Chris Martenson

Chris Martenson, PhD, MBA, is the author of The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment and founder of, a popular website that offers ongoing commentary and factual analysis into financial and energy-related issues and events as they unfold.

Before becoming an independent economist, Martenson was a vice president at a Fortune 300 Company and spent more than 10 years in corporate finance and strategic consulting. His goal now is to help people understand that we are in the midst of a profound economic shift and that equally profound risks and opportunities lie in our future.

Martenson earned a doctorate in neurotoxicology from Duke University, and an MBA from Cornell University. A fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, Martenson’s work has appeared on PBS and been cited by the Washington Post. He is a contributor to