The Party's Over: Oil, War And The Fate Of Industrial Societies by Richard HeinbergThe Party's Over: Oil, War And The Fate Of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg

The Party's Over: Oil, War And The Fate Of Industrial Societies

byRichard Heinberg

Paperback | August 1, 2005

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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 20th century, and how contention for dwindling energy resources in the 21st 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 U.S.-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 humankind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool for understanding and influencing current U.S. foreign policy.

Listen to an interview with Richard Heinberg from WRPI.

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Richard Heinberg is the author of nine books and is widely regarded as one of the world's most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. With a wry, unflinching approach based on facts and realism, he exposes the tenuousness of our current way of life and offers a vision for a truly sustainable fu...
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Title:The Party's Over: Oil, War And The Fate Of Industrial SocietiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 2005Publisher:New Society PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0865715297

ISBN - 13:9780865715295

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