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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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: ENERGY, NATURE AND SOCIETY Energy and Earth: The Rules of the Game Energy in Ecosystems: Eating and Being Eaten Social Leveraging Strategies: How to Gain an Energy Subsidy Complexity and Collapse: ...
... and Transmission National Politics and Social Movements The Geopolitics of Energy-Resource Competition Taking It All In CHAPTER 6: MANAGING THE COLLAPSE: STRATEGIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS You, Your Home, and Your Family Your Community ...
there from here will not be easy, even if the world's leaders adopt intelligent and cooperative strategies — which they have so far shown little willingness to do. Nevertheless, the end of industrial civilization need not be the end of ...
We will also examine the global strategic competition for dwindling petroleum resources and attempt to predict the flashpoints for possible resource wars. Finally, Chapter 6 addresses the vital question: What can we do?
Moreover, in order not to expend energy unnecessarily, organisms will tend to avoid direct competition through any of several strategies: by dividing the habitat into niches, by specializing (for example, if two species depend upon the ...
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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