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This episode of Hot Topic features...

  • The OPEC+ Cut Deal – Negotiations broke down over the weekend – what’s next for the market?
  • Outlook for U.S. Shale after the Coronavirus Crisis: Is a V-shaped recovery realistic?
  • Long-term outlook for energy markets after the crisis



Supporting Materials for Download

Oil-Market Madness - Art Berman Chartbook 

Economics for the Future - Beyond the Superorganism 

The Human Predicament 

Art Berman

Arthur E. Berman is a geological consultant with thirty-seven years of experience in petroleum exploration and production. He currently is consulting for several E&P companies and capital groups in the energy sector. He frequently gives keynote addresses for investment conferences, boards of directors and professional societies.  He is often interviewed about energy topics on television, radio, and national print and web publications including CNBC, CNN, CBC, BNN,, Bloomberg, Platt’s, Financial Times, and New York Times. He is a Director of ASPO-USA (Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas USA). He was a Managing Director and  frequent contributor at The Oil Drum, and is an associate editor of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Bulletin. He was past Editor of the Houston Geological Society Bulletin (2004-2005) and past Vice-President of the Society (2008-2009). He has published more than 100 articles on geology, technology, and the petroleum industry during the past 5 years.

Nate John Hagens

Co-founder and Director ISEOF

Nate is the Co-Founder and Director of ISEOF. Formerly in the finance industry at Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers, since 2003 Nate has studied the interrelationships between energy, environment and finance and the implication this synthesis has for human futures. Nate continues to work with the worlds leading ecologists, energy experts and systems thinkers to assemble a cohesive description and road-map of where we're society is headed and what we should do about it. He holds a MBA in Finance with Honors from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. Nate has appeared in various films and TV shows and lectured around the world on issues of energy and sustainability. He was the managing editor of, a previous ISEOF initiative.