Richard Heinberg “Power Down”

ISBN 1-902636-63-5. Published in 2004 by Clearview. Richard Heinberg’s previous book was “The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies”. THAT book changed my life by telling me the sorry tale of western civilisation in the next fifty years: oil depletion, economic collapse and environmental catastrophe. THIS book is the follow-up to his earlier work. It takes a more thoughtful long look at what civilisation must do to survive and what will probably do to destroy itself. He details four options for Industrial Societies: ‘Last One Standing’, ‘Powerdown’, ‘Waiting for the Magic Elixir’ and ‘Building Lifeboats’. ‘Last One Standing’ is the current strategy of the North Americans and British. The rest are waiting for the Magic Elixir. Nobody has yet realised that they need to Powerdown. When it is too late we will be lucky to make it to a Lifeboat. Heinberg is a genius. Recommended.

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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