In response to the coming impact of peak oil, John Michael Greer helps us envision the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable «ecotechnic» world—not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base. Human societies, like ecosystems, evolve in complex and unpredictable ways, making it futile to try to impose rigid ideological forms on the patterns of evolutionary change. Instead, social change must explore many pathways over which we have no control. The troubling and exhilarating prospect of an open-ended future, he proposes, requires dissensus—a deliberate acceptance of radical diversity that widens the range of potential approaches to infinity.
In Confronting Collapse, Mike Ruppert exposes the lies that have been told about energy to protect corporate profits and a collapsing monetary system—the latter of which now threatens all of industrial civilization. The book says what an American president cannot say: that energy and money (the economy) are Siamese twins—joined so closely that they cannot be dealt with as separate policies. If energy gets sick, money must be treated simultaneously, and vice versa. But the present monetary regime is so broken that separating the money-energy twins in a way that saves and preserves life cannot take place without killing one or both.
Of the two, energy is more important to human life. Energy can do work. Energy grows food and pumps water. Energy moves goods and services. Energy sustains life. Money is useless without energy. Unfortunately, our current best energy source—petroleum—is depleting faster than we can transition to other sources. There is now no combination of alternative energies that we can move to quickly enough to sustain the complex, globalized human civilization that was built using cheap, plentiful oil.
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«Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution To A Global Crisis» is the print version of A Matter Of Scale, published by Green Books in the UK, and Chelsea Green in North America.
Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, Baltimore, Maryland, EUA. URL: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-public-health-preparedness/Images/Peak_Oil_and_Health_Slides/Barnett_Color_slides.pdf
This is the fictional story about the challenges a family faces when a drop in the value of the dollar leads to a steep rise in the price of oil. The book is well done, and not overly scary, because while the high price of oil has some moderately bad consequences, somehow, the family seems to fare pretty well–in part because of preparations made by the grandfather, who has since passed on. The back of the book mentions a number of peak oil resources, including The Oil Drum.