The Big Shift
This nine-plus part series by noted energy journalist Andrew Nikiforuk focuses on the major economic, environmental and political question of our time: Can we transition from fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy base without causing turmoil and social disintegration? What can we best do to prepare? Nikiforuk takes the question to some of the world's top experts and reports back.
The series is part of a larger project, "Canada's Transition to a Better Energy Future," produced by The Tyee in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives Society. Funding was provided by Fossil Fuel Development Mitigation Fund of Tides Canada Foundation. All funders sign releases guaranteeing The Tyee full editorial autonomy. Tyee funders and TCI neither influence nor endorse the particular content of Tyee reporting.
In This Series
A great energy transition is coming. Will it mean a better day for humanity, or turmoil? First in a series.
We must engineer a return to that era's lower usage, says expert Vaclav Smil. Second in a series.
Lessons from an earlier energy transition. Third in a series.
Red Empire just ran out of fuel, say growing number of experts.
A history of failed guesses shows how hard it is to forecast fuels of the future.
So concludes an expert analyst of the natural gas boom. Brace for bust.
There's a reason some call biofuels 'forbidden fuels'. Latest in a series.
Facing limits to sun-powered renewable energy. Latest in a series.
As we work down the hydrocarbon pyramid, energy gets messier and much more costly. Latest in a series.