Life Without Oil

Life Without Oil

Why We Must Shift to A New Energy Future

Book - 2011
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"We have spent the last two centuries building a civilization on coal and the last century building it bigger still on oil. Fossil fuels have been the wellspring of our complex, glorious modern world, but they are about to run out. By the end of the 21st century, our oil and natural gas supplies will be virtually nonexistent, and limited coal supplies will be restricted to only a handful of countries. Environmental scientist Steve Hallett and veteran journalist John Wright make abundantly clear that we are at the crest of a remarkable two-hundred-year glitch in the history of civilization and are about to embark on the decline. Experts may argue about whether peak oil production has already arrived or will come in a decade or two, but in any case, as Hallett and Wright show, we must plan for a future without reliance on oil. But successful planning depends on a realistic assessment of the facts about our current situation. To that end, they describe how the petroleum interval of the last century, on which our civilization is based, fits in to the larger history of civilization. They describe the fate of civilizations and empires of the past that have come and gone based on their vital connection with the environment. Turning to an even longer timeframe, the authors make a compelling case that the key determinant of our global economy is not so much the invisible hand of the marketplace but the inexorable laws of ecology. When it comes to the long term, nature will impose limits beyond which our economy cannot go. Despite increased emphasis on renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources, our current obsession with growth is ultimately unsustainable. The authors foresee the coming decades as a time of much disruption and change of lifestyle, but in the end we may learn a wiser, more sustainable stewardship of our natural resources. This timely, sobering, yet constructive discussion of energy and ecology offers a realistic vision of the near future and many important lessons about the limits of our resources."--Publisher's description
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781616144012
Branch Call Number: 333.79/HALLETT
Characteristics: 435 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wright, John 1952-


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May 09, 2015

This is my favorite book on the subject from many I have read. A good introduction to what will happens if we dont weane ourselves from that finite ressource.
Our societies will suffer a great deal it we dont.
WOW! I want to read that book again!

Feb 23, 2015

Damn fine read. I've never been that big on recycling and all that "save the planet" jazz, but this book opened my eyes to the ramifications of mankinds continued dependency on petroleum. We are in for some dark times indeed unless we dramatically change the way we consider the ecology in our everyday life.


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