A Conversation About Energy with Howard Lindzon

March 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm
Contributed by: Chris

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do a freewheeling, videotaped chat with StockTwits founder Howard Lindzon on the present and future realities of energy. It was a lot more casual and conversational than any previous media appearances I’ve done  (at 10:30 PM with a glass of Scotch in hand), so it was more fun, if less professional.

Topics included peak oil, the end of economic growth, reversing globalization, oil prices, alternatives, and lots of other topics. View the video (25 minutes) below the fold.


  1. “Growth is the sacred cow. Growth is the problem. Growth is the thing that we’ve all grown up with that we always assumed would be the case that would never never end. But no tree grows to the sky and we’ve reached that point.” words from Chris Nelder 13:30. Spot on Chris. Well said.

    Comment by Jeremy Pearl — March 17, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  2. Chris,

    I second the first comment by Jeremy. Finally someone of some consequence is willing to admit to the end of “growth” and the whole economic structure built on it, but where are the academic and business economists working on the essential new models? I can only start to understand the implications of another thing that you said, “So what we have to do is destroy the sacred cow of growth and figure out how we can have development instead of growth.” Tell us more about what you mean and the implications for policy and personal effort in future blogs. What actions must we do as individuals and as a people take to enhance development? Keep stressing this language because it frames the discussion in a positive way, the beginning of something good and the end of something good that has turned the corner into blind negative.

    BTW, you did just fine, but Mr. Lindzon should not drink (at least not as much) and interview. (g)

    Comment by Ron Shook — March 18, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  3. There is something being done about peak oil, its called emission trading. Once emissions are capped and carbon offsets and credits can be traded for in currency internationally, the worlds economy will intantly shift from one that creates profit from attaining and consuming finite energy resources, to one that creates profits through efficieny and sustainability once it costs money to actually consume hydrocarbon resources.

    And that is really all it takes, may sound a little crazy but hell, is it not completely obvious? I feel like I’m going crazy here haha.

    To believe that governments are completely unaware and are not planning for this shift is just a little ignorant to say the least. Global emissions trading is not some new idea that just came about yesterday as a way to steal more wealth from the public, it is an entirely new free market capitialist economic model.

    But anyway, great work guys 😉

    Comment by The roach — March 22, 2010 @ 1:15 am

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