Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World

Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World


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The book that inspired the movie Collapse.

The world is running short of energy-especially cheap, easy-to-find oil. Shortages, along with resulting price increases, threaten industrialized civilization, the global economy, and our entire way of life.

In Confronting Collapse, author Michael C. Ruppert, a former LAPD narcotics officer turned investigative journalist, details the intricate connections between money and energy, including the ways in which oil shortages and price spikes triggered the economic crash that began in September 2008. Given the 96 percent correlation between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions and the unlikelihood of economic growth without a spike in energy use, Ruppert argues that we are not, in fact, on the verge of economic recovery, but on the verge of complete collapse.

Ruppert's truth is not merely inconvenient. It is utterly devastating.

But there is still hope. Ruppert outlines a 25-point plan of action, including the creation of a second strategic petroleum reserve for the use of state and local governments, the immediate implementation of a national Feed-in Tariff mandating that electric utilities pay 3 percent above market rates for all surplus electricity generated from renewable sources, a thorough assessment of soil conditions nationwide, and an emergency action plan for soil restoration and sustainable agriculture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603582643
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael C. Ruppert was a former Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigator turned investigative journalist. He was the author of Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil, and Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World, and the founder of the online newsletter The Collapse Network.

Table of Contents

1. The need for leadership

2. Thinking like a President in the face of a global problem

3. Depletion: refilling Niagara Falls with a garden hose

4. Reserve estimates: playing a fool's game with numbers

5. Infrastructures and the grid

6. Iraq

7. Saudi Arabia

8. Food

9. Evaluating alternative energies

10. The alternatives

11. Localization: the alternative to the alternatives

12. Money

13. Foreign policy

14. Setting the policy

15. An emergency 25-point plan for action

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The_American_Party More than 1 year ago
Mr. Ruppert does it again with brilliant insight and a great outlook into a huge problem facing America, and the rest of the world. He brings about the problem in a way that is very easy to understand. The world needs to stop using so much oil and natural gas, and the world needs to come up with a valid alternative energy. This book is great at indirectly silencing those that put all their time and energy into promoting alternative energies. Alternative energies simply don't produce enough to replace oil therefore making it a waste. All in all this book is terrific in the fact that Mr. Ruppert states the problem, and states the solutions. He doesn't side step any of the issues. He gets the reader from point A to point B in a very efficient and effective manner. This book is tremendous for those that are looking for the problems facing America and the issues facing future generations in the presence of a economic crisis and meltdown.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Energy crisis expert Michael C. Ruppert says the sky is falling and makes a strong argument as to why you should heed his warnings. Ruppert marshals compelling facts about the imminent collapse of the oil fields, whose cheap energy has fueled developed society's way of life for more than a century. He shows how the global financial system's continual growth drove overconsumption destined to ruin any rational response to the energy crisis. He offers solutions using equal parts "relocalization," population reduction, resource management and an overhaul of the American governmental system. Noting that the author's political opinions are controversial, getAbstract recommends this book's energy crisis information to local and federal government planners, finance professionals, anyone in the energy industry and policy makers looking to construct a societal paradigm for a new, frightening age.
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