Afterburn

Afterburn

Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Book - 2015
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Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels; but just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy-makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide an easy "plug-and-play" solution, author Richard Heinberg suggests instead that we are in for a wild ride; a "civilization reboot" on a scale similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

Afterburn consists of 15 essays exploring various aspects of the 21st century migration away from fossil fuels including:

Short-term political and economic factors that impede broad-scale, organized efforts to adapt The origin of longer-term trends (such as consumerism), that have created a way of life that seems "normal" to most Americans, but is actually unprecedented, highly fragile, and unsustainable Potential opportunities and sources of conflict that are likely to emerge.

From the inevitability and desirability of more locally organized economies, to the urgent need to preserve our recent cultural achievements and the futility of pursuing economic growth above all, Afterburn offers cutting-edge perspectives and insights that challenge conventional thinking about our present, our future, and the choices in our hands.

Publisher: Gabriola, BC :, New Society Publishers,, 2015
ISBN: 9780865717886
Branch Call Number: ANF 304.2 HEI
Characteristics: ix, 205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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Liber_vermis
Sep 01, 2015

After over a decade of writing about peak oil and global atmospheric warming, this collection of essays is a rather despairing and bleak view of the future of humanity as business-as-usual population and economic growth, and ecological degradation continues unabated. Written over 5 years or so, the essays can be repetitive and disconnected. The book has web-linked endnotes and an index.

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