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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Energy Transition Tale

This white paper looks at the widely overlooked limitations of the renewable energy technologies commonly put forth as solutions.


It shows that RE cannot deliver the same quantity and quality of energy as fossil fuels, that the espoused technologies are not renewable, and that producing them – particularly mining their metals and discarding their waste – entails egregious social injustices.


We conclude that that the narrative of business-as-usual with a technological fix is not possible and that scale-back, transformation, and a re-assessment of RE options is needed.

Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition

This peer-reviewed journal article published in Energies is an extension of our white paper. 

It offers a tripartite analysis that re-characterizes the climate crisis within its broader context of ecological overshoot, highlights numerous collectively fatal problems with so-called renewable energy technologies, and suggests alternative solutions that entail a contraction of the human enterprise.


We conclude that to achieve sustainability and salvage civilization, society must embark on a planned, cooperative descent from an extreme state of overshoot in just a decade or two. While it might be easier for the proverbial camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for global society to succeed in this endeavor, history is replete with stellar achievements that have arisen only from a dogged pursuit of the seemingly impossible.

The full Eye of the Needle saga


About six months after Energies published Eye of the Needle, its Editor-in-Chief published a note that effectively cancelled it. This happened a day after two formals rebuttals to our paper, and our responses to them, were published. Check it all out, along with our response to the cancellation, here.

Don't Make Me Watch: The New Climate Film Celebrates Malpractice Martyrdom, and Enviros of All Stripes Are Cheering it On

Megan’s critical review of the Hollywood film “Don’t Look Up” that was published on Medium’s Ending Overshoot page.

Birthing Abortion in a New Context: The Great Transformation Demands an Evolution in Our Thinking

Megan’s short piece, again appearing on Ending Overshoot, on the need to abandon the broken pro-choice vs. pro-life framing in the lead-up to the Supreme Court overruling of Roe v. Wade.

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Green New Deal

Megan sat down with Growthbusters’ Dave Gardner to talk about REALgnd, from its inception to all sorts of intricate points that can only be teased in out in good conversation.

Is "Green" Energy a Dangerous Myth?

Megan’s conversation with Alex Smith of Radio Ecoshock about Eye of the Needle. 

Approaching Collapse: Some Do's and Don'ts


Megan was one of two presenters at Kate Booth’s Fringe Forum, an event that was part of the University of Tasmania’s Global Climate Change Week. She and Bill Rees, along with Kate and presenter Tristan Sykes, answered Q&A afterwards. 

Enough is Enough: It's Time for a Real Green New Deal

After the summer of intense fires in the western U.S. in 2020, Megan and Bill co-authored this short piece that appeared in CounterPunch.

Review of Planet of the Humans: Shining a Light on the Energy Black Box

Megan’s review of Planet of the Humans, published by Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB). 

Population, the Great Knee-Jerker: A Holistic Survey and Plea to Reduce Suffering

The criticism Planet of the Humans received for just briefly touching on overpopulation prompted Megan to write this piece, again published by MAHB.

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