The Crash Course The Unsustainable Future Of Our Economy, Energy, And Environment

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-29
  • Publisher: Wiley

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The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twenty years. The decisions you make today are critical.The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes to our predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, and the environment have finally caught up with us and are converging on a very narrow window of time-the "Twenty-Teens." To avoid some of the coming disruptions and thrive in the coming future, you need the essential information contained within this book.Our money system places impossible demands upon a finite world. Exponentially rising levels of debt, inherently presuming future economic growth to fund repayment, will shudder to a halt and then reverse. Unfortunately, our financial system does not operate in reverse. The Crash Course presents our predicament and illuminates the path ahead.Oil is essential for economic growth. The reality of dwindling oil supplies is now internationally recognized, yet virtually no developed nations have a Plan B. The economic risks to individuals, companies, and countries are varied and enormous. Best-case, living standards will drop steadily worldwide. Worst-case, systemic financial crises will toss the world into jarring chaos.This book is written for those who are motivated to learn about the root causes of our various predicaments, protect themselves and their families, mitigate risks as much as possible, and control what effects they can. Millions have already viewed the online video version of The Crash Course and experienced substantial relief as a consequence of taking preparatory action. Those who wait longer to begin making the necessary financial, physical, and emotional changes will have a far more challenging period of adjustment than those who begin the process of transition now.With challenge comes opportunity, and The Crash Course offers a positive vision for how to reshape our lives along more balanced and sustainable lines. In this book you will find solid facts and grounded reasoning presented reasoning presented in a calm, positive, non-partisan manner.The world is changing. It's time to get busy. The Crash Course will show you how.

Author Biography

CHRIS MARTENSON, PhD, MBA, is an economic researcher and futurist who speaks to audiences around the world on The Crash Course. He runs PeakProsperity.com, a popular website on the global economy.

Chris began his career as a scientist, earning a PhD in pathology from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell. He became vice president of a large international company and believed he had achieved the American Dream, living with his family in a large waterfront home in Connecticut. He was jolted out of complacency by the bear market of 2001 and used his background in finance to investigate the workings of our monetary system. What he discovered changed his life.

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

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
How to Approach the Next Twenty Years
The Coming Stormp. 3
The Lens: How to See the Futurep. 7
A World Worth Inheritingp. 11
Trust Yourselfp. 15
Dangerous Exponentialsp. 21
An Inconvenient Lie: The Truth about Growthp. 35
Our Money Systemp. 41
Problems and Predicamentsp. 53
What Is Wealth? (Hint: It's Not Money)p. 57
Debtp. 65
The Great Credit Bubblep. 79
Like a Moth to Flame: Our Destructive Tendency to Printp. 95
Fuzzy Numbersp. 103
Starting the Race with Our Shoes Tied Togetherp. 115
Energy and the Economyp. 125
Peak Oilp. 141
Necessary but Insufficient: Coal, Nuclear, and Alternativesp. 159
Why Technology Can't Fix Thisp. 177
Minerals: Gone with the Windp. 187
Soil: Thin, Thinner, Gonep. 197
Parched: The Coming Water Warsp. 205
All Fished Outp. 213
Convergence: Why the Twenty-Teens Will Be Difficultp. 219
Closing the Book on Growthp. 227
Future Scenariosp. 231
What Should I Do?
The Good News: We Already Have Everything We Needp. 249
What Should I Do?p. 255
The Opportunitiesp. 267
Appendixp. 277
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 291
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