Fred Curtis is Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1979. His work focuses on the economics of climate change and peak oil (global oil depletion). In particular, he examines their combined impact on the global economy (long distance trade and global supply chains) and various economic responses to peak oil, particularly relocalization.

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It is an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations. Global trade depends on cheap, long-distance freight transportation. Freight costs will rise with climate change, the end of cheap oil, and policies to mitigate these two challenges. At first, the increase […]

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