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Thomas Love. Roundtable Discussion at the Portland Center for Public Humanities
Thomas Love. Roundtable Discussion at the Portland Center for Public Humanities

Thomas Love is Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Linfield College. Professor Love is a fifth-generation Portlander anxious about our passivity and distraction by the trivial in the face of the human predicament of population overshoot and converging planetary resource constraints.  He is concerned with political and cultural themes evolving around the largely unacknowledged consequences of declining EROEI (energy return on energy invested) of all known scalable energy resources, the false security we derive from recent gains in energy efficiency, and the virtual impossibility that any combination of renewables and efficiency gains will meet the looming net energy shortfall, posed by the peaking and imminent decline of world oil production, without serious economic turbulence.

In October 2010 he participated in a Roundtable Discussion on Oil Worlds: People, Places, and Petroleum at the Portland Center for Public Humanities.