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The Party's Over : Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies - Richard Heinberg

The Party's Over

Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

Paperback Published: 1st April 2003
ISBN: 9780865714823
Number Of Pages: 274

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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 SantaRosa, 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.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Energy, Nature and Societyp. 9
Energy and Earth: The Rules of the Gamep. 10
Energy in Ecosystems: Eating and Being Eatenp. 14
Social Leveraging Strategies: How to Gain an Energy Subsidyp. 20
Complexity and Collapse: Societies in Energy Deficitp. 33
Applied Socio-Ecohistory: Explaining the American Success Storyp. 38
Party Time: The Historic Interval of Cheap, Abundant Energyp. 45
Energy in Medieval Europep. 47
The Coal Revolutionp. 52
The Petroleum Miracle, Part Ip. 57
Electrifying the Worldp. 60
The Petroleum Miracle, Part IIp. 64
Oil, Geopolitics, and the Global Economy: 1950-1980p. 73
1980-2001: Lost Opportunities and the Prelude to Catastrophep. 78
Lights Out: Approaching the Historic Interval's Endp. 85
On to Mesopotamiap. 88
The Ground Giving Wayp. 92
M. King Hubbert: Energy Visionaryp. 95
Hubbert's Legacyp. 101
Zeroing In on the Date of Peakp. 111
Hubbert's Critics: The Cornucopian Argumentp. 118
Who Is Right? Why Does It Matter?p. 133
Non-Petroleum Energy Sources: Can the Party Continue?p. 137
Natural Gasp. 139
Coalp. 143
Nuclear Powerp. 146
Windp. 152
Solar Powerp. 156
Hydrogenp. 161
Hydroelectricityp. 168
Geothermal Powerp. 169
Tides and Wavesp. 170
Biomass, Biodiesel, and Ethanolp. 171
Fusion, Cold Fusion, and Free-Energy Devicesp. 175
Conservation: Efficiency and Curtailmentp. 178
A Banquet of Consequencesp. 185
The Economy - Physical and Financialp. 187
Transportationp. 190
Food and Agriculturep. 193
Heating and Coolingp. 198
The Environmentp. 199
Public Healthp. 201
Information Storage, Processing, and Transmissionp. 203
National Politics and Social Movementsp. 204
The Geopolitics of Energy-Resource Competitionp. 210
Taking It All Inp. 220
Managing the Collapse: Strategies and Recommendationsp. 225
You, Your Home, and Your Familyp. 228
Your Communityp. 234
The Nationp. 242
The Worldp. 254
A Final Wordp. 259
Afterword to the Revised Editionp. 263
The Saudi Enigmap. 264
Shell Gamep. 265
Oil's Depressing Outlookp. 266
Significant New Reportsp. 266
The Iraq Quagmirep. 268
The Curse of Free Energyp. 270
Where the Real Hope Liesp. 274
Notesp. 275
Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780865714823
ISBN-10: 0865714827
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 1st April 2003
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.7 x 22.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.46