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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Ludwig Boltzman (1886) Other factors remaining constant, culture evolves as the amount of energy harnessed per capita per year is increased, or as the efficiency of the instrumental means of putting the energy to work is increased.
This means that if we began with ten rabbits, we will soon have 110. Each of these adds ten more, and before we know it, we have 1,210 rabbits. More rabbits cause more babies, which cause more rabbits, which cause more babies.
Our advantages include our adaptability, our flexible and grasping hands, and our ability to communicate abstract ideas by means of complex vocalizations — that is, by language. We have made the most of our advantages.
... and contemporary political organization) a system of problem solving that was sustainable for several generations.26 This does not mean, however, that industrial civilization is immune to the law of diminishing returns.
But, with the coming of Christianity, these early pagan attitudes (the Latin paganus means “peasant”) were gradually replaced by the idea that the wilderness is inherently fallen and corrupt, to be reclaimed only by pious human work.
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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