9780865715295

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

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    9780865715295

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    0865715297

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/13/2005
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist

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Summary

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 twentieth century and how contention for dwindling energy resources in the twenty-first 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 United States-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 human-kind as the oil era winds down, and a critical tool for understanding and influencing current US foreign policy. Richard Heinberg, from Santa Rosa, California, has been writing about energy resources issues and the dynamics of cultural change for many years. A member of the core faculty at New College of California, he is an award-winning author of three previous books. His Museletterwas nominated for the Best Alternative Newsletter award by Utnein 1993.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(8)
Energy, Nature and Society
9(36)
Energy and Earth: The Rules of the Game
10(4)
Energy in Ecosystems: Eating and Being Eaten
14(6)
Social Leveraging Strategies: How to Gain an Energy Subsidy
20(13)
Complexity and Collapse: Societies in Energy Deficit
33(5)
Applied Socio-Ecohistory: Explaining the American Success Story
38(7)
Party Time: The Historic Interval of Cheap, Abundant Energy
45(40)
Energy in Medieval Europe
47(5)
The Coal Revolution
52(5)
The Petroleum Miracle, Part I
57(3)
Electrifying the World
60(4)
The Petroleum Miracle, Part II
64(9)
Oil, Geopolitics, and the Global Economy: 1950 -- 1980
73(5)
1980-2001: Lost Opportunities and the Prelude to Catastrophe
78(7)
Lights Out: Approaching the Historic Interval's End
85(52)
On to Mesopotamia
88(4)
The Ground Giving Way
92(3)
M. King Hubbert: Energy Visionary
95(6)
Hubbert's Legacy
101(10)
Zeroing In on the Date of Peak
111(7)
Hubbert's Critics: The Cornucopian Argument
118(15)
Who Is Right? Why Does It Matter?
133(4)
Non-Petroleum Energy Sources: Can the Party Continue?
137(48)
Natural Gas
139(4)
Coal
143(3)
Nuclear Power
146(6)
Wind
152(4)
Solar Power
156(5)
Hydrogen
161(7)
Hydroelectricity
168(1)
Geothermal Power
169(1)
Tides and Waves
170(1)
Biomass, Biodiesel, and Ethanol
171(4)
Fusion, Cold Fusion, and Free-Energy Devices
175(3)
Conservation: Efficiency and Curtailment
178(7)
A Banquet of Consequences
185(40)
The Economy -- Physical and Financial
187(3)
Transportation
190(3)
Food and Agriculture
193(5)
Heating and Cooling
198(1)
The Environment
199(2)
Public Health
201(2)
Information Storage, Processing, and Transmission
203(1)
National Politics and Social Movements
204(6)
The Geopolitics of Energy-Resource Competition
210(10)
Taking It All In
220(5)
Managing the Collapse: Strategies and Recommendations
225(38)
You, Your Home, and Your Family
228(6)
Your Community
234(8)
The Nation
242(12)
The World
254(5)
A Final Word
259(4)
Afterword to the Revised Edition
263(12)
The Saudi Enigma
264(1)
Shell Game
265(1)
Oil's Depressing Outlook
266(1)
Significant New Reports
266(2)
The Iraq Quagmire
268(2)
The Curse of Free Energy
270(4)
Where the Real Hope Lies
274(1)
Notes 275(14)
Bibliography 289(8)
Index 297(10)
About the Author 307

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