Richard Heinberg “Party’s Over”

ISBN 1-902636-45-7. Published in 2003 by Clairview. This work is significant for me as it was probably my first introduction to the concepts of oil depletion and what this means for Industrialised Society in the west. This is subtitled “Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies” and sums it up neatly. Global Oil production will peak and probably has already done so by the time I am writing these words in early 2007. Even with a switch to renewables and sustainable technologies we will have to live with a lot less energy that we have been used to over the last 200 years – hence the title of the Book – indeed, the ‘party’ will be over and all the trappings of this cheap energy society will be swept away by a new harsh realism. Heinberg traces the history of fossil fuels back hundreds of years to the point that Europeans ran out of wood and had to resort to coal. This is a genuine wake-up call for everyone. Essential reading.

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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