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Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World / Edition 1

Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World / Edition 1

by Richard Heinberg


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ISBN-13: 2900865715102
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Heinberg is widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist, educator, editor, lecturer, and a Core Faculty member of New College of California where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community, he is the author of six previous books including The Party's Over and Powerdown.

Table of Contents

1.The End of Cheap Energy17
Recent Confirmations of an Imminent Oil Peak23
The Petroleum Plateau and Beyond34
Surveying the Plateau37
The Natural Gas Quandary45
A Perilous Prosperity51
2.Last One Standing: The Way of War and Competition55
Can the Free Market Prevent Resource Wars?58
The Case of Iraq62
Just When We Needed Brilliant Leadership67
Types of Resource Wars78
The Path of Least Resistance81
3.Powerdown: The Path of Self-Limitation, Cooperation, and Sharing87
Requirements for Powerdown93
The Paradox of Scale102
Useful Precedents104
Assessing the Prospects108
4.Waiting for the Magic Elixir: False Hopes, Wishful Thinking, and Denial117
Unconventional Hydrocarbon Sources119
High on Hydrogen124
Why Even the Perfect Energy Source Will Not Sustain Growth Indefinitely129
5.Building Lifeboats: The Path of Community Solidarity and Preservation139
How Civilizations Collapse141
Who Will survive?150
Saving What Is Best153
6.Our Choice163
The Choice of the Elites167
The Choice of the Movement172
The Choice of Us Folks179
Looking Ahead184
About the Author209

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