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Richard Heinberg, MA Biography

Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it…

But the transition will entail costs—not just money and regulation, but also changes in our behavior and expectations. It will probably take at least three or four decades, and will fundamentally change the way we live…

Nearly everyone agrees that the easiest way to kick-start the transition would be to replace coal with solar and wind power for electricity generation…

The collective weight of these challenges and opportunities suggests that a truly all-renewable economy may be very different from the American economy we know today. The renewable economy will likely be slower and more local; it will probably be a conserver economy rather than a consumer economy. It will also likely feature far less economic inequality.”

“100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years,” Yes! Magazine, Feb. 22, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
  • Columnist, The Ecologist
  • Mayor’s appointed member, Oil Independent Oakland 2020 Task Force
  • Core Faculty member, New College of California, 1998-2007
  • Recipient, Independent Publishers Book of the Year Award for The Oil Depletion Protocol, 2007
  • Advisor, National Petroleum Council report on Peak Oil to US Secretary of Energy, 2007
  • Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities teaching fellowship at SUNY Postdam, 2006
  • Recipient, M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education, 2006
  • MA, Leadership with an emphasis in Peak Oil Education, School Unknown
  • Twitter: @richardheinberg
  • Appeared in Leonardo diCaprio documentary 11th Hour, 2007
  • Appeared in The History Channel’s Megadisasters in the “Oil Apocalypse” episode, 2007
  • Has given over three hundred lectures on oil depletion (“Peak Oil”) to a wide variety of audiences
  • His books have been translated into eight languages
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
  2. Is Global Oil Production at (or Past) Its Peak?