Agriculture/Biofuels/Contaminants/Ecology/Global Energy Supply Publications


  1. Patzek, T. W., Video interview for The Nation, "Tadeusz Patzek on America's Energy Future: 'We're Cornering Ourselves' The Nation and On The Earth Productions, February 22, 2012.  
  2. Donal, "Hofmeister-Patzek Debate," Dag Blog, February 17, 2012.
  3. Moss Buchele, "Ex-Shell CEO and Peak Oil Researcher Face Off Over America’s Energy Future," StateImpact, Texas, February 17, 2012.
  4. Patzek, T. W. and Hofmeister, John, “The World Oil Supply: Looming Crisis or New Abundance?” at the University Of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, February 15, 2012
  5. Patzek, T. W., "Powering the World: Offshore Oil & Gas Production," LAMP Lecture, UT Austin, January 26, 2012.


  1. John Daly, "U.S. Biofuel Production Increase - Fact or Wishful Thinking?,", Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:53.
  2. Anonymous ,"Uma história da complexidade energética," 5 de Outubro de 2011 - 10h03  
  3. Gail Tverberg, " "Drilling Down": Tainter and Patzek Tell The Energy-Complexity Story, Our Finite World,", Oct. 5, 2011.
  4. Mueller, J., Baldauf, J. and Long, R., "Energy Experts Say DOE Oil & Gas Forecasts Are Dangerously Misleading," News distributed by PR Newswire iReach, Oct. 25, 2011.
  5. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. "Information to identify the super performer scenario,"  Power Engineering, Oct. 25, 2011.
  6. Guest Editor, "Dure olie uit de diepzee", Sargasso, 5 October, 2011.
  7. Gail Tverberg, "Drilling Down: Tainter and Patzek tell the energy-complexity story," Posted on September 27, 2011. 
  8. Anonymous, "Drilling Down," Oil and Gas Online, September 22, 2011.
  9. Patzek, T.W.,"Sustainability: How far are we from thou?" 96nd Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin Convention Center, August 10, 3:20pm (2011).
  10. Amelia Rufer, "Ethanol Ad Exaggerates," PolitiFact:  Monday, July 4th, 2011.
  11. Louis Jacobson, "Industry warns gas prices would rise 89 cents without ethanol,"  St. Petersburg Times, The Truth-O-Meter,, Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 6:39 a.m.
  12. Brian Farmer, "Fueling High Gas Prices,"  New American, Thursday, 23 June 2011, 00:00.
  13. Gina-Marie Cheeseman, "Senate Votes To End Ethanol Subsidies," Care2, The Environment and Wildlife Cause, June 17, 2011, 9:48 pm.
  14. Mella McEwen, "Sanddune lizard listing highlights interdisciplinary nature of engineering," Midland Reporter-Telegram, Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:00 pm.
  15. Patzek, T.W. "Radioactivity of water produced after hydrofracturing deep natural gas in Pennsylvania," Posted on February 28, 2011.
  16. Brenneman, R., "The most important video to watch in 2011," eats shoots 'n leaves, Posted on February 9, 2011. 
  17. Price, A., "UT shifts slowly from oil-black to green. Long wedded to petroleum industry, university has launched an array of environmental and alternative energy initiatives," American Statesman, Published: 7:51 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.
  18. Faille, C., "Ethanol, the Next Generation: Why Corn Is Out and Cellulose Is In," DailyFinance, Posted 1:30 PM 02/02/11.
  19. Kjetil Malkenes Hovland, "Peak Coal i 2011," Takniskukeblad, Publisert: 04.01.2011 kl. 15:41.
  20. "Why are climate scientists ignoring peak oil and coal?" Ourfutureplanet, January 6, 2011.
  21. Anonymous spin with a changed title, "The Hype Surrounding Peak Coal," Posted on on 11 January 2011 - 16:18.
  22.  Luis de Sousa,  "Peak Coal: the Olduvai perspective," posted by on January 10, 2011 - 11:49am.
  23. Deep Water – The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, Report to the President, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, 1/11/2011, page 229.


  1. Patzek, T. W., "Peaks Everywhere," Invited Seminar at the Astronomy Department, UT Austin, November 2, 2010.
  2. Patzek, T. W., “A Probabilistic Model of the Switchgrass Ethanol Cycle,” Sustainability Journal 2, pp. 3158-3194, 2010.
  3. Patzek T. W. and Croft, G., “A Global Coal Production Forecast with Multi-Hubbert Cycle Analysis,” Energy, doi:10.1016/, 35; pp 3109-3122, 2010.
  4. Patzek T. W. and Croft, G., “Supporting Online Materials to A Global Coal Production Forecast with Multi-Hubbert Cycle Analysis,” Energy, doi:10.1016/, 35; 35 pp., 2010.
  5. Patzek, T. W., "U.S. Energy Demand, Offshore Oil Production and BP’s Macondo Well Spill," Invited Seminar at the Physics Department, UT Austin, September 12, 2010.
  6. Inman, M. "Mining the Truth on Coal Supplies," National Geographic News, September 8, 2010.
  7. Reis, P. "World's 'Peak Coal' Moment Has Arrived," The New York Times, Energy & Environment, September 29, 2010.
  8. Patzek, T. W., “Subsurface Sequestration of CO2 in the U.S. Is It Money Best Spent?” Natural Resources Research Journal, 19(1), 1-9, 2010.
  9. Patzek, T. W., “Unconventional Gas Recovery in the U.S.,” Arch. Min. Sci., 55(1), 181 – 200, 2010.
  10. Baum A. et al. "A Fresh Look at Energy, Materials, and Labor in Agriculture ," Nature Precedia, Posted 19 March 2010.
  11. Patzek, T. W. Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, 06/09/10 Briefing, Video, Washington, D.C., June 2010.
  12. Conservation Column TERRY MOORE, From “Environmentalist” to “Orderly- Retreat-ist” Dr. Patzek’s Peaks and Greece’s Austerity Plan, March 10th Sierran, 2010.
  13. Patzek,T. W.,"Second-Generation Biofuels - A Weapon of Mass Distraction," March 10th Sierran, page 10, 2010.
  14. Patzek, T. W., "Peaks Everywhere," ASPO USA 2010 Peak Oil Conference, Washington, DC, October 7-9, 2010.
  15. Patzek, T. W., Senate Staff Briefing, Washington, DC, October 6, 2010.
  16. Tom Ashbrook, “America’s Oil Addiction,” NPR, On Point Radio, April 19, 2010.
  17. Diane Rehm, “Update on Gulf Oil Spill”, NPR, June 1, 2010.
  18. Patzek: How to assess the spill's impact,Tadeusz W. Patzek, SPECIAL TO BLOOMBERG NEWS, American Statesman, Published: 5:46 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2010.
  19. Price, A.  UT academics talk about effects of Gulf oil spill Slick has consequences for the environment, future deep-water drilling, American Statesman, Published: 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
  20. Price, A. Gulf oil spill keeping UT researchers busy Professors spring to action in aiding in disaster, American Statesman, Published: 0:41 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2010.
  21. More study of offshore drilling needed to prevent tragedy BP spill a result of lack of understanding of complex steps of deepwater procedure, American Statesman, Published: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2010.
  22. Kozusko, R., Oil spill, McChrystal and Korea Letters to the Editor, American Statesman, Published: 5:33 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2010.
  23. Mufson, S., Need for speed may be to blame in oil disaster. Records show corners may have been cut at Deepwater rig,  American Statesman, Published: 11:32 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
  24. Gregory Kallenberg (Director),” Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for Energy,” Documentary film, Three Penny Productions, June 1, 2010.
  25. Tom Ashbrook, “Drastic Measures for the Gulf,” NPR, On Point Radio, June 3, 2010.
  26. Deborah Amos, “Rig Explosion Is A Byproduct Of Complex Systems,” The Morning Edition, NPR, June 16, 2010.
  27. Hilary Andersson, “BP was told of oil safety fault weeks before blast,” BBC Panorama, Washington, June 21, 2010.
  28. Patzek, T. W., Stocker, M and Ott, R., "BP's Gulf of Mexico Disaster,"  West Marin Matters - Post Carbon, June 28, 2010.
  29. Patzek, T. W. and Chapela, I., "Geoengineering - Boon or Boondogle?," West Marin Matters - Post Carbon, April 14, 2010.
  30. How Would Peak Oil Affect Your Life? By Matt Largey, KUT 90.5 FM, Tue, 12/28/2010 - 16:31.


  1. Baum, A. W., Patzek, T. W., Bender, M., Renich, S. and Jackson, W., The Visible, Sustainable Farm: A Comprehensive Energy Analysis of a Midwestern Farm,” Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 28(4), p. 218–239, 2009.
  2. Croft, G. and Patzek, T. W., “Potential for Coal-to-Liquids Conversion in the U.S. – Resource Base,” Natural Resources Research Journal, 18(3). p. 173-180, 2009.
  3. Patzek, T. W. and Croft, G., “Potential for Coal-to-Liquids Conversion in the U.S. – Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis,” Natural Resources Research Journal, 18(3). p. 181-191, 2009.
  4. Patzek, T. W., “A First Law Thermodynamic Analysis of Biodiesel Production from Soybeans,” Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 29(3); pp 194 - 204, 2009.
  5. Croft, G. and Patzek, T. W., Paper SPE 120174, “The Future of California's Oil Supply,” to be presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, San Jose, CA, 24-26 March 2009.


  1. Patzek, T. W, “Thermodynamics of Agricultural Sustainability: The Case of US Maize Agriculture,” Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 27(4) p. 272-293, 2008.
  2. Patzek, T. W. “Exponential growth, energetic Hubbert cycles, and the advancement of technology,” Arch. Min. Sci., 53(2), p. 131–159, 2008.
  3. David Pimentel, Tad Patzek, Florian Siegert, Mario Giampietro, and Helmut Haberl, “Biofuel in Question,” The New Scientist, 19 January 2008.
  4. Patzek, T. W., “Can the Earth Deliver the Biomass-for-Fuel We Demand?” Chapter 2 in Biofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems – Benefits and Risks, D. Pimentel, Editor, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2008.
  5. Patzek, T. W., "Food and Agrofuels," Woods Institute Lecture, Stanford University, CA, May 14, 2008, Video, 58 minutes.
  6. Patzek, T.W.,"Agriculture: Tendencies & Deficiencies," December 9, 2008, 12:00 – 14:00, International Conference: Natural Resources and the Caribbean: Governance, Social Cohesion and Sustainable Development Hayatt Cancun Caribe, Blvd. Kukulcan, Km. 10.5, Quintana Roo, cp. 77500, Mexico

July 2008, left Berkeley and joined The University of Texas in Austin


  1. Patzek, T. W., “How Can We Outlive Our Way of Life?” Paper prepared for the Ministerial OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development, “Biofuels: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?” OECD Headquarters, Chȃteau de la Muette, 2 rue Andre Pascal, 75016 Paris, September 12, 2007.
  2. Patzek, T. W., OECD Dinner Speech at the Ministerial OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development, “Biofuels: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?” OECD Headquarters, Chȃteau de la Muette, 2 rue Andre Pascal, 75016 Paris, September 11, 2007.
  3. Patzek, T. W., “A First-Law Thermodynamic Analysis of the Corn-Ethanol Cycle,” Natural Resource Research, 15(4), 255-270, 2007.
  4. Patzek, Lucas, J. and Patzek, T. W., "The Disastrous Local and Global Impacts of Tropical Biofuel Production," Featured Story, Energy Tribune, March 2007 issue, pages 19-22.
  5. Holtzman, R., Silin, D. B., Patzek, T. W. (2007) The Strength of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments: A Grain-Scale Approach, Trans. AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract T43E-04.
  6. Patzek, T. W., “An Unstable Concoction of Interests,” Editorial, Daily Californian, March 9, 2007.
  7. Patzek, T. W., “The Cellulosic Ethanol Delusion,” Featured Story, Energy Tribune, p. 5, June 2007.
  8. Patzek, T. W., “The Future of Thought in O&G,” Guest Opinions, Energy Tribune, p. 23, July 2007.
  9. Patzek, T. W., “Industrial Agrofuels Have No Future; Does Food?” ET Focus, Energy Tribune, p. 24 -25, August 2007.
  10. Letter to Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC, c/o World Meteorological Organization, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, C.P. 2300, CH - 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, “Concerns over notes on biofuels in IPCC AR4 Mitigation report and SPM,” by Professors David Pimentel, Tad Patzek, Florian Siegert, Mario Giampietro, and Helmut Haberl, October 30, 2007.
  11. Patzek, T. W., "Energy, Earth and Humans," CE170 Reader, U. C. Berkeley, 2007, Currently 421 pages.


  1. Patzek, T. W., “The Real Biofuel Cycles,” Letter to Science, Science 312, 1747, June 26, 2006.
  2. Patzek, T. W., “The Real Biofuel Cycles,” Online Supporting Material to Science 312, 1747, June 26, 2006.
  3. Patzek, T. W., “A Statistical Analysis of the Theoretical Yield of Ethanol from Corn Starch,” Natural Resource Research, 15(3), 205-212, 2006.
  4. Pimentel, D. and Patzek, T. W., “Green Plants, Fossil Fuels, and Now Biofuels,” Bioscience, 56(11) 875, 2006.
  5. Pimentel, D. and Patzek, T. W., and Gerald, C., “Ethanol Production: Energy, Economic, and Environmental Losses,” Rev. Environ. Contam. Toxicol., 189:25-41, 2006.
  6. Patzek, T. W., “Corn Ethanol: Laundering Fossil Fuels, Bilking Taxpayers, Damaging the Environment,” Cover Story, Energy Tribune, pp. 11 -13, April 2006.
  7. Patzek, T.W., “The Earth, Biofuels, and Reality,” in the Proceedings of the Climate Change & the Future of the American West Conference, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado, June 6-10, 2006.
  8. Martin Kaste, “Professor Attacks Enthusiasm for Bio-Fuels,” All Things Considered, NPR, February 2, 2006.
  9. CNBC/MSNBC, “Ethanol: The Ugly Truth,” Interview with Tad Patzek and David Pimentel, Jun 22, 2006.
  10. Patzek, T. W. Testimony of Tadeusz Patzek in the Matter of Hawaiian Electrical Company vs. The Life of the Land, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 15, 2006.


  1. Patzek T. W. and Pimentel D., “Thermodynamics of Energy Production from Biomass,” Invited paper in Critical Reviews of Plant Sciences, 24 1-38, 2005.
  2. Pimentel, D. and Patzek, T. W., “Ethanol Production Using Corn, Switchgrass, and Wood; Biodiesel Production Using Soybean and Sunflower.Natural Resource Research 14 (1) 65–76, 2005.
  3. Patzek, T.W., "The United States of America Meets the Planet Earth," Presented at the National Press Club, Washington, D. C., August 23, 2005.
  4. Patzek, T. W., “Termodynámica de Produción de Energia a Partir de Biomasa," On-line Latin-American journal on Industrial Processes Engineering, Brazil, p. 13, February 2005, Available at
  5. Patzek, T. W., “Termodynámica del Ciclo de Biocombustible de Etanol A Partir de Máiz,” VirtualPro, On-line Latin-American journal on Industrial Processes Engineering, Brazil, p. 14-15, February 2005. Available at
  6. Patzek, T. W., and CE24 Freshmen, “Ethanol from Corn: Clean Renewable Fuel for the Future, or Drain on Our Resources and Pockets? Environment, Development and Sustainability 7 319-336, 2005.
  7.  Elizabeth Svoboda, "UC scientist says ethanol uses more energy than it makes. A lot of fossil fuels go into producing the gas substitute," Special to The Chronicle Monday, June 27, 2005, Page A-4.
  8. Dianne Feinstein, “Turning Corn Into Ethanol May Not Be Worth It,” U.S. Senate speech, August 3, 2005.


  1. Patzek T. W., “Thermodynamics of the Corn-Ethanol Biofuel Cycle,” Invited paper in the special issue of Critical Reviews of Plant Sciences, 23 6 519-567, 2004.
  2. Silin, D. B., Jin, G., and Patzek, T. W., “Robust determination of the pore-space morphology in sedimentary rocks,” Journal of Petroleum Technology, 69-70, May 2004.
  3. Patzek, T. W. and CE24 Freshmen, "The Overall Energy Balance of a Hydrogen Bus in Berkeley," rejected by Science, Berkeley, CA, May 2004.
  4. Anna Oberthur, “LBL’s Switch to Ethanol Fuels Controversy, Berkeley Daily Planet,” CA, Sep. 17, 2004.
  5. Editorial, ”The Midwest’s favorite subsidy,” The Chicago Tribune, United States, Feb. 3, 2004.


  1. Patzek, T. W., “The Forensic Application of Contaminant Transport,” Chapter 6 in Practical Environmental Forensics, p. 123-147, Sullivan, P., Agardy, F. J., and Traub, R. K., John Wiley & Sons, 608 pages, December 2000.
  2. Sullivan, P., Patzek, T. W. and Zucker, D., “Environmental Extortion,” Chapter 14 in Practical Environmental Forensics, p. 349-400, Sullivan, P., Agardy, F. J., and Traub, R. K., John Wiley & Sons, 608 pages, December 2000.


  1. Patzek, T. W. and Silin, D. B., "Mathematical and Numerical Methods in Earth Sciences," U. C. Berkeley, E241 Class Reader, 1999, 2000, Currently 320 pages, to be published as a handbook.


  1. Patzek, T. W., “Rigorous Modeling of Contaminant Removal from Subsurface by Soil Heating,” Extended Abstracts of the 1996 March Meeting of the APS, Paper C5.03, St. Louis, MO, March 18-22, 1996.


  1. Adenekan, A. E., T. W. Patzek and K. Pruess, "Modeling of Multiphase Transport of Multicomponent Organic Contaminants and Heat in the Subsurface: Numerical Model Formulation'', Water Resources Research Journal, 29 11 3727-3740, 1993.
  2. Adenekan, A. E. and T. W. Patzek,  Paper SPE 25257, "Cleaning up Spilled Gasoline with Steam: Compositional Simulations,'' in the Proceedings of 12th SPE Symposium on Patzek, T. W., "Rigorous Modeling of Removal of Organic Contaminants from the Subsurface by Soil Venting", in Extended Abstracts of the AIChE 1993 Annual Meeting, Paper 157a, St. Louis, Missouri, November 7 - 12, 1993.


  1. Adenekan, A. E., and T. W. Patzek, "Removing Petroleum Hydrocarbons From Soil and Groundwater: Numerical Simulation,'' Preprints--Symposia 37, No. 3, 866-873, The American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 5-10, 1992.
  2. Adenekan, A. E. and T. W. Patzek, "Numerical Modeling of Multiphase Transport of Multicomponent Organic Contaminants and Heat in the Subsurface", Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Paper Number H42B-11, San Francisco, CA, December 7-11, 1992.