Party's Over Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

ISBN-10: 0865715297
ISBN-13: 9780865715295
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Richard Heinberg
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 6/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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 ofcultural 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 "Museletter was nominated for the Best Alternative Newsletter award by "Utne in 1993.

Richard Heinberg is the author of books including "Blackout" and "Peak Everything" and a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Energy, Nature and Society
Energy and Earth: The Rules of the Game
Energy in Ecosystems: Eating and Being Eaten
Social Leveraging Strategies: How to Gain an Energy Subsidy
Complexity and Collapse: Societies in Energy Deficit
Applied Socio-Ecohistory: Explaining the American Success Story
Party Time: The Historic Interval of Cheap, Abundant Energy
Energy in Medieval Europe
The Coal Revolution
The Petroleum Miracle, Part I
Electrifying the World
The Petroleum Miracle, Part II
Oil, Geopolitics, and the Global Economy: 1950-1980
1980-2001: Lost Opportunities and the Prelude to Catastrophe
Lights Out: Approaching the Historic Interval's End
On to Mesopotamia
The Ground Giving Way
M. King Hubbert: Energy Visionary
Hubbert's Legacy
Zeroing In on the Date of Peak
Hubbert's Critics: The Cornucopian Argument
Who Is Right? Why Does It Matter?
Non-Petroleum Energy Sources: Can the Party Continue?
Natural Gas
Coal
Nuclear Power
Wind
Solar Power
Hydrogen
Hydroelectricity
Geothermal Power
Tides and Waves
Biomass, Biodiesel, and Ethanol
Fusion, Cold Fusion, and Free-Energy Devices
Conservation: Efficiency and Curtailment
A Banquet of Consequences
The Economy - Physical and Financial
Transportation
Food and Agriculture
Heating and Cooling
The Environment
Public Health
Information Storage, Processing, and Transmission
National Politics and Social Movements
The Geopolitics of Energy-Resource Competition
Taking It All In
Managing the Collapse: Strategies and Recommendations
You, Your Home, and Your Family
Your Community
The Nation
The World
A Final Word
Afterword to the Revised Edition
The Saudi Enigma
Shell Game
Oil's Depressing Outlook
Significant New Reports
The Iraq Quagmire
The Curse of Free Energy
Where the Real Hope Lies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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