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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 twentieth century and how contention for dwindling energy resources in the twenty-first 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 United States—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 human-kind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool for understanding and influencing current US foreign policy.

Richard Heinberg, from Santa Rosa, California, has been writing about energy resources issues and the dynamics of cultural change for many years. A member of the core faculty at New College of California, he is an award-winning author of three previous books. His Museletter was nominated for the Best Alternative Newsletter award by Utne in 1993.

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The fossil energy sources upon which modern industrial civilization is based, warns Heinberg (New College of California), are inherently limited in quantity and about to become scarce. Further, alternative sources of energy, while necessary, are likely to be insufficient to make up for the shortfall. In supporting his case, he describes the role of fossil energy in the industrial era, examines the arguments of petroleum geologists warning of peak oil, explores alternative fuels, and considers the implications of the end of the cheap oil era for world food systems and the global economy and for the prospect of future resource wars. Distributed in the US by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The fossil energy sources upon which modern industrial civilization is based, warns Heinberg (New College of California), are inherently limited in quantity and about to become scarce. Further, alternative sources of energy, while necessary, are likely to be insufficient to make up for the shortfall. In supporting his case, he describes the role of fossil energy in the industrial era, examines the arguments of petroleum geologists warning of peak oil, explores alternative fuels, and considers the implications of the end of the cheap oil era for world food systems and the global economy and for the prospect of future resource wars. Distributed in the US by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An updated edition of this bestselling book on the end of oil — and its consequences.

About the Author

Richard Heinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist, educator, editor, lecturer, and a Core Faculty member of New College of California where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community, he is the author of six previous books including The Party's Over and Powerdown.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865715295
Author:
Heinberg, Richard
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade
Subject:
Renewable energy sources
Subject:
Real Estate - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Subject:
Power Resources - Fossil Fuels
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 BandW illustrations, charts, and grap
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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