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If the US continues with its current policies, the next decade will be marked by war, economic collapse, and environmental catastrophe. Resource depletion and population pressures are about to catch up with us, and no one is prepared. The political elites, especially in the US, are incapable of dealing with the situation and have in mind a punishing game of "Last One Standing."

The alternative is "Powerdown," a strategy that will require tremendous effort and economic sacrifice in order to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, distribute resources more equitably, and reduce the human population humanely but systematically over time. While civil society organizations push for a mild version of this, the vast majority of the world's people are in the dark, not understanding the challenges ahead, nor the options realistically available.

Richard Heinberg's new book, Powerdown speaks frankly to these dilemmas. Avoiding cynicism and despair, it begins with an overview of the likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and then outlines four options for industrial societies during the next decades:

  • Last One Standing: the path of competition for remaining resources
  • Powerdown: the path of cooperation, conservation and sharing
  • Waiting for a Magic Elixir: wishful thinking, false hopes, and denial
  • Building Lifeboats: the path of community solidarity and preservation

Finally, this book explores how three important groups within global society — the power elites, the opposition to the elites (the antiwar and antiglobalization movements, et al: the "Other Superpower"), and ordinary people — are likely to respond to these four options. Timely,accessible and eloquent, Powerdown is crucial reading for our times.

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A stark look at prospects for a truly sustainable culture as the industrial era winds down

Synopsis:

This stark look at prospects for a truly sustainable culture speaks frankly about how it is time to "Powerdown," or to reduce per-capita resource usage in wealthy countries, develop alternative energy sources, and much more.

About the Author

Richard Heinberg is an award-winning author of five previous books, including The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies. A member of the Core Faculty of New College of California, he lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865715103
Author:
Heinberg, Richard
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Manufactured:
New, Society Publishers
Subject:
Power Resources
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Energy policy
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Renewable energy sources
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 12 oz

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