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Carey King Research Newsletter - April 2016

Three topics of interest for you: my latest blog (about the most interested chart I've ever made), an Austin, TX talk on the biography of the father of Peak Oil, and a Q&A with Texas leaders on the Clean Power Plan for Texas.

Blog: The most interesting graph I've ever made: Leveraging Energy vs. Money

The figure below is perhaps the most interesting chart I have ever made. The purpose of this figure (from my publication here) is to provide context into metrics of net energy and see how they relate to economic data. Here, I’m asking a fundamental question: Should our (worldwide) society be able to leverage money more than we can leverage energy? My hypothesis is “no”. Full blog here.

Read my full blog post here to understand my reasoning and why this is very important to help make better macroeconomic models that more accurately consider the role of energy.

Biographer: Mason Inman in Austin April 20 and 21

Author of The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologists' Quest for a Sustainable Future
, biography of M. King Hubbert

On April 21, 2016 (5:00-6:15 pm, Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302) Carey will co-host Mason Inman, author of the new biography of M. King Hubbert, The Oracle of Oil, on campus of The University of Texas at Austin.  This is part of the weekly Energy Symposium series sponsored by the Energy Institute.

On April 20, 7 pm, Mason will also be discussing his book at BookPeople of Austin. He'll have a conversation about the book with Russell GoldWall Street Journal reporter, Journalism Fellow of the UT Austin Energy Institute, and author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.  For details see:

Watch the video of the Texas Power Dialog: Discussion of the Clean Power Plan (April 4, 2016)

Dr. Bryan Shaw of the TCEQ said he could have used the same presentation slides as John Hall of the Environmental Defense Fund ... WHAT?

Shaw is Chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and he opposes of the EPA and Clean Power Plan.
John Hall is the Texas State Director for the Environmental Defense Fund) and he supports carbon regulation.  

Carey hosted these two speakers with a question, answer, and dialog session on the Clean Power Plan.  This dialog is largely a difference in one person wanting to describe the forest   Click here to watch online. 

Timeline of the video: 
Carey's introduction: 0:00 – 7:00
John Hall: 7:00 – 43:15
Bryan Shaw: 44:00 – 1:14:46
Discussion: 1:15:00 – 1:59:13
Thank you very much for your time.  As always, please contact me for more information about how you can be involved in and contribute to my research program and student researchers (they need food!). 


Carey W. King, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Energy Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, 512.471.5468,,  @CareyWKing
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My research takes a systems approach to describe the role of energy and energy technologies in our past and future. This approach provides the best way to both address questions about our future economy and environment as well as understand how individual technologies can and cannot affect the macro-scale and long-run trends that will frame our future options. I seek understanding of the relationships among:
  • energy resources and technologies,
  • population demographics,
  • water and food,
  • macroeconomic factors, and 
  • implications of internalizing environmental externalities.


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