The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment

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The next twenty years will be completely unlike the lasttwenty years. The decisions you make today are critical. Theworld is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to ourpredicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and theenvironment have finally caught up with us and are converging on avery narrow window of time—the "Twenty-Teens." With solidfacts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, nonpartisanmanner, The Crash Course explains our predicament andilluminates the path ahead so you can...

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Overview

The next twenty years will be completely unlike the lasttwenty years. The decisions you make today are critical. Theworld is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to ourpredicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and theenvironment have finally caught up with us and are converging on avery narrow window of time—the "Twenty-Teens." With solidfacts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, nonpartisanmanner, The Crash Course explains our predicament andilluminates the path ahead so you can face the coming disruptionswithout fearing the future or retreating into denial.

Our money system places impossible demands upon a finite world.Exponentially rising levels of debt, based on assumptions of futureeconomic growth to fund repayment, have shuddered to a halt and arereversing, with severe and lasting consequences.

Oil is essential for economic growth. The reality of dwindlingoil supplies is now internationally recognized, yet virtually nodeveloped nations have a Plan B. The economic risks to individuals,companies, and countries are varied and enormous. Best case: livingstandards will drop steadily worldwide. Worst case: systemicfinancial crises will toss the world into jarring chaos.

This book is written for those who are motivated to learn aboutthe root causes of our predicaments in order to protect themselvesand their families, mitigate risks as much as possible, and controlwhat effects they can. With challenge comes opportunity. TheCrash Course offers a positive vision for how our lives canbecome more balanced, resilient, and sustainable.

The world is changing. It's time to get busy. The CrashCourse will show you how.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470927649
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 303,804
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS MARTENSON, PhD, MBA, is an economic researcher andfuturist who speaks to audiences around the world on The CrashCourse. He runs PeakProsperity.com, a popular website on theglobal economy.

Chris began his career as a scientist, earning a PhD inpathology from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell. He becamevice president of a large international company and believed he hadachieved the American Dream, living with his family in a largewaterfront home in Connecticut. He was jolted out of complacency bythe bear market of 2001 and used his background in finance toinvestigate the workings of our monetary system. What he discoveredchanged his life.

Today Chris lives with his wife, Becca, and their three kids inrural Massachusetts, where they enjoy a more resilient andindependent lifestyle, with fewer things, better relationships withtheir neighbors, and a higher quality of life.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: How to Approach the Next Twenty Years.

Chapter 1 The Coming Storm.

Chapter 2 The Lens: How to See the Future.

Chapter 3 A World Worth Inheriting.

Chapter 4 Trust Yourself.

Part II: Foundation.

Chapter 5 Dangerous Exponentials.

Chapter 6 An Inconvenient Lie: The Truth about Growth.

Chapter 7 Our Money System.

Chapter 8 Problems and Predicaments.

Chapter 9 What Is Wealth? (Hint: It’s Not Money).

Part III: Economy.

Chapter 10 Debt.

Chapter 11 The Great Credit Bubble.

Chapter 12 Like a Moth to Flame: Our Destructive Tendency toPrint.

Chapter 13 Fuzzy Numbers.

Chapter 14 Starting the Race with Our Shoes Tied Together.

Part IV: Energy.

Chapter 15 Energy and the Economy.

Chapter 16 Peak Oil.

Chapter 17 Necessary but Insufficient: Coal, Nuclear, andAlternatives.

Chapter 18 Why Technology Can’t Fix This.

Part V: Environment.

Chapter 19 Minerals: Gone with the Wind.

Chapter 20 Soil: Thin, Thinner, Gone.

Chapter 21 Parched: The Coming Water Wars.

Chapter 22 All Fished Out.

Part VI: Convergence.

Chapter 23 Convergence: Why the Twenty–Teens Will BeDifficult.

Chapter 24 Closing the Book on Growth.

Chapter 25 Future Scenarios.

Part VII: What Should I Do?

Chapter 26 The Good News: We Already Have Everything WeNeed.

Chapter 27 What Should I Do?

Chapter 28 The Opportunities.

Appendix.

Notes.

Index.

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