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.
Listen to an interview with Richard Heinberg from WRPI.
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The Party's Over is the book we need to reorient ourselves for a realistic future. — Chellis Glendinning, Ph.D., author of Chiva: A Village Takes on the Global Heroin Trade and Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global ...
I agree with Heinberg that society is headed for serious trouble in the near future. — David Pimentel, Professor, Department of Entomology, Systematics and Ecology, Cornell University Mariners often say that nine tenths of navigation is ...
... in a way that minimizes human suffering over the short term and, over the long term, enabling future generations to develop sustainable, materially modest societies that affirm the highest and best qualities of human nature.
1 Economists like him have a happy, cornucopian view of our energy future. If an energy crisis appears, it will be a temporary one caused by “market imperfections” resulting from government regulation. Solutions will come from the ...
However, all that ultimately resulted was the leaving behind of a few enigmatic stone inscriptions for future historians to puzzle over. As every musician knows, timing is of the essence. Jared Diamond notes that the second Eurasian ...
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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