PAUL ROBERTS


A journalist since 1983, Paul Roberts writes and lectures frequently on the complex interplay of economics, technology, and the natural world. Roberts has also written for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian and has appeared in Slate, USA Today, The New Republic, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, Rolling Stone, and Outside magazine. His books include The End of Oil (2004), The End of Food (2008), and, most recently, The Impulse Society, which was published in 2014. 

Roberts was a finalist for the National Magazine Award (1999) and for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2005.

A long-time observer of energy issues and politics, Roberts appears regularly on national and international television and radio news shows, including CNN’s Lou Dobbs, the BBC, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, and on NPR’s Morning Edition, On Point, Weekend Edition, and Fresh Air. He lives in Washington State.

Praise for The Impulse Society

"Veteran journalist Roberts (The End of Oil) cogently analyzes the nation's self-gratifying socioeconomic system in which individuals, politicians, and CEOs ignore society's needs in favor of short-term fixes and profits." – Publishers Weekly (starred)

The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Market-Driven Behavior, David Bromwich, October 3, 2014

Talks at GoogleSeptember 14, 2014

MSNBC Interview, September 10, 2014

Praise for The End of Food

“A revealing, deeply dismaying overview of how the world’s food is produced and marketed.” – Kirkus 

Praise for The End of Oil

“This is an outstandingly clear, lurid and readable book about a highly complex issue that is central to our times. If I could recommend some books for George Bush and Tony Blair to read, this would be one of them.” – Michael Meacher, The Guardian

“Enjoy your SUVs while you can, gas-guzzlers: the glory days of hydrocarbons are over—and hard times are on the way. A disturbing geopolitical survey of the world energy landscape.” – Kirkus

NPR Interview, May 6, 2004