Mick Winter “Peak Oil Prep”

ISBN 0 9659000 4 5. Published by West Song Publishing in 2006. Written by Mick Winter – the man behind the DryDipstick.com and BeyondPeak.com web sites. We got all excited when we discovered this book existed. We finally thought we had found a kindred spirit. We expected this book to be like THIS Web Site. In some respects it doesn’t disappoint. Each section is liberally dosed with reference web sites and books you just must read. However, the full title of this work is “Peak Oil Prep – Three Things You Can Do to Prepare for Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Collapse”. Only 3 things? The title is misleading. In fact he lists forty five things to do then, under each heading, he lists three bullets point ideas making 135 things in total. One-hundred-and-thirty-five things??!! In the Introduction he does have a “Big Three” and they are: use CFL’s, bike and plant yourself a garden. Not bad, it covers three of our ten bases…. Sadly the other 100+ ideas just don’t scan at all. Sure, he encompasses the various ideas from Post-Carbon Living’s own “10 Steps” but each of his ideas is highly dilute and repetitive. As such it comes over as one of those “Dummy’s Guides to…” books. He covers nothing in any detail and most of what is there appears to reflect Mick’s personal likes & opinions. It is just stuff he has gleaned from web sites. If he would only focus on ten to twenty core topics (as we do), and then talk around these, this book might be more of a winner. Mick is from some place in California and it is clear he hasn’t got out much. The book is so entirely focused on North America that it is probably the most parochial work of its kind we have read. Yes, investing in a rail network is good but Mike seems to think that the entire world runs “Amtrak”. This is just very annoying to the reader anywhere else in the world. It just could have been written so much better. Then, to top of a mediocre piece of work, he starts to go off at weird tangents. He recommends yoga, breathing deeply, making your own pet food, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, grow your own catnip, heal your pets holistically, eat together as a family and so on, and so forth…. When it comes to Peak Oil I don’t think you’ll have time for a relaxing bath or a pampered pet. You’ll drink the water and eat the pet. Get this book if you must but you might not learn a lot.

About post-carbon-man

A passionate advocate of a peaceful transition to a sustainable political-economy, Mark hails from a working class farming background. Today he is a Company Director and Chairman of the Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative. Whilst at University (Engineering Masters) he was active in Conservative Student politics but has had no affiliation since. He has travelled widely on business covering the USA, Europe, Middle East and Central Asian Republics. In 2007 Mark founded Post-Carbon-Living and a year later co-founded Transition Town High Wycombe. He lives with is wife & daughter in a home they retrofitted to be carbon-neutral. Today he blogs about surviving politics on a shrinking planet and is passionate in his rejection of Nationalism.

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