“Decline is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

Welcome to Health after Oil (HAO), a place for news, opinion, research, discussion, networking, planning and action in response to the unprecedented and sweeping challenges peak oil, energy decline, and population pressures poses to human health and the institutions whose purpose it is to protect and promote human health. We invite submissions -original content and links- about energy and health and related fiscal/economic and environmental and ecological issues. We note in particular that: 1) Climate change and peak oil are indivisible threats, both stemming from reliance on fossil fuels; and 2) The fiscal and economic crisis now enveloping world economies are intertwined with population growth, energy decline and resource depletion. Infinite growth cannot continue on a finite planet.

We invite healthcare and public health insiders as well as unaffiliated activists to submit their insights, arguments and feelings relevant to energy and health and related issues

Editorial Policy

While we attempt to be accurate and current, we also are committed to giving voice to a wide range of viewpoints; therefore, individual blog postings are the responsibility of the author(s) alone, and not necessarily those of the editors of Health after Oil. For the time being all postings and comments will be moderated until we have a feel for the level of discourse that evolves from this labor of love. As a stepchild of academic minds HAO encourages contributions from all vantage points, but request that bloggers use their real names. Commentators may chose to remain anonymous if they so chose.

We welcome constructive criticism, commentary and suggestions. However, some discretion on content posting resides with the editors, and we reserve the right to abbreviate as space and relevance dictate.

Submitting a Blog post

If you wish to submit a lead blog post, please make sure you are a WordPress.com user and contact us at this email address to be elevated to contributor or author permission on the blog. Alternatively, send us your first name, last name and email address to receive an email invite to sign up for a WordPress.com account.


Blog posters are encouraged to use the following top level and secondary category headings that allow for grouping the content as it grows:

Climate Change              Economics                Facilities Management

Food & Agriculture          Health Care Reform  Health Disparities

Medical Care                   Medical Ethics          Mental Health


Public Health

– Environmental Health

– Preparedness


– Built Environment

– Energy Conservation

– Relocalization

Training and Education



Health after Oil is maintained by Dan Bednarz, PhD, Energy and Healthcare Consultants, and Harold (Hank Weiss), PhD.

Contact Us

Please email the editors to submit content. We strongly encourage contributions and suggestions for blog postings, as well as links to relevant blogs, websites, organizations, news feeds, resources and web accessible multimedia.

Postings are peer-reviewed. All relevant contributions are welcome.

Editorial Board

Dan Bednarz PhD  (email me)

Hank Weiss, MPH PhD (email me)