Life Without Oil: Why We Must Shift to a New Energy Future

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Prometheus Books, Mar 14, 2011 - Political Science - 375 pages
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By the end of the 21st century, our oil and natural gas supplies will be virtually nonexistent, and limited coal supplies will be restricted to only a handful of countries. The authors - an environmental scientist and veteran journalist - make abundantly clear that we must plan for a future without reliance on oil, and make a compelling case that the key determinant of our global economy is not so much the invisible hand of the marketplace but the inexorable laws of ecology. They foresee the coming decades as a time of much disruption and change of lifestyle, but in the end we may learn a wiser, more sustainable stewardship of our natural resources. This timely, sobering, yet constructive discussion of energy and ecology offers a realistic vision of the near future and many important lessons about the limits of our resources.
  

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User Review  - Samuel knowles - Goodreads

this is the best book in environmentalism I've got I've ever read. you don't even have to believe in the "end of the world" theories made by those snarky scientists to appreciate Halletts need to ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Practical and informative guidebook about future energy sources. It's not the end of the world yet, and there is still much to be done. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue The Invisible Hand
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PROGRESS
THE PETROLEUM INTERVAL
The Ecological Debt The Global Commons
The View from Mauna
The Fossil Fuels Savings Bank
THE WEALTHOF NATIONS
Around theWorld in Eighty Depressions
A New Foundation
Reconnecting
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About the author (2011)

Steve Hallett is an associate professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. His previous appointments include McGill University, Canada, and the University of Queensland, Australia.

John Wright is a journalist specializing in energy and environmental issues with over twenty-five years of experience. He is currently the Latin America news editor for Energy News Today, but has also worked for Knight-Ridder, Dow Jones, and the Associated Press. He is the author of The Obama Haters.

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