Citizen Action Monitor

Richard Heinberg explores the flawed thinking behind proposed solutions to climate change

He explains why real climate progress will require large numbers of people in wealthy countries to forgo forms of power they currently enjoy. — No 2778 by fw, September 17, … Continue reading

September 17, 2021

Energy expert Richard Heinberg answers 13 questions about renewable energy asked by 15-year-old student

You might be surprised by some of his answers: Here’s a chance to test your own understanding of renewable energy. — No 2764 by fw, August 9, 2021  Here’s a … Continue reading

August 9, 2021

U.S. (likely) headed for “Violent Future”, concludes respected author, Richard Heinberg

Heinberg bases his diagnosis on evidence from past and current academic studies and recent events that heighten fear of coming “civil violence” No 2761 by fw, July 29, 2021 “A … Continue reading

July 29, 2021

Global growth is capitalism’s doomsday machine, ending in global collapse

Richard Heinberg advises “repurposing growth capital now to help unwind the doomsday machine sooner rather than later.” — No 2717 Posted by fw, March 6, 2021 — “[T]he growth mechanisms … Continue reading

March 6, 2021

On a finite planet, maintaining endless economic growth is not a viable option

Cooperative conservatism could help to get us off growth with minimum pain and maximum gain, says Richard Heinberg. — No 2716 Posted by fw, March 4, 2021 “Both the U.S. … Continue reading

March 4, 2021

Low-carbon technology alone will not resolve our ecological dilemma, says Richard Heinberg

Follow the lead of ecological economists who know how to design strategies to improve our wellbeing while minimizing our consumption. — No 2704 Posted by fw, January 27, 2021 — … Continue reading

January 27, 2021

Insurrection, Pandemic, Censorship, and the breakdown of “consensus reality” in the US

“It’s a crazy world out there, and it’s getting crazier. Don’t add to the insanity.” – Richard Heinberg. — No 2699 Posted by fw, January 16, 2021 — “On January … Continue reading

January 16, 2021

By now it must be obvious — Trump’s real plan is to make America ungovernable – Richard Heinberg explains

Where are these trends of political polarization and radicalization leading – Violent breakup or cathartic renewal? — No 2685 Posted by fw, November 22, 2020 — Richard Heinberg is a … Continue reading

November 22, 2020

Richard Heinberg proposes a way out of our climate-driven pathway to collapse

But beware delusional promises of the “green profit narrative” that we won’t need to change the way we live now. — No 2663 Posted by fw, September 25, 2020 — … Continue reading

September 25, 2020

Facing climate-driven societal collapse, will we accept and cope, or will we deny and act?

In simplistic terms, you could say Deep Adaptation is about accepting and coping with climate-driven collapse, while Extinction Rebellion is about acting to prevent it. — No 2647 Posted by … Continue reading

July 28, 2020

Thinking of transitioning your home from fossil fuels to renewables? Read this first.

People who look at energy transition solely as a matter of politics and policy have little understanding of what is actually required. No 2633 Posted by fw, June 13, 2020 … Continue reading

June 13, 2020

What To Do? about our existential crisis – Richard Heinberg proposes a four-fold strategy —

Encourage resilience building at community level; Leave good ideas lying around; Target innovators and early adopters; and Help people grasp The Big Picture No 2530 Posted by fw, October 13, … Continue reading

October 13, 2019

We’re headed for the biggest crash ever, warns fossil fuels expert, Richard Heinberg

Fossil fuels have propelled global civilization beyond our control and into an era of perpetual overshoot. No 2529 Posted by fw, October 12, 2019 Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of the … Continue reading

October 12, 2019

The year is 3019 and geologists retrospectively ponder humanity’s love affair with the automobile

They ask — Why were humans unable to foresee the disastrous consequences of their addiction to automobiles? No 2413 Posted by fw, January 8, 2019 “While biologists have long agreed … Continue reading

January 8, 2019

Ten years since the global financial crisis and we have failed to change course – We’ve learned nothing.

Given current trends, we’re headed for overshoot, crisis, and decline. Building personal and community resilience is our best counter-strategy. No 2389 Posted by fw, October 29, 2018 Ten years since … Continue reading

October 29, 2018

The environmental movement failed because of our addiction to economic growth

We must either conquer this addition or face the failure of civilization, says Richard Heinberg No 2036 Posted by fw, August 21, 2017 ***** “We will grow our economy while … Continue reading

August 21, 2017

“We’re in for one hell of a century and it’s too late for a soft landing,” says Richard Heinberg

Avoiding the worst would require our leaders to publicly admit that “a prolonged shrinkage of the economy is a done deal” No 1741 Posted by fw, August 2, 2016 “Could ‘we … Continue reading

August 2, 2016

It’s inevitable that we will have less total energy in our renewable future, says Richard Heinberg

The fact is, “There’s just no good comprehensive renewable substitute for oil” No 1320 Posted by fw, April 27, 2015 “If we look realistically at the challenge, it seems inevitable … Continue reading

April 27, 2015

Will our energy future be fueled by fossils or by abundant, renewable wind and sunlight?

“The gap between our current way of life and one that can be sustained with future energy supplies is likely to be significant,” says Richard Heinberg No 1271 Posted by … Continue reading

March 3, 2015