meltdown

Ahmed Nafeez, August 27, 2020, The End of the Oil Age Is Upon Us

Arnoux Louis, The end of the Oil Age, as we knew it, 17 Aug, 2017 – (also includes introduction to other papers in this series and an appendix )

Bergqvist, Linda, 2015, Oil supply shock, food shortages, and potential starvation in Sweden? Peak Resources

Blumenthal, Max, 7 September, 2020, ‘Green’ billionaires behind professional activist network that led suppression of ‘Planet of the Humans’ documentary, The Grayzone

Cobb, Kurt, November 29, 2020, Low prices batter oil industry (and later the rest of us) Resource Insights

Finnish government Report (22 Dec 2019) Oil from a Critical Raw Material Perspective

Friedemann Alice, 16 January, 2016, When Trucks Stop Running, So Does Civilization. Energy and the future of Transportation Energy Skeptic

Grimwood, Murray (22 March 2020) says its time to abandon the ship of modern financial life and lower our expectations to a long-term, energy-sustainable lifestyle that doesn’t plunder earth’s resources. He sees a different future.

Heinberg, Richard, 8 October, 2020, Has oil peaked?

Heinberg Richard, 20 May, 2020, Nobody takes the renewable energy transition seriously

Joy Mike, 2019, Biophysical limits to growth; the future of food and energy, Institute for Governance and Policy studies (IGPS), Victoria University.

Mikulka, Justin, 17 July, 2020, Bankers and Investors Finding Fracking Industry’s Underlying Models Prove Overly Optimistic

Mikulka Justin, 27 February, 2020, Peak Permian Oil Production May Arrive Much Sooner Than Expected, DeSmog UK

Ted Trainer 4.11.2017, Oil Situation

Trainer Ted, 9.4.16 “But Can’t Technical Advance Solve the Problems?”