Life Without Oil: Why We Must Shift to a New Energy Future
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. They 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. Although the coming decades will be a time of much disruption and change of lifestyle, 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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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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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
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A New Foundation