The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
New Society Publishers, 2005 M08 1 - 288 páginas
The world is about to run out of cheap oil and change dramatically. Within the next few years, global production will peak. Thereafter, even if industrial societies begin to switch to alternative energy sources, they will have less net energy each year to do all the work essential to the survival of complex societies. We are entering a new era, as different from the industrial era as the latter was from medieval times.
In The Party's Over , Richard Heinberg places this momentous transition in historical context, showing how industrialism arose from the harnessing of fossil fuels, how competition to control access to oil shaped the geopolitics of the 20th century, and how contention for dwindling energy resources in the 21st century will lead to resource wars in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South America. He describes the likely impacts of oil depletion, and all of the energy alternatives. Predicting chaos unless the U.S. -- the world's foremost oil consumer -- is willing to join with other countries to implement a global program of resource conservation and sharing, he also recommends a "managed collapse" that might make way for a slower-paced, low-energy, sustainable society in the future.
More readable than other accounts of this issue, with fuller discussion of the context, social implications, and recommendations for personal, community, national, and global action, Heinberg's updated book is a riveting wake-up call for humankind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool for understanding and influencing current U.S. foreign policy.
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... build far-flung trade empires, to fuel the invention of spectacular new technologies, and to fund a way of life that is opulent and fastpaced. It is as if part of the human race has been given a sudden windfall of wealth and decided ...
We may now sketch the history of cultural development from this standpoint. — Leslie White (1949) [T]he ability to control energy, whether it be making wood fires or building powerplants, is a prerequisite for civilization.
... changes are involved in this process, the results of which can be summarized as follows: Glucose — a sugar, or carbohydrate — serves as food for plants and can be converted into materials from which the plants build their tissues.
... enable far more humans to survive in closer proximity to each other than ever before and encourage the building of permanent and expanding settlements in which division of labor and class distinctions would emerge and proliferate.
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Review: The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial SocietiesCrítica de los usuarios - Claire Corbett - Goodreads
This book will ruin your life. You will never feel confident or sanguine about the future again. But you must read it. Take the blue pill - or is it the red? In any case, best to wake up but it's a harsh awakening. You can never go back. Leer comentario completo