ISBN 978-1-905570-04-1. Richard Heinberg’s “The Oil Depletion Protocol – A plan to avert oil wars, terrorism and economic collapse” was published by Clairview Books in 2006. 194 pages long including lengthy Appendices, notes and Index. Inspired by the original work of Colin Campbell this book takes the Rimini/Uppsala Protocol and gives it a good shake – heh presto, an entire book helping to deliver the protocol in a more acceptable form. This is the protocol dressed up as public policy as Heinberg does his level best to try and pitch it at politicians and policy makers. The book is a quick and easy read for the layman too so anyone familiar with Heinberg’s other books will not find this a dry read. He covers the basics, already written about elsewhere, but takes a longer look at how it fits now with policy deployed to deal with Climate Change. On the way we get a voyage through the diaries of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. We see just how oil has blighted our lives through terrorism, war, economics, transportation and agriculture. In the end we are treated to a section on just how can this protocol be adopted. None of the answers are easy ones, of course, as it comes down to mass curtailment. Politicians will not sell that to a cynical electorate. That doesn’t mean that the protocol is naive. It is no more naive than Contraction & Convergence. However we are going to need a lot more studies like the Stern Review or the 2005 Science Applications International (SAIC) Hirsch “The Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation and Risk Management” assessment before senior figures “get” the scale of the changes that they will need to sell. Does this book do that? No. It sells the idea to the public – and the people reading this book have probably already accepted the inevitable. We wish it would change but the Realpolitiks has spoken. Oil Wars and Terrorism it is. This is the addictive paradigm of modern corporate capitalism because it is where the money is. Until somebody, somewhere, can make an awful lot of private profit out of the Oil Depletion Protocol then this book will gather dust. However, it is Heinberg so the work is beyond compare – superlatives come easy. Recommended.