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The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    'The End Is Near' (again)

    Save your money and time. Buy something useful or informative instead of this turkey. Some people never learn. These authors are petroleum geologists, so I'd guess it is only a pose to sell books. They MUST know that the coming peak in world oil production has been forecast for 'next year' almost every year for a century. At some point, oil WILL be more expensive to produce than its rival liquid fuels and the world will start to change fuels. That's happened before with other fuels, such as the wood to coal change that started the Industrial Revolution. A change has led to a better fuel and more energy before, but these authors claim that THIS TIME it means doom. This book is a lot of whining and 'doom and gloom' with no suggested way out. It isn't true that we face disaster, but even if it was this book wouldn't help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Our Squandered Future

    This is an exceptional, highly readable synthesis of economics, history and geopolitics involving oil depletion, environmental destruction and overpopulation and the likely impact these calamities will have on our future. The current fantasy of alternate energy sources is comprehensively covered, as is the uniqueness and irreplaceability of fossil fuels. My conclusion after reading this book is that we have hopelessly squandered these precious fuels, condemning future generations to a very difficult future filled with much hardship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    The Long Rant

    ¿The Long Emergency¿ is long on hyperbole and short on references. You will not find a lot of intellectual heavy lifting here, but lots of apocalyptic ranting and raving by the author. The central tenet of the book is summed up nicely in a Scientific American article from March of 1998 (available on the internet) titled ¿The End of Cheap Oil¿ by Colin J. Campbell and Jean H. Laherrere. This article is thirteen pages and will spare the reader a couple hundred extra pages of pessimistic conjecture and antisocial harangues. Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrere are former oil exploration geologists turned consultants who, applying theorems of M. King Hubbert to world oil reserves, conclude that world oil production will peak soon and then slowly decline. I suggest cutting to the chase and skipping ¿The Long Emergency¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    A Great Wakeup Call for the American People

    Wow, this book really opened my eyes. I live in suburbia, and experience first hand the fossil fuel dependent economy. Our nations resources are so misallocated, its not even funny. Globalism has destroyed our small towns and agriculture, and when the oil runs out to fuel globalism, we are screwed. If you are concerned for the future of our nation, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005


    The ideal that we are running short and the demand is going to cost us is not a pipe dream. What Mr. Kunstler is forcasting is going to happen and he is putting it into every day words that every one should understand. He may be missing a few components of the results, but the truth is going to hurt when it starts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    The times they are a-changing

    Torrents of pertinent information are presented in exciting, quotable language. Everyone should read this book. An absolute must-read for present and prospective suburbanites.

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